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2017 Teen Summer Reading Club Prize Winners

Congratulations of our Teen Summer Reading Prize Winners!

Reagan Breese
Andie Anderson
Zeke Skene
Shelby Cass
Karmen Kalal
Mariah McIntire
Julie Nicklin
Delanie Gustin
Damien Sharp
 Noelle Carver

 

 

I also wanted to congratulate all the teens who participated this year in the Summer Reading Club. Together you all read 4,135 books!

ComedySportz Indianapolis came to Sugar Creek

On Saturday, July 1st, ComedySportz Indianapolis came to our Sugar Creek Branch to teach us a little bit about improv comedy. During their time with us, they gave us some tips on improv comedy and played games that would help improve our improv skills.

If you were unable to make it or just want to try out some improv comedy, try the game below!

Story Circle

  1. Everyone stands in a circle with one person playing the Host.
  2. The host asks two people in the circle a question and combines their answers into a title.

Example: The first question is: “What were you looking forward to during the summer?” They answered “The pool.” The second question is “What is an animal you wouldn’t find in a pool?” They answered: “A bullfrog.” The title then becomes “The pool and the bullfrog.”

  1. The host then tells the circle two or three things that have to happen in the story.

Example: there has to be 3 characters and there has to be some sadness in the story

  1. Everyone goes around the circle saying one word at a time to create a story.

 

Look for other cool programs at Sugar Creek on our Events Page!

Summer Reading Club Prizes

Summer Reading is half-way over! That means that you only have another month to read as many books as you can. If your motivation to read is waning, look below to see the awesome prizes you could win if you keep logging those books and entering prize tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Hour of Code

Today HCPL had its own Hour of Code. We got on Code.org and played games that taught us how to code video games, web pages, and apps. If you are interested in learning to code, below are some free resources that will help you get started!

Online

Lynda

This is free through the library. If you go to HCPL’s website and click the link, you can log in for free using your library card. Then you can find awesome tutorials on how to code (amongst other things).

 

Code.org

This is the site that we used during our Hour of Code program. This is for many grade levels and teaches coding through games with popular themes, like Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft. No downloads needed.

 

Alice

This is a free download that provides space for you to create your game using blocking code. The site has resources that will help you learn to use this space and, thus, learn coding.

 

Code Academy

This code academy gives you options of different coding languages to learn. Then it takes you through guided, interactive lessons.

 

Free Code Camp

While this one requires a lot of set up before you get to the meat of the program (two different free accounts, lots of introductory material, ect.), the actual program is great. It takes you step by step from the beginning and has you coding right away. Also, the projects you do are used to help charities!

 

Scratch

This is a great, free site that allows you to practice basic coding. Plus, no download needed!

 

Code School: Try Python

This teaches you Python through short videos and challenges. You do have to set up a free account though.

 

Bonus: Erase all Kittens is a story line game that teaches you to code as you go on a quest to find the missing kittens. It is quirky and funny. HOWEVER, only the short demo is free. The full game must be purchased.

 

Books at the Library

Young Adult

Coding for Beginners

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

Invent your Own Computer Games with Python

Python Hunting: A Beginner’s Guide to Python Programming and Game Building

Scratch 2.0 Programming for Teens

Juvenile

How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons

Coding Projects in Scratch

Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games

Adult

Coding All-in-One

Programming for the Absolute Beginner

Coding for Dummies

Beginning Programming with Python for Dummies

Beginning Programming for Dummies

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month by reading one of these YA fiction books!

 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

 

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

 

More Happy than Not

 

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

 

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

 

 

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

 

 

 

 Boy Meets Boy

 

 

 

One Man Guy

 

 

 

Openly Straight

 

 

 

Ask the Passengers

 

 

 

Hero

 

 

 

Keeping You a Secret

 

 

 

I’ll Give You the Sun

 

 

 

Everything Leads to You

 

 

 

The Geography Club

 

 

Carry On

 

 

Annie on My Mind

 

 

 

I am J

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

 

Rainbow Boys

 

 

 

We are the Ants

 

 

 

Of Fire and Stars

 

 

 

Parrotfish

 

 

 

The God Box

 

 

 

If I Was Your Girl

 

 

History is All You Left Me

 

 

 

Highly Illogical Behavior

 

 

 

The Porcupine of Truth

 

 

 

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

 

 

 

Fan Art

 

 

 

Am I Blue?

 

 

 

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

 

 

 

The Difference Between You and Me

 

 

 

Empress of the World

 

 

Ash

 

 

 

The Upside of Unrequited