South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Beneath the Surface: Teen Summer Program

We’re entering week two of the “Beneath the Surface” Teen Summer Program! Lots of stuff is happening this week!

Beneath the Surface: Movies and More!

It’s time for our first movies and more on Wednesday, July 10th, 3-5 p.m. at the Peace Dale Library! Come watch the classic adventure movie Goonies (PG) while we make pirate themed crafts!

Popcorn and snacks will be served!

Registration preferred, call 789-1555 for more info.

Teen After Hours Lock-In

Then on Friday, July 12th from 6-9 p.m. at the Kingston Free Library join us for our Annual Summer Teen Lock-In! Open to students entering grade 7 and up, you’ll first, laugh yourself silly with an improv workshop! Then enjoy smoothie making and blackout poetry! Pizza will be served!

**Space is limited! Registration and Permission slips are required for this event. Call 783-8254 for more information!**

Don’t forget, every teen program you attend earns you a raffle ticket to win great prizes! Plus, complete any combination of six teen programs, weekly reading slips, or weekly scavenger hunt trivia and be entered to win the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire! Visit the Teen Summer Page of our website for full details!

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Teen Tech Month–Around the Internet Part 2

It’s still Teen Tech Month here are the South Kingstown Public Library! Last week we highlighted some programs and apps to help with photo and video editing. This week–time killers! These are all short (yet sometimes addicting) way to have some fun and kill some time or boredom.

fantastic-logo Fantastic Contraption
If you build it…will it run? In Fantastic Contraption you build a machine from simple parts to move objects from the start area into a goal area. There’s physics involved but don’t worry, build your machine, press the start button and watch what happens! The simple controls and step-by-step tutorial will have you building fantastic contraptions in no time! Play for free online or download the app. Can’t get enough? Try Fantastic Contraption 2!
Cute_OverloadCute Overload
There are cute animal pictures all over the Internet, but Cute Overload just might have some of the best. I mean, look at these guys! cuteoverloadbunnyAnd just in case you need an excuse to go “Awwwwww, it’s so cute!!!”, the magazine Popular Science recently reported that a study in Japan showed that looking at cute animal pictures can improve concentration skills!
sixwordmemoirsSix Word Memoirs
Can you tell a story in six words? Using the same brevity that is needed for Twitter, Six Word Memoirs is a project started by SmithTeens. Browse topics ranging such as life, love, happiness, and more! See what others have written, and add your own. They also sponsor weekly caption contests.
sixwordbookWant more? Check out the book I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs From the Famous and Obscure.
My six word memoir of the day? “Need more sleep. Not enough coffee.” (Hey, it’s Monday.)
30_seconds30 Second Bunny Theater is home to 30 Second Bunny Theater…in which a troupe of bunnies parodies a collection of movies by re-enacting them in 30 seconds, more or less…
Watch Jaws, Jurassic Park, Napolean Dynamite, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, and more! New videos are added all the time.
Also, be sure to scroll down and click on The Birchbark Heroes! You’ll be glad you did.
bubble-wrapVirtual Bubble Wrap
Sometimes, you need to let off some stress. While actually popping bubble wrap is definitely more satisfying, this virtual version is still pretty fun.

Finally, how do you keep up with everything happening out there on the Internet? You still have until the end of the week to fill out our Teen Tech Survey–we’ll be randomly choosing a few completed surveys and giving away some prizes!

Look for the Teen Tech Survey in the Teen Area of the Peace Dale Library or print one up now! Fill it out, drop it off in the box in the Teen Area of library.

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Teen Tech Month…Around the Internet Part 1


It’s still Teen Tech Month here are the South Kingstown Public Library! This is the first of two posts that will highlight some of the more interesting things that are out there on the Internet. Our focus today–picture editing. Yes, there is always Instagram, but here are a few more free editing sites to try.

Pixlr-o-matic_Logo Pixlr-O-MaticPixlrexample
Pixlr-O-Matic is a free photo-editing program that lets you quickly edit, filter, and adjust your images. Make it look perfect, or give it a slightly quirky or retro look with filters and frames. Pixlr-O-Matic is also available as a mobile app.
Here’s my quick test of the Pixlr-O-Matic, featuring your friendly neighborhood teen librarian. There were tons of effects to choose from, my picture was a little small to see how all the effects worked.
PicMonkey does a lot of the same things the Pixlr-O-Matic can do…edit your picture, use creative filters and frames…however it also lets you create collages of your favorite pictures! This is my two minute homage to author John Green. If you haven’t read his books before….well…you should. Really. Check out his books here.
Finally, there is Picovico. I know, Picovico isn’t really a photo editor. However, it lets you take all your pictures, add music, themes, and captions to create a video that you can easily share on Facebook or YouTube.

There are many other photo and video editing programs and apps out there (including Animoto, Xtranormal, Go Animate!, and Pixorial.

Don’t forget to tune in next week for Around the Web Part 2: Boredom Busters!

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Teens Suggest Reading…

Teen Read Week
October 14-20

One of the goals of Teen Read Week is to encourage teens to read for fun. Sometimes though, with school, sports, clubs, family…well, life…finding time to read can be hard. And even when you do find time, there is always the big question. “What should I read?”

For the next few days, we’ll be sharing some reviews written this past summer by teens. See what others have read and recommend…maybe you’ll find your next book!
And don’t forget, there is still time to sign up for the Teen Read Week Read-A-Thon on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at the Peace Dale Library!

Schooled by Gordon Korman
This book is about a boy named Capricorn Anderson. He has lived at Garland Farm with his grandmother, Rain. Until now. Rain breaks her hip and needs to have eight weeks of rehab. For the first time in his life, Cap needs to go to a real school. At this school, the strangest kid in 8th grade is elected class president.
That would be Cap.
He is made fun of and laughed at, but he doesn’t care at all. After a while though, people start looking up to Cap, and start liking him, not hating him. He starts changing everyone’s opinion of him and the way he acts. Lastly, he brings the whole school together. Three words to describe this book: unique, funny, and exciting. I would definitely recommend it to others!

  • Reviewd by: Grace M.
Cloaked by Alix Flinn
This book is about a teenage boy who goes on an adventure to find his father, free some swans, and to rescue a frog. A magical one. But he doesn’t believe in magic. He is just an ordinary, shoe repair boy.
However, everything changes when he goes on this journey.
I think this is a great book and I would recommend this to teens that love adventure and fantasy books. The words I’d use to describe this book are magical, adventurous, and funny. I would encourage both boys and girls to read this book, along with other books written by this author. If you aren’t sure if you will “absolutely love the book” like I did, pick it up, start it, and I will guarantee you will love it as much as I did.

  • Reviewed by: A Teen Reader
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Three words I’d use to describe Leviathan are exciting, suspenseful, and unexpected.
I think of the word exciting because things happen that are exciting like when Prince Alek learn to use a cyclops stormwalker. Also, when Deryn Sharp dressed up as a boy so she could join the Navy.
I think of the word suspenseful because of when Prince Alek was using the stormwalker, they were spotted and had to battle. Also when Deryn was flying, she was caught in a storm!
In addition, I think of the word unexpected because when Alek was using the stormwalker, battles occurred!
I would recommend this book to everyone!

  • Reviewd by: A Teen Reader

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more fun reading suggestions from teens!

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Teen Read Week Programs!

Teen Read Week (October 14-20) is finally here!

Hosted each year by the Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) and ALA, Teen Read Week encourages teens age 12-18 to read for the fun of it, as well as become aware of the many programs and services that the library offers. Just don’t be scared off by This year’s horror movie inspired theme, It Came From the Library!

Don’t miss celebrating Teen Read Week! We have a new book group starting this week, our Anime/Manga group is meeting, and there is still time to sign up for our Teen Read Week Read-A-Thon! Check out all the details below!

Teen Survival Book Club
Teens in grades 7 and up are invited Wed. October 17 at 3:30 p.m. to the all new Peace Dale Library Survival Book Club.

Rather than read a specific book every month, we’ll have a different topic each month. Read a book of your choice that fits the topic, then come share it!

Our first theme is “Can you survive…the supernatural?”
Come share your favorite book about the supernatural world—ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies…

This is a great chance to learn about new books you might be interested in!

We’ll be brainstorming suggestions for future themes!

Snacks will be served; registration not required!

Anime/Manga Club
Like manga and anime? Students in grades 7 and up are invited to the Anime/Manga Club! We meet twice a month on Fridays to watch anime episodes (currently, watch Fairy Tale!) as well as draw, discuss favorite manga series and other activities!

Our next meetings are 3:30-4:30 p.m. on October 19, November 2, and November 16 at the Peace Dale Library.

Help plan what we should watch and do at future meetings! Snacks will be served. No registration required.

“It Came From the Library”
Teen Read Week Read-A-Thon!
Teens in grades 7 and up are invited to the Teen Read Week Finale Read-a-thon, Saturday, October 20th, from 1:00-4:30 p.m.!

Bring a pillow, bring a favorite book, and come read for fun with us! Need a new book to read? We’ll have lots of suggestions. Browse our displays or visit out our book trailer station and learn about some of the library’s new books!

We will also announce the winner’s of the library’s Teen Choice Awards! From September 17 through October 12, teen at the library voted on what they liked! Find out what book wins the title of “Favorite Teen Book”; as well as what wins “Which book’s post apocalyptic world would you NOT want live in?” or “Which book has the best fictional sport or game?”

While reading is the focus, we’ll also have snacks, prizes, and art supplies for a Book Cover Redesign project.

Registration is required, please call 789-1555 ext. 105 for more info!

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Last Chance! The End is Almost Here!

The end is getting near! Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, August 4th is the last day to check in for summer reading and turn in any book reviews!!!

Then join us for the Teen Summer Finale on Wednesday, August 8th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Peace Dale Library. There will be pizza, zombie survival games, trivia, crafts (both of the zombie and non-zombie nature!), prizes…oh yes, there will be prizes!

Come see if you won a prize in our raffle! Maybe you are a the lucky Kindle winner! And if you’ve been away all summer, never fear! There will be prizes to be won that day, and free books for everyone! Don’t miss it!

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What’s Happening This Week (and online drawing fun!)

We’re entering week three of the “Own the Night” Teen Summer Program! Last week, we had tons of fun making movies and learning magic…this week, it’s all about drawing:

Wednesday, July 18th, 2-3 p.m. Peace Dale Library

Are the margins of your school notebooks full of doodles? Are you going into Grade 7 and up?

Then this workshop is for you! Learn how to design and illustrate a comic book character from the ground up! Eric Fulford will guide you through the process and provide tips and techniques as you create your character, as well as your character’s unique back-story!

Space is limited, registration required! And don’t forget, every teen program you attend this summer earns you a ticket into the Own the Night Raffle Prize Drawing!

And to tide you over until then, check out these very cool online drawing superhero and manga programs!

Hero Machine Lab

Hero Machine Lab lets you use your imagination to create your ideal superhero. Create classic superhero character portraits to detailed faces to non-human monsters to animal hybrids to supernatural creatures and everything in between.
Face Your Manga

Manga more your style? Create and accessorize your manga avatars!
Draw A Stickman

Draw a stickman. Or stickgirl. Or stick…vampire. Really whatever you’d like. Then watch it come to life as you interact with storylines.
It’s pretty cool. No real drawing skill required. It’s fun. Trust me, just try it. You can thank me later.
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Friday Spotlight: Animation!

The Own the Night Teen Summer Program is well under way! Don’t forget, you can earn raffle tickets for reading, reviewing books, and attending programs! For all the details, check here.

And speaking of programs, the Peace Dale Library has the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art coming next week. They’ll be doing a hands on program demonstrating the effects and illusions that color can have on animated videos. And the best part of their program? They bring all the materials and cameras and let you film your own video!

To get in the spirit of things, today’s Friday Spotlight highlights a few online tools that you can use to create online animated videos.


Animoto lets you sign up for free and make unlimited 30 second videos. Select from their backgrounds and music, upload your own pictures from your computer or Facebook account and create slideshow style videos.

Draw A Stickman

Draw a Stick Man is just plain hilarious. Draw yourself a stick man. Or stick girl. Or, if it’s more your style, a stick robot. Then choose from two story lines and watch your creation come to life. At various points of the story, you will be prompted to add draw addition things to be incorporated into the animation. So funny. I promise. Just try it.

Xtranormal lets you pick from a variety of animated characters. Pick your “actor” tell them what to say and how to move. I tried it out (very quickly). My video is a bit basic, but the possibilities are endless.

These are just a few of the video and animation tools out there. Don’t forget, join us and RI Museum of Science and Art next week, Wednesday, July 11th, from 2-3 p.m. for even more animation and video fun!

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“Own the Night” Teen Summer Program at the Library

South Kingstown Library Teen Summer Program
June 25—August 8
Open to Grade 7 and up!

This summer is your chance to win!
Kindle! I-Pod Shuffle! Gift certificates to Wakefield Books, Amazon,
Entertainment Cinemas, Pier Pizza and more!
How can you win?

  • Read! Sign up at any branch. Each week, stop in at any branch and fill out an Own the Night weekly slip (only one per week). There will be a new slip each week and only the current week’s form will be available. Bring the slip to the desk and you’ll get a prize and a Level One raffle ticket. The teen librarian will keep track of the number of weekly slips you fill out; after three weeks, automatically earn bonus tickets into our Grand Prize Raffle!
  • Review! Tell others if you like what you’re reading! Each review gets you a ticket for the Level One raffle. After 3 reviews, get a Grand Prize Raffle tickets! Submissions will be posted on the library’s Teen Blog. Forms are available at all South Kingstown Libraries. You can also email for a copy. Fill them out and drop them off or email your entry.
  • Visit! For every teen event you attend, you get a ticket for the Level One Raffle! Space is limited and registration may be required for some events. Check the library website for more details.

So what events are we having this summer? So glad you asked!
Peace Dale Library Events:

  • Thurs. July 5th, 2-4 p.m. Anime/Manga Club Summer Special!
    In addition to drawing & watching anime, we’ll also be making candy sushi!
  • Wed. July 11th 2-3 p.m. RI Museum of Science and Art: Color, Emotion and Illusions in Animation!
    Create stop animation videos that demonstrate how color can effect the mood and create illusions in your movies!
  • Wed. July 18th, 2-3 p.m. Comic Book Character Workshop—How to Create Characters for Comics and Manga
  • Thurs. July 26th 2-4 p.m. Zombie, Alien, and Monster Felt Dolls Creations!
  • Wed. August 1st, 2-4 p.m. Insomniac Snack Attack! Learn how to make a variety of tasty late night snacks, from Smores on a Stick to Smoothies and more!
  • Thurs. August 2nd, 2-4 p.m. Anime/Manga Cos-Play Meeting! Come Dressed as your Favorite Character

Kingston Free Library Events:

  • Fri. July 13th, 6-9:30 p.m. Freaky Friday Lock-in at the Library!
    Magician Matt Franco has toured across the country and will be putting on a magic show & workshop just for us. Prepare to be stumped and amazed, while also learning a few tricks of the trade! We’ll also have snacks, games and glow in the dark fun! Pizza will be served! **Space is limited! Permission slips required for this event.
  • Mon. July 23rd, 2 p.m. Watercolor Painting with Pam Santos! Learn the basics and take home a finished masterpiece!
  • Mon. July 30th, 2 p.m. RI Museum of Art and Science: Cut Outs!
    Learn how to make 2-D, jointed cut-out puppets, that will then be used to create stop-motion animated movies!

Zombie Apocalypse Grand Finale @ The Peace Dale Library
Wed. August 8th 2:30-4:30 p.m. Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse???
Join us for trivia, games, ice cream and pizza! Get a free book!
Raffle Prize Winners will be chosen!

Don’t forget, certain events have limited space, so call the Peace Dale Library at 789-1555 or the Kingston Free Library at 783-8254 to register or for more information!

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Beanie Babies + Hunger Games–Sometimes you need a laugh

What happens when you combine Beanie Babies and Hunger Games? Laughter. A bunch of it.

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