There's a lot happening in the world, and while I'm so so SO happy to be breathing clean air again, I also know that the stress and anxiety of distance learning in a pandemic (and the fears and sadness of the fires) isn't over just because the smoke cleared.
I wanted to share a strategy I use when I'm feeling stressed or overwhelmed, or like I really need to stay focused in the moment. It might sound a little silly, but give it a try. As you count each thing, say the name (out loud or just in your head).
Here's what's happening at the library:
The air is clear again! Swing by the Main Library on Thursday or Friday, 1-5pm to pick up an adventure themed Take-and-Make Craft kit. Kits to make your own paracord keychain are available while supplies last. You can find a video of the craft on our YouTube, and we've got a whole list of adventurous reads.
Next week is Game Night! Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
Are you a Sorry pro? A Pictionary wizard? A Monopoly master? Or maybe an Uno Virtuoso? Join us for virtual board games via Zoom. Email PCarryer@sanleandro.org to register.
Teen Advisory Group Applications are Open! Earn volunteer credit and contribute to building a library that better serves teens by becoming part of the Teen Advisory Group. We meet once a month to discuss upcoming programs and gather teen input. Open to teens in grades 8-12. Apply today!
Always feel free to hit reply to this email just to let us know how you're doing, what you're reading, or if there is something the library can be doing to help you learn and grow!
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas is a short story about a picture-perfect town named Omelas. In just about 4 pages, it makes the reader question themselves: is the eternal suffering of one worth the happiness of society? Le Guin really sounds like an active story teller, calling on the reader to fill in details to build their own version of Omelas, a perfectly happy city. Just when the readers have constructed a life in the perfect city, she introduces a twist that lead some to leave the perfect city. However, she doesn't signal who is correct in deciding to leave or stay. That is up to the reader to decide. I like this book because in such a short story, it brings forth a powerful message about morality and justice.
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Teen Lounge Newsletter comes out once a week and features reviews and articles by teens, as well as event updates. You can click here to submitand earn volunteer hours.
The library is offering several virtual volunteer opportunities, including making cards for seniors and participating in Reading Buddies. Interested teens can apply by going to http://bttr.im/tp0f5