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Presenting...the Central 2nd Saturday SLAM!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

First of all, let's talk about SLAM!

SLAM is a poetry competition. Poets bring 3 works that are timed to be exactly 3 minutes in length. They recite these works to an audience and a panel of judges, selected from the audience, gives them a 'grade.' There are 3 rounds of recitation and judging, after which a winner is selected!

I know, I know, you're thinking poetry?! Reciting poetry out loud?!! Judging?!!!

Let me promise you, this is not your grandmother's poetry.

A poetry SLAM! brings poetry to a whole new level--a beat-packed, crowd-cheering, performance-based, energy-filled level. A poetry SLAM! is about rhythm and expression. A poetry SLAM! is performance art that is fun for the performer and the audience. Let me repeat: this is not your grandmother's poetry (no offence, grandma).

Now if you're not into competition, no problem. You can come, listen, cheer, and judge. As I said, the audience is integral to the success of SLAM!

But if you do want to compete, here's how:

Bring 3 poems, each of them no longer than 3 minutes. You may not get to perform them all, but bring them just in case...and...get ready to SLAM!

Upcomming Youth SLAM!s

February 12 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

March 12, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

Are You Speechless?

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Glossophobia: the fear of public speaking.

A whole lot of people have it. Trouble is, public speaking is involved in many, many different jobs. The good news is, public speaking is something you can learn. I did--when I was little I was ridiculously shy. At about age 12 my brother played The Smiths' song "Ask Me" to me. It goes like this, "Shyness is nice and shyness will stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to." After that, I resolved to get over it, and I did.

Right now the library and Toastmasters International are offering a really great FREE program for teens aged 13-17 to help them with leadership and presentation skills. Call 403-260-2620, or go online to sign up.

Times and places it's offered:

Louise Riley: Wednesdays January 19th--March 9th, 4:30-6pm

Fish Creek: Tuesdays February 1st--March 22nd, 6:30-8pm

Village Square: Saturdays January 8th--Febuary 26th, 10:30am-12pm

Country Hills: Mondays February 7th--April 4th, 4-5:30pm

Kick Next Semester's @$$

by Jilliane Yawney - 1 Comment(s)

Okay. So you kind of blew it this semester. You started out with the best intentions -- this was going to be the year that you got straight A’s, this year you would try out for the team and make it, this year you would get some volunteer hours under your belt… but hey, life happens. Maybe you became a total gLeek and couldn’t peel your eyes off the tube. Maybe ‘Black Ops’ snuck into your life faster than it did over enemy lines. Maybe you are the school champion at Tap Tap Revenge and had to maintain your title at any cost. Whatever the reason, you found your drive to do better this year sink faster than Justin Bieber’s vocal range.

But it’s okay. DON’T PANIC. The Calgary Public Library is here with a ton of excellent resources that will get you motivated and help you out in the second half of this school year.

Homework Help

We’ve got loads of books packed with Study Tips and Steps to Success. Check out titles like:

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Study Skills: Do I really need this stuff?

Hacker Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper and Better

(this one is from the E-Library)

Or type “Study Skills” into the Online Catalogue Search and see what comes up! Rather not add another book to your already huge workload? We also have DVDs like:

Studying and Test-Taking

Researching, Reading and Writing and

Active Listening and Note-Taking

Only one subject got you down? Try doing a search in the Online Catalogue for the course you’re struggling with:

Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing your Mind or Breaking a NailNo Fear Shakespeare: A Companion

Don’t forget, the Library carries the most recent copies of “The Key” in all Provincial and Diploma subjects, FREE with your library card! Put a hold on yours now, they rarely make it back onto the shelves.

If you haven’t checked out the E-Library yet, that explains A LOT about why you’ve fallen behind in your homework! It’s easy to use and gets you results fast – the kind of results that are guaranteed to have true, recent and useful information, unlike some sources I could name (yeah, I’m looking at you Wiki…)

And as always, there is a helpful librarian waiting on the other side of “Info Chat” to help you with your homework questions any time the library is open. Click on that uber-happy smiley face on the main page, or the grey “Homework Helper Online” button higher up this page and a little to your left.

Don’t forget to keep checking back at the TeenZone Blog for more tips and tricks to get you through the year, as well as info about interesting news and sweet events going on around Calgary!