Teen Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony
On Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00pm, we will have The 10th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony. The ceremony will honor the local poets from grades 7 through 12 who submitted the best original poems. Last year, we were thrilled by the quality and diversity of the poetry. Come and hear the winning entries—all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! Come to a Mardi Gras Feast for Teens
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm, the Swampscott Public Library has invited Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking to bring her Cooks & Books program to the Teen Area. She will teach the teens how to prepare chicken gumbo, quick jambalaya and Bananas Foster for an awesome Mardi Gras feast. During the class she will be reading excerpts from books about the history and customs of Mardi Gras. The class is limited to 20 and registration will begin on Monday, March 17th. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Teen Area Re-Do
Thank you to the teens who beautified the Teen Area by painting furniture and adorning the windows:
TEEN PROGRAMS FOR JANUARY 2014
**TEEN ADVISORY BOARD 2.0 Wed. Jan. 15th 6pm – 7pm MESSY SESSION!!
Are you in 5th through 12th grade? Full of opinions about how the Swampscott Public Library could be better? Want to give orders to the Young Adult Librarian? Come to the Wednesday, January 15th 6pm to 7pm meeting!
We will serve FREE DINNER. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. No registration required.
And due to popular demand: We are going to beautify the Teen Area. Wear messy clothes in case of paint spills!
Think you know a lot about music? Want to share your knowledge? A teen-run listening club is the answer. We supply the iPod speakers and the snacks, you bring the playlist. Create your own ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL!!
College Night & Robotics Teen Program October 2013
SCHOOL DAZE: NAVIGATING THE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXPERIENCE Wednesday, October 2nd 6:30pm
High school students and parents are invited to a program Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm to learn about applying to colleges. Emily Barnum and Jennifer Magary from Swampscott High School Guidance Department will give an overview of the process and explain the role of the Guidance Department. Joanna Ganci, Swampscott High School English Department Chair, will give advice on writing essays & getting teacher recommendations. Yessika Hurtado, Educational Adviser at Lynn Educational Opportunity Center, will speak about FAFSA, PROFILE, and financial aid. Sherry Brass, Director of Pre-College Programs at Kaplan Test Prep, will cover standardized testing. No registration is required–students welcome (and parents, too). We will have drawings to win college guides!
THANK YOU TO OUR PANEL & THE AUDIENCE FOR A LIVELY PRESENTATION. THANK YOU TO KAPLAN PUBLISHING AND RANDOM HOUSE FOR THE DONATIONS OF COLLEGE GUIDES FOR OUR DRAWING.
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE! ROBOTICS AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF SCIENCE WED. OCT. 16 6:00PM
On Wednesday, October 16th 6:00pm, Professor Constantinos Mavroidis, Director of the Biomedical Mechatronics Laboratory, Northeastern University will discuss the work of his lab, including the exoskeleton robots used to help patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Professor Mavroidis and several of his PhD students will show videos of this work. He also plans to bring a new type of 3D printer and various parts built with the printer. He will also demonstrate how to use it. No registration is required.
CLEAR YOUR LIBRARY FINES!!
Library fines got you down? Pick up a coupon in the Teen Area & your Swampscott Library fines will be erased. Remember: Only Swampscott library items that have been returned!
RETURN OF THE TREASURE CHEST!
Free goodies will be available in the Teen Area starting Wednesday, October 16th. Come by and pick up some free books, pens, and other treasure!
TEEN READ WEEK COMING IN OCTOBER
We are planning our October programs – including a robotics program with a new kind of 3D printer. Watch this page for more information. And we’ll have the return of the famous treasure chest with all kinds of free goodies for the taking!
11th Annual Swampscott Library Beach Show
2013 Swampscott Library Beach Show IS THE LINK TO SEE ALL THE PICTURES FROM THE CONCERT.
Thank you to the bands who played at the June 22, 2013 Swampscott Library 11th Annual Beach Show: Uncle John’s Band – reunion show, Tyler Pedersen Trio, The Undefeated Losers, Dark Tones, Cannon Hills, Jonathan Perlstein, Dork, The Cranks, and Erich Yaeger and Friends. Thanks to the people who came out to support their local music community. Weather was perfect. See you next year!
Swampscott Summer Reading Lists Update
AS OF JUNE 24, 2013, WE HAVE RECEIVED THE SWAMPSCOTT MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE SWAMPSCOTT HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AND THE SWAMPSCOTT HIGH SCHOOL AMERICAN STUDIES SUMMER READING LISTS. THINGS WE HAVEN’T RECEIVED YET:
HOWEVER, WE NEVER RECEIVED THE TWO AP COURSE SUMMER READING LISTS FROM SWAMPSCOTT HIGH SCHOOL.
Are You Ready to CRUMBLE???? CUPCAKE WARS!!!
ARE YOU READY TO CRUMBLE? CUPCAKE WARS! Wednesday May 15th 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Thanks to the generosity of Newman’s Bakery, and Austin Sagan of Cakes by Austin; we held a cupcake war. Enjoy these pictures!
Teen Area Programs May and June 2013
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMS! BRING A FRIEND!
TEEN BOOK CLUB Thurs. MAY 2nd 7th 5:30pm-6:30pm
The book group will discuss I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier. New members wanted!
ARE YOU READY TO CRUMBLE? CUPCAKE WARS! Wednesday May 15th 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Thanks to the generosity of Newman’s Bakery, we’re having a cupcake war. You can participate by yourself, or with a team of friends. Newman’s Bakery is donating undecorated cupcakes and half moons. Celebrity judge Austin Sagan, local baking legend, and other members of the Teen Advisory Board will rate your decorating skills. Bring your artistic skills and your appetite.
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD Wed. June 19th 6:00pm
Are you in 5th through 12th grade? Full of opinions about how the Swampscott Public Library could be better? Want to give orders to the Young Adult Librarian? Come to the Wednesday, June 19th 6pm to 7pm meeting!
• COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT
• LOOKS GOOD ON COLLEGE APPLICATION
• GET PROGRAMS YOU WANT!
We will serve FREE DINNER. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. No registration required.
Teen Musicians! Are you in a band? We want you! The Swampscott Public Library is sponsoring the 11th annual local teen band concert on Saturday, June 22nd 4-9pm at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott. To register your band, call Sandy 781-596-8867 extension 304, or stop in the library. Deadline to register: Tuesday, April, 30th.
And we hope you all spread the word and get a good crowd out to hear all the bands. It’s the beginning of the summer season!
Teen Poetry Contest Finalists
Yesterday, we had the Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony. The finalists did a terrific job of reading their poems. Here is the final standings:
From Swampscott Middle School:
Marina Bron-grade 8 HONORABLE MENTION, Elisa Dunleavy – grade 8 HONORABLE MENTION, Ryan Frauenholz – grade 8 DONOR PRIZE, Stephen Hopkins – grade 8 THIRD PRIZE, Matthew Legere – grade 8 LIBRARY STAFF PRIZE, Juliana Mora– grade 8 RISING STAR, Kiely Quinn – grade 8 HONORABLE MENTION, Nate Ryan – grade 8 SECOND PRIZE, and Jonas Schultz – grade 7 FIRST PRIZE.
From Swampscott High School:
Jessica Fagundo-grade 12 HONORABLE MENTION, Sionna Hopkins-grade 12 HONORABLE MENTION, Michelle LaConte-grade 11 HONORABLE MENTION, Thomas McEnaney-grade 12 FIRST PRIZE, Nora Walker-grade 11 THIRD PRIZE, and Claire Weaver-Zeman-grade 11 SECOND PRIZE.
Swampscott Library’s Droid App – it’s free to download!
Who says libraries aren’t cutting edge? The Swampscott Public Library has its very own android app! It allows you to search the catalog, view the hours, and send a message. The application is free to download, but is only for android phones.
This app designed to be viewed on an android phone. It does not support android tablet devices, just phones. The best way to access this app is via the Google Play Store. Select the play store from your phone’s list of applications. There you can type “Swampscott Public Library” into the search function, and you will be able to download the Swampscott Public Library application directly to your phone.
You can also view the Google Play store on your PC at https://play.google.com/store. On the left hand side of the page select android applications. At the top of the page, you will see a search bar. You can type “Swampscott Public Library” into that bar and the Swampscott Public Library App will appear. If you click install, you will be prompted to enter your gmail account.
Enter the account that you have associated with your android phone and the Google Play store will automatically find you phone and install the app. The phone DOES NOT need to be hardwired to the PC for this transfer to occur.
Teen Book Lists on Pinterest
Check out our book lists on Pinterest. Looking for some suggestions of new books to read? We have lists for children, teens and adults.
Welcome to the Swampscott Public Library Teen Area
Join the Teen Advisory Board
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD
Are you in 5th through 12th grade? Full of opinions about how the Swampscott Public Library could be better? Want to give orders to the Young Adult Librarian?
Then you should consider becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board!
TELL THE LIBRARY WHAT YOU’D LIKE
MEET OTHER KIDS
COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT
LOOKS GOOD ON COLLEGE APPLICATION
GAIN LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Interested? There will be a meeting on Wednesday, September 19th @ 6:00pm to discuss the Teen Advisory Board. We will serve dinner. Coming to this meeting does not mean you have to join the board—but we hope you will join. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. Call Sandy Moltz, Young Adult Librarian,
781-596-8867 extension 304 for further information
Ten Years After: Swampscott Library Beach 2012 Pictures
SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd 4:00pm TEN YEARS AFTER: Swampscott Library Beach show
It was too bad that only 3 bands got to play on Saturday. The beautiful setting means taking a chance on the weather, and this year we lost. Next year, SUN!!
On Saturday, June 23rd there will be a concert of local teen bands from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. The teen concert, TEN YEARS AFTER will be held at Fisherman’s Beach near the Fish House. Be sure and come to hear your favorite local bands.
Dessert Decorating Class
Thank you to Austin Sagan for teaching everyone how to decorate cupcakes and cookies.
Enjoy the results:
Thank you to everyone who attended the I, Robot program lastnight. Daniel J. Braunstein, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering talked about the robots in his program and the designing of robots, show video of MIT 2.007 Robot Competition and brought some gizmos.
And here’s a list of Robot Books for some fun reading with robots:
ISAAC ASIMOV I, ROBOT PLUS MANY, MANY MORE
DOUGLAS ADAMS THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (PLUS THE REST OF THE SERIES)
OSAMU TEZUKA ASTRO BOY
FREDRIK POHL GATEWAY
ANDRE NORTON ANDROID AT ARMS
CHARLES STROSS SATURN’S CHILDREN
KAREL CAPEK R.U.R.
RAY BRADBURY “ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER”
JOE HALDEMAN FOREVER PEACE
BRIAN SELZNICK INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
RUDY RUCKER ALL 4 BOOKS OF THE WARE TETRLOGY
DIANA WYNNE JONES TALE OF TIME CITY
ROBERT SILVERBERG POSITRONIC MAN
ROGER ZELAZNY “FOR A BREATH I TARRY”
ARTHUR C. CLARKE 2001
PHILIP K. DICK DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
JOHN CUSICK GIRL PARTS
JACLYN DOLAMORE MAGIC UNDER GLASS
KATE MILFORD THE BONESHAKER
KEVIN BROOKS BEING
AMY THOMSON VIRTUAL GIRL
LESTER DEL REY THE RUNAWAY ROBOT
MALCOLM ROSE THE TRACES SERIES
FRED SABERHAGEN BERSERKER
ROBERT HEINLEIN “GAY DECEIVER”
ANTHONY BOUCHER “Q.U.R.” AND “ROBINC”
HARRY BATES “FAREWELL TO THE MASTER”
TOM GODWIN “THE GOD BETWEEN”
School Daze: Navigating the College Application Process
We have copies of the handouts from the program at the library. See the college book display, which will be up through the end of October.
Thank you to all our speakers.
Unfortunately, Ms. Joanna Ganci was ill and could not attend last night’s program. Here is her handout:
Joanna Ganci, English Teacher
Swampscott High School
I Was A Teenage Application Zombie !
Waking from the College Application Nightmare
Most colleges will require that you get three references. Most schools desire that one or two of those three recommendations are written by an “academic” teacher. Academic, in this case, means one of your core subjects: English, math, science, or history. If you are interested in studying engineering in college, it would make sense that you ask a math or science teacher to write you a letter. You may also ask teachers from any other subjects, guidance counselors, coaches, principals, and assistant principals to write additional recommendations. You should ask teachers with whom you have a good relationship. Your grades are not the only area that a teacher will address; in fact, your grades are often of less importance than your character, effort, and potential. If your teacher does not feel she can write you a detailed, favorable recommendation, ask someone else. Don’t give up.
You want to ask those writing you the recommendations as early as possible. Be courteous and give that person as much time as you can so she can write you a good letter. The beginning of your senior year is a good time to begin asking. When you have your final list of schools, give the following materials, neatly placed in school-specific folders, to the recommender(s):
Copies of application forms that need to be completed including teacher evaluation form
copy of your transcript
due date for materials
any additional information you feel is necessary for the writer
A thank you note is a great way to show your appreciation to the person who wrote you the recommendation.
Great Tips for Writing Your College Admissions Essay
Write as you speak. The purpose of the essay is to show the admissions committee the real you, why you think and act the way you do, and what motivates you. So don’t write as if you are someone else, use stilted language, or gloss over how you really feel. Be authentic, not superficial. Use a relaxed, conversational style.
Be original. Too many essays use the same tired themes. For example, instead of showing yourself as a victim, focus on how you overcame the situation. You’re not running for Miss America, so avoid presenting your solutions to world peace and hunger. Remember that what bores you pretty much bores others.
Show genuine enthusiasm. Nothing draws a reader more than invigorating writing. Pick topics that excite you. Your enthusiasm will show.
Create some mystery. Begin with an introduction that surprises your readers and makes them want to read past the first paragraph.
Focus. Rather than describing everything you’ve done with your life, give a full description of one or two items or events. The magic is in the details.
Use active verbs. Action verbs make your essay more engaging than passive voice, which comes across as cold and detached.
Use short sentences and simple words. According to a recent study at Stanford University, individuals who use complicated language are viewed as less intelligent than individuals who use simpler, more concise language. You want your readers to understand your essay.
Courtesy of Gregory Lloyd www.back2college.com/admissionessay
WILL THE 2009-10 COMMON APPLICATION ESSAY TOPICS BE THE SAME?
Yes; the essay prompts will be the same. Check to see if your school uses the common application.
Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
The Horror! : You Don’t Need to Hire a Tutor
Writing your college admissions essay should not require that you hire a tutor. The reason that college admissions is asking you to write an essay in the first place is to see if you can write independently at the college level. Because there is the perception that students won’t get into college without an advantage, many parents are paying tutors to assist in the process. This is not necessary and may even be detrimental since it may be a false representation of a student’s abilities.
All writing benefits from revision; the college admissions essay is no exception. Do not wait until the day before your materials are due to begin the process. Know how many different essays you will have to write, and then spend at least a week on each one. This week should include the writing of a rough draft and any revisions that are necessary to make it a representation of your best work. Do not try to accomplish this task in one day. You need time to reflect and revise. You may also want to share your essay with a parent, a peer, or even a teacher who has the time to read your essay and give you constructive feedback. Your final draft should be free of grammatical and spelling errors, should be interesting and engaging, should reflect your writing style, and should fulfill the parameters of the question.
My BFF is, Like, Awesome: Comments on Style
Many critics argue that the advent of technologies like email and texting have caused the deterioration of more sophisticated elements of the writing process such as personal style. While many of you can consciously define your style when it comes to clothing, music, or even art, you cannot begin to define your writing style.
In your essay, your style will be reflected in the way you use language. Your grammar, sentence structure, and word choice will create this style as well as your level of formality or informality. Do not use the thesaurus function on your computer too often. If “use” is more natural and authentic to you than “utilize”, use (wink) “use.” If you don’t understand a word (and therefore may use it in the wrong context), don’t put it in your essay. At the same time, don’t be afraid to show off your understanding and appropriate use of all that vocabulary that you’ve learned in the last four years.
In addition, don’t be too informal. You are not writing an essay for a friend. These technologies have helped us be more efficient, but by using them we often sacrifice clarity and style. If you’re writing an essay about your best friend Julie, don’t refer to her as your “bff” unless it is used in dialogue to give the reader a sense of character.
High school students and parents are invited to a program Thursday, October 6th from 7:00pm to 8:15pm to learn about applying to colleges. Emily Zotto & Anna Skillings from Swampscott High School Guidance Department will give an overview of the process and explain the role of the Guidance Department. Joanna Ganci, from the Swampscott High School English Department, will give advice on writing essays & getting teacher recommendations. Lisa Talbot, Senior Account Representative-Sallie Mae will cover the financial angle. Brian Emerson, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing-Princeton Review, will cover standardized testing. Random House has donated books for door prizes. No registration is required.