Teen Tech Week: An Interview With Shocking Arts Productions
We've got film stars, right here in Independence! We had so much fun making a video last year, we decided to do it again. This time around, I had the pleasure of working with Shocking Arts Productions (a group of Truman High student film makers) who offered to do practically all the work for me! I said: "Where have you been all my life?!" I also was really curious about how they got started.
Oscar Wilde once said, “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” I couldn’t agree more. Over the month of January and into mid-February Mid-Continent Public Library hosted an art contest for teens focusing on creating original book covers. We had an incredible amount of entries for our first go round.
Mirabelle has grown up in what feels like a box. A loving, beautiful box...but a box nonetheless. Her godmothers are so over protective, they won't even let her visit her parents' graves! She can't shave with a razor, or use scissors, or drive a car, or or or... So, for her 16th birthday, she's got a plan. She's going on an adventure, and this time, no one is going to tell her she can't. By the time they figure out where she is, it will be too late to stop her. (Note: Do not try this at home, kids!)
As we begin the new year, I am reflecting back. Over the holiday, I like to ask people (young and old) a simple question: what was your favorite present? This usually transcends individual tradition. Some have a ready answer, some have to think about it, and many feel the need to qualify their answer with why it's not some big, expensive, elaborate gift.
Tuesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their newest inductees. These artists and bands are selected based on their long-lasting impact on rock and roll. You may not have heard all of these names, but many of them have helped shaped the musical lives of your friends and parents. If you have any interest in current rock music, I suggest you request some of these albums and see if you can hear how these past artists have influenced the current music scene.
December is almost here, and with it comes the cold temperatures that we’ve come to expect during the last month of the year. It’s also the time we say goodbye to one year and get ready for another one. But before 2013 leaves us, we would like to offer you and your friends a chance to have some fun with special programs just for teens in December. The types of activities we may have for you include games, crafts, movies and anime.
I was browsing the new book section of my library and realized that a lot of the new books that we had were a sequel or part of a series. With the popularity of The Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series, this really shouldn’t have surprised me. When we become attached to characters and storylines, one just isn’t enough.