Comic cons are big business these days. These once fringe subculture events, have entered the mainstream and have become the premiere venues to celebrate pop culture. The growing popularity of comic cons can be partly attributed to the recent elevation of all things geeky in pop culture. But also by expanding comic cons to include not only comics, but also science fiction, fantasy, games, television, movies, animation, and all sorts of fandoms, comic cons have become celebrations of all things pop culture.
As the year recedes into the rear view mirror, the inclination is to look back and evaluate 2016. We tend to view the passing years with a critical eye, only seeing that which negatively impacted ourselves and those around us. And to some, it might feel like this year, more so than any other, was a particularly dreadful one.
My challenge to you, should you choose to accept it is…
What are you thankful for?
Back in April, I picked up the book, well an audio eBook actually, Delirium. And when I say picked up, I downloaded it to my phone via the Overdrive app. I know it might be hard to sell this series, as I have heard recently, many teens are not that into dystopian novels. I get it. What I am trying to share with you is the wonderful resource of Overdrive.
We've rounded up some of our favorite books of the year (so far) to give you some gift ideas for book-loving friends and family!
The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter
The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
Every year a teen book is turned into a movie. This year has seen a lot of great young adult books made into movies, including The 5th Wave and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 2017 will be no exception to the rule. Many great novels are set to be released as movies but there is still time to read!
Wondering where to go to college and what to study? To take a gap year? Financial aid? To take the ACT or SAT or both? Jobs? Getting ready for life after your high school graduation can feel incredibly overwhelming at times. Pile all of that onto all the day-to-day stresses of being a teenager, and you might find yourself pulling your hair out. Well, in the immortal words of Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy -- “Don’t Panic!” (easier said than done, I know).
We're never bored here at the Denver Public Library! No matter what part of Denver you live in, or even if you don't live in Denver at all, we've got something to slash boredom and occupy your brain. (Not bored at all because you're swamped with homework and extracurriculars? Come join us! We've got tons of fun stuff if you're looking for a break.)
Check out what's going on late October--mid November...
Last week was Teen Read Week. This is a national event dedicated to encouraging teens to read for the fun of it. Alongside Teen Read Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) also had voting open for Teens' Top Ten, which allows teens to vote for their favorite book from the previous year. Check out a list of nominees here. Though Teen Read Week has ended, you can continue to read for fun all year long.
Math anxiety is a negative emotion associated with activities such as homework and test taking. Math anxiety is related to poorer grades and testing scores. Oftentimes, students have a full understanding of the math concepts they are working with, and anxiety simply interferes with their ability to solve problems!