Everyday Heroes for Teens

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What makes a hero? The characters from this year's One Book, One Chicago selection, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, create their own superheroes as a direct response to their lives. When I think of heroes, superheroes like the X-Men and Batman first come to mind, but what about everyday heroes? The main character in Colin Fischer has […]

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Celebrate Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week

Every year in October, libraries across the nation celebrate reading for the fun of it through Teen Read Week, but reading for fun isn't just for one week! There are so many books out there for you that there's even a list of nominees for the Teens Top Ten of the year. Lately, I have found some […]

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Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

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It's that time of year when teens across the country read and vote for their favorite novels for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten. With such a large range of topics covered, there's something for everyone. In This Song Will Save your Life, Elise struggles with making friends until she wanders into a warehouse party. There she meets Vicky […]

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International Youth Day

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Did you know that the United Nations celebrates youth every year on August 12? International Youth Day has been happening since 1999, and this year's theme is Mental Health Matters. This day raises awareness and works to drop the stigma attached to mental illness and youth affected by it around the world. Have you ever felt […]

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In the News: Fishing for Answers

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Rahm’s Readers Teen Summer Challenge – Newsworthy Animal Challenges Portland Aquarium, a newly opened aquarium in Oregon, is under investigation. READ: Portland Aquarium Deaths Under Investigation DISCOVER: Why is a new Facebook page inviting people to protest against “the grim life for animals in captivity?" Is the Portland Aquarium operating unlawfully? Portland Aquarium Opening this […]

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In the News: Giant Octopus

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Rahm’s Readers Teen Summer Challenge – Newsworthy Animal Challenges More than a million people shared the image of what the Lightly Braised Turnip’s website claims to be the second giant octopus found in the Santa Monica coastline. The cause of such a bizarre creature: radioactive gigantism. READ: Second Giant Sea Creature Washes Ashore Along Santa […]

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Teen Summer Challenge: Create!

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Hey guys! After reading, discovering and exploring what peaks your curiosity this summer as part of Rahm’s Reader’s Teen Summer Challenge, Make Your Imprint, why not start creating some pieces to showcase what you’ve learned and share your newfound knowledge with other teens, or perhaps make a difference in animals' lives? Here are some ideas […]

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In the News: Deadly Crossings

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Rahm’s Readers Teen Summer Challenge – Newsworthy Animal Challenges The Mara River is home of a healthy population of Nile crocodiles. As apex predators, crocodiles are part of the abundant wildlife in the Serengeti where the crossing of the Mara River displays one of nature's most thrilling natural spectacles. READ: A Crossing In Kenya: A […]

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Career Challenge: Photo Fact Checking

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Did you know that many images you come across on the Internet, and often share, might be fake? Photos will amaze you in this activity. Some photos look real but aren’t, while others look unrealistic and are real. You will learn to sniff out altered images and create a cheat sheet that can help others […]

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Career Challenge: Challenging the Sources

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In an era of “sharing is caring” how do you know what you get online is reliable? Primary sources are the foundation of fact-based news; but as you probably already know, primary sources can be photoshopped, edited, or manipulated in any other way before they are presented. In this activity, you will learn to question […]

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