Wiser U: Practice SAT and ACT tests at the library

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Need practice on the ACT or the SAT?  We’ve got practice sessions for both tests scheduled, the ACT in October and the SAT in December.

These are fully-proctored practice SAT (approx. 4 hrs) and ACT (approx. 3.5 hrs) exams.  They testwill show students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.

To sign up, click on the links below.  For high school students only.

Practice ACT test – Saturday Oct. 11  9:30 AM -2 PM

http://www.kaptest.com/class/AKKJ140037

Practice SAT test – Saturday Dec. 13   9 AM-1:30 PM

http://www.kaptest.com/class/SKKJ140187

Wiser U: Intro to Computer Programming

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Students in Computer LabThis fall, we’re offering an Intro to Computer Programming class for grades 6-12 on Thursday nights at 5:30 starting on September 25th and running for 6 weeks. Spots are limited, so call 503-644-0043 x114 for more details and to sign up.

This class is designed as preparation for students who wish to learn computer programming, but who do not have previous programming experience. The concepts covered will include fundamentals necessary for programming: binary numbers, image representation, text compression, error detection and correction, sorting algorithms, network routing and deadlocks, machine language and controlling digital objects. You will learn and practice your skills using a variety of computer programs.

Join our Teen Library Council

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Local teens can help the library by applying for our Teen Library Council.  We’re looking for teens and tweens entering 6th-12th grades who can help us plan and promote our programs to and for local teens.  Good candidates need to love the library, like telling other teens about what is happening at the library and enjoy books and reading.  As a member, teens and tweens will make new friends, plan and promote events, gain leadership skills and have your voice heard.  Applications are available in the library or you can click the link below.  They are due on July 14th and you can expect to be contacted for an interview in late July or August.  The new Library Council will meet in September.

Teen Library Council apl for CMCL 2014

Teen Sweet and Salty Taste off results

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cheetos

photo from bunchofpants photostream on flickr

The results of our teen sweet and salty taste-off are in! The local teens at the event chose Cheetos as their favorite salty snack and good old donut holes as their favorite sweet snack.  Teens got to try tradition snacks like popcorn, pretzels, Reeses peanut butter cups, and chocolate chip cookies along with stranger snacks like wasabi peas, seaweed and florescent green frosting.  If there was one thing that most everyone agreed on, it’s that Watermelon frosting is pretty gross.  All in all, everyone had a great time and many were busy thinking of other interesting taste-offs we could do in the future.  Soda?  Sour?  What’s your idea?

Here is the rundown for the Sweet snacks- Best, sweetest, best texture:

S&S sweet best S&S sweetest S&S sweet texture

And here are the Salty results –  Best, saltiest, best texture:

S&S salty best S&S saltiestS&S salty texture

Sweet & Salty Taste off tomorrow March 14 at 1 PM

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chocolate chip cookie with a bite outSince there is no school in Beaverton tomorrow, we thought it would be a great time to have a Sweet and Salty Taste-off for teens. Anyone grade 6-12 can stop by between 1-3 PM at Cedar Mill Library to vote on your favorite treats. We’ll have several options to vote on, both sweet and salty. Come on by and see if your favorites are included and let YOUR VOICE be heard!

Come to Anime & Cosplay Night at Bethany Feb 15th

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NarutoAnimaniacs, join us for a celebration of all things anime and manga on Saturday February 15th at the Bethany Library at 6 PM.  We will have a Cosplay contest with a prize for the winner.  We’ll have door prizes and screen some anime as well.  As always, there will be snacks too.  Free event for ages 12-18.

Teen Book Review: How to Catch a Bogle

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How to Catch a Bogle is a novel by Catherine Jinks, set in Victorian London. The protagonist Birdie McAdams is an apprentice to a Bogler named Alfred Bunce. A Bogler is someone who hunts and kills Bogles, which are child-eating demons that live in chimneys, sewers, and other dark places. Together, Birdie and Mr. Bunce rid London of the nefarious creatures. How to Catch a Bogle is the first installment in a trilogy, and it’s quite an interesting book. The downside of this book is the large cast of characters, which makes it a bit hard to follow. Overall, I thought the storyline was good, and it involved many twists and turns. I’d rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.

-Lucy