A Look Back: Teen Tech Week

We're looking back at all the awesome programs Henderson Libraries held for 2016's Teen Tech Week!

Saturday, March 5th – Introduction to video Game Design with TechBrainiacs (Green Valley Library)
This workshop presented by Jeremy Bruner from TechBrainiacs served as an introduction to the world of game design using the Gamestar Mechanic web-based software.
Monday, March 7th – Mario Kart Tournament (Paseo Verde Library)

Tuesday, March 8th – 4-Wheel Balloon Cars (Green Valley Library)
Participants built their very own 4-Wheel Balloon Car and tested it against various challenges.

Wednesday, March 9th – DJing 101 (Gibson Library)
Under the direction of "The Mashup King" teens learned the basics of getting started, as well as how to hook up the equipment and the basic functions of mixing and set building.
Thursday, March 10th – Life-Sized Board Game: Sorry! (Paseo Verde Library)
Friday, March 11th – Minecraft LEGO Challenge (Gibson Library)
Using LEGOs, challengers completed a variety of 5 to 10 minute challenges.

Friday, March 11th – FAC + Super Smash Bros. (Green Valley Library)
Teens played Super Smash Bros. while enjoying some delicious snacks and beverages.

Saturday, March 12th – Peep Dioramas (Gibson Library)
Patrons constructed fun and creative dioramas out of chick and bunny peeps.

Saturday, March 12th – Glow in the Dark After-Hours Party (Green Valley Library)
Teens and tweens enjoyed a variety of glow-in-the-dark activities, crafts and games including: a glow-in-the-dark confession wall, tic-tac-glow, twister, neon truth or dare, hide-and-seek and glow paint t-shirts.

What an exhausting, but absolutely fun week! To learn more about all the awesome programming to come, just click here


Resources: Three Sites for Teen Writers

Since November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Teen Services Underground highlighted a few websites with resources for teen writers and we thought we should share them to all you budding teen writers! These sites provides tips, forums, and encouragement for all steps of the writing process. Use these sources to help when you generate your submission for the Henderson Libraries' Teen Writing Contest which will open December 1, 2015. Can't wait to read everyone's submissions and to see you all for our reception in April 2016! For more information, click here.
Happy writing! :)


Figment is an online community just for teen writers to share their work. Teens can post finished work for others to read, talk with others in the forums, join supportive groups, enter contests, and chat with published YA authors. Figment also has a special section just for educators to use the site in their classrooms or workshops, which would be great for librarians who facilitate writing groups.


Teen Ink

Teen Ink is a long-running (since 1989!) magazine and website that publishes teen writing and art. The print magazine gets distributed to schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide. The website also publishes teen work and features forums, contests, a summer program guide, and college information. For librarians, they have a library advisory board and a teacher information page for tips on using Teen Ink as a resource.


NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program is an offshoot of the NaNoWriMo organization targeted at writers age 17 and younger that allows participants to set "reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals." The site has information for both participants and educators about how to get involved in NaNoWriMo, as well as a forum for young writers to talk and commiserate about the writing process.


The 77th Annual Hunger Games Program!

It's Reaping Day here again at Green Valley Library! All selected Tributes will participate in a series of Hunger Games related activities including a Capitol Parade, training sessions and the final 77th annual Hunger Games competition. Prizes will be rewarded to the top 3 Victors. Snacks and refreshments will also be provided.
Ages 12-17. Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call the library at 702.207.4262.

Don't miss out again on this amazing program!



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2015 TVC Winner: Michael Gex!

Our own teen volunteer, Michael Gex, won Nevada's 2015 Collaborative Summer Library Program Teen Video Challenge! Check out his video below: 

Way to go, Mikey! :)