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Apr 13

Teen Tuesdays: Money Smart College Tips

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on April 13, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Money Smart Week is April 10-17, 2021It's Money Smart Week! Celebrated April 10-17, 2021, libraries across the country are highlighting financial tips for all ages. So for this week's Teen Tuesdays post, we wanted to share an important financial topic for all of our teens and tweens: College finances.

For some of you, high school is coming to a close; for others it's just starting. Even if you aren't reaching the end of your high school career, many of you are already considering heading to college. Before you begin packing, here are some easy tips on how to save some money. To read our tips and find resource suggestion, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

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Tag(s): Tips, Teens, Money, Finances

Apr 05

Homeschool Huddle: Book Club & Poetry Month

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on April 5, 2021 at 12:15 PM by Elizabeth Land

Welcome to the Homeschool Huddle, where we share announcements for our homeschool community. For more information about our services for homeschoolers, call the Tabb Youth Services desk at 757-890-5110 or email us at

It's April so it is time for some spring reading!In this month's homeschool huddle we share information about our book club and activities for Nat

This month's Booklastic books are...Geronimo Stilton for K-2nd, and Waylong! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker for our 3rd to 5th graders. Our Booklastic Book Clubs will be held on Tuesday, April 27, through Zoom. K through 2nd Graders meet at 11:30 a.m. and 3rd through 5th graders meet at 12:30 p.m. Register to get your Zoom link by calling Tabb at 757-890-5110 or Yorktown at 757-890-3236, or by visiting our Online Event Calendar.

But wait there's more! April is National Poetry Month, so our teen and tween homeschoolers can stop by the library during the week of April 19 to find their to-go packs in the Young Adult section! The packs contain everything you need to create your own blackout poetry. To learn more about this program, check out tomorrow's Teen Tuesdays post. And don't forget that we will also be offering a teen and tween activity kit while supplies last. April's kit will challenge you to reuse egg cartons, boxes and more to create art.

Looking for more library fun? Check our Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or our website to stay up-to-date on everything your library has to offer! And don't forget to subscribe to our Youth Services Update newsletter to get each month's news and book reviews emailed directly to you!

Apr 06

Teen Tuesdays: Blackout Poetry

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on April 6, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Teen Tuesdays posts feature news and reviews teens and tweens.

04062021_blackoutpoetryartApril is National Poetry Month! YCPL is celebrating with a way for teens to get creative with a form of found poetry called Blackout Poetry.

Blackout Poetry is where you select words that catch your interest from a newspaper, book, or other printed text – along with a few additional words to make it flow. Then you redact all the words you don't want. Your chosen words will form a new message, giving the text a whole new meaning. Once you form your poem, you can decorate the page or simply black out the words you didn't use. In the example at right, blue swirls were added to lead the reader through the poem. Stop by the Youth Services desk at either the Tabb or Yorktown Libraries to pick up mini kits during the week of April 19-24.

If you need inspiration for your blackout poetry, we have lots of great resources! Check out this list of poetry books for some ideas.

Tag(s): Teens, Poetry, Craft