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Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week @ Your Library October 12-18, 2014 Turn Your Dreams into Reality

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. The Library is holding several events to celebrate.

Book Selfie Drawing for a KindleFire

Teen hiding behind book

To build a teen reading community, the Library is encouraging teens to celebrate this week by sharing the books they love. During Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2014, post a selfie with your favorite book on Twitter with the hashtag #PGCMLSBookSelfie.

You will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire. Be sure to follow @PGCMLS on Twitter, so we can direct message you, if you are a winner.

Have multiple favorites you want to share? Share them. Remember to respect the wishes of parents or guardians regarding posting your image online.

Get Creative: Turn Dreams Into Reality

Turn Dreams into Reality

Channel your inner writer or artist at the Bowie branch Monday, October 13 - Thursday, October 16, 3-5 pm. Write a "Turn Dreams into Reality" essay or create a book cover that reflects the "Turn Dreams into Reality" theme. Materials and examples will be provided. On the final day, participants and staff will vote on finished entries. Prizes will be provided for winners. Registration required. Call the Bowie Branch at (301) 262-7000 for details.

Teen Time @ the Library

Teen Time, the shadow profiles of teens on differently colored backgrounds

Fairmount Heights Branch - Tuesday, October 14, 4 pm
Spauldings Branch - Tuesday, October 14, 6 pm
Oxon Hill Branch - Wednesday, October 15, 4 pm

Join us for teen time! It is an opportunity to make friends, play games, participate in discussions and learn life and leadership skills. 

Teen Advisory Board Meetings

Oxon Hill Branch - Monday, October 13, 7:30 pm
Hyattsville Branch - Thursday, October 16, 4:30 pm

Help turn your dream of the library into a reality. Join a Teen Advisory Board. Teen Advisory Board members help libraries plan teen programs and activities. They provide feedback on services for teens and tell the library what teens need.


MAC: Manga & Anime Club

Tsubasa coverHyattsville BranchManga cover
Mondays, September 29 & October 27, 7 pm 
Watch your favorite anime, talk about and preview new manga, create art, comics and costumes, enjoy snacks. Join fellow anime and manga fans at the new Hyattsville Manga and Anime Club (MAC).

10 Things Teens Can Do with a Library Card

  1. Teens sharing a tablet computer Checkout Books, Audio Books, Music CDs & more.
  2. Download eBooks, Audio Books, Magazines & more.
  3. Stream Music.The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It. @ your library. Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month in September.
  4. Watch a Movie.
  5. Learn to Code.
  6. Learn a Language.
  7. Practice for the SAT, ACT or AP Exams.
  8. Publish an eBook.
  9. Chat with an Online Tutor.
  10. Research Homework Topics.

Women's History Month Resources Online

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Biography in Context contains biographical full-text articles from reference books, magazines and newspapers. Use the Person Search to find information about women, both current and historic, involved in many fields of endeavor. 

Online Reference Books

Black Women in America book cover Encyclopedia of Women in World History book coverCover of Dictionary of Women Worldwide From Suffrage to the Senate America's Political Women book cover Women in the American West book cover.

Research African American History via Your Online Library

Online Reference Books

The African American Almanac Book Cover African American Eras book cover African Americans in the Nineteenth Century book cover African Americans in the West book cover Black Women in America book cover Contemporary Black Biography book cover Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History book cover Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895 Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present book cover Encyclopedia of African American History book cover Notable Black American Men book cover People of the Underground Railroad: A Biographical Dictionary book cover Slavery in America Gale Library of Daily Life book cover Who's Who Among African Americans

Online Research Databases

ABC-CLIO logo American Mosaic The African American Experience

The African American Experience

Research resource for African American history and culture, including primary sources, timelines, audio clips, photographs, maps, and other images.

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Biography in Context

Biographies with related full-text articles from reference books, magazines and newspapers. Search for people, both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor.

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History Reference Center

History articles covering all periods of American and World history.