Teen Tech Helpers Wanted!

Job Opportunity: Teen Tech Helper The Job: Helping others learn about and troubleshoot their digital devices on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at Adriance Memorial Library. You: A patient, serviced-oriented person with a working knowledge of tech (smartphones, email, Mac, PC, etc.) who is comfortable explaining basic usage to others. Hourly Rate: $12.10 How to Apply: Send a letter of interest and completed application to Martha Farrell at mfarrell@poklib.org.

Teen Tech Helpers Wanted!2022-09-21T15:56:43-04:00

PKX Festival September 15-17, 2022

September 15-17, 2022 The annual PKX Festival, in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery serve as the building blocks for the development of a Youth Arts Empowerment Zone in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone is a 10-year plan to establish a youth arts district along Main Street. It will focus on youth-driven placemaking in and around the Trolley Barn. In its early stages, The Art Effect will host youth-led arts festivals to engage the community with creative placemaking project support from the National Endowment for the Arts. There will be annual arts festivals around community-inspired artworks, created by local youth and professional artists, all of which will empower the local community. Learn more https://thearteffect.org/event/pkx/

PKX Festival September 15-17, 20222022-08-16T11:37:57-04:00

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Part of their work includes videos about history, criminal justice reform, and more.

Equal Justice Initiative2022-08-16T11:39:17-04:00

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, a book review submitted by Santana Wilson

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, a book review submitted by Santana Wilson Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson is a novel I had a hard time putting down. Monday’s Not Coming follows Claudia, the main character, in a search for her best friend Monday. When Claudia’s best friend Monday goes missing, she worries something has happened to her. She fears no one is searching for her or even believes that she is missing. Although this book is fiction, it speaks to the real-world issue of when young black girls go missing. This novel was eye-opening to read in the sense that it shows how susceptible society can be to the normalization of thoughtlessly ignoring when a young black girl goes missing. The novel can get confusing at times when you take into account the way the author divided it. It is possible that you may find yourself confused at the beginning of the novel, not really knowing which time of her life she is in. Tiffany D. Jackson was very adept with the style of her writing, it kept me engaged in the story she was telling. I always found myself wanting to know more of the story.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, a book review submitted by Santana Wilson2022-05-03T14:28:32-04:00

Emotions as Humans by Mahogany

Mahogany submitted these original illustrations "inspired by @lavendertowne's series "If ___ turned to cute girls (Or guys)". I made this because I felt like inside out didn't have enough positive characters. Here's some quirks for all of them. (1) Love has the ability to melt into a puddle and move around like Splatoon characters (Minus the squid). I did this because love sometimes makes you feel like melting into a puddle. (2) Whenever I think of Curiosity, I think about young children, so that's why he looks the youngest (Though he's probably as old as Joy and sadness). He probably stores everything he finds interesting in his hair. I also think he can't say something without making it sound like a question. (3) Nostalgia probably sounds like the women on the T.V. during the 50s. She's basically the parent friend. (4) I like to think that Tired always does night shifts, which is why he might always be tired. He always whispers when he talks."

Emotions as Humans by Mahogany2022-03-09T15:42:17-05:00

Want to get connected to the resources you need to prepare for college?

Want to get connected to the resources you need to prepare for college or apply for financial aid? Receive texts with key information about financial aid, important deadline dates, and resources to put you on the right path toward your college career. Sign up at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/hesctext

Want to get connected to the resources you need to prepare for college?2022-02-24T11:07:56-05:00

Cary Institute offers paid summer youth programming

Cary Institute offers summer youth programming, paid research Students in grades 4-12 have an opportunity to learn and get paid this summer as part of two Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies programs: • The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists program (TIDES): This week-long New York State Department of Environmental Conservation program is held at Norrie Point Environmental Center. Students work along the Hudson River and in freshwater tidal wetlands conducting research. Students learn how to formulate scientific questions, gather data and conduct scientific analysis. It runs July 11- 22 with presentations on July 23. • Mid-Hudson Young Environmental Scientists (MH-YES): Students in 9-12th grade and graduating seniors will spend three weeks learning about Dutchess County’s ecology at the Cary Institute and Marist College. They’ll work in teams to carry out their own research. The program is limited to 12 students. The program builds students’ knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence to pursue environmental science careers and address important issues in the local environment. Scientists, undergraduate students and educators serve as mentors. Transportation is provided for students between their home and program activities. It runs Aug. 8-26 with presentations Aug. 27. The application for these programs is due by May 13. There are [...]

Cary Institute offers paid summer youth programming2022-02-22T12:55:05-05:00

Check out this neat, paid Summer Job Opportunity for Teens!

Teens! Here is a neat, paid Summer opportunity!   The Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University (SUNY) are seeking youth participants (ages 15-26) to receive training as archaeological site monitors. These individuals would be hired for a period of three weeks (July 11-29). We are seeking youth participants who have an interest in stewardship of our national historical sites, and ideally live in the Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park area (or have reliable transportation to the area; local transportation will be provided).   They have partnered with the National Park Service in a pilot archaeological monitoring program for the Summer of 2022. The program will be located at the Hyde Park, NY NPS historical sites (Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historical Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historical Site, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historical Site) with trips to the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook.   Learn more by contacting Dr. Claire Horn at chorn@binghamton.edu or Amy Roache-Fedchenko (Archeologist, Northeast Archeological Resources Program), amy_fedchenko@partner.nps.gov   #teenage #teenjobs #archaeology #archaeologylife #archaeologist #summerjob #summerjobs #historicpreservation #stewardship

Check out this neat, paid Summer Job Opportunity for Teens!2022-02-10T10:14:18-05:00

Liam’s Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

4.5/5 The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was a very suspenseful story. Every page flipped felt like a monster could’ve come out of nowhere ready to attack the main characters. Although written for young teens it’s still very engaging and thrilling for someone of any age. Percy Jackson's character is very well written. A troubled boy who thought he was good for nothing to a demigod hero who saves the world from destruction. He’s also a very relatable child. The other two main characters grover and Annabeth served as good mentors and likeable characters throughout the story. They also compliment each other very well with each character having their strengths and weaknesses. The plot was written perfectly. It found a good mixture of not giving us a boring lesson on greek mythology, but instead it made it very interesting and left me wanting to learn more about it. My only complaint was that it was occasionally repetitive which wasn’t very enjoyable however it didn’t take from my overall enjoyment too much. One setting in the story being camp half blood was described in detail to be a place I'm sure many kids would enjoy going. Away from your parents and with people [...]

Liam’s Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan2021-03-22T12:55:37-04:00

Liam’s Book Review: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

3/5 Romeo and Juliet written by the notorious William Shakespeare is a classic. The overall plot was impeccable. Two young lovers are cursed by their rival families to never see each other. It makes the readers feel sympathetic towards the main characters who can’t have the one thing they want. Shakespeare’s ability to turn the play from a comedy to a tragedy is often praised and for a good reason as the story would take a quick turn. Shakespeare also did a good job using dramatic irony consistently in the story which I personally don’t enjoy that much as I feel it just spoils the story however it was his intention. One thing I disliked about this story was how quick the characters were to act and their decision making. Romeo and Juliet knew each other for merely four days yet they were willing to die for each other. Instead of adding a sense of sympathy for them it just made me think that they’re not very intelligent people. The romance just didn’t feel real and the age gap made it kind of uncomfortable despite it being normal at the time. Overall the plot idea behind Romeo and Juliet is good however [...]

Liam’s Book Review: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare2021-04-29T11:54:33-04:00

Liam’s Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

3.5/5 The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that was published in 1994. It is a book that most children will read during their school years but has captivated audiences of all kinds. The story takes place in a dystopian universe where the main character, Jonas, lives in a perfect world, where there is no war, or pain, or emotions. Lois Lowry did a fantastic job making the readers slowly realize just how messed up this world everyone was living in truly was. Jonas development as a character was truly marveling as we get to learn the truth about this world with him. Another Character is the Giver before Jonas, who helps Jonas learn about the memories and the impact they have. He served as a great mentor to Jonas as we could kind of feel attached to him. Another major plot point in this story is the use of very mature themes, such as suicide, and forcible killing of one twin. I enjoyed this book, but i;m for the most part giving it a 3 out of 5 because I had a few issues with it. First of all, I didn’t really like an ambiguous ending. I would rather a [...]

Liam’s Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry2021-03-22T12:52:59-04:00

Liam’s Book Review To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4/5 To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is notorious for being read in school, and for good reason too. This story is based off of the author's own personal experiences which makes it in many ways historically accurate. It’s also told through the eyes of her when she was a child which in many ways may make it relatable to those reading it. Despite being about very serious issues Harper Lee managed to make this story feel humorous and lighthearted. The anticipation and curiosity to see what might happen next made it such an easy book to read through as there was always something to look forward to. Harper Lee did a great job with showing Jem and Scout's innocence as children throughout the story, but also their understanding of the situation. Atticus was also a very likeable character for being such a great father figure and fighting racial inequality even though it was an impossible job. The plot was truly one of a kind as it expressed life in the 1930’s through the eyes of a child. It’s also very eye opening as it shows the amount of inequality and unfairness that African Americans were facing. Some complaints I have [...]

Liam’s Book Review To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee2021-03-22T12:50:59-04:00

Liam’s Book Review: Cujo by Stephen King

4/5 Cujo written by Stephen King is an exceptional book. With having an original conflict, the family pet went murderous. This book has a peculiar dynamic making the reader unsure if the protagonist can actually go through with murdering their dog. This book does a good job of keeping the Reader on their toes, making it easy to read through, Especially while Cujo is tearing apart the car with the characters in it. The mother is also a great Character; she's one of the earliest examples of a badass, But she's also selfless, wanting to risk herself just to save her son from Cujo. One problem I had with the book was how the protagonist dealt with Cujo. granted he is a Saint Bernard but he's also still a dog. it would have been very easy to outsmart him or just to restrain and beat him up. she also wasn't the smartest either which was a little enraging considering she could have escaped multiple times but didn't. other than those tiny discrepancies the book was really good and I would recommend it. Especially if you want new fears of dogs as this book implies that your own dog could go crazy at [...]

Liam’s Book Review: Cujo by Stephen King2021-03-22T12:45:09-04:00

Liam’s Book Review The Drawing of The Three by Stephen King

4/5 The Drawing of The Three is yet another incredible story written by Stephen King. It was a very character driven story with plenty of back story for every character. The main selling point however would have to be Roland the main character. Roland alone made flipping through the pages very enjoyable as we could never really tell what his next move was going to be. Probably one of if not the best character I’ve ever read about in a story, He’s strangely likeable yet a complete badass. Along with Roland we get introduced to new characters such as the heroine addicted Eddie Dean and the schizophrenic Odetta Holmes, who like Roland are odd, but likeable characters. One issue with this book was that it takes patience to read. There’s constant senseless rants that add nothing to the story and if anything just make it less enjoyable. It almost seems as if Stephen King got carried away with his writing and tried his hardest to drag it on for as long as he could. Despite being a little difficult to read at times the overall plot was very interesting to read. It’s a very strange story but in a good way which [...]

Liam’s Book Review The Drawing of The Three by Stephen King2021-03-22T12:43:02-04:00

Liam’s Book Review: 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose

4/5 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose is a play about a teenager who’s accused of killing his own father. While the jurors vote is 11 to 1, juror 8 works to prove that the child is innocent. This play was so easy to read because it was interesting to watch as Juror 8 used logic and common sense to dismantle any argument given to him. Everyone loves an underdog story. What made the story so interesting however was the amount of unconscious bias. Jurors 3 and 11 who were the main antagonists only arguments were race/age related. I believe that the author's point of doing this was to expose how a lot of people think even to this day. My only complaint about this story was how Juror 3 was painted as the bad guy and Juror 8 was the good guy. I think this forced readers to automatically think that the child was innocent as opposed to forming their own opinion based off of the evidence provided. I think that in almost every real life situation there's never a good or evil, because everyone will do what they believe is right which causes the good/evil narrative to be inaccurate. Overall [...]

Liam’s Book Review: 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose2021-03-22T12:36:47-04:00

Love. Poem by Zakiyah

Love by Zakiyah We're so young Just having fun Many would argue this emotion is just going to pass but I can argue that this feeling will last forever

Love. Poem by Zakiyah2021-03-22T14:20:34-04:00

Poetry: A New Normal by Zakiyah

A New Normal by Zakiyah six feet apart wash your hands not being able to see my friends wear your masks stay inside school from home, feel like I am falling behind but this is our lives we have to live it I wish we could go back in time.

Poetry: A New Normal by Zakiyah2021-03-22T14:22:15-04:00

Sofia C: Personal Reflection: THE PAST BLISS

The Past Bliss: Have you had a feeling of total sadness and fear because of the world around you? Complete and utter despair? The realization that, Oh crap.. I’m growing up and these feelings and obstacles are just the start? That realization. The realization of that you have to become stronger because you know now that the world is a harsh, yet beautiful place. That you will have fights and disagreements within yourself and others. Things will now never be simple ever again. I am sad about this. It is natural and a part of life. I shouldn’t feel down about something that I cannot really and fully control at all. Life happens I suppose. Though, why does it have to happen now? Why not later? Why can I not keep my complete innocence and beautiful bliss of the world? Why does it just have to shatter?! I do not want it to. I want things to be good, always. It is impossible, I understand that. Can’t a girl dream? I want to be an innocent little child again. Why and how am I having these realizations and observations at such a young age?! I know that I have changed so much [...]

Sofia C: Personal Reflection: THE PAST BLISS2021-03-22T14:27:22-04:00
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