Spotlight on Realistic Books about Anxiety Disorders for Teens

The Nature of JadeThe nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Seattle high school senior Jade’s life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.

Available in Print and Downloadable Audiobook.

 

 

 

Anything but TypicalAnything but typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

Available in Print, Downloadable Audiobook, and CD Audiobook.

 

 

 

Waiting for YouWaiting for you by Susane Colasanti

Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants–a boyfriend and a social life–but things do not turn out exactly the way she expects them to.

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, E-book, and Downloadable Audiobook.

 

 

4Stupid fast by Geoff Herbach

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.

Available in Print, E-book, and CD Audiobook.

 

 

5Dr. Bird’s advice for sad poets by Evan Roskos

A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

Available in Print.

 

 

 

6I don’t want to be crazy by Samatha Schutz

A poetry memoir in which the author tells of the pressures that led her to suffer debilitating anxiety attacks, and the path she took to coping and recovery.

Available in Print and E-book.

 

 

 

 

  • Check out these books at your local Indy PL. Have you read a great book about teens with anxiety? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Fall Fest 2014 is coming!

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FALL FEST LECTURE AND Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX

Raising the Bar:

I am Connected, Unique, and Powerful

Individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during this program sponsored by the Library’s African-American History Committee. Featured speaker will be Tamika Catchings, former WNBA MVP with the Indiana Fever who’s the author of the book, “Dreams Are for Catching: Discovering the Star in You, the Inspiring Story of Tamika Catchings.”

In addition, an awards ceremony and poetry performance will feature winners of the teen Slammin’ Rhymes Poetry Challenge IX.(Entry deadline for Marion County students in grades 9 – 12 was October 27.) This year’s theme is “Raising the Bar – I am Connected, Unique and Powerful!”

There will also be performances by the Sankofa Fare Institute African dance and drum ensemble; R&B, jazz and blues musician Goldie Johnson, the Deckademic DJ School, the Top Flight All Stars of Indiana elite cheerleading team; and poet and spoken word artist Manon “Voice” Bullock

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Central Library, Clowes Auditorium

40 East St. Clair St.

12:00 – 4:00 PM

Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee, this program, to be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium, is made possible by the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; The Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund; and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

 

Open Letter to Teens

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Dear Teens,
We would like to hear from you, yes, YOU! Now is the chance for you to speak and be heard. Let us know what types of programs you would be interested in attending at your local library or downtown at Central. Are crafts your thing? Do you like to Cook? Do gadgets and gizmos excite you? Do you love technology? Are you athletic or interested in being fit and healthy? Do you love to read and discuss books, or is music your thing? Are you a movie buff? Maybe you love animals? Here’s your chance to be heard and share some of YOUR ideas for some awesome future programs created just for you, the Teens of the Indy Public Library, by some awesome people who want to provide services that engage, inspire and excite you!!

Leave your comments below with all your awesome ideas and be on the lookout in the future for some teen-inspired programs created just for you!

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— Michelle Frost

Holidays in Indianapolis

With the snow over the weekend, it is looking like winter is here a bit early. We love the look of the season. There’s so much to do, though! Finals! Shopping! Family Get-togethers! Holiday celebrations!

What’s that? Want some more? Here’s a few ideas for you to try out this month…

Library branches are hosting a program called Holiday Origami. You’ll get a chance to get folding during this program that’s presented by Art with a Heart. You’ll learn basic folds and create your own holiday masterpieces.

Every evening, Wednesday through Sunday during the month of December, surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season as the Indianapolis Zoo hosts its 45th year of Christmas at the Zoo. Details are here.

The Children’s Museum has a great holiday celebration every winter. Check out Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum this year!

One of our favorite things to do is climb into the car and go look at the lights. Several neighborhoods are locally famous for their light shows. There’s Christmas on Victory in Carmel, and of course, the HUGE display at the Reynolds John Deere dealership in Noblesville at 126th and SR 37. Make sure to allow extra time. Lines can be VERY long!

What do you like to do during this time of year? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Thanksgiving this week from the Indianapolis Public Library!

First things first, we’re closed this Thursday on Thanksgiving Day, and we close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before. If you need to renew materials, look up some cool in one of our databases, download free music or ebooks, our web branch at www.imcpl.org is open 24/7 to serve your needs.

Now on to the holiday. If the thought of gathering around a table with your relatives drives you bonkers (especially if you sit at the little kids table), maybe it’s time to do something a little different this Thanksgiving. There are several opportunities for you to volunteer over the weekend, here’s just a few.

Gleaners Food Bank – Help with serving Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless or to other drives. Contact information: 3737 Waldemere Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 925-0191

Mozel Sanders Foundation – Call 317) 636-7985 or click here.

You could always try a local religious organization, several are offering dinners or other help for needy families at this time.

Finally, if the volunteer bug bites you harder than just for the weekend, try VolunteerMatch.org.

If you know of someone who needs a Thanksgiving dinner, check out this Indy Star feature on free Thanksgiving meals.

Hoping your Thanksgiving is the best,
The Teen Scene staff.