Voting

Does your vote really count?  How can my vote be that effective or have that much power?  Do I even have a voice in anything that goes in this country? How can my voice be heard? 

One way you can have your voice heard and vote count is by voting in the Governmental Elections that happen in May and November.  There are also ways of making your voice or vote count like Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol, Teen  Choice Award, Reading Awards (Young Hoosier Award, Elliot Rosewater, & Michael L. Printz), Movies & TV Shows (Emmy’s, People Choice Award), and the list goes on.  Be proactive and let your voice be heard and vote as much as you can and are allowed.

What are some other ways or how else can today’s teens have a more positive voice and have their vote count in today’s world (besides what’s listed above)? Should the voting age be lowered? Share your thoughts and ideas on the Teen Scene blog.  Let’s see what other teens your age think and say about this topic.
 
BOOKS 
 
Teen Power Politics: Make Yourself Heard      

Teen Power Politics: Make Yourself Heard by Sara Jane Boyers    Shared System

 

 

 

 

   How To Win A High School Election: Advice and Ideas Collected From Over<br /> 1000 High School Seniors

How To Win A High School Election: Advice and Ideas Collected From Over 1000 High School Seniors by Jeff Marx    Shared System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  WEBSITES
 
Marc Perkel: Why It’s Important for Young People to Vote

About.com: 10 Reasons Why Christian Teens Should Vote

About.com: Top 5 Reasons YOUth Should Vote

The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams tells the story of Kyra, a 13 year old girl who lives in a polygamous cult known as “The Chosen Ones”. She is the second oldest daughter in her family of 20 children (with two more on the way) but serves as the oldest because her sister Emily suffers from non-specified mental retardation.

The family is currently living on a compound under the tyrannical and cruel rule of The Prophet Childs, his apostles (one of whom is Kyra’s Uncle Hyrum) and a frightening group of enforcers known as “The God Squad”. The Prophet Childs has outlawed reading from any book except for the Bible.

Kyra’s only way of rebelling is walking outside of the compound walls to check out books from the Mobile Library (or as we’d call it, the Bookmobile) that she reads hidden in her favorite tree.

Kyra’s life changes forever when the Prophet Childs tells her family that he has had a vision, and that she is to marry her Uncle Hyrum, a man who is nearly 60. Kyra detests her Uncle and is sick at the idea and is torn between staying and marrying her Uncle or attempting to flee to the nearby city, alone and afraid.

Why I read it: I’d never read any books about Polygamist cults and I was curious.
Why I loved it: The author, Carol Lynch Williams does an excellent job at bringing Kyra to life. I was sucked into Kyra story, urging her on, hoping for her, biting my nails and just wishing that everything would be okay.

Recycling

CDs & shoes can be recycled?

What do these three items have in common? All three can be recycled!
And bras, too? You might be in the middle of cleaning out your room before heading off to college or just ready for a change.

Nike collects old tennis shoes, regardless of their condition or brand, and turns them into gymnasium floors and running tracks.  So, rescue that pair of sneaks from the trash and visit Nike’s Reuse a Shoe site to find a collection location near you.

Got a drawer full of old bras, ones you’ve outgrown or just didn’t work with your favorite shirt?  They too, can be recycled.  Titled the “Bosom Buddy” program, this organization takes your discards and distributes them to women staying in transitional housing.  For more information visit The Bra Recyclers.  This donation will require postage, as there is not a drop-off location in Indiana.

Read that book infinitum or downloaded that favorite CD to your MP3 player?  Visit Swaptree and find out how you can trade in that unwanted CD for another that you have been dying to add to your collection. There is a shipping cost.  Also, if you are under 18, you will need to get your parents involved to participate.  Other alternatives to consider are donating your used book or CD to IMCPL for their Secondhand Prose book sale or visiting local resale shops like Half-Price Books.

Remember to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
For more on recycling visit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indiana  Recycling  Coalition  .

The Summer Teen Film Series

Ready to watch some movies at the library? If some of these titles appeal to you, click on the Schedule links to find out when and where they’ll be shown.

American Teen (PG-13) 95 minutes

Billed as the documentary version of The Breakfast Club, this film follows four high school students in Warsaw, Indiana from September of their Senior year right up until graduation. This film is a fascinating snapshot of the frustrations of small town kids on the cusp of adulthood dealing with heartache, social hierarchy, and the other pressures. Schedule

The Blind Side (PG-13) 128 minutes

This film is the remarkable true story of Michael Oher. He grew up a homeless youngster from a broken home. Michael was taken in by a wealthy family who helped him fulfill his potential as a person and as an athlete. Stars Academy-Award winning actress Sandra Bullock. Schedule

Coraline (PG) 100 minutes

Coraline is a curious young girl who unlocks a mysterious door in her family’s new home and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. On the surface, this “Other World” eerily mimics her own life. Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to get back home. Nominated for an Academy, this film is based on Neil Gaiman’s work of the same title. Schedule

Fame (PG) 107 minutes

This film is an updated version of the 1980 musical which centers on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. This school provides a facility where the most gifted and talented public school students of New York City could study various aspects of the performing arts. Schedule

My Sister’s Keeper (PG-13) 106 minutes

After their daughter is stricken with leukemia, a couple conceives another child who can provide a donor match. The family is torn apart when, after countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that her older sister Kate can somehow fight leukemia, the healthy younger sibling sues her parents for the right to decide how her body is used. Schedule

9 (PG-13) 79 minutes

The animated feature is set in a post-apocalyptic world where rag dolls band together to survive. A rag doll named 9 happens upon a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. 9 convinces the others that they must stand and fight to survive. Schedule

Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (PG-13) 113 minutes

When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she delivers the young delinquents to their Aunt April. April wants nothing to do with the kids but her cold heart softens with the arrival of the handsome Sandino who challenges April to open her heart to the new possibilities of family, faith … and even true love. Schedule

Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 101 minutes

This adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story follows Max, a disobedient little boy who is sent to bed without his supper. Max creates an imaginary forest world populated by the wild things who embrace Max as their ruler. Schedule

The Princess and the Hound, by Mette Ivie Harrison

TITLEI have to admit that what first attracted me to The Princess and the Hound was the cover: a beautiful princess in a bejeweled green velvet dress standing solemnly but regally, her loyal and noble black hound alert by her side.  Surprisingly, the book isn’t primarily about the girl or her dog. Instead, the tale is told through the eyes of a young prince named George, heir to the kingdom of Kendel. As a child, George is intrigued by his mother’s ability to speak to animals….in their own tongue. Her mastery of the horse language is especially amazing. George quickly learns that the Queen’s special gift—and his own developing talent for the so-called animal magic—must never be revealed. Throughout the kingdom such magic is equated with witchcraft or sorcery and its practitioners put to death if found out.  Like his mother then—and especially after her early death–George finds he must live only a strange half-life, never fully bonding with anyone lest they discover his dreadful secret. When he comes of age George learns that he is to marry young Princess Beatrice of Sarrey …who has her own secrets that she shares only with Marit, the wild black hound who is constantly at her side. George senses a different kind of magic at play here, but the aloof, almost hostile Beatrice shares nothing with her betrothed. What will George lose if he at last unleashes his animal magic to save Beatrice and Marit from the spell that binds them together….and what will it mean for the princess and her hound?