July 4th

July 4th is a nice summer holiday to enjoy doing things like swimming, cook outs, riding bikes or hiking, camping, small vacation to state parks or Fireworks. What does July 4th really mean? (http://www.ask.com/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

Are some of our ideas about the Fourth incorrect? (http://hnn.us/articles/132.html)

And here’s History.com on the Fourth. (http://www.history.com/topics/july-4th)

What else does July 4 remind you of? Summer is half way over, a reminder of it being or continues to get hotter and sometimes dryer, school will be starting in another month to six weeks, and have you participated in any of the Summer Reading Program activities at your local library?

July 4th quiz and other activities:
http://parentingteens.about.com/b/2010/07/01/july-4-th-fun-for-teens.htm

http://www.suite101.com/content/fun-teen-activities-for-july-4th-a254497

http://www.holidayinsights.com/july4/index.htm

Tutor.com To Go

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Tutor.com To Go is now available in the Apple App Store to give you mobile access to Tutor.com’s library of online lessons, worksheets, videos, and test-prep resources at anytime. In the afternoon and evenings you can also connect with live online tutors. The new service gives you access from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. (They say an app for Android is coming.)

Here’s how you do it:

Use your IndyPL library card number and PIN to set up a tutor.com account. The tutor.com username/email and password is what you will use to access Tutor.com To Go on your phone.

1. To get started, set up your tutor.com account. Go to http://www.indypl.org. Click on “Homework Help”. Enter your library card and PIN number.

Homework Help at indypl.org

2. When the tutor.com page opens, Click on “Create an Account”. Enter your name, email address and a password. (Remember your password – you will need it to login to Tutor.com To Go.)

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3.  Now that you have your Tutor.com account set up go to iTunes and download the Tutor.com To Go App on your iTouch, iPhone or iPad. It’s Free. Sign in using your username/email and password. Now you can get to all kinds of homework help right from your phone!

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  .