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Teen Zone

Help Children in Need During Read Across Lawrence

Though it is billed as the “teen” Read Across Lawrence pick, Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez is a highly recommended read for adults as well. Told through alternating perspectives, it is a story of friendship and conflict between teens from two different worlds, their families, and their communities. Tyler is the son of a Vermont dairy farm family in need of assistance in order to save their farm. Mari is the eldest daughter in a family of migrant workers who come to work for them. When Tyler learns that Mari’s family is in the country illegally and that his parents knew this when they were hired, the first of many questions about right and wrong surrounding immigration is raised. The reader must come to their own conclusions, though, as Return to Sender doesn’t provide any easy answers.

Return-to-Sender

Miriam Wallen, Young Adult Librarian and coordinator for the Teen Zone, encourages readers to be inspired into action and help in sending books to immigrant children in the United States. Throughout the month of February, we will be collecting small donations to help purchase Spanish language and dual-language children’s books that will be sent to groups who work with immigrant children, especially with those traveling alone.

This book drive was inspired by REFORMA, a part of the American Library Association, and its Children in Crisis Program. REFORMA sends books to charities that work with immigrant children, as well as to border patrol facilities and pro-bono legal representatives.

You can read more about their activities in these articles:

If you would like to contribute, look for the donation box at any Read Across Lawrence/ Big Read teen or adult programs. Alternatively, you can check out the list of requested books here or donate any Spanish Language or dual-language (Spanish and English) books you don’t need. Just drop them off in the Teen Zone!

If you are interested in more books about teen immigrant stories like Return to Sender, to read or discuss with your community, you can find some here!

In the words of REFORMA member and author Lucía M González:

“Un libro es un compañero que te da luz y cobijo”

(“A book is a companion that gives you light and shelter”)

-Kate Gramlich is a Reader’s Services Assistant at Lawrence Public Library.

(header img by Phil Roeder)

Teen Mock Election

6th–12th graders! Come cast your vote in all the elections on Tuesday, Nov 8 from 2:30–9 PM in the Teen Zone. We’ll compare how teens voted with the results from the city, state, and country.

Drop in anytime between Nov 1-7 to get details on the ballot for Lawrence, Kansas, and the U.S.

Ouran High School Book Club

Do you call yourself an otaku and argue endlessly with your friends over who’s the best waifu/husbando?

Let’s geek out on Saturday, Oct 1 from 1-2 PM over the latest in manga, anime, and Japanese culture with the Teen Zone’s Ben. See who’s going!

Meet up in the Reader’s Theater.

Teen Zone Expanded

Looking for something to do when school lets out early? Come hang out at the library!

On Wednesdays from 2-5 PM, we’ll take over the Auditorium or Readers’ Theater (depending on the week) for gaming, movies, crafts, and more.

Look for something different each week.