Summer Reading Check-In

How’s your summer reading going? Are you almost done with your reading goal? Did you get caught up with doing summery things and forget about it? Well, it’s not too late to finish up and get your prize book. There are two and a half weeks left in the Summer Library Program, so I urge you to get those minutes/chapters/books done! We have a lot of awesome prize books to choose from, and I would love to give them all away to teens that have completed their reading. We’ve got fantasy, mystery, science fiction, you name it. Remember those #summergoals!

If you’re not done with your reading goal, are you at least halfway? Don’t forget to enter the Teen Prize Raffle! You could win a Kindle Fire, a BAM giftcard, a Bluetooth speaker, and more!

Oh, and have you done any Teen Bonus Activities? These suckers earn extra entries into the Teen Prize Raffle. Write a little something, record a book recommendation, or submit a piece of art for our Fall Art Show and you’re gold!

August 15 is the deadline to get EVERYTHING done (reading, activities, raffle entries).

Good luck on finishing up your reading goals, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

P.S. Do you need a book recommendation? Youth Services staff LOVE to give suggestions. Send us an email at ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us with the information below and we’d be happy to put together a bundle of 5-10 books or email you possible titles.

  • What is your age or grade?
  • What are some books that you have enjoyed in the past?
  • What genre(s) do you like to read?
  • Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
  • What are some of your interests?

WRITE: My Perfect Library, I

As a part of the Teen Summer Library Program, we’re asking you to write about 100 words on your perfect library. We want to hear about something you’d find in that library (besides books) – it could be an item, a feeling, or something else entirely.

To kick us off, here are two teen responses:

Miriam M., 7th Grade

In my perfect library, I would have a cafe and it would have food and coffee so if you have to study or want to read you could have snacks, coffee, and if you don’t like coffee then you can get other drinks! It would be good for the library because they can get money when people buy snacks and drinks. It would also make people want to go to the library more because they will be able to study or read and be able to have a snack at the same time! In conclusion, I think that a cafe would be a good library improvement because it will benefit both the people and the library.

Olivia O., 6th Grade

My perfect library would be lounges all around just for relaxing and reading. Also there would be a magical area where they would guess what book you want and it would float to you like a magical realm.  

Of course there would be all sorts of books and artwork just like the AWESOME library we have in Eau Claire.

Mindful Minute: Spoon Theory

Libby is back with another Mindful Minute! Many people are feeling the negative effects of isolation, including depression. If you want to better understand a common struggle with depression, tune in to learn about “spoon theory.”

Reach out to Libby at libbyr@eauclaire.lib.wi.us with questions on self care during the pandemic. In case of a mental health emergency, contact 911 or Northwest Connections Crisis Services at 888-552-6642.

Smoothie Time!

With all this time at home, have you started to try new recipes? Or thought about trying new recipes? Do you miss fancy beverages from local cafes? I know I miss my favorites (shout out to ECDC and Shift!).

Well, back in the day, I used to work at a coffee shop that also happened to sell stellar fruit smoothies. I love love loved their drinks, and splurged more often than I probably should have as a poor college student. When I left for library work, I started to make my own smoothies at home. They’re SO easy to make – and super tasty! It may seem like too much trouble, but all you need is a blender, fruit or veg, and ice. I mean, what recipe is easier than that?

You can use frozen fruit, fresh fruit, canned fruit – or a combination. Add yogurt, milk (or dairy free alternative), or a little juice. Add a bit of honey or sugar if you need it a little sweeter. Be a rebel and try adding spinach or other vegetables; you never know what deliciousness you may invent.

As the weather starts to warm up, I’m getting into my smoothie groove again, and thought I’d share a favorite recipe with you. Give it a try, and share your pics on Instagram. Be sure to tag us @eclibraryteens.

Tropical Burst Smoothie

3/4 cup frozen pineapple
3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 fresh banana
1/2 cup plain yogurt
4-5 ice cubes (or about 1 cup)

Throw the frozen fruit into a bowl. Microwave for 90-120 seconds to thaw out (or leave on the counter for a few hours. But who has time for that?). Once fruit is mostly thawed, place in blender. Add banana, yogurt, and ice. COVER with lid. You may want to hold the lid down to be safe. Smoothie on the ceiling is NOT fun. Blend until smooth. Poor into a glass, add an eco-friendly straw, and enjoy in the sunshine.*

Looking for more smoothie recipes? The internet has TONS of great suggestions. Or try some of these awesome e-books from the library. We’ve got smoothie books for DAYS. You may need to log in to to see all of them. Use that library card power!

Freading Smoothie E-Books 

Hoopla Smoothie E-Books

*Maybe clean the blender for your parents? Or double the recipe and bribe them with a smoothie so you don’t have to clean.

Mindful Minute: Breathe

Have you not been feeling like yourself? I certainly haven’t. Staying home is hard! Why not join our Community Resource Specialist and Social Worker Libby for a mindful minute (or two) to reconnect with you. Research shows that mindfulness can be helpful in managing anxiety and distress.

Reach out to Libby at libbyr@eauclaire.lib.wi.us with questions on self care during the pandemic. In case of a mental health emergency, contact 911 or Northwest Connections Crisis Services at 888-552-6642.