Learn How to Find Your First Real Job

First real jobHow to Find Your First Real Job is packed full of tips to help you land your first job. Spend an hour this week with Nancy Spidle from ReferenceUSA and she will give you the best tips to land your first job!

Nancy will be presenting How to Find Your First Real Job at the following locations:

Centennial Hills Library
6711 N. Buffalo Dr.
Apr 6, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.


Sunrise Library 5400 Harris Ave. Apr 7, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Library 833 Las Vegas Blvd. N. Apr 8, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Spring Valley Library 4280 S. Jones Blvd. Apr 9, 2015 at 3 p.m.


Need some reading suggestions for Club Read or your road trip?

SummerGraphic2Did you know you can read a magazine or a book (eBooks and eAudio Books count too) for Club Read? That’s right! Take a look at Club Read for Kids and Club Read for Teens. There you will find magazines like National Geographic for Kids or Seventeen or Rolling Stones (download and keep for free) magazines! There are also great suggestions for books as well, both in print and eBook or eAudio format from the eMedia Catalog.  When you get tried of reading download a free movie or two from hoopla. Hey, mom and dad – movies are great for that summertime road trip or on the plane. Just download the movie to your tablet on the hoopla app and the kids have a movie to watch in the car or plane.

When does a teen change into an adult?

At some point, a teen changes from a “Kid” to a “Grownup.” It’s different for every teen, but it happens every time. What goes in to changing a Kid to a Grownup? Is it education? A job? The family environment? A relationship? We can see where “New Adults” come from, and get a better idea of the influences involved in America’s youth: Transitions to adulthood by Susan Aud, Angelina KewalRamani, Lauren Frohlich.

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BeSeen: How to use Social Media Safely

Did you know that nearly three quarters (73%) of teens are on a social networking site? Also according to recent research, a staggering 55% of teens have given out personal information to someone they didn’t know, and 56% of teens say they’ve been the target of some form of online harassment. With statistics like these, it is vital for teens and parents to learn how to use social networking sites in ways that promote positive online activities and prevent incidents of identity theft, social engineering and cyberbullying.

Carnegie Cyber Academy now has an app called BeSeen available in the Apple App Store, designed for the iPhone and compatible with the iPad. It will also become available for Android devices in December of this year. This app is designed for grades 6 and up and simulates a social networking site to teach teens about the cyber threats they may find on such websites. And, of course, the app is fun, so check it out!

For parents and teacher there is a classroom user guide and lesson plans, which can be found at: www.playbeseen.com.

Back-to-School – Stress Time

From Health & Wellness Resource Center blog The Pulse.

As August creeps into September, parents and kids alike will begin to plan for the return to school. For many children, getting back into study mode may cause feelings of anxiety or stress. This is particularly true for kids starting high school or junior high when the workload increases and the pressure mounts. High school students staring down SATs and college applications have stressors all their own with which to cope. Younger students may be overwhelmed by the balancing act of tackling school work and extra curricular activities. Helping your child manage stress can do wonders for their ability to thrive now and to handle stress well into adulthood.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) defines stress as the uncomfortable feeling you get from worry, fear, anger or frustration—any and all of which can quickly overwhelm. The AAP has created “A Teen’s Personalized Guide to Managing Stress,” which points out that stress isn’t always a bad thing. It can, in fact, prompt us to work harder. But when stress leads to constant worry, fear or anxiety, it can hinder forward movement as well as overall physical and mental well being.

On its web site, the AAP shares “A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens,” which walks through proactive ways parents can help their kids manage stress through healthy means. It also lists out signs that may mean a child and his or her parent need to seek help.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) offers tips for parents on how they can help their child manage stress. These include listening carefully to their children and being vigilant for signs or overload. By modeling their own positive stress management skills, parents give their children an example they can follow. The AACAP website also offers suggestions to teens directly. These include exercise, avoidance of drugs including caffeine, enjoyment of outside activities and rehearsing for situations that cause stress.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers detailed information on coping with stress on its web site. It provides tips for parents, tips for kids and teens, and tips for school personnel.