Rock the Vote!

Did you know that the Woodland Public Library, and most libraries, are funded by tax-payer dollars?

Yes, public libraries are government organizations tasked with the mission of providing free educational materials such as books to everyone in the community. Not only do libraries provide books, but they provide essential services as well. For example, the Teen Advisory Board and all the teen events are funded by the City of Woodland’s tax measure, Measure J.

Woodland citizens had to vote YES for Measure J, otherwise many of the free youth services would disappear.

Which brings us to a very important matter for every U.S. Citizen 18 years and older… VOTING.

Woodland Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board believes that your vote matters!

That’s why we’ve partnered with Rock the Vote an a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to ensuring as many teens, 18 and up, can register to vote as easily as possible.

Click the link to register to vote: Rock the Vote You have 15 days before November 8 to vote in the Presidential Election.

Your vote matters… now make it count!

 

Healthy is the New Skinny at Woodland Public Library

The Woodland Public Library was honored and excited to host Katie H. Willcox from Healthy is the New Skinny and her presentation on media manipulation, self-love, happiness and overcoming negative thoughts from society.

Despite the heat, over 65 people, young and old, attended and participated in Zumba, Kickboxing, Yoga, crafts and drank smoothies made from frozen fruit and fresh chard from the library’s garden. We also had a health educator from Yolo County bring information for teens.

The highlight of the evening was Katie’s presentation and the impact she has on young girls and boys and also older men and women, is beyond positive and life-changing. In a post-survey, one 16 year old girl said she “will start being more positive and this helped me  to understand other people’s views of beauty and to change my views to be more accepting of those views.” In other words… True beauty comes from within.

Katie incorporated her personal story as a plus-size model, educated with facts and history, and included personal testimonials from everyday people (every body type) to really get her message across. “YOU are wonderful and can live an authentic and healthy life.”

I admired how genuine and real she was during the event and how Katie took the time to meet and talk with all the girls and people. She truly listened, and made everyone feel valued. We even had some participants that drove as far as Modesto and San Francisco to attend our Health Festival and meet Katie.

All in all, the event was a huge success thanks to Katie, the fitness instructors, teen volunteers and participants. The event was funded by a grant from the California State Library, Friends of the Woodland Public Library and City of Woodland Measure J funds.

 

Written by,

Rhea- Teen Services Librarian

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Katie and Teen Librarian, Rhea

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Katie with Hannah and Emily

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Katie with TAB members, Elitza, Onica and Roshelle

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Zumba dancing with Elsa!

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Kickboxing with Marie!

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Yoga cool down with Minahki

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Art Gallery and Miniature Golf at the Library!

Our awesome teen volunteers had a great time building a 9 hole miniature golf course in the library for Downtown Woodland’s Main Street Open and First Friday Art Walk Event.

TAB members, Roshelle and Onica created the initial map of the golf course and 13 teen volunteers met on Friday afternoon to let their imaginations run wild. Initially, everyone tentatively started to stack books- but Greta, the Library Director, told the teens to really go big. Books, building blocks, cardboard, stuffed animals, paint, and all sorts of fun toys were used and the teens really brought their creative A-game.

Local teen, Arnon Erba  designed the flyer for the event and helped set up the gallery show in the front near the library’s rotunda. Teens also brought poetry, paintings and photography that were enjoyed by all.

About 100 people stopped by the library to see the artwork, play miniature golf and also see the new 3-D printer and test out 3-D pens that will be part of the library’s new maker space, Square One, opening early next year!

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Teen Advisory Board Graduation 2016

Congratulations to Zach, Onica, Roshelle, Navneet who attended the library’s first graduation ceremony for TAB’s senior members. Two members, Emily and Joseph, could not make it because of work commitments. All six members leave big shoes to fill, as they have been excellent leaders of TAB.

These are just a few examples of the work they have done over the past year with TAB.

Roshelle and Navneet led the teens in organizing the successful Halloween Party where over 250 local teens attended at the library.

Onica and Joseph volunteered extensively and the most consistently for the past Summer Reading Programs.

Navneet and Emily took the lead in creating a TAB presentation and presented at school board meetings, classrooms and all staff meetings to spread awareness of TAB and recruit new TAB members.

All six of them have received youth development training with Rogelio Villagrana and the UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program. All TAB members receive training in public speaking, event planning, time management and leadership skills in order to effectively plan and promote library programs for youth and teens in the community.

During the graduation ceremony, each member was able to confidently give a small speech about what they liked most about TAB, what they learned from TAB and how this would help them in the future. Full disclosure- this part of the ceremony was impromptu, as they were asked to say a few words when they accepted their medals. Just goes to show how prepared and self-assured they have become. Ready for anything!

Parents and siblings where appreciative of the library’s program and how it helped their child to be involved in community service. Younger TAB members, Anoushka, Mia and Amber also attended to support their graduating peers. Anoushka volunteered her photography skills to take all the pictures of the event and Mia brought cookies to share.

Mayor Tom Stallard congratulated the teens on their accomplishments and future goals of attending college. He reminded them to visit their college’s libraries as they are welcoming places that will help them succeed in school.

Greta Galindo, the library’s Director, expressed gratitude to the teens for all their volunteer work in making the library a fun place for youth. Several library board members and Woodland High School’s librarian, Corinne, also attended to show support and congratulate the TAB members.

It was an intimate event filled with appreciation and accomplishment. Thank you to everyone that came to support the graduating TAB members. Congratulations to the class of 2016!

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Skills for Teen Parents

The Woodland Public Library received a grant from the California State Library to host a series of life-skills workshops called “Skills for Teen Parents” or STeP.

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STeP started in January with 6 young moms ranging in age from 17-20 and ended in May with an intimate graduation celebration. The moms participated in 10 workshops where they learned a wide range of skills from experts in the following fields :STeP Schedule Official.

The graduation ceremony started with a special guest speaker, Dr. Maria Armstrong, Superintendent of Woodland Joint Unified School District. Dr. Armstrong said she could not pass up on the chance to talk with the teen moms, as she was one herself. Her story, really resonated with the young moms and inspired them to believe in themselves.

After Dr. Armstrong spoke, each girl came up to speak about what they learned and enjoyed most about the program. While a few were shy, they spoke well and confidently about their experience and goals for the future. Here is an example of what a positive impact STeP has made for these young moms:IMG_2365

 

STeP is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State  Librarian and the Friends of the Woodland Public Library and City of Woodland Measure J funds.

Thank you to our numerous community partners and   sponsors: Woodland Joint Unified School District, Yolo County Adolescent Family Life Program, Yolo Center for Families, UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program, Empower Yolo, Travis Credit Union, Brian Pakpour Law, Yolo County Department of Child Support Services and UC Cooperative     Extension.