Check out what is going on @ Curtis Teens this month!

October Activities

Teen Movie Matinee: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Friday, October 7th, 2-4:30pm

No school? Come celebrate October with Curtis Teens!

We will have snacks and Halloween candy!

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Gil Kenan & Jason Reitman. Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. Rated: PG-13

No registration required.

Teen Games: Dungeons and Dragons

This exciting D&D club will meet on Wednesdays in October.

This activity is only available to Teens and Tweens (grades 6-12).

Registration is required for the October session and may continue based on player interest. No experience required.

(See the kids schedule for the 4th and 5th grade D&D program).

Register here

Teen Crafts: Pumpkin Crafts and Candy Scavenger Hunt

Friday, October 28th from 3:30-5pm

Washi tape pumpkin decorating, pumpkin origami, and a candy hunt!

Costumes encouraged! In the Teen Zone. 

This activity is only available to Teens and Tweens (grades 6-12).

In the Teen Zone: Jack-o-lantern Bookmark Activity

All Month Long (while supplies last)

Create a cute bookmark with a jack-o-lantern face or your own design!

In the Teen Zone.

This activity is only available to Teens and Tweens (grades 6-12).

Books, Books, and More Books…

Book Review: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

All My Rage is an emotional, powerful, and beautiful telling of what life in America can be like for immigrants and people of color. It follows the journeys of three people – Noor and Salahudin in the present, and Misbah (Salahudin’s mother) in the past. Misbah’s perspective narrates her story of when she and her husband moved to America to start a family and their motel, The Cloud’s Rest Inn.  

Noor and Salahudin became friends when Noor moved to America but a fight causes them to not talk to each other during a time when they need each other the most. This fight also results in Noor not talking to Misbah who was a mother figure to her. Noor moved to America when she was a young girl under the care of her uncle after an earthquake killed her family. Noor works at her uncle’s liquor shop but wishes to move away from their small town of Juniper, California to go to college and become a doctor. However, her uncle does not support her dream and his cruelty forces her to apply secretly. Salahudin also has his struggles. After the death of his mother, he must find a way to manage his alcoholic father and keep the family’s motel afloat. He soon realizes that there are even more bills due and money owed than he thought. He starts to sacrifice himself to keep his mother’s dream alive. 

The characters in All My Rage are beautifully developed.  I immediately became invested in each of their stories. They are each challenged with immense struggles in their lives, but they show perseverance and strength as they get through the tough times. Each of their stories is incredibly emotional and reading them brought tears to my eyes. I particularly loved reading Misbah’s perspective in the past. Their stories are told beautifully and expressively. The book is also paced beautifully and pulls readers in from the very start. It was hard to put the book down.

There are some heavy themes in the book, but the author, Sabaa Tahir, handles them extremely well in a  thought-provoking manner. The themes revolve around grief, fitting in, abuse, alcohol/drugs, family, religion, and the way people of color are treated. Reading All My Rage is an emotional experience. It’s so descriptive and immersive that it makes you feel every scene. In conclusion, All My Rage is an amazing and powerful book. Reading it felt like a privilege. I would recommend this book. –Eliza Davis, 8th grade student and Teen Advisory Board Member.

NEW TEEN READS

Before Takeoff
Bad Things Happen Here
Attention Hijacked
Who we were in the dark
Storybooth
Melt with you
A secret princess
Love times infinity
See you yesterday / Rachel Lynn Solomon.
Breaking Time
The name she gave me
How we ricochet
Love and Other Great Expectations
Jumper

YOUTH SERVICES STAFF

Pam Jenkins – Youth Services Manager

725-5242 x234

Jocelyn Kelly – Teen Services x218

Diana McFarland x238

Robyn Fay-Tringali x233

Youth Services Desk x225