Teens, several months ago, I wrote a ground-breaking mullet-inspired (yes, the hairstyle) article about Young Adult resources at A.K. Smiley Public Library. It was a business up front, party in the back situation, in which I described some academic databases the library offers (the business), followed by a couple thrilling book recommendations (the party).
This month, I am shunning all business and just want to focus on the party, but I’m not sure what kind of haircut metaphor applies. A French braid? No, too stuffy. A flat-top fade? Too disciplined. A comb-over with a pony tail? Yes! That is the most party-ready hairstyle imaginable. Please read on to experience the world’s premier comb-over-with-a-pony-tail inspired article—a.k.a. an absolute party—in which we consider some very cool library resources that await your discovery.
First, let’s talk about drivers’ licenses. Do you want one? Do you need one? Do you dream of getting one? If you are nervous about the written portion of the driver’s test, oh teens, buckle your seatbelts and start here! The Library recently partnered with Driving-Tests.org to provide free unlimited access to the official California driver’s manual, online practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s licenses, an exam simulator, and more. Start taking the practice tests when you are 12 and have nothing to fear…you’ll be a pro by your sixteenth birthday!
Teens, of course I am joking. Even if you’re already 16 (or even older), this free resource is sure to help you master the rules of the road so you can tackle your written driver’s test with confidence. Take this resource for a spin from the Teens’ page of the A.K. Smiley Public Library website at www.akspl.org/teens, no login required. And what could feel like a bigger party than being a safe and informed driver? Very comb-over-with-a-pony-tail worthy.
Okay, okay, I hear you. You don’t want this party to end. Well you’re in luck. The Library currently offers another digital resource that you may want to check out immediately. SkillShare is an awesome online platform that provides access to thousands of creative courses, taught by industry experts, on all kinds of topics, ranging from animation to creative writing to graphic design to web development. Usually, access to this resource costs money. This is where the comb-over-with-a-ponytail comes in. Right now, if you use the link from the eDatabases page on the A.K. Smiley Public Library website (www.akspl.org/elibrary/#edatabases), you may activate your prepaid account for three months TOTALLY FREE.
As I mentioned, there are thousands of fun and potentially career-boosting courses to choose from. Here is just a tiny sampling of classes that caught my eye: DJing for Beginners, Pet Portraits, Write Your Own Screenplay, Art Journaling, Social Media Marketing: Top Tips for Growing Your Followers and Going Viral, Indie Filmmaking, Stop Motion for Beginners, and more. If you’ve ever dreamed of producing a stop-motion indie documentary about your surprisingly successful side gig selling still-life portraits of your Chihuahua, this is the resource for you.
Teens, don’t adjust your comb-over-with-a-ponytail just yet. I have one more party to share with you. The Calm Room, produced by the Rosen Teen Health and Wellness team, is pretty much what it sounds like…a virtual place to visit when you need to relax. A puppy play room cam? Yes, they’ve got it. Soothing fireplace sounds? Sure. Peaceful forest walk videos? Of course. Links to mindfulness and meditation apps and support hotlines? Affirmative. Wait, you don’t think this sounds like a party? Teens, please think with your comb-over. Sometimes the only party you need is a quiet one that allows you to re-center and catch your breath. You can access The Calm Room—and all the serenity it has to offer—from www.akspl.org/teens.
There you have it. You may now comb out your comb-over, release your pony tail, and start reveling in these digital resources immediately. And if you’re on Instagram and your parents approve, follow us at akspl_teens for all the late-breaking YA library news and events. We promise to keep the comb-over-with-a-ponytail content coming.