Monthly Archives: March 2014

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Chill Out!  It’s a matter of life and death.  Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but not much.  A recent study on teen and adult stress found that stress-induced habits are emerging during the teen years.  The physical and emotional ailments that haunt stressed out adults are permeating the lives of teens.  Balancing time demands is one area affecting up to 59% of teens, especially during the school year.

In addition to  juggling home and school responsibilities, many teens are under increasing pressure to test early and often for college entrance.  If you’re past the testing marathon, you’re likely writing essays for entrance requirements and/or scholarships.  For those not on a college path, your stress may be even worse.  The pressure of being told you should have a clear path, when you’re unsure of where you want to go in life, can be even worse than a rigidly mapped course.

Whatever your current botheration (yes that’s really a word), you need to find healthy ways to let off some steam.  A way to vent is always better than molten lava festering inside.  Stress lava can burn you from the inside out or explode without warning.

Parents, teachers and even a librarian or two, may lament the copious amounts of time you spend on electronic devices.  But ironically, the first stress reliever I’m suggesting is to play online.  In search of stress relief tips for teens, I came across an article showcasing 8 quick online tension-tamers.

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Teen Books to Movies Coming Soon

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent cover image

Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic society where people are divided into five factions.  Each faction is based on a core value; honesty, peacefulness, selflessness, bravery, and intelligence. Every 16 year old must choose a faction, and that choice will define them for the rest of their lives. Would you stay with the faction you were born into or choose a new life? Beatrice Prior (Tris) discovers the choice may not be so simple.  Tris is shocked to learn that she has strengths for more than one faction which means she is a Divergent. But being Divergent is something that could get her killed…

Who’s starring: Shailene Woodley is playing Tris and Theo James is playing Tobias. Kate Winslet is also in the film.

Watch the trailer for Divergent Release date: March 21, 2014

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LYFF Featured Films and Filmmakers

LYFF_NewWe are extremely proud of all the film submissions that we received for the 2014 Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival at the Library.

We are pleased to announce the twelve films to be featured at the film premier: 

  • Win, Lose, or Draw by Beargrass Media
  • Butterfly Fly Away by Meagan Compton
  • Green Green Grass by Edward Boomershine
  • Auto-Correct and Auto-Tune by Erin Kurtz
  • I’ll See You Soon by Sultana Avdic
  • Toaster or What You Will by Emma Bryan
  • The Rivalry by Hannah Esrock
  • The House by Murray Huber
  • Stranger by Landis Breland Helwig
  • Mortuus Frater Meus by Alexander William Scarfe
  • Safalta by Sidartha Biswa
  • The Butterfly Effect by Emily Downs

All other submissions will be on display during intermission, and filmmakers, families and friends will have the opportunity to speak with their peers.  Submissions will be added to the Library’s YouTube channel following the festival.

The festival premier will be March 15th, 2 pm in the Centennial Room at the Main Library and will last until around 4:30 pm.