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The 2021 Summer Reading Challenge is Almost Here!

Mark your calendars - the Summer Reading Challenge returns on June 1!

We'll combine our love for animals and reading with the theme Tails & Tales. And a fun new BINGO format provides more chances to win prizes!

Keep an eye on our website for more information over the next few weeks.

April Take and Make: Paper Garden

This is not an April Fool's joke!

The next Take and Make for Tweens will be available at Council Tree and Harmony Libraries starting on April 1.

Be sure to pick one up for instructions and materials to make a bouquet of paper poppies and paper hyacinths, and a garland of paper flowers.

New Take and Make Kit: Next Level Card Making

 It’s February! That means the new Take and Make Kit for Teens and Tweens is out. This month’s kit will contains instructions and supplies for making a pop up card and a card that lights up!

You can pick up a kit at any of our three locations: Old Town Library, Harmony Library, or Council Tree Library.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your cards by sending them to Everyone who sends us a picture, comment, or suggestion by March 7th is eligible to win a Target gift card and extra card making supplies.

If you want to learn how to make even more types of pop up cards, or find other circuit projects that you can make at home, check out our booklist on Ideas for Pop Up and Light Up Cards and our list of videos on paper crafting techniques.

Inspired by NANOWRIMO - a Poetry Challenge Study Break for you!

This week we challenge you to try a new form of poetry! I'll share a few ideas with you and let you go from there. You can do one challenge, or all 4 of them! And, in case you don’t know what NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) is check it out here.

Poetry Challenge #1: Haiku

Traditionally, a haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that follows a tight syllabic structure that juxtaposes two subjects, usually related to a natural or seasonal phenomenon.

The required syllabic structure is:

Five syllables

Seven syllables

Five syllables

First try brainstorming some words that relate to your favorite season – any season! Now, use some of those words and try creating a haiku, or two or three.

Learn more about Haiku with Kwame Alexander (the author of The Crossover, Solo, and many more) here. 

Poetry Challenge #2: Blackout Poetry

This type of poetry is created by blacking out the words printed on a page that you don’t want to use in your poem. Then the words leftover become your poem. It’s also a kind of art, so it’s art and poetry combined!

For your printed pages you can use pages from old books, newspapers, magazines, etc. You can even try creating a picture in your blacked-out areas! Here is a website where you can see some great examples and learn more.

Poetry Challenge #3: Acrostic Poetry

In an acrostic poem the first, last, or other letters in each line spells your keyword. The keyword is written vertically in bold or colored letters. Lots of adjectives and verbs are used.

Tips for writing an acrostic poem:

Write your word or words down vertically when planning.

Brainstorm words or phrases that describe your idea.

Place your brainstormed words or phrases on the lines that begin with the same letters.

Fill in the rest of the lines to create a poem.

Try writing one using the title of a favorite song or book as your keyword. Here is a quick video about Acrostic Poetry. 

Poetry Challenge #4: Concrete or Shape Poetry

These styles of poetry rely on a strong relationship between visuals and words. There is no preferred style or guidelines for shape and concrete poetry so long as the audience can clearly make the connection between the words and visuals.

Tips for writing a concrete or shape poem:

Start by writing out your whole poem without putting it into a shape.

Then let the words make up the shape later.

There are no rules when it comes to a concrete poem, so you’re free to let your imagination run wild!

Remember that the more words you have, the bigger your shape will be.

Try writing one using a shape from the natural world. Here is a video with some examples and more tips.


You have completed all of the poetry challenges – which is your favorite? Email us and let us know at

Also, check out this week’s Study Tip on “Searching the Library Catalog” to learn how to find the good books we have for you to read!

And remember to reach out to us at ( with any questions or requests. Have a great weekend!

A Spooky Study Tip and a Scary Study Break!

Welcome to a special spooky-themed Study Tip and super scary Study Break!

In this week's Study Tip I will share some great horror books you might want to add to your reading list! Check out the “Horror-able Reads for Tweens” video for a preview, and you can see the full list here on our Tween webpage.

In this week’s Study Break we challenge you to complete the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” themed virtual escape room! If you know the series, you will really get a kick out of this one. Follow the link and see if you can escape from the clutches of Harold in time!

And remember to reach out to us at with any questions or requests. Have a great weekend!

Study Break: Welcome to ART-ober!

We are officially in the month of October! That means falling leaves and pumpkin everything, cooler temperatures and spooky themes… and most importantly the library’s virtual challenge: ART-ober!

Challenge # 1: Create/Design your own bookmark
Challenge # 2: Explore artistic meditation – do a Zentangle
Challenge # 3: Plot Twist! Use an unexpected surface, medium, or tool to make your art
Challenge # 4: Add/include a book in your drawing

This virtual challenge can be done from home and with any supplies you have.

Fancy art pens and paints? Go for it. Digital is your favorite? No problem. Nothing but basic ball point pens? Some amazing art can be made with those. Plus, we will have some Take and Make kits in the Teen area at the Council Tree Library if you'd like some fancy new supplies. The options are endless!

Art is great for de-stressing whether you are “good” at it or not. You don’t have to make professional-looking art – in fact a lot of people do challenges like this because they want to learn or improve. Beginner or experienced, a challenge like this helps you build on your skills, and maybe get out of your comfort zone a bit in a good way. 

The Poudre Libraries’ ART-ober Challenge can be done in conjunction with other challenges – if you want to do Inktober or Drawtober as well, that’s fantastic!

If you have twitter or instagram and want to share your art be sure to tag @poudrelibraries and use the hashtags #artober and #librarychallenge.

Study Tip: Writing Resources

 Welcome to this week's Study Tip, a weekly post where we'll offer some tips and tricks for navigating this school year.

In this week's Study Tip I’ll share some writing sources and a special tip that will help you tackle those writing assignments. Check out our Writing Resources video for the ones you can find on our website as well as free resources you can access on the Internet.

For writing resources available on the Poudre Libraries website and other sources online, check out these links:

Brainfuse HelpNow!

EasyBib, Oxford English Dictionary, and Library Research Databases

Infoplease: Writing Skills

And remember to reach out to us at with any questions or requests. Have a great weekend!


Study Tip: Evaluating Sources

Welcome to this week's Study Tip, a weekly post where we'll offer some tips and tricks for navigating this school year.

This week's Study Tip is about finding and evaluating sources for papers or projects. Check out our Evaluating Sources video for tips on how to spot the difference between facts and opinions, how to evaluate your sources for accuracy and reliability, and where to find good sources in the first place.

For more tips on using and evaluating information resources, check out these links:

Fact-checking for Students

5 Ways to Spot Fake News

Fact-checking Tools for Teens and Tweens

And remember to reach out to us at with any questions. Have a great weekend!



Deck Out Your School Supplies

Welcome to our first ever Tween Study Break! A weekly series where we help you give your mind a break, and have some fun.

This week we’re sharing some ideas we’ve found on how you can get creative and personalize your school supplies.

A simple idea we really love is to personalize a blank plastic binder (you may already have one at home!) by getting creative with what goes inside the plastic sleeves on the outside. The Inspiration Board has instructions for how to do this using washi tape, but really, you can use anything!

Another quick and easy idea we found is to make bookmarks by cutting off the corners of blank envelopes, and decorating them. SerendipiDIY has photos that show you how. They use washi tape as well, but like with the binder cover inserts, you can use anything you want to decorate them.

Washi tape can be used in all kinds of ways to jazz up ordinary school supplies. You can use it cover notebooks, pencils, add flags to paper clips to turn them into bookmarks, add color to plain clipboards, reinforce hole punched paper (to keep them from ripping out of your binder), or even keep your charging cords organized.

Another way to recover plain or old notebooks is to glue fancy paper on top. Rockin’ Strawberries outlines how to do just that.

If you have leftover paint and want to get really fancy, we also found instructions on how to make confetti pencils from make + tell and instructions on how to make marbled pencils from South Lumina Style.

We hope you have fun getting artsy with your school supplies, and hope you share with us what you’ve made on social media, using the hashtag #PoudreTeens

Introducing Study Tips and Study Breaks for Tweens!

Welcome to the new Tween spot on the Poudre Libraries website! If you're in grades 4-8 this spot is just for you.

We know this school year is a little weird, and well, everything is really. We want to help you survive this year by providing some study tips, to help you excel at online school, and also some fun study breaks, to help you recharge and take care of yourself.

Every Friday a new Study Tip and Study Break will be presented here on the Tween blog courtesy of your teen librarians. Some of the Study Breaks will require registration to participate so be sure to keep an eye on the upcoming Events listed on this page so you don't miss out. Registration almost always starts 2 weeks before the event.

Let us know what you think, or if you have specific problems you need help tackling, and we'll do our best to help out. You can email us at

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