Saturday, December 8, 2012

Teens Only | Imagine

Have you ever felt totally transported while listening to the lyrics of a song? That's what happens to me whenever I hear John Lennon's "Imagine," especially these lines:

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Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world...

So I was walking through the teen section at the Cesar Chavez Central Library, and came across this book: It's Our World, Too!: Young People Who Are Making a Difference: How They Do It -- How YOU Can, Too! In this book, author Phillip Hoose writes about his interviews of several young people ages 8 to 17 who took steps to change the world for the better. Their reason? It's our world, too! Although the young people came from a wide variety of backgrounds and places, they all cared about others. They weren't afraid to take risks. And they didn't give up easily. And here's something really cool that all the young people had in common: they believed they had power now, even though they couldn't vote yet and still lived under someone else's roof.

I know, I know...I'm sounding a little preachy. Apologies. But think about it. Think of the power that YOU have. 

Hoose's book is only on the shelves at the Chavez Library, but it's so worth placing a request on and reading it! If you're not sure about placing a request, ask a staff person to help you. I think you'll be glad you did. 

In the meantime, have you heard about the website Free Rice? It's an online vocabulary game. For every answer you get right, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.
Just something to do while you're on your computer. Thank you.

So I started this rambling blog with John Lennon's lyrics. Pretty powerful. 

And by the way, today, December 8th, marks 32 years since John Lennon was killed. 
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