Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Are you on the list?

Did you know that the Teen Department at the Main Library has a FREE to join monthly subscription book box for ages 13-18?
It's called Library Loot and yes, it really is 100% free. All you have to have to be able to participate is a working library card, because you do have to check out your box like you would a library book.
Inside each monthly box is a book chosen for you by the Main Library Teen staff, and a bunch of other cool stuff including snacks, candy and a variety of themed prizes like toys, key chains. stickers, bookmarks, and much more. Every box is different because the book inside is hand picked especially for the receiver based on their reading preferences.
Right now the box subscriptions are wait-list only, but if you want to receive one in the future, stop by the main library teen room, talk to Nikki, Alex or Elia and get your name on the waiting list! Check out an example of what the monthly boxes look like:

January box. Theme: Action and Adventure. (Photo courtesy Dominique Sandoval, Scarlet Photography)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Featured Artist - Shawnee

Thanks to Shawnee who recently brought in her amazing ink sketch called "Bait" which she drew for 2019 Inktober.

"Bait" by Shawnee

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome to 2020!

It's a new year in Teen Services and we are super excited about things that are coming up at all of our libraries this year!
We have just received a very generous grant from the Library Services and Technology act which allowed us to HOOK UP our branches with some amazing stuff just for you! All of our library teen departments now have:

PlayStation 4 with Virtual Reality

Oculus Go Virtual Reality

Ozobots Coding Robots

Little Bits R2D2 Build a Droid Kits

Little Bits Moon Rover Build a Droid Kits

On top of this we also have VR games, new books on all kinds of technology related topics and even science-related board games! Keep an eye on the teen calendars for your closest libraries because we'll be having some amazing programs coming up from now until June featuring all of this great new stuff!

See you at the library!

~Elia Juarez
Teen Services Manager

Teens helping each other use the new Oculus
Go at Main Library
One of our teens enjoying the Oculus Go at the Main Library.

Monday, September 23, 2019

October Teen Art Contest

Some of you know that this year during the Summer Reading program, the Main Library's teen room hosted our first ever art contest. Well, it was so popular we decided to have another one for the month of October! Here's what you need to know:

* The contest is open to anyone living in Yuma County who is between the ages of 13 and 18.

* Each artist may only submit ONE piece of art. It must not be larger than 8" by 12".

* We will start accepting art on October 1st and we will stop accepting art on November 2nd at 5PM. Judging will take place November 3rd.

* Due to space limitations, only 2-dimensional art will be accepted, so no sculptures or other 3D pieces please.

* Any medium is just fine, but all art has to be 100% original work (no tracing or editing of other people's original art). High quality photocopies or high-resolution scans of your original work are fine to submit.

*This is a Halloween themed art contest, so your art has to be related to: Anime, Movies, TV shows, Video Games, Comics and Manga (No YouTube fandoms will be accepted).

* Your art must feature at least one character from your fandom in a Halloween costume.

* Your art can be turned in in person at the Main Library teen room or you cane-mail a scan to

*After the contest, you must pick up your work no later than Saturday, November 16th by 5PM or it becomes property of the teen room. 

* Top 3 places will be chosen by a panel of impartial judges, and a voting jar will be available for one week after November 3rd to pick a "people's choice" winner.

If you have any questions about the contest, you can e-mail us at, come into the teen room and speak to Dominique or call us at 928-373-6479.

Below are some examples of the artwork turned in for the LibraryCon's art contest back in May.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Artist of the Week: Luke Bowling

This week's art is a pencil sketch from Luke Bowling, he calls it Sume Bro. It's an original character.
Nice job Luke!

"Sume Bro" by Luke Bowling

Monday, September 9, 2019

Artist of the Week: Zoey Myers

This week's featured artist is Zoey Myers who made this cool pencil drawing of a character she designed and created herself. She calls him Flower Boi.

Nice job Zoey!

Flower Boi by Zoey Myers

If you are between the ages of 13 and 18 and want to be a featured artist, poet, or author on the Teen Xing Blog, drop off your original artwork at the Main Library teen room any time during open hours, or e-mail us a JPeg scan of your art at
Writing must be submitted in .DOC format. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Artist of the Week - Andres Perez

Today's featured artist is a teen who has been featured on the blog in the past. This is a piece titled Naruto Vs. Sasuke based on the anime Naruto, created by Andres Perez. Beautiful work Andres!

Naruto Vs. Sasuke by Andres Perez