By Morgan Williams
There are two amazing libraries in the area that have amazing teen programs.
One of the two is the Collinsville Community Library, located at 2632 Delta Rd. in Brogue.
They have all different kinds of programs at their library that it’s almost always busy.
A program they have is Teen Tuesday, which occurs only once on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and is very popular with the teens.
Every Teen Tuesday is different because they always have a theme for each time they have it.
The best thing is the teens that attend get to choose what the next theme is and every idea is heard and eventually done.
Another cool program the library has is the Summer Reading Club (SRC). The SRC happens every summer from the first of June to the middle of August.
A neat thing about the SRC is that there are amazing prizes that anyone can win. Some prizes that were won last summer were things like a digital camera, an iPhone, an artist kit. It is a very sensational program, and it costs you nothing.
For the Lego lovers out there, the library has a program for that too. Two to four times a year and once a summer the Collinsville Library has this awesome program for the Lego lovers.
If you build something creative with Legos at the library on one of the Lego program days, they will put it up in the library for everyone to see.
The Collinsville Library is also an amazing hangout spot for teens, it is a laid back place with not a ton of rules and is not stiff like usual libraries are. It is definitely one of a kind.
They also have computers there for those technology lovers.
If you think that this isn’t enough, just wait till summer when a lot more teen programs and activities are expected to begin.
The second library that is also loved around the area is the Kaltreider-Benfer Library (KBL) that is located at 147 South Charles Street in Red Lion. Their contact number is (717)-244-2032. This library has a great Kindle lending program that everyone can use.
Charlaine Harris and The Wind through the Keyhole by Stephen King fill the Kindles they have with a great selection of books like Deadlocked.
The staff at Kaltreider has planned that each month they will put more fiction and non-fiction best sellers in the Kindles.
KBL also has a really good computer area and Wi-Fi. Their computers are equipped with all Microsoft applications and you can use CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, and other external media with their computers.
Plus the KBL has a massive selection of books for all ages and of all kinds/genres. It’s a great hangout spot too.
All in all these two libraries are amazing places for teens, so visit them and see it all.
A girl in Winter Haven, FL (between Tampa and Orlando) committed suicide. Her name was Rebecca Sedwick and she was bullied to death. Bullied so much and so badly that she climbed to her death on a water tower and jumped.
Her story can teach us a lot about bullying and suicide. Rebecca was first verbally bullied until it later became what is known as cyber bullying.
Sedwick moved schools. Everything was going really well for her in the new school. Then her classmates at her other school found her online. Authorities have said Rebecca was “terrorized” by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her and picked on her for months through online message boards and texts.
We can learn when enough is enough. The girls bullied her everyday. Calling her every name you can think of.
“They say things like, ‘you should die, you should drink bleach and die,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Two girls, ages 12 and 14 were arrested. They were both charged with felony aggravated stalking, police have said. Judd said investigators made the arrests after the 14 year old made incriminating comments on social media.
Someone shouldn’t feel so bad that they start cutting themselves because they are being called every name in the book. Someone shouldn’t feel so worthless and sad about himself or herself.
We should learn to not bully each other and be judging each other. We don’t know what goes on at home. Each and every one of us has a story. Some are worst, happy, sad or bad. We should know words do hurt.
By Ian Adler and Rebecca Hosier
Since September 29, 2000, over 13 years ago, 1,104 Israelis, and 6,829 Palestinians have been killed all because of a war that is over 3,000 long, according to ifamericansknew.org.
As World War II came to a close and light was shed upon Nazi Germany’s actions, Britain and the US migrated some of the surviving Jews to the ancient holy land of Israel. With a previous history of land dispute and violence, the Palestinians and Jewish people battled for control of the land they believed was rightfully theirs.
In 1948, as Israel became a recognized nation, fighting broke out between Jewish combatants seeking independence and Arab soldiers looking to protect their land. Before this, a civil war was also fought with an undetermined winner.
The United Nations had formed the Partition Plan aiming at bringing peace to these two separate groups of people by dividing land among them fairly equally. Lust for control caused this agreement to be broken and more combat to arise.
On December 11, 1948 the UN had also passed Resolution 194, which established the right for Arab refugees to return.
Little conflicts and tension caused the Six Day War from June 5 to June 10, 1967. The largely outnumbered Israeli of about 100,000 seemed to decimate the Arab force of close to 240,000 according to wikipedia.org.
Time has done little to cool the conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian governments. Today marks the highest level of tension yet between the opposing nations.
In a Washington Post article titled “Some Israeli leaders question peace talks with Palestinians after Weekend Attacks”, the Israeli Minister of Economy and Commerce stated, “Twenty years after the Oslo accords, our partner has not changed. We cannot make peace with terrorists who throw the bodies of soldiers into pits; we must fight them without mercy”
Upon graduation of high school, it is required that Israeli men and women serve at least two years in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
This mandatory service is not up for debate, as there is little room to relax or trust whoever is walking down the street next to you. There has been constant breaking of treaties on both sides, both Israeli and Palestinian.
Since anyone can remember, the Hebrew (Jewish) people have been enslaved, exiled from their land and under constant oppression and attack. Today, their enemies include anyone from the Nazis of World War II to the majority of Muslims and Muslim countries who outnumber them by a significant margin.
Contrary to popular belief Palestine and the surrounding countries are not a “wasteland full of religious extremist screaming about infidels and the holy jihad,” the area of Palestine and Israel has flourished throughout history.
The root of terrorism against America comes from our support of the Israelis in the conflict. The US gives 8.5 million dollars a day to the Israeli government each day.
If you know anything about religious roots, you would know that the Jewish and Muslim peoples do not get along very well, and with America’s support of the mainly Jewish Israelis, it makes us a prime target for terror attacks.
To separate the territories, Israel is in the process of constructing a barrier wall that measures about 440 miles long, eight meters high, and 60 meters wide.
In addition to the wall, Palestinian property is being confiscated and being built upon. The settlements are then sold at a reduced amount to anyone who can prove Jewish lineage on their mother’s side.
If you are still wondering why these two cannot just get along and be the “bigger person” (or in this case, society), the answer is clear as holy water. There is no answer.
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