Teen Think Tank (6th - 12th Grade): Travel the World Over

Are you suffering from Cabin Fever? You know the feeling of being cooped up for far too long and you just need to GO...like ANYWHERE? We've all been there! Even though you can't travel (*ahem, restrictions*), we've searched the world over to find you the best travel stories. Be prepared discover the Big Wide Unknown! Adventure (and maybe a little romance) awaits!

#READ: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from EverywhereAs the daughter of a time traveler, Nix has spent sixteen years sweeping across the globe and through the centuries aboard her father's ship. Modern-day New York City, nineteenth-century Hawaii, other lands seen only in myth and legend-Nix has been to them all. But when her father gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. Rae Carson meets Outlander in this epic debut fantasy. If there is a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place and any time. But now that he's uncovered the one map he's always sought-1868 Honolulu, the year before Nix's mother died in childbirth-Nix's life, her entire existence, is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix's future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who's been part of their crew for two years.



#LISTEN: Playing for Change: Songs Around the World

Playing for Change

Playing for Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
Playing for Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people.


Check out the website and read the stories behind the song!


#EXPLORE: Nellie Bly Around the World in 72 Days

The famous novel, Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, was the inspiration for Nellie Bly's journey. In fact, she met up with the author on Day 9 of her trip and discussed the differences between her planned itinerary to the journey of Verne's fictional character. Discover what else Nellie did on her trip around the world using the link above to the Heinz History Center's outline of her journey.


#JOIN: WriterLab

Do you love language? Know what it feels like to breathe life into a character by putting pen to paper? Be empowered through storytelling, all while building writing skills. Explore your imagination through creative, hands-on writing activities and games. (For ages 12 – 17)

The month of March offers lots of reasons to celebrate writers. It’s National Women’s History Month, National Irish American Heritage Month, there’s a Write Your Story Day, and even a Tolkien Reading Day! WriterLab offers a supportive, collaborative environment where we can celebrate all things writing related together.

Supplies Needed:

  • pen/pencil
  • paper

THEME: Women’s History – Nellie Bly
FEATURED BOOK: The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – 5:00 PM


#KEEP READING: Continue your travels with these great reads!


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