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  • Test Your Trivia Skills: Mythology

    Mythology Trivia

    We challenge you to a game of whits! Show us how much you know about mythology in our trivia series. 

    How to Play:

    Click the link above.
    Enter a nickname and join the game.
    Check back for weekly trivia games every Monday.

  • Volunteer at Home

    Volunteer at Home

    Looking to make a difference with your new-found free time? Find opportunities to:

    • Put your art skills to use creating cards to cheer up those in need.
    • Transcribe books and materials for the visually impaired.
    • Contribute to a scientific research project by observing nature in your neighborhood.
    • and more!
  • Get Creative at Home

    Get Creative At Home

    We may be stuck at home but don't let that put a damper on your creativity! Discover new challenges, opportunities and hobbies with resources to help you:

    • Write a novel.
    • Get published.
    • Paint a picture.
    • Create are from books.
    • And more!
  • De-Stress at Home

    De-stress at home

    We are living in stressful times. It is just as important that you take care of your emotional well-being as your physical well-being. Here are some mindfulness and de-stressing resources to help you:

    • Learn to meditate.
    • Pracice yoga.
    • Invite more calm into your life.
  • Escape at Home

    Escape at Home

    Looking to escape without having to get out of the house? Look no further than these digital escape rooms:

    Stranger Things Escape Room

    Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

    Six of Crows Escape Room

    The Minotaur's Labyrinth Escape Room

  • What to Read at Home

    What to Read at Home

    Fill up your to-read pile with:

    • Themed lists
    • Awesome book blogs
    • Authors to follow on Instagram and Twitter
    • And more!
  • Learn Something New at Home

    Learn Something New at Home

    No time like the present to pick up a new skill or language. Check out these great resources to learn something new like:

    • How to make brownies.
    • How to speak pirate (or any other language).
    • How to code your own video game
    • and more!
  • Take a Field Trip at Home

    Take a Field Trip at Home

    You don't have to leave the comfort of home to experience the best the world has to offer! Take a tour of:

    • Museums
    • National parks
    • The White House
    • Mars
    • and more!
  • elementia issue xvii Early Digital Release

    elementia issue xvii cover

    We are so excited to announce the early release of the digital issue of elementia issue xvii! We hope that you can scroll through its pages and find stories and art that reflect your experiences, make you feel seen and heard, and most of all, inspire you! 

Latest Content

Teen Review
A Love Hate Thing Cover
Whitney D. Grandison
Reviewer's Rating: 
Friday, Apr 24, 2020

After being involved in a terrible accident, Tyson Trice is taken in by his grandfather's family friends to go live in a bougey town called Pacific Hills. Growing up in a rough environment, especially now that he lost the one person he loved the most, he does not like this change. However, along the way, a certain group of people make his summer the best ever and completely change his outlook on life. The most compelling aspect of the book was that it was SO diverse. Both main characters were from African descent, but not all the characters were like that. They incorporated Hispanic and...

Teen Review
The Winter Duke Cover
Claire Eliza Bartlett
Reviewer's Rating: 
Friday, Apr 24, 2020

As the daughter of the duke, Ekata was born into a world of cut-throat politics and tenuous alliances. Unlike her siblings, though, all she wants to do is escape and study the life sciences she finds so fascinating. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances throw her into the thick of the court politics she has tried all her life to avoid. She must learn quickly how to navigate her situation and hold her head high if she wants to retain her position- and her life. I love the political intrigue throughout the book. It's not something that I've found done in a compelling way in many YA books,...

Teen Review
We Speak in Storms Cover
Natalie Lund
Reviewer's Rating: 
Friday, Apr 24, 2020

Fifty years ago in a town barely more than a pinpoint on a map, a deadly tornado swept through the local drive-in and took a whole generation of teenagers with it. In the present, there are too many coincidences: another tornado, the now ruined drive-in, and the same teens roaming as Spirits. 

There were so many beautiful parts of this novel that I hardly know where to begin! Firstly, the plot was absolutely gripping and eerily haunting at the same time. The supernatural aspect was just enough to make your spine tingle. The suspense left me breathless chapter after chapter, as did...

elementia News

elementia issue xvii Early Digital Release

elementia issue xvii cover

We are so excited to announce the early release of the digital issue of elementia issue xvii! We hope that you can scroll through it's pages and find stories and art that reflect your experiences, make you feel seen and heard, and most of all inspire you! 

elementia News

elementia issue xvii Reception Canceled

Counting Stars by Lucy Sun

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the elementia issue xvii reception on April, 24, 2020 is cancelled as is the exhibition scheduled to run April 20 - May 8 at the Central Resource Library. 

Teen Review
The Gravity of Us cover
Phil Stamper
Reviewer's Rating: 
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020

If you like romance, space, and getting back at greedy T.V. companies while saving NASA- this story is for you. The protagonist is witty, sarcastic, and likable, the side characters complex, and the plot is compelling. What more could you want? Stamper creates a story that revolves around very human experiences: the compulsion to fix what you love (even if it’s not your job), the rush of young love, sticking up for yourself and others in the face of opposition, and a love of space travel. Hard to imagine a better book.

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