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Silicon Valley Reads and Los Altos Library partner on teen programs

As part of Silicon Valley Reads, the Los Altos Library this month offers a series of programs for teens centered on the theme “No Matter What: Caring, Coping and Compassion.”

Sarah Neeri, teen services librarian, sees the events as opportunities to provide teens with the resources to learn.

“The idea is that the community reads the same book and then thinks and interacts on that theme,” she said. “I’m hoping there is more awareness from teens – in person and online – and that the self-care and coping skills are valuable.”

The next program, “Mindfulness for Teens,” is scheduled 5:30 p.m. March 23 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Led by instructors from the YES! For Schools program, the interactive session has been taught to more than 13,000 Bay Area students. The program includes a yoga exercise, guided meditation and tips for students to reduce stress. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or towel.

The final event, “Solidifying Your Mindfulness Practice through Bullet Journaling,” is slated 4 p.m. March 27 at the main library. The workshop is a guided bullet journaling lesson led by creativity coach and author Kanesha Baynard of Los Altos.

Neeri said she hopes the events help teens gain skills they can use in their daily lives.

“Teens have stress from school, extracurricular events, applications and scholarships,” she noted. “These programs can provide useful tools to deal with any challenges they may face.”

Both free programs are for ages 13-18. Registration is not required, but attendance is limited to 100 teens.

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