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Teen Advisory Board Application
What is a TAB? It’s an opportunity to participate in San Marino’s community and make new friends, while also building a better library for you and your peers. You’ll have the opportunity to have input in the library’s YA (Young Adult) books and help create YA events geared towards you and your friends. Students currently in 7th-12th grade are encouraged to apply. 

YALSA'S 2020 Teens' Top Ten Announced!

  1. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell. Wednesday Books/Macmillan. 9781250146076.
  2. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second/Macmillan. 9781626721623.
  3. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen/HarperCollins. 9780062662835.
  4. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House. 9781524720995.
  5. Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard. HarperTeen/ HarperCollins. 9780062423023.
  6. #MurderFunding (#MurderTrending #2) by Gretchen McNeil. Freeform/Disney Book Group. 9781368026277.
  7. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal. Farrar Straus Giroux /Macmillan 9780374311544.
  8. Lovely War by Julie Berry Viking/Penguin Random House. 9780451469939.
  9. Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House. 9780525645580.
  10. The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy. Blink/HarperCollins Publishing. 9780310767657.

Download the full list with annotations.

How to Build a PC
Youtube video guide on how teenagers can build their own computer, presented by a local Girl Scout. 

Power supply:
It is not a power source but it may need to change voltage up or down, convert power to direct current, or regulate power for smoother outcoming voltage. These functions will help you choose which supply you need for your electrical needs.

A small chip that goes into your motherboard and is the center for most calculations. The CPU or Central Processing Unit handles the most basic system directions such as opening applications and using a mouse. CPU and processor can be used interchangeably; meaning they have the same definition.

A metal case to store all your materials in; it’s the most customizable option for your PC.

Graphics Card:
It is the card that renders images onto your screen; the better the graphics card the more smooth and higher quality the image will be displayed. This is also the material that deals with FPS or frames per second. The GPU or Graphics Processor Unit is the main aspect in your graphics card. It works as a translator for data to transform into imagery. You can also upgrade your graphics cards by adding expansion slots; the slots will almost always be on your motherboard.

Random Access Memory or RAM is one of the most important materials in your PC. This material stores all your data in an accessible format for your computer to use. Your PC performance and speed is dependent on your RAM; the less memory you have the poorer performance your PC will have. You can also upgrade your memory at any point by purchasing more sticks of RAM and putting them onto your motherboard.

The biggest and the most important piece of your PC is your motherboard, a large circuit piece that other materials will attach on to. Because it’s a large circuit piece; this means it easily conducts electricity so it's important to make sure you don't have an electrical change on your hands. The most common electrical charge is static energy; you can get rid of this charge by washing your hands or putting on lotion. As the name represents its the mother of all things in your PC; every material will communicate with the motherboard. To attach things to the motherboard you need to have the blueprint every motherboard comes with; it's usually a white piece of paper with an outlined picture of the motherboard. In that pamphlet it will label everything on the motherboard and show which parts other materials will attack onto.

SSD, or solid-state driver, gathers the data of your PC. Like smartphones, they have memory chips and can access data immediately.


The first thing you want to do when building a PC is unbox every material you have. After you have done this you should put each material into its own group to keep organized. The next thing is inserting the motherboard; to put this in correctly you need to make sure it's facing you and in a way where you can access all parts of the board and the motherboard screw holes line up with the ones on the case. Once you find a comfortable spot for it; the board comes with four to five screws to use for fastening. Use these to tighten your motherboard to your PC; you also don't have to use all four 3 can be enough to hold down your board.

The second step is inserting the power supply; because it comes with a fan it’s most efficient to put the fan up to an open spot on the case.
This way there is more circulation with the air making the fan run smoother.You want the side with the switch to be facing the outside of your PC so it's accessible to you; it also comes with screws to fasten it. However, the power supply does come with a large cable you will save to use for later, so in the meantime you can tie it up with a zip tie or put it to the side. The power supply also comes with a plug you can use on an outlet. This should go through a hole in your case to lead to outside the PC case.

The third direction is to attach the memory, graphics card, and the processor to the motherboard. This is where the blueprint for the motherboard comes in handy; if you look inside it you can find every part labeled and where to put each part correctly. The memory sticks go into a slit where you have to press down on them until you hear a clicking sound. The graphics card has a similar attachment except it's a bigger slit on the motherboard. Lastly, the processor goes into a special place on the motherboard; there is a rectangle place in the center of the PC with a latch. Undo the latch and put in the processor in a way where it fits, then put the latch back down.

The fourth thing to attach is the SSD, this item is really light meaning you only need one screw to attach it into your PC. This can go anywhere as long as there is a hole to place a screw in.

The fifth step is to attach every material together using cables.
These cables usually come with each material and can be attached onto the motherboard. There is one main cable called the power cord and it's attached to the power supply. This cable can be used to connect to other materials like the SSD. Use this cable to attach the SSD and motherboard to each other. Once you do this they will all be connected with each other, the motherboard, SSD, and the power supply.

Finally, to test your PC you can use a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
You can connect these to your pc using a HDMI cord for the monitor and two USB cords for the keyboard and mouse. Then, plug your PC into an outlet and press the start button on the power supply. This button is usually one that looks like a switch and has a closed circle and open circle on it. If settings appear on the monitor; you will know your PC runs correctly. However, if you want to run Windows on your PC you will need a flash drive and download Windows onto it. You can do this by going to a computer that already has Windows on it and going to settings and searching Windows update; this will give you the option to download Windows on another device. Press this option and make sure you have the hard drive attached to the computer with Windows and start downloading. Once finished, you have a hard drive with Windows on it which you can use to upload into your PC.

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