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What's Up? Magazine is a publication for teens by teens who have been residents at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

If I don It write to empty my mind, I go mad. " -Lord Byron

Writing and reading can be very therapeutic and fulfilling. ReleasIng confusing teenage thoug hts and concerns onto paper helps us to understand ourselves better and seek solutions to the issues we face. Reading the problems and conditions that our peers are facing will aid In our understanding that we are not alone, that others have pushed through and so can we!

This publication was designed and compiled by The Library System of Lancaster County's What}s Up with the Libraty? Program. The staff travels to the Lancaster County youth Intervention Center twice a month to encourage young residents to read, write, and enjoy the free services the public library has to offer.

Thank you to all who have participated in this publication!

-Laura, What's Up with the Librsry? staff

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November 4, 2009 Issue 4 Table of Contents

Poems

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True stories

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Words of wisdom

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About the authors

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You can talk about me You may not like me You can spit on me

You can throw rocks at me You can hate me

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from the residents ...

Think before you act. Don't get locked up. Believe in yourself. -justin, 17

Looks can be deceiving. -Paige, 15

Learn from your mistakes quick. Don't get locked up. -Mervin, 18

Don't sink into darkness. -Dam-an, 17

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lam poetic. 1 like to chill and play football. -Mervin, 18,

It's really rare that people come across real people llke me.-Paige, 15

"Terrell is open to new thlnqs" "Terrell has a good personality" "Terrell is apeople's person, and is willing to try new things." -Terrell, 17

I am 17..1 like to draw. 1 w'ant to do something with my life, encourage kids not to get locked up. -Justin, 17

1 like sports.

lama cool guy. I'm respectful. -Eric, 17

Thoughtful. -Andrew, 17

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We love visiting the Youth InierventionCenter. Come visit us too! Please check out our website:

www.lancasterlibrarles.oru

Find a bookmobile stop

Find a local library

Get there!

Enjoy free stuff like:

Books DVDs CDs Audiobooks Internet access

Play wi! and xbox 360 on teen game nights.

Check the website for more information or contact Miss Laura at I kauffman@.lancasterlibraries. org.

See you at the library!

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The front cover of this issue of What's Up? .Magazine was created by William "Mickey" Beck .. Graphic Artist, Columbia, PA

The images on the cover and inside this magazine were gathered from the graphic artist and http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net.

They do not contain images of past or current residents of the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center.

Facilitated by the "What's Up with the Library?" program at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center

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Submit your writing and art! The next issue of What's Up? .Magazine will be published on February 3, 2010.

Residents at the Youth Intervention Center are encouraged to submit their writing or art for the next issue!

Be sure to fill out a sign-up form, located in the VIC library, and submit it with your writing by January 20, 2010.

Your writing & drawings should be submitted in the box in the YIC library or to: B!)'an Hubbard, a member of the YIC staff, or a member of theWhafs Up with the Library? staff.

Won't be around? Material may also be mailed to:

Attention: Laura Kauffman

Library System of Lancaster County 1866 Colonial Village Lane, SUite 107 Lancaster, PA 17.601

Also, visit us online and submit your work through. our blog at: http:Hwhatsupwiththelibrary.blogspot.com

We look forward to enjoying your unique work!

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