• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Friday, July 30, 2021

Welcome to my TED Talk...

One thing that happens often in Teen Central is pockets of teens striking up a conversation around a seemingly random topic. It’s one of the things I love most about working in Teen Central, participating and experiencing these discussions. If you are a teen who loves discovering and exploring new topics then you will enjoy this new program.

So calling all future researchers to join us every second Monday of the month to explore a new topic. We'll be meeting virtually using Zoom. You will be emailed a link and password to attend the Zoom meeting after you register. If you do not have a webcam or microphone, you may still attend.


  • September's theme: Predicting the Future
  • Meeting: Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.

Would you like to know what’s in our future? What’s going to happen to humanity tomorrow, next year, or even a millennium from now? Well, you’re not alone. Everyone from governments to the military to industry leaders do as well, and they all employ people - called ‘futurists’ - who attempt to forecast the future.

This month we are going to explore how these ‘futurists’ do what they do. We are also going to explore how the literary genre science fiction can help predict the future. We’ll take a look at science fiction books from the past to see how close they came or how far off they were to our present.

To get a head start view this video and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

How science fiction can help predict the future - Roey Tzezana


  • October's theme: All this spooky
  • Meeting: October. 11 at 4 p.m.

For TeenTober we are delving into one of my favorite holiday seasons, Halloween. I don't even think I need to say more.

To get a head start view these two videos and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

Vampires: Folklore, fantasy and fact

Diagnosing a zombie: Brain and body


  • November's theme: Mental Health
  • Meeting: Nov. 8 at 4 p.m.

Mental health is getting a lot of attention in the media and that's a good thing. It's time to normalize mental health and self-care. This month we are going to explore some of the most common mental health illnesses and talk about how we can practice good self-care.

To get a head start view these two videos and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

What is depression?

What yoga does to your body and brain?


  • December theme: Santa is coming to town
  • Meeting: December. 13 at 4 p.m.

Many Americans are prepping for Christmas and many of those Americans are kids waiting for Santa's visit. But where did the idea of Santa come from? And just who is this generous soul who just gives always every five-year-old's heart's desire? We are deep-diving into the history of Santa Clause.

To get a head start view these two videos and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

Santa Claus: The True Story

Evolution of Santa Claus | History