New Year, Clean Slate

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A fresh start brings so many possibilities.

Websites

New Year's Resolution Statistics
"People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions."
http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

Meditation Techniques for Teens
One of the main practices of meditation is the awareness that you can start over again.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/153081-meditation-techniques-for-teens/

Interlude: Thoughts of the Day
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." - Seneca.
Start your day right with one of these inspiring quotes.
http://www.interluderetreat.com/thotarc.html

Should You Redo Your Room?
Find out if you need a new look with this quiz!
http://www.seventeen.com/fun/quizzes/fun/redo-room-quiz

GameStar Mechanic
Learn how to design games by playing them, trying again and again until you succeed!
http://gamestarmechanic.com/

Books

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
YA FIC OLIVER
After she dies in a car crash, teenaged Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

Rules of Attraction
by Simone Elkeles
YA FIC ELKELES
After being caught with drugs in Mexico, Carlos is shipped to Colorado to start over again and shape up.

How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff
YA FIC ROSOFF
Daisy has to figure out a whole new life for herself after war upends the one she has known.

Second Chance
by L. Divine
YA FIC DIVINE
With an ex-boyfriend and a teacher against her, Jayd needs a second chance. 

Cool (and Free) Stuff To Do in Brooklyn

Diviners Costume Party for Teens
Come to our speakeasy-style Diviners Costume Party with the dame herself, author Libba Bray. We'll be putting on the Ritz at Brooklyn Public Library, getting all dolled up 1920’s-style in costumes like the characters in the book "The Diviners." There’ll be free books, music, dancing, mocktail “giggle water,” fortune telling and more. Don’t be a wet blanket, put on your glad rags and join for us for an evening of history, mystery, fashion, and fun. Tuesday, January 8, 6-8pm. Central Library.
http://catalog.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/record=g1006300

Meet Photographer Jamel Shabazz
Calling all photographers! Participate in this workshop for teens with legendary Brooklyn photographer Jamel Shabazz, author of Back in the Days.
Friday, January 18 at 4pm at the Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Ave at Marcy Ave. 718-302-3485).
http://catalog.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/record=g1006799

Brooklyn Open at BPL Central Library
Brooklyn Open, a monthly open mic series for teens, is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet. Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.
http://catalog.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/record=g1005569

Brooklyn Based
Stay on top of what’s happening in the hippest borough.
http://brooklynbased.com/blog/category/events/

Ice Skating in New York City
http://gonyc.about.com/od/iceskatinginnyc/Ice_Skating_in_New_York_City.htm

Urban Word NYC
Teen writing workshops and open mics.
http://www.urbanwordnyc.org/