Acing your College Applications

Do you feel lost in the college application process? Are you not sure what your next step should be? Get advice from a professional!

Dr. Victoria Tillson Evans is the Founder and President of Distinctive College Counseling and she will be available to answer your questions! Get advice on subjects such as finding the best fit for you, financial aid questions, how to apply to more elite colleges, how to make the most of your gap year, and many more. 

Be sure to attend one of the listed sessions to get all the answers you need! 

  • February 18 at 6 p.m. at Chevy Chase Library
  • February 25 at 7 p.m. at Georgetown Library
  • March 4 at 6 p.m. at Tenleytown Library
  • March 12 at 6 p.m. at Palisades Library
  • March 18 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Library
  • March 22 at 3 p.m. at Southeast Library
  • April 1 at 6 p.m. at Cleveland Park Library 


Won't be able to make it to any of these sessions? Tweet us your questions @dcpl and use #collegefaqdcpl to get your question answered!  

This presentation is open to teens and their parents/guardians, and is recommended for ages 15 and up.


Space Gray iPhone 6 16GB Review





This year for Christmas like many others, an iPhone 6 was at the top of my list. Despite the fact that the phone was released in mid-September of 2014, I was not eligible for an upgrade until December/January. Without being eligible for an upgrade, the phone will set you back $649. So I definitely waited until I was eligible for an upgrade. If you have a contract with either Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T the phone is $199. 

I chose to get my new phone in Space Gray(Black) mainly because my old phone was white and I wanted a change. Also the screens on the black iPhones appear to be larger because the screen border is also black. Since the screens on iPhones are notorious for cracking, after I received my phone, I immediately got a glass screen protector installed. I have yet to buy a case for it because I like how it looks without one, and there is still not much of a selection of cases for the iPhone 6. If I do get one I will probably get a transparent case, so that the design will still be visible while protecting my phone. 

One thing that I did not like about my old iPhone 5, was that the battery life was horrible! After having the phone for nearly 2 years, a full charged battery would only last around 1-2 hours. The iPhone 6 is the complete opposite. Now a fully charged battery can nearly last me 2 days. Nonetheless, your phones battery life generally depends on how much you use it, what applications you are running, etc.

Another thing that I really love about the iPhone 6 is the camera quality. The camera clarity is superb! Actually,a common complaint is that it is too clear!

Purchasing a smartphone is definitely an investment nowadays. For most people, including myself, their life is on their phone, so keeping up with latest model is important. I tend to purchase all Apple products when it comes to my electronic devices, and I definitely believe that their latest iPhone 6 is everything but a disappointment. 


Job Ideas for Teens

Nowadays society has several words to describe the current generation of teenagers, but a word that is usually excluded is expensive! Not only are teenagers expected to keep up with the latest technology and fashion trends, but hanging out with friends can be pretty pricy. The only solution is to get a job, which is much harder than it sounds. Here are a few ideas if you have no idea what you want/are eligible to do.

Babysitting (age 13 and up)-Average pay, $10 per hour

This is a classic first-job, and although working with kids does not come naturally to everyone, it is easy to some extent. However, as a babysitter you do not have consistent hours or pay, making it hard to manage your time and money because you have no idea when will be the next time that you will work.

Clothing Store (age 16 and up)-Average pay, Minimum Wage in your area

I am sure that if you spend a lot of time at the mall you have seen some teens your age working at your favorite stores. If you decide to work at a clothing store, make sure that it is a store that you like to shop at. Most stores like Abercrombie & Fitch will require you to wear their clothing, and you don't want to have to spend money to make money, so it would help if you already had some. Also, working at a clothing store will require long periods of standing, and dealing with all types of customers. And don't forget, loads of folding! Nonetheless, it will give you an excuse to go to the mall, and you may receive an employee discount, or be the first to find out about the latest sales.

Fast Food/Sit-down Restaurant (age 15/16 and up)-Average pay, Minimum Wage in your area

This is another common first job, and several very successful people started out working at a Fast Food Joint(Madonna, Queen Latifah, Russell Simmons, and Brad Pitt). Like working at a clothing store you will have to stand for a long time. Fast Food places do require you to wear a uniform. Working at a regular restaurant, you may have a looser dress-code. Also, you will have the opportunity to gain tips.

General/Grocery Store (age 15 and up)-Average pay, Minimum Wage in your area

Places like Giant, Safeway, and CVS love hiring new young employees. Working there will also require you to wear a uniform, and stand for long periods of time. However, you can also gain discounts, and get a chance to meet a lot of the people who live in your community.

Paid internship (age 14/15 and up)-Payment varies

Internships are hard to find, and the paid ones are even harder, but when obtained they look excellent on a college application and get you closer to your dream career. In addition, when choosing an internship you can chose the field that you intern in, whether that be law, medicine, etc. If you are selected, you will probably do a lot of the dirty work for whoever hired you, however it is great experience and exposure that can help you decide if you really want to continue to pursue that career.


All in all, finding a job can be hard for teenagers. And once you get one a whole new world of responsibilities comes with it. I hope this post helps with your job search and that you remember that while money may sound good, you should always keep your education first.



Jobs 4 Teens at DC Public Library

DC Public Library is now hiring for its Teens of Distinction program. Help make a difference in the library and in your community while earning money and developing stronger skills! Teen applicants must be residents of the District of Columbia and at least 16 years of age. Visit the Teens of Distinction page of DC Public Library for the full job description, application, recommendation forms, and more information.

Applications are due to Human Resources on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Back to School Drama

My display at the Mt. Pleasant Library is about back-to-school reads. When you’re at school, or at home and need something good to read or a laugh to give, check out my display!!! So if you love high-school drama and teen romance then you’ll love these books!

My books are mostly about how teenagers can be able to fit in without the drama but drama always follows no matter what. I chose this display because everybody is nervous going into high school and it would be nice to be able to learn about it even more from these character’s experiences throughout the books, or if you just need a good laugh about how about their high school experience is, check out these books. Romance books can be interesting to read and is mostly about how teens can fall in-love anywhere in school!

My display also has books on teen challenges, from peer pressure to losing a beloved best friend and how teens like them helped deal with these types of situations and also teaches the reader how to handle them in a positive way. My books are also about stereotypes and how to be able to overcome them and be something better.

The books on my display are:

You can also find these books and more at!

So, if interested in any of back-to-school reads come to the Mt. Pleasant Library downstairs Teen section where you’ll be able to find these books and also some very interesting others!

- By Mariella S.

A Peek Into History

Exploring the Middle Ages

As an admirer of medieval and  historical ways of life and warfare; I spent the past weeks reading up on how these devices worked and how the people of these times went about their daily lives.  Several books such as  The Book of Swords by Hank Reinhardt and Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer, taught me the different components that make up the many types of swords and the many little things that people did during that time that really made them stand out. For example, the death penalty was extended to children as young as seven during the 14th century.
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It was a violent time but, despite this most of the equipment used for warfare hid this behind a sort of elegance.Above is a rapier with a swept hilt. A sword such as this was more so for show and fashion than for war use. Movies such as the Three Musketeers and The Princess Bride made these weapons known in our time. A distinguished individual would not be caught without one at his side. They were the Jordan’s of their time.

In terms of war, the rapier was not a weapon that would be seen on the battlefield. Some of the more famous weapons that would have been seen in and around the middle ages would have been a Longsword, Falchion or Broadsword. However, these only scratch the surface when concerning weapons used on the battlefield. When imaging a medieval battle, many will think of valiant knights charging in on horses and in order to best these men, new techniques and weapons were developed. A flanged mace for example would dent steel plate and cause injury to whoever was wearing it. 


The English Longbow with bodkin tips could also penetrate armor at a certain range. Even the sword and its use was altered in order to help it fight against armor. Battles were more than knights and horses, there were far more peasants fighting and even more sieges than there were battles. It would have been a truly honest and challenging time to live in but, that is what makes the middle ages so fascinating.
If this piques your interest - check out these related books from DC Public Library:

-- Jerome S.

Book Review Contest


Teen Book Review Contest

Write a one page book review about a book you think is a must-read book of the summer for teens. Bring your reviews to your neighborhood library between June 1 and August 15, 2014 to enter. Only one review can be entered into the contest per person. A book review should be written to persuade someone to read the book instead of just a summary of the book.

Be sure to include:

Title and author of the book
Your name and contact info (email or phone number)
Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation

Questions to think about when writing:

Why should someone read this book?
What did you like about the characters?

Could you relate to the characters in some way?
Did this book teach you an important life lesson?

And remember, the deadline is August 15th.

Vosges Mo's Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar

Bacon the best breakfast piece and chocolate the best sweet in the world. This bar combines the two! An odd and eccentric snack I just had to try it. I enjoyed it until the third or fourth piece. The sweet and salty mix of flavor just became overbearing. The texture of the bar was similar to that of a chocolate bar with peanuts, but instead of nuts bacon bits; crunchy and smooth at the same time. This candy bar that personified a contradiction was just too much for me to handle. Plus it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.


Teen Space Event

Art-Attack is an event that occurs every Monday in the teen space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. This event host crafting opportunities and everyone from the ages of 13 to 19 can join in.

I attended the event yesterday and it was very interesting. The craft for that day was to cut out pictures from magazines and stick googly-eyes onto them. Some people even made their own cards. Puns were added and a multitude of the famous celebrity faces sat staring around in every direction from there new wobbling and jiggling eyes. They were amusing. The event was very goofy, but in a good way. I am rather interested and wondering what next weeks Art-Attack craft will be. Hopefully next week more people will come and bask in the glory of arts and craft; lets give everyone an art-attack!


The Washington Nationals library visits

On Saturday, July 19, 2014 

Manager and team players will be visiting libraries in DC to read and interact with youth who have entered the 2014 Summer Reading program.

The team sponsors this program  in hopes to counteract the lost of learning that youth lose during the summer. 

Here is the schedule: 

Matt Williams
WHERE: Tenley Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Scott Hairston
WHERE: Deanwood Library, 1350 49th Street NE
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Denard Span
WHERE: Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE
WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Drew Storen
WHERE: Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW
WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


More information can be found here