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October Subscription Pack

It’s important to make some space for yourself, so this month our pack developers focused on safe spaces. School, relationships, jobs, and family situations can be stressful. We hope you will use the contents of your pack to make a safe space, relax with fidgets, read a book, or take a bath with fancy salts! Listen to our podcast and scroll down to learn how other Ypsi youth create and find safe spaces, on their own or with the help of local organizations.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe is this month’s book pick.

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A Black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas.

Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.

Yet against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris…like loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making.

But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

Safe Spaces Podcast

Read the Safe Spaces Pack Insert

AT THE LIBRARY

Corner Chats: Join a Mental Health Therapist and Social Worker from the Corner Health Center for an informal group chat about issues teens are surrounded with every day. Read more about how to submit questions and attend the event at YDL-Michigan December 4.

Resources: Find books and local resources on display in the YDL-Whittaker Teen Area during December.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Ozone House is a great place to go if you need to talk to someone, eat, hang out, or find housing. Call or text OZONE to 734-662-2222.

Need physical or mental health care? Visit Corner Health Center. Call 734-484-3600 for more information. 

Call the Washtenaw County Mental Health Crisis line 734-544-3050 for 24/7 help if you’re experiencing distress.

October is Depression Awareness Month. If you or anyone know is is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 800-273-8255.

INSIDE THE PACK

Bath bomb and bath salt  *  Reusable heating pack  *  Mentos  *  Fairy lights  *  Stress ball  *  Rubix cube  *  Stickers and buttons

Meet the Creators

More Ways to Listen to the TAG You're It Podcast

If you have other questions, email teens@ypsilibrary.org.

CONNECT WITH THE CREATORS

Share your thoughts and experiences about the packs

Do you have questions or comments about this month’s podcast? Want to share how you used the pack contents this month? Use the form below to upload an audio clip or photo!