MAC canceled

Posted by kacates on February 1, 2011

The library is closed today, so tonight's Manga Anime Club meeting is canceled. We'll meet up in two weeks. Everyone stay home, stay safe, and enjoy the snow day!

Teen Advisory Council workday this Thursday

Posted by kacates on January 25, 2011

If you're looking for a chance to get involved with teen services at NPL, then the place you want to be this Thursday is at our TAC (Teen Advisory Council) meeting!  We'll be downstairs in the board room this Thursday at 4:00 for snacks and a quick meeting, before heading upstairs to the teen section to do some much-needed work until 5:30.  Hope to see lots of you guys there!

Teen Writers' Workshop

Posted by kacates on January 6, 2011

Don't forget that our monthly Teen Writers' Workshop is this coming Monday from 4:00 to 5:00, downstairs in the boardroom.  Come shake off the winter blahs with some writing prompts and games, along with a chance to share whatever you've been working on lately.  We'll have snacks and everything you need to get your creative juices flowing.  See you there!

Green Christmas: Recycled Holiday Crafts

Posted by kacates on December 3, 2010

Does the holiday season bring out the crafter inside you like it does for me?  If so, then join us at the library next Monday, December 6, from 4 to 5:30 at the Teen Craft Club.  We'll be making beautiful, unique ornaments, using recycled plastic water bottles and burnt-out lightbulbs.  You won't believe what creative things you can turn old trash into!

Get your write on in November

Posted by kacates on November 3, 2010

I know we have a lot of teen writers out there, and November is full of great opportunities for you guys.  First off, is anyone else out there doing NaNoWriMo?  For those who have never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is a huge writing challenge that happens every November.  You can sign up for free online, and from November 1 through 30 you write like crazy until you've got at least 50,000 pages of a novel.  Quality goes out the window – the goal here is quantity and speed.  It's a great kick in the pants for those out there who, like me, keep saying they're going to write more but never get around to it.  And even though we're already a few days into November, it's not too late to sign up!

(P.S. – If you think this sounds like fun but aren't too sure about a 50,000-word goal when there are other important things like, you know, school to worry about, you can sign up for the Young Writers Program, which allows you to set a goal that works for you)

Another fun option for teen writers is the Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest 2010.  If you're over the age of 13 and have at least 250 words of an original young adult novel written, you can send them in for a chance at getting your entire novel read and critiqued by a literary agent, plus a free 10-week writing course.  Other winners might get free commentary on their submissions by editors at some of the biggest YA publishers, or a free copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults, by Regina Brooks.

And finally, even if you're not quite ready to try your hand at NaNoWriMo or a writing contest yet, don't forget there's always our Teen Writers' Workshop here at NPL!  Our next meeting is this coming Monday, November 8, from 4 to 5.  Bring whatever you're working on and come ready to do some fun exercises with fellow writers.