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Teen Summer Challenge

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Virtual Event
Complete challenges, track your reading, and win! The more you do, the more chances you have to win!

GRAND PRIZE: $150 giftcard for Best Buy
Weekly Prizes: $5 Tim's Card

For more information, please visit: https://youthkpl.weebly.com/teen-summer-challenge.html

Registration will begin at the above link starting on June 20th.
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Summer Story Sheroes (HYBRID)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room
Summer Story Sheroes is an 8-week program about sharing our thoughts and ideas on being a girl or gender non-conforming in our community. We will read, share, create and publish stories, poetry and artwork with one another. A teen group guided and managed by said teens, we will meet on Mondays to explore important topics that hold interest to the participants. 

Together we will learn the value of our voices and the ability we all have to share our stories, but most importantly our skill to listen to them as well.  

Working together makes each of us stronger. 

Program will take place in person, but attendees can also attend virtually for accessibility.

Grades 6-10
Registration Required (one registration spot per participant)

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COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Community Clinic

1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

Don't miss this opportunity to get vaccinated! Walk-ins only; no appointment required.


  • First and second doses for anyone born in 2016 or earlier. 
  • Third dose for anyone 18 or older, 84 days after second dose. 
  • Third dose for anyone 12-17, 168 days after second dose. 
  • Fourth dose for anyone 60 or older, five months (or 140 days) after third dose. 

Moderna or Pfizer (adults 30+) or Pfizer (ages 5-29) will be available.


A nurse will be on-site to answer your questions about vaccinations. 


This clinic is offered in partnership with Region of Waterloo Public Health. 

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Teen Summer Workshop: Writing one-on-one

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library

Before you begin :


PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS THROUGH THE KPL WEBSITE. It messes with the numbers. I am only checking the list of people who have signed up on JULY 6th. If you sign up in another area I won't see you, then you may be overlooked and your spot taken.  Closer to the start I will send out a doodle poll and set individual dates then. 

***


What: 

This pilot program is aimed to help young writers build a foundation for their stories that will help them better understand their characters, how to plot (using Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writers a Novel), and the necessary writing craft skills needed to write and complete a chapter - the final outcome of this eight week program.


Who:

Name’s Thalia (they/them), and I currently attend a Creative Writing Masters program, specific for writing novels for children and young adults. I have a boat load of experience, skills, tips, and tricks I’d like to share with those who hold a similar passion and excitement for creative writing. 


This is a limited participant program. Only 8 spots will be available. Participants can work alone or with one other person. When you register for the program please send me an email (tstafford@kpl.org) letting me know whether you plan to work alone or with another person. Keep in mind that if you decide to participate with a friend, both you and your friend will have to share a time slot. 


Sadly, due to the limited time and this being a pilot program. I will not have the space or time to make up for a missed session. Please, when picking time slots, ensure that you pick only the time and date that works for you. 


When:

This program will take place during the summer session on Wednesdays, July 6th to August 31th (no sessions on July 13th) . There will be three time slots to pick from. Each participant/party will be entitled to 3 sessions throughout the 8 weeks.


  • 3-3:50pm

  • 4-4:50pm

  • 6-6:50pm


Where: 

The program will take place in the library courtyard and/or (depending on weather) in the children's area. Please meet me (Thalia) at the children's desk where I will be waiting to direct you to our location.


Why: 

Writing is both fun, and healing. Lots of people have ideas, fantastic ideas, but aren’t sure how to take those ideas and turn them into a story. It is my hope to help guide young writers to a place where they better understand and feel empowered by their stories. 


Note: If unable to participate in person, please let me know and I will gladly switch to a virtual experience for you.



Grades 7-10

Registration Required.


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COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Community Clinic

1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

Don't miss this opportunity to get vaccinated! Walk-ins only; no appointment required.


  • First and second doses for anyone born in 2016 or earlier. 
  • Third dose for anyone 18 or older, 84 days after second dose. 
  • Third dose for anyone 12-17, 168 days after second dose. 
  • Fourth dose for anyone 60 or older, five months (or 140 days) after third dose. 

Moderna or Pfizer (adults 30+) or Pfizer (ages 5-29) will be available.


A nurse will be on-site to answer your questions about vaccinations. 


This clinic is offered in partnership with Region of Waterloo Public Health. 

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Open to Celebrate: Summer of Song -- Joni NehRita

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Forest Heights Community Library

We are open to celebrate! Join us at an outdoor, in-person concert featuring local musician, Joni NehRita. Dance, play giant games, blow bubbles and get to know your neighbours at this fun event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair if you’d like. This is a series of four concerts at the community libraries—attend two or more of the concerts for a chance to win a prize!  


Schedule of Events  

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm  

  • Live performance by Joni NehRita  

  • Giant Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, and Jenga  

  • Bubbles!  

  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm 

  • Children’s activity 


In the event of rain, the concert and activities will move inside the library.  


No registration required. 


Joni NehRita is a multi-instrumentalist, self-produced singer/songwriter, arranger, TEDxED & Keynote speaker.  The Jamaican-Canadian artist writes songs that explore themes of universal love, social justice and cultivating imagination and compassion. Her 4th full length album, ‘Love & Protest’ is a blend of soul, jazz & Afro-Latin/Caribbean grooves and was written, produced and mixed entirely by NehRita 


In addition to being a performer, NehRita has been a music educator for 20 years, teaching both privately as well as in workshop/masterclass format in high schools & universities including University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University and Seneca at York. Most recently, she was commissioned to design an online creative arts “zine” for teens for Idea Exchange/Cambridge Libraries as well as to compose & create choral arrangements of 3 songs for Cameron Heights C.I. 


Photo credit: Hilary Gauld 

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The Lit Club: Teen Creative Writing

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room
Are you interested in exercising your writing skills with like-minded people? Join us for a collaborative writing session where we talk about the creative writing process: getting started, tips and tricks and some new prompts for inspiration. This session is all about building characters you love or love to hate!
Whether you're a beginner, or you're an avid writer, everyone is welcome.
For youth ages 13 - 19.
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Summer Story Sheroes (HYBRID)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room
Summer Story Sheroes is an 8-week program about sharing our thoughts and ideas on being a girl or gender non-conforming in our community. We will read, share, create and publish stories, poetry and artwork with one another. A teen group guided and managed by said teens, we will meet on Mondays to explore important topics that hold interest to the participants. 

Together we will learn the value of our voices and the ability we all have to share our stories, but most importantly our skill to listen to them as well.  

Working together makes each of us stronger. 

Program will take place in person, but attendees can also attend virtually for accessibility.

Grades 6-10
Registration Required (one registration spot per participant)

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Registration is open

Teen Summer Workshop: Writing one-on-one

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library

Before you begin :


PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS THROUGH THE KPL WEBSITE. It messes with the numbers. I am only checking the list of people who have signed up on JULY 6th. If you sign up in another area I won't see you, then you may be overlooked and your spot taken.  Closer to the start I will send out a doodle poll and set individual dates then. 

***


What: 

This pilot program is aimed to help young writers build a foundation for their stories that will help them better understand their characters, how to plot (using Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writers a Novel), and the necessary writing craft skills needed to write and complete a chapter - the final outcome of this eight week program.


Who:

Name’s Thalia (they/them), and I currently attend a Creative Writing Masters program, specific for writing novels for children and young adults. I have a boat load of experience, skills, tips, and tricks I’d like to share with those who hold a similar passion and excitement for creative writing. 


This is a limited participant program. Only 8 spots will be available. Participants can work alone or with one other person. When you register for the program please send me an email (tstafford@kpl.org) letting me know whether you plan to work alone or with another person. Keep in mind that if you decide to participate with a friend, both you and your friend will have to share a time slot. 


Sadly, due to the limited time and this being a pilot program. I will not have the space or time to make up for a missed session. Please, when picking time slots, ensure that you pick only the time and date that works for you. 


When:

This program will take place during the summer session on Wednesdays, July 6th to August 31th (no sessions on July 13th) . There will be three time slots to pick from. Each participant/party will be entitled to 3 sessions throughout the 8 weeks.


  • 3-3:50pm

  • 4-4:50pm

  • 6-6:50pm


Where: 

The program will take place in the library courtyard and/or (depending on weather) in the children's area. Please meet me (Thalia) at the children's desk where I will be waiting to direct you to our location.


Why: 

Writing is both fun, and healing. Lots of people have ideas, fantastic ideas, but aren’t sure how to take those ideas and turn them into a story. It is my hope to help guide young writers to a place where they better understand and feel empowered by their stories. 


Note: If unable to participate in person, please let me know and I will gladly switch to a virtual experience for you.



Grades 7-10

Registration Required.


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Drop-in Board Game Night

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Lounge

Drop in for an evening of non-competitive board games and socializing. Play a wide selection of games, ranging from classics like Scrabble, The Game of Life or Chess to more modern delights such as Sushi Go, Codenames and Kingdomino. Or bring your own game you would like to share with others.  

 

Don’t know how to play? That’s okay! We are here to help! 

 

No registration required.

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Learn How to Remake Still Dre by Dr. Dre Using MIDI

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Heffner Studio - Programming A
Come to Heffner Studio and learn to recreate Dr. Dre's Still Dre on the spot, so come thru and learn how you can add your own spin to this iconic Hip Hop jam. Registration is required as seats are limited. This is a +13 event. 
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Learn How Classic Hip Hop Beats Were Made

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Central Library
Heffner Studio
Join us in Heffner Studio, as we examine and recreate the iconic instrumentals of hip hop producers Kanye West, J Dilla, and 9th Wonder. Using Sample Stitch, an interactive audio sequencer, we will examine the precise splices that these producers made when chopping up vinyl recordings. All skill sets are welcome and no music theory is needed to participate. Participants will learn basic music production skills like editing, sampling, sequencing, performance and decision making, as we recreate these popular Hip Hop beats on the spot. Come join the fun as we jam out to some iconic music! No registration is required. 



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Open to Celebrate: Summer of Song -- Amanda Braam

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pioneer Park Community Library

We are open to celebrate! In collaboration with the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre and Doon Pioneer Park Community Association's Grand Re-opening, please join us at an outdoor, in-person concert featuring local musician, Amanda BraamComplete a craft, do a scavenger hunt, play giant games and get to know your neighbours at this fun event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair if you’d like. This is a series of four concerts at the community libraries—attend two or more of the concerts for a chance to win a prize! 

Schedule of Events 

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Children’s activity
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm 
    • Live performance by Amanda Braam 
    • Giant Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, and Jenga 
    • Bubbles! 

In the event of rain, the concert and activities will move inside the library. 

No registration required.

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Milestone Movie Screening & Trivia - The Princess Bride (1987)

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Central Library
Theatre

Join us for a screening of the hilarious fantasy film The Princess Bride which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year! Originally released in 1987, this movie remains as charming and quotable as ever before!  


Come early because ahead of the film screening, we will feature 80’s movie trivia! Play for a chance to win a prize. The movie will start at 2pm.

 

Summary (from IMDB) 

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love. 


Canadian Home Video Rating: PG  

MPAA Rating: PG 

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Summer Story Sheroes (HYBRID)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room
Summer Story Sheroes is an 8-week program about sharing our thoughts and ideas on being a girl or gender non-conforming in our community. We will read, share, create and publish stories, poetry and artwork with one another. A teen group guided and managed by said teens, we will meet on Mondays to explore important topics that hold interest to the participants. 

Together we will learn the value of our voices and the ability we all have to share our stories, but most importantly our skill to listen to them as well.  

Working together makes each of us stronger. 

Program will take place in person, but attendees can also attend virtually for accessibility.

Grades 6-10
Registration Required (one registration spot per participant)

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Registration is open

Teen Summer Workshop: Writing one-on-one

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library

Before you begin :


PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS THROUGH THE KPL WEBSITE. It messes with the numbers. I am only checking the list of people who have signed up on JULY 6th. If you sign up in another area I won't see you, then you may be overlooked and your spot taken.  Closer to the start I will send out a doodle poll and set individual dates then. 

***


What: 

This pilot program is aimed to help young writers build a foundation for their stories that will help them better understand their characters, how to plot (using Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writers a Novel), and the necessary writing craft skills needed to write and complete a chapter - the final outcome of this eight week program.


Who:

Name’s Thalia (they/them), and I currently attend a Creative Writing Masters program, specific for writing novels for children and young adults. I have a boat load of experience, skills, tips, and tricks I’d like to share with those who hold a similar passion and excitement for creative writing. 


This is a limited participant program. Only 8 spots will be available. Participants can work alone or with one other person. When you register for the program please send me an email (tstafford@kpl.org) letting me know whether you plan to work alone or with another person. Keep in mind that if you decide to participate with a friend, both you and your friend will have to share a time slot. 


Sadly, due to the limited time and this being a pilot program. I will not have the space or time to make up for a missed session. Please, when picking time slots, ensure that you pick only the time and date that works for you. 


When:

This program will take place during the summer session on Wednesdays, July 6th to August 31th (no sessions on July 13th) . There will be three time slots to pick from. Each participant/party will be entitled to 3 sessions throughout the 8 weeks.


  • 3-3:50pm

  • 4-4:50pm

  • 6-6:50pm


Where: 

The program will take place in the library courtyard and/or (depending on weather) in the children's area. Please meet me (Thalia) at the children's desk where I will be waiting to direct you to our location.


Why: 

Writing is both fun, and healing. Lots of people have ideas, fantastic ideas, but aren’t sure how to take those ideas and turn them into a story. It is my hope to help guide young writers to a place where they better understand and feel empowered by their stories. 


Note: If unable to participate in person, please let me know and I will gladly switch to a virtual experience for you.



Grades 7-10

Registration Required.


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Drop-in Board Game Night

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Lounge

Drop in for an evening of non-competitive board games and socializing. Play a wide selection of games, ranging from classics like Scrabble, The Game of Life or Chess to more modern delights such as Sushi Go, Codenames and Kingdomino. Or bring your own game you would like to share with others.  

 

Don’t know how to play? That’s okay! We are here to help! 

 

No registration required.

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Open to Celebrate: Summer of Song -- the MacQueens

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library

We are open to celebrate! Join us at an outdoor, in-person concert featuring local musicians, the MacQueens. Dance, play giant games, blow bubbles and get to know your neighbours at this fun event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair if you’d like. This is a series of four concerts at the community libraries—attend two or more of the concerts for a chance to win a prize! 

Schedule of Events

  • 2:00-3:00pm
    • Live performance by the MacQueens
    • Giant Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, and Jenga
    • Bubbles!
  • 3:00-4:00pm
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Children's activity

In the event of rain, the concert and activities will move inside the library. 

No registration required.

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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) -Digital DaVinci, Grades: 7-9 (Virtual)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Virtual Event
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

Using the same algorithm used for CGI in movies and video games, participants will explore how colour, geometry, and images translate into digital spaces, and draw connections between patterns in art and mathematics. Participants will create their very own computer program to generate a dynamic piece of art as unique as themselves!

Grade Range: 7-9

Required Tech: computer or laptop with internet connection

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Summer Story Sheroes (HYBRID)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room
Summer Story Sheroes is an 8-week program about sharing our thoughts and ideas on being a girl or gender non-conforming in our community. We will read, share, create and publish stories, poetry and artwork with one another. A teen group guided and managed by said teens, we will meet on Mondays to explore important topics that hold interest to the participants. 

Together we will learn the value of our voices and the ability we all have to share our stories, but most importantly our skill to listen to them as well.  

Working together makes each of us stronger. 

Program will take place in person, but attendees can also attend virtually for accessibility.

Grades 6-10
Registration Required (one registration spot per participant)

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Contact North/Nord Education & Training Advisor

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Central Library
Teen Area

Contact North/Nord is an Ontarian bilingual Education and Training Advisor service. On the last Tuesday of every month a Contact North Advisor comes to KPL to offer a drop-in service which provides information and assistance for registering to online programs and courses. Additionally, they provide information and help registering for financial options. No registration required.

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Teen Summer Workshop: Writing one-on-one

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library

Before you begin :


PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS THROUGH THE KPL WEBSITE. It messes with the numbers. I am only checking the list of people who have signed up on JULY 6th. If you sign up in another area I won't see you, then you may be overlooked and your spot taken.  Closer to the start I will send out a doodle poll and set individual dates then. 

***


What: 

This pilot program is aimed to help young writers build a foundation for their stories that will help them better understand their characters, how to plot (using Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writers a Novel), and the necessary writing craft skills needed to write and complete a chapter - the final outcome of this eight week program.


Who:

Name’s Thalia (they/them), and I currently attend a Creative Writing Masters program, specific for writing novels for children and young adults. I have a boat load of experience, skills, tips, and tricks I’d like to share with those who hold a similar passion and excitement for creative writing. 


This is a limited participant program. Only 8 spots will be available. Participants can work alone or with one other person. When you register for the program please send me an email (tstafford@kpl.org) letting me know whether you plan to work alone or with another person. Keep in mind that if you decide to participate with a friend, both you and your friend will have to share a time slot. 


Sadly, due to the limited time and this being a pilot program. I will not have the space or time to make up for a missed session. Please, when picking time slots, ensure that you pick only the time and date that works for you. 


When:

This program will take place during the summer session on Wednesdays, July 6th to August 31th (no sessions on July 13th) . There will be three time slots to pick from. Each participant/party will be entitled to 3 sessions throughout the 8 weeks.


  • 3-3:50pm

  • 4-4:50pm

  • 6-6:50pm


Where: 

The program will take place in the library courtyard and/or (depending on weather) in the children's area. Please meet me (Thalia) at the children's desk where I will be waiting to direct you to our location.


Why: 

Writing is both fun, and healing. Lots of people have ideas, fantastic ideas, but aren’t sure how to take those ideas and turn them into a story. It is my hope to help guide young writers to a place where they better understand and feel empowered by their stories. 


Note: If unable to participate in person, please let me know and I will gladly switch to a virtual experience for you.



Grades 7-10

Registration Required.


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Drop-in Board Game Night

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

Drop in for an evening of non-competitive board games and socializing. Play a wide selection of games, ranging from classics like Scrabble, The Game of Life or Chess to more modern delights such as Sushi Go, Codenames and Kingdomino. Or bring your own game you would like to share with others.  

 

Don’t know how to play? That’s okay! We are here to help! 

 

No registration required.

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Learn Beatmaking Using MPC Beats

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Heffner Studio - Programming A
Come join us at Heffner Studio, as we explore music production using MPC Beats. This hands on workshop will allow participants to create their own original piece of music using this intuitive software made by AKAI, which is iconic in the development of electronic music and hip hop music. Participants will gain fundamental knowledge surrounding music production, music arrangement, basic composition, and audio editing. Registration is required, as seats are limited. Participants must be +14 years of age to participate. 
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Teen Summer Workshop: Writing one-on-one

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library

Before you begin :


PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS THROUGH THE KPL WEBSITE. It messes with the numbers. I am only checking the list of people who have signed up on JULY 6th. If you sign up in another area I won't see you, then you may be overlooked and your spot taken.  Closer to the start I will send out a doodle poll and set individual dates then. 

***


What: 

This pilot program is aimed to help young writers build a foundation for their stories that will help them better understand their characters, how to plot (using Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writers a Novel), and the necessary writing craft skills needed to write and complete a chapter - the final outcome of this eight week program.


Who:

Name’s Thalia (they/them), and I currently attend a Creative Writing Masters program, specific for writing novels for children and young adults. I have a boat load of experience, skills, tips, and tricks I’d like to share with those who hold a similar passion and excitement for creative writing. 


This is a limited participant program. Only 8 spots will be available. Participants can work alone or with one other person. When you register for the program please send me an email (tstafford@kpl.org) letting me know whether you plan to work alone or with another person. Keep in mind that if you decide to participate with a friend, both you and your friend will have to share a time slot. 


Sadly, due to the limited time and this being a pilot program. I will not have the space or time to make up for a missed session. Please, when picking time slots, ensure that you pick only the time and date that works for you. 


When:

This program will take place during the summer session on Wednesdays, July 6th to August 31th (no sessions on July 13th) . There will be three time slots to pick from. Each participant/party will be entitled to 3 sessions throughout the 8 weeks.


  • 3-3:50pm

  • 4-4:50pm

  • 6-6:50pm


Where: 

The program will take place in the library courtyard and/or (depending on weather) in the children's area. Please meet me (Thalia) at the children's desk where I will be waiting to direct you to our location.


Why: 

Writing is both fun, and healing. Lots of people have ideas, fantastic ideas, but aren’t sure how to take those ideas and turn them into a story. It is my hope to help guide young writers to a place where they better understand and feel empowered by their stories. 


Note: If unable to participate in person, please let me know and I will gladly switch to a virtual experience for you.



Grades 7-10

Registration Required.


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