Youth & Young Adult Happenings
Writing WorkshopsThe Wild Ride of Writing: Workshops with Charlotte Agell
Thursday, Feb 16 @ 3:30 pm: “Stealing Poetry”
In this workshop, we will use random lines by famous poets to jumpstart our own individual and group creations.
Thursday, March 16 @ 3:30 pm: “Flash Fiction”
In this workshop, we’ll use various prompts to create small works of fiction, both as individuals and in groups. Focus: Point of View.
Thursday, April 13 @ 3:30 pm: “Writing in the NOW”
Are you working on a novel? A memoir? Autobiographical fiction? (If not, maybe you would just like to start one.) In this workshop we’ll focus on small details that tell the truth, that dive deep.
Writers are encouraged to bring a favorite writing notebook or a laptop though paper and pens will be available at the library.
Intended for Grades 6-12
Lunar New Year
It is the Year of the Rabbit! Help us celebrate on Saturday, February 4th by stopping by the library from 10 am to noon to complete a Lunar New Year craft. Don’t have time to make the craft at the library? Take it to go as a Take & Make bag.
The Youth Services Department will be hosting a series of drop-in programs during February Break:
Tuesday, February 21st @ 3:30-4:30 PM: Pokemon Meet Up
Thursday, February 23rd @ 3-4:30 PM: Minecraft Drop-in Session
Friday, February 24th @ 10 AM-4 PM: Lego Drop-in
Minecraft at the Library
The library rotates between two Minecraft Clubs, one for Elementary School players and one for Middle Schoolers.
This month’s Minecraft Club is for Middle School and will meet Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, and March 1 from 3:30-4:30 at the library. The club is currently full.
Some familiarity with Minecraft is preferred, but not required.
Tablets will be available for players if needed.
Cliffhangers Book Club
Thursday, February 2nd, at 3:30 PM is the next meeting of Cliffhangers, the book club for middle grade readers (grades 6-8). The group meets the first Thursday of each month.
For upcoming titles, general questions, and more information about this group, email Jill O’Connor at email@example.com.
Youth Advisory Board
The next meeting of the Youth Advisory Board is February14th at 6 PM. The Board is currently full and is working on planning fun events in the library for teens.
Email Jill O’Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions.
Dangerous Thinking Club
The next meeting of the Dangerous Thinking Club will be on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 5 to 6 PM and is intended for grades 8-12. Consecutive meetings will be on the third Thursday of each month. Email Jill O’Connor for more information: email@example.com.
It’s a book club, with an edge…
Here is a link to the FB Live read alouds and storytimes: https://www.facebook.com/MerrillMemorialLibrary/live/
FUN LINKS TO THINGS TO DISTRACT YOU
A YouTube channel of authors giving short book talks of their latest work.
PLIX Urban Ecology Online, a set of videos on YouTube of ecologists providing activities for getting out and exploring the natural world.
Critical Role, an online show featuring seven popular voiceover actors diving into epic Dungeons & Dragons adventures, led by veteran game master Matthew Mercer.
Audiosync from AudioFile: A free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ using Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Each week, AudioFile releases two new young adult audiobooks to listen to for free. Register on their site with an email address.
Interested in writers? This podcast might be for you
Check out these links if you’re stumped by what to read next
- Good Reads, a great site for tracking what you are reading and for finding new books to read based on what you have read and liked.
- Cloud Library, find downloadable audio and e-books for almost every device.
- Young Adult Library Association, extensive lists of award winners in all Young Adult categories, past and present.
- No Flying No Tights, reviews of graphic novels and comics.
- mr.schureads.blogspot.com, book reviews, videos about books, and interviews with authors. Great for all ages and reading levels.