January Teen Programs

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Teen Writer’s Workshop
Tuesday, January 3 6:30-8:30 pm
Great writers are made, not born. The Brighton District Library’s Teen Writers’ Workshop helps tomorrow’s John Green or J.K. Rowling plot a course in the literary world. Facilitated by Erma Bombeck Award-winning humorist Mike Ball, this workshop is fun and rewarding. Young writers enjoy a free-wheeling camaraderie with other aspiring writers, and receive positive reinforcement as they progress. For teens grades 7-12. Register now!

DIY Winter Lanterns
Thursday, January 19, 4:30-5:30pm
Come in and create your own tissue paper lantern to brighten up those winter nights. For teens grades 7-12.
Register beginning Thursday, January 5.

Teen Song Writing Workshop
Tuesday, January 31 6:30-8:30pm
Award winning author, Mike Ball, will be here to guide you in putting your feelings into words – in the form of a song! For teens grades 7-12. Register beginning Tuesday, January 17.

Teen Winter Reads

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The weather outside is frightful, but the books you can read are delightful.  Grab a couple of these wintery books to keep you warm this winter.

Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

What Light by Jay Asher
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon–it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything . . . including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

East by Edith Pattou
Rose has always felt out of place in her family, a wanderer in a bunch of homebodies. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with him–in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family–she readily agrees. The bear takes Rose to a distant castle, where each night she is confronted with a mystery. In solving that mystery, she loses her heart, discovers her purpose, and realizes her travels have only just begun.
As familiar and moving as “Beauty and the Beast” and yet as fresh and original as only the best fantasy can be, East is a novel retelling of the classic tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” a sweeping romantic epic in the tradition of Robin McKinley and Gail Carson Levine.

Stork by Wendy Delsol
After her parents’ divorce, Katla and her mother move from Los Angeles to Norse Falls, Minnesota, where Kat immediately alienates two boys at her high school and, improbably, discovers a kinship with a mysterious group of elderly women–the Icelandic Stork Society–who “deliver souls.”

Harry Potter Lock In

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Last Friday Night we had out Harry Potter After Hours Lock In for Teens and Tweens.  We had a blast making wands, quills, and hunting Horcruxes.


Our young Wizards also had the chance to become Azkaban escapees…

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Teen Writer’s Workshops

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Great writers are made, not born. The Brighton District Library’s Teen Writers’ Workshop helps tomorrow’s John Greens or J.K. Rowling plot a course the literary world. It’s also a great place to hand out for kids who just like to write. Facilitated by Erma Bombeck Award-winning humorist Mike Ball, this workshop is fun and rewarding. Young writers enjoy a free-wheeling camaraderie with other aspiring writers, and receive positive reinforcement as they progress.  The Teen Writer’s Workshop is a ongoing program at the Brighton District Library typically held on the first and last Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm.

One of our regular attendees and talented teen writer, Brighton Pauli, had this to say about the Teen Writer’s Workshops.

I’ve been going to the Brighton District Library’s “Teen Writers’ Workshop” almost as long as I’ve lived in Brighton.  That’s about four straight years of opportunity, growth, and laughter.  I’ve transformed from a “cliché-manipulator” to an original author.

The Teen Writers’ Workshop is a really relaxed club with no grades and no peer pressure.  Whatever is read in that room (usually the Brighton Room) stays in there, unless the writer wants to share it with the world.  The guy in charge, Mike Ball, doesn’t simply give a lesson and have us practice it; we all write what we want and learn from each other.  The lesson of the day is whatever comes up in the conversation, from tragedy to character dialogue to the Oxford comma.  Every once in awhile, the subject is “comedy” and you watch Monty Python, analyzing each joke and laughing your butt off.

The club really isn’t about a set calendar of “we learn this at this time and that at that time.”  Instead, we all evolve our skills over time and let ourselves grow naturally.

The next Teen Writer’s Workshops are tonight and  November 29th at 6:30pm


Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Reviewed by Meg S. (8th Grade ,Teen Advisory Board Member)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a very good book about, you guessed it, peculiar children. Jakob Portman’s Grandfather was always telling him stories as a kid. You know the type, monsters, children with fantastic abilities and time travel. Years later, Jakob’s grandfather dies, suddenly and mysteriously. Naturally Jakob freaks, starts having nightmares, and goes a little crazy, but can’t stop missperegrine_334x518thinking about Grandpa Portman’s last words. These words lead Jakob to England and creatures of the past. Miss Peregrine’s is a very good book and knows how to leave you hanging. Although, it is a bit of a cliffhanger. I would like to add that it does have a bit of foul language that I think it would be good without, but Miss Peregrine’s is still a very good book and I give it four stars.

October Teen Events @ the Library

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Teen Writer’s Workshops
Tuesday October 4 & 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
Poets, Songwriters, Storytellers, and Dreamers, bring your original work and thoughts about writing. Meet with Mike Ball, award-winning humorist. Stop by the Information Desk or call 810-229-6571, x227 for more  information.  Drop In, no registration required.


Teen Art Club
October 6, 4:30-6:00 pm
Come to our Teen Art Club.  Each month we do a different art project or you can just come in and try out art supplies. Art club  meets once a month on Thursdays. Drop In, no registration required.


Mother-Daughter Craft: Spider Web Plates
October 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
These spider webs won’t catch any flies but they will create a lot of attention! Moms and daughters (ages 9 & up) join us for our new craft series and create a one-of-a-kind spider web plate – spiders not included! Register beginning September 28 at the Information Desk or by calling 810-229-6571 x227. Limit of 20 participants.


Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 20, 5:00-7:00 pm
Join us for our 10th Annual Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest.  We supply the tools. No outside tools allowed. You can bring stencils or sketches of your pumpkin designs if you like. winners will be determined by public voting! Register at the Information Desk or call 810-229-6571 Ext. 227 starting October 6.

Pokeball Mania!

October 27, 4:30-5:30 pm
Gotta catch ‘em all! Come create your very own pokéballs! Audience: Ages 9 to 12. Registration begins October 13. 



It’s Banned Books Week!

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“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”- http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

This year Banned Books Week goes from September 25-October 1.  Below are some books that in the past (sometimes present) people have tried to ban others from reading.  Below are a few teen books that individuals (parents, educators, politicians, etc) have tried to take out of libraries and schools.



Check out this list for more banned or challenged Teen Books.

The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.