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 Writer’s Workshops

Teen Services Blog

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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

 

Cupcake Wars!!

Teen Services Blog

This past Thursday the library was taken over by Teen & Pre-Teen cupcake decorators for Cupcake Wars.  Kids battled it out to take home the prize is the decorating war.

The Rules

Everyone needed to complete decorating 2 cupcakes

Competitors could choose 4 items from our ingredients table

Competitors could barter with their neighbors for additional ingredients

Everyone got 20 minutes total to decorate

Work stations needed to be clean by the time was called

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Competitors could pick 4 items from our ingredients table

 

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Katie won for the teens

Along the way our devious judges decided to throw in a few twists to keep our competitors on their toes.  About 5 minutes in a wrench was thrown into their carefully laid plans when everyone was now required to use sprinkles in at leastcc girl one of their cupcakes!   Panic and grumbling ensued as contestants wracked their brains on how to incorporate sprinkles into their cupcakes. The cupcake powers that be also later announced that Sixlet candies had to be used as well.

 

When the clock ran out all the contestants had to have a clean workstation with their cupcakes neatly presented.  Our judges then went around the room to view the cupcakes and hear the competitors short description of what they did and why.  After much deliberation pre-teen and teen winners were chosen.

This event was a blast and we hope to see everyone for the next Cupcake Wars next year!

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Avery was voted best cupcakes by her fellow contestants!

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Lorelei won for the Pre-Teens!

 

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Danton won the judges vote in the second round of Cupcake Wars

           

 

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