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


Teen Book Review: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods

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Book: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
Series: Gregor the Overlander gregor
Reviewer: Anton -7th Grade

Gregor And The Curse Of The Warmbloods is a 358 page book that takes place in an underworld under New York! (written by Suzanne Collins). The 3rd book in the series this book is a fantasy because of its talking animals and make believe world. Gregor is in New York above the underworld where strange things happen. The stories main character is Gregor and the secondary characters are his family members (boots, Lizzie,Mom, Dad). One day he gets a scroll from the underworld from his underworld friends asking him of his help, in the previous books there has always been a prophecy, in this book the prophecy is called the prophecy of blood. There is a plague going on in the underworld and Gregor is in the middle of the prophecy, the prophecy states that Gregor is the key to the cure of “The curse of the warm bloods” which is the plague that affects all warm bloods. I would recommend this book for anyone who is into action/adventure and fantasy books. Also, I would most definitely rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 because of the wonderful and mixed range of dialogue and intriguing plot.

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Teen Book Review: Cinder

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Book: Cinder by Marissa Meyercinder-book-cover
Reviewer: Macey, Grade 8

Cinder is a 387 page book that takes place in the futuristic world written by Marissa Meyer. Cinder falls over the category of Sci-fi because of the new and improved technology that is introduced within the series. In this remake of Cinderella the main focus is on a teenage girl named Cinder. Cinder is treated as a misfit that nobody even cares about, including her step-mother and sisters just because she is a cyborg. During the day Cinder runs her own booth at the market as a mechanic. One day she gets an unexpected visitor, the PRINCE!!!! Prince Kai needs her to fix one of his most important robots. Meanwhile a deadly sickness is tearing apart her world. Millions are dying from this contagious plague that still needs a cure. For even more added pressure, the horrifying but gorgeous Luna Queen decides to visit Earth. But something’s up with her visit. Something that Cinder believes has to do with killing.

I’d give this book a 5/5 stars because it is amazing and a need to read for teens and tweens!!!!!! I loved this book because  it kept me at the edge of my seat and never disappointed me with the amount of action and adventure within its 387 pages.

Join the Teen Advisory Board!

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We are now accepting applications for the Teen Advisory Board. The Teen Advisory Board is a place share ideas about activities, materials and changes to implement to make the library a destination for teens.

What Does the Teen Advisory Board Do?
TAB’s mission is to help the Brighton District Library better serve the needs and interests of local teens. TAB meets with Kate Wheeler, Teen Services Librarian, on a monthly basis during the school year to brainstorm ideas and provide feedback about teen library programs, materials and to sign up for ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Tasks for Board Members

  • Help spread the word about programs and services for teens at the Library
  • Volunteer at Library programs
  • Be an active library user in order to provide targeted feedback about programs and services
  • Share your ideas at monthly TAB meetings!

Teen Advisory Board Membership Requirements
Members of the Brighton District Library Teen Advisory Board must:

  • Be a student in grades 6 through 12
  • Complete TAB application
  • Attend new member orientation
  • Commit to serving a 1 year term on TAB through active involvement (September – June)
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Volunteer as needed for library programming
  • TAB members will be required to help with both the Fall and Spring Friends of the Library Book Sale.
  • TAB members must come in for at least 1 volunteer shift (in addition to monthly meeting). There are also at home volunteer opportunities.

Benefits of Membership

  • Opportunity to provide input for library decisions related to teens
  • Members receive volunteer service credit for school
  • Members will develop marketable leadership skills
  • Participation can be listed on job, scholarship and college applications

TAB members get to create library programs, help decide which books to purchase, choose the Teen Summer Reading Prizes, and more.  For more information check out the TAB webpage on our site.