So I came across the adorable hedgehogs made of recycled books on Tumblr last year. Cute, no? (Check out The Hulk in the background!) Let’s make a few! When you’re at the Warwick Children’s Book Festival next weekend, look for the Friends of the Library tent where we’ll have a free hedgehog-crafting station. Learn to make your own from recycled books, or just have fun accessorizing some ready made ones. Thank you to all of you summer volunteers for the pre-made hedgehogs!
It’s time for TAB again! TAB meets this Saturday, September 21st at 2pm in the Community Room. New members are always welcome! TAB is a planning group ages 12 to 18 that meet once a month to plan teen events at the library.
Since it’s our first meeting of the season, elections will be held for our TAB officers. Serving as a TAB officer will give you great leadership skills you’ll need for National Honors Society, your college application, and even looks good to your future employer.
A few things to know about our TAB officers:
- TAB Officers will be nominated and elected at the first meeting of each new school year by our TAB members.
- Officer positions will be President, Vice President, and Secretary. There will be two sets of each, one set of high school students (Senior Officers) and one set of middle school students (Junior Officers).
- All officers should be prepared to discuss ideas for upcoming teen programs at the library. All ideas can be emailed directly to the Teen Advisor to be included on the next meeting’s agenda.
- In addition to contributing program ideas, officers should all be involved in actively promoting these programs to other teens.
- Meeting agendas will be emailed to all officers at least one week prior to each meeting. Officers are free to make changes. Please email the Teen Advisor and all other officers with any changes made.
- Officers’ meetings will be held once every two months beyond the regularly scheduled TAB meetings for Senior Officers.
Interested?We’ll be going over all of the individual duties of each officer before nominations are held. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there!
Hello seniors! (And some of you juniors!) We have several upcoming college preparation programs coming up in the next few months. Check them out!
Sept. 23rd, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Jill Mante will share tips and tricks for writing your best college application essay in this one hour lecture. This is great preparation for the one-on-one session!
College Application Essay One-on-One Help
Sept. 30th, Call Help Desk for Appointment at (845) 986-1047 ext. 3
Get one-on-one help with your college application essay! Jill Mante will be on hand to help you shape your essay. You must come prepared with a rough draft.
Oct. 8, 6pm to 8pm
Get insider tips from someone with experience! Warwick graduate and author Anya Settle (class of 2008) will sign copies and discuss her new book, Now You Tell Me! 12 College Students Give the Advice They Never Got. Open to students and parents.
Oct. 16th, 6pm to 8pm
Finish your college application in one session! Joshua Marber will lead you through the whole process in one shot!
October 30th 6pm to 8pm
Admissions councilor Joshua Marber will show you how to begin your search for the right college for you. Get tips on making the most of your college visits and more! Open to teens and parents.
Who’s coming to the Warwick Children’s Book Festival on Sept. 28th? K.L. Going will be there! She’s written several Young Adult books, including Saint Iggy, King of the Screw-Ups, and of course, Fat Kid Rules the World, which some of you may remember as a Battle of the Books choice from 2012. She’ll be signing books AND giving a talk about being an author and getting published at 2:30pm in the Park Avenue Elementary School library. Recently, Warwick sophomore Lauranne Wolfe interviewed her via email. Learn more about K.L. Going and her work below.
Lauranne: What made you decide to become a writer?
K.L. Going: I always loved to write as a hobby, but it took a long time for me to consider turning that hobby into a career. In the end, it was a combination of perseverance and opportunity. I kept honing my craft, so when the right story came along, I was able to write it.
Lauranne: Are any elements in your novels based on your own life experiences?
K.L. Going: A writer always draws from their own life. I don’t directly copy people or events though. Instead, I use the feelings I remember from my own history to infuse my stories with emotion.
Lauranne: What inspired you to write your first book, Fat Kid Rules the World?
K.L. Going: I was listening to Nirvana and researching the history of punk rock, and the idea came to me to write about a kid who gets roped into being the drummer for a punk rock band even though he doesn’t actually know how to play the drums. The idea felt new, and I was able to come up with a compelling voice for Troy, so I decided to go with it.
Lauranne: What sort of research do you do for your writing?
K.L. Going: Actually, I do a lot of research and it’s a fun part of my job. I end up researching the craziest things – what makes parrots talk, when did Star Wars come out, who was president in 1954, men’s fashion, apple orchards, horse back riding, drumming, the history of young adult literature… you name it!
Lauranne: What is the best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring writer?
K.L. Going: Live a great life. The more you experience, the more you’ll have to draw from to create inspiring stories.
We’ve had our teen e-newsletter for over a year now, and it’s still going strong (thanks, all you readers!) but it’s time stretch out and move into some comfier new digs. You guys, we have outgrown our little e-newsletter! Each week, it’s getting harder to squeeeeze in everything I want to tell you about. But that’s a good thing, right? We have so much going on!
Stay tuned for more posts! I have lots to tell you about, so come back soon!