[Grantees] 2017 Teen Read Week Grantees

This space is for the 2017 TRW grantees to share info and updates about their programs.

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Hi, I'm Liz, Teen Librarian at Dover Public Library in the small town of Dover, Ohio. This fall, we are doing a series of creative story-telling workshops on creative writing, art, video making, and stop motion animation. The series will end in a screening event on Teen Read Week. 

My name is Pamela Rellstab and I am the teen librarian for the Defiance Public Library System. There are a total of three libraries within the system, Defiance Public Library [main], Sherwood Branch Library, and Johnson Memorial Library. Defiance County is located in rural northwest Ohio with a population of 39,000.

Because of the diverse interests among the teens, it was important to separate the teen groups in each library location and host activities that would be tailored to their passions. Teens will be encouraged to “Unleash Your Story” by writing, telling, and sharing stories through the varied mediums of video games, pixilation, and role-playing tabletop games.

At Defiance Public Library, teens will partake in role-playing tabletop games. In addition to playing, they will film their game play and post on the Defiance Public Library System YouTube channel. [Think Geek & Sundry.]

At Johnson Memorial Library, teens will learn the art form of machinima and create a machinima film using Minecraft. The film will be posted on our YouTube channel. [Think Red vs. Blue by Rooster Teeth.]

At Sherwood Branch Library, teens will learn the art form of pixilation, a stop-motion animation using people, and film their own pixilation. The film will then be uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Finally, to reach all area teens, all three locations will be hosting a Teen Read-In. During this time Defiance Public Library System will “unleash our story” by showcasing the teen spaces, resources, and activities. Teens will be afforded the opportunity to explore the library, read, Skype with authors, and tell us how we can better serve them and vice versa. In addition, the first ten teens to arrive for the author Skype will receive a free copy of his or her title. All teens will be given a loot bag.  

That sounds awesome, Pamela! I'm so excited that they'll be learning the fine art of machinima. Are you going to have them add audio? You'll have to excuse the Geek-out. I used to make videos using Sims 2. :) 



Elizabeth Strauss said:

That sounds awesome, Pamela! I'm so excited that they'll be learning the fine art of machinima. Are you going to have them add audio? You'll have to excuse the Geek-out. I used to make videos using Sims 2. :) 

That is our plan. We are going to use a game capture card to accomplish this. I have not done this before, so it is going to be a huge learning curve. 

Happy Summer All!  


We are Kristen Dirato (L), Media/IT Dept. Educator and Amy Ojserkis (R), Media Specialist at Atlantic County Institute of Technology  (www.acitech.org) in Mays Landing, NJ.  We're thrilled to be named as one of the TRW Grantees and can't wait to share our photo journalism project, Humans of ACIT.

Inspired by the stories on the international blog, Humans of New York, our students will be sharing their stories to connect with their peers, teachers and our school and families.  As JS, a student describes this project, the Humans of ACIT will be "a way for students to interact with peers outside school, use social media for GOOD and you'll learn a little bit about other people.  It will shed light on the "nobodies."  It will give them a voice.  Some people are shy and afraid to express themselves.  With social media, they can show who the really are, not that hard outer covering that they hide themselves in."

We can't wait to get started this September and are excited to sere what everyone is doing!  See you all here and in Louisville!

---Amy O.

Hi! I'm Heather Colby, the Teen Services Coordinator at the Homer Township Public Library. We are located in Homer Glen, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

My event will focus on reading, writing, and zine making and will be centered around the teen graphic memoir Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer. Teens will be given a copy of the book ahead of the program to read. At the event, we will conduct a Skype interview with Beyer to hear why it was beneficial for her to share her story in the graphic format. We will then focus on creating pages for a collaborative zine highlighting the teens' voices. We will browse zines (including copies of Beyer's zine List), discuss writing topics, then create pages for the zine. The finished zine will be distributed to all participants and other teens within the library. The teens will go home with materials to encourage them to continue writing and sharing, including a journal and zines to keep.

My goals for the event are to introduce teens to a young and relatable author of a published memoir, to let them feel the power in amplifying their voice, to demonstrate a low-cost method of sharing creative work, and to spotlight high-interest memoirs and biographies.

I am excited to be a part of this group and am looking forward to hearing more about your projects!

 

Hello, we are librarian duo library director Julie Perrin and youth librarian Andrea Connolly at Jaffrey Public Library in Jaffrey, NH. Our library is nestled at the foot of Mt. Monadnock in rural New Hampshire and serves a community of 5500 people. We also host the regional middle and high schools and serve all the students of the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District. 

Jaffrey Public Library is collaborating with independent comic book store Escape Hatch to foster local teens’ writing and artistic talents for One Week, One Story. The purpose is to take the mystery out of the creative process and empower teens to cultivate their artistic skills with autonomy and confidence, providing the tools for them to continue to do so well beyond the end of the program. One Week, One Story involves participants attending a workshop by graphic novelist Marek Bennett to create their own comics for publication in a bound anthology.

We are so excited and honored to be receiving this grant. We look forward to bringing this program to our under-served teen population. Thank you YALSA and Dollar General!

Wow, that's so cool! We look forward to hearing more about your project.

-Julie and Andrea

Heather Colby said:

Hi! I'm Heather Colby, the Teen Services Coordinator at the Homer Township Public Library. We are located in Homer Glen, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

My event will focus on reading, writing, and zine making and will be centered around the teen graphic memoir Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer. Teens will be given a copy of the book ahead of the program to read. At the event, we will conduct a Skype interview with Beyer to hear why it was beneficial for her to share her story in the graphic format. We will then focus on creating pages for a collaborative zine highlighting the teens' voices. We will browse zines (including copies of Beyer's zine List), discuss writing topics, then create pages for the zine. The finished zine will be distributed to all participants and other teens within the library. The teens will go home with materials to encourage them to continue writing and sharing, including a journal and zines to keep.

My goals for the event are to introduce teens to a young and relatable author of a published memoir, to let them feel the power in amplifying their voice, to demonstrate a low-cost method of sharing creative work, and to spotlight high-interest memoirs and biographies.

I am excited to be a part of this group and am looking forward to hearing more about your projects!

 

It's so nice to meet all of you and hear your great ideas! 

Some more details about my project: 

We're having a series of 4 workshops and a screening event. First, we'll have an art program where the teens can experiment and tell a story through art. Each participant will get a sketchbook and ideas to take home to keep creating. Second, we'll have a creative writing workshop with writing activities and games. Every participant there will get a free journal. The third event will focus on video making and editing, using cameras we got from a previous grant and new software. The fourth event will be a stop-motion animation workshop using new kits and software and a variety of materials: clay, figures, construction paper, etc. Finally, the screening event will be a perfect venue for the teens to share their work and socialize. 

Additionally, we are getting books about video making, stop motion animation, and more that the teens can check out to learn more. I have a great relationship with the High School and Middle School here, so I will be sharing the books with them in our "Rotating Collections" and bringing handouts, extra sketchbooks, and extra journals to the schools so that the teens who are too busy to come to the workshops can still participate in our events. 

I'm really excited to be able to provide the teens with fresh art supplies and free materials and to see what they come up with. 

Hi!

My name is Catherine Halpin and I am the Youth Technology Coordinator at Teen Central in the Boston Public Library. My colleague, Ally Dowds, and I will be creating a series of podcasting programs in our media lab that will launch during Teen Read Week. 

We love the theme, "Unleash Your Story" and hope to encourage teens to explore storytelling through new and digital media. The grant will allow us to purchase personal recording devices and microphones to be used with existing computers and software in our teen space. We'll be partnering with a local non-profit with expertise in writing and podcast production. 

I'm excited to start this program and it's so great to read all of the creative programming everyone has come up with here!

It might be a little early to start thinking about this... But I got excited and made this anyway as a "Teaser Trailer" for the programs and just wanted to share: Unleash Your Story 

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