03 9, 2021

Power to the Pens during our Journaling Night for Teens & Tweens

By |2021-03-09T09:00:31-05:00March 9, 2021|

paper-3033204_640We’re hosting a special Journal Night for teens and tweens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

Young writers can unwind and find an outlet for their creativity during our program. We’ll provide writing prompts and a supportive atmosphere where thoughts and ink may flow freely.

Journal Night is open to all teens and tweens (ages 11 to 18.) The program will be hosted via Zoom, and you have to register to get the link. You can sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247. Once registered, teens and tweens can pick up a special writing kit from the our Main Branch. It includes a notebook, pen and stickers to help you get started.

The library also offers a lot more resources for writers:

  1. Lynda.com offers video tutorials from pros on all different kinds of writing: fiction, screenwriting, even business writing. And the tutorials are free to watch with your library card.
  2. Learn from the experts of The Great Courses! Some of the best college professors in the world offer tips on writing great essays and fiction! Great Courses can get expensive to buy, but many are free to stream with your library card and our digital services.
  3. You probably already know this, but we also have hundreds of books and videos on writing that you can borrow from our collection.
  4. Finally, you may enjoy suggestions from professional authors. We’ve interviewed dozens of writers who’ve visited our library. See what advice they share on our YouTube channel.
06 23, 2019

Written in the Stars

By |2019-06-23T06:00:34-04:00June 23, 2019|

Ms. Judy tells our young writers the story of the Hydra.

Ms. Judy tells our young writers the story of the Hydra.

The young writers of our Wordplay Writing Club learned the stories behind constellations last week. Then they wrote some star stories of their own.

They redrew the constellations and wrote them new origin stories.

In addition to being a fun writing exercise, it also tied into our summer reading theme: A Universe of Stories.

Each month, the writers in our Wordplay Club finds different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story, make nature journals or scour baby books for character names.

Our club is open to all writers in third through sixth grade. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is July 10.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

By the way, if you’re an aspiring author, we have hundreds of books on the art of writing that you can borrow with a library card.

04 17, 2019

Celebrating National Poetry Month with our Wordplay Writing Club

By |2019-04-17T06:00:04-04:00April 17, 2019|

Mya and Hudson use the limited vocabulary of refrigerator magnets to create poems with our Wordplay Writing Club.

Mya and Hudson use the limited vocabulary of refrigerator magnets to create poems with our Wordplay Writing Club.

The young writers of our Wordplay Club celebrated National Poetry Month by composing poetry with some unconventional methods.

Old newspapers or damaged books are perfect source material for blackout poetry.

Old newspapers or damaged books are perfect source material for blackout poetry.

They made blackout poetry, which involves blacking out old book pages to transform them into new poems.

They also used refrigerator magnets to compose poems. You can try either or both of these projects at home with your family.

Each month, the writers in our Wordplay Club finds different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story, make nature journals or scour baby books for character names.

Our club is open to all writers in third through sixth grade. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is may 8.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting our website.

By the way, if you’re an aspiring author, we have hundreds of books on the art of writing that you can borrow with a library card.

03 1, 2019

2019 Northcoast Writers’ Showcase features load of local talent & ‘Dreamers’ author Imbolo Mbue

By |2019-03-01T06:00:07-05:00March 1, 2019|

Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue, author of the critically acclaimed Behold the Dreamers, will be the keynote speaker for the second Northcoast Writers’ Showcase from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Lakeland Community College.

Mbue’s keynote will cap a day in which readers and aspiring writers can interact with dozens of talented and hard-working authors, ask questions about their writing journey, and attend workshops about the craft of writing.

The showcase begins at 11 a.m. in Lakeland’s H-Building. Authors will have their books available for sale and signing throughout the event. And breakout sessions will be held during the afternoon, as well.

Breakout leaders and topics:

Noon

1 PM

2 PM

3 PM

  • Imbolo Mbue‘s keynote talk in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center with book signing to follow

Other participating authors and publishers include:

Both the Showcase and Mbue’s keynote address are free to attend and open to all. People can register for Mbue’s talk at www.leagueoflibraries.org.

The Northcoast Writers’ Showcase is hosted by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a group of 12 libraries in Lake and Geauga County that have partnered to promote the arts, creativity and enthusiasm for learning in the region.

The Lake-Geauga League of Libraries includes Burton, Fairport Harbor, Geauga County, Kirtland, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College, Madison, Mentor, Morley, Perry, Wickliffe and Willoughby-Eastlake library systems.

The showcase is funded by the collective generosity of the library’s foundations, friends groups, The Lubrizol Corporation and Lake County Visitors Bureau.

Northcoast Writers Showcase Ledger 2019

02 18, 2019

Playing the Name Game with our Wordplay Club

By |2019-02-18T06:00:19-05:00February 18, 2019|

Mary searches a Baby Book for fun character names.

Mary searches a Baby Book for fun character names.

What’s in a name? Well, a lot of fun for our Wordplay Writing Club.

February 13 is Get A Different Name Day. (It’s a thing, apparently.) To celebrate, our kids’ writing club researched Baby Books for new monikers. Then they swapped their names for Bailey, Phoenix, Lily and the like.

Then they used the Baby Books to name characters they wanted to write about.

Each month, the writers in our Wordplay Club finds different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story, make nature journals or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

Our club is open to all writers in third through sixth grade. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is March 13.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting our website.

By the way, if you’re an aspiring author, we have hundreds of books on the art of writing that you can borrow with a library card.

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