Roanoke, VA – Hey teens, pack up your protractors and say goodbye to grades. Summer is here, and Roanoke County Public Libraries want you to “Express Yourself,” so get ready to unleash your inner artist with cool, creative projects. A Designer T-Shirt workshop and the Project Teenway Competition challenge fabulous and fashion forward teens to transform everyday materials into haute couture. Serious artists, casual shutterbugs, and sufferers of wanderlust alike will enjoy creating Altered Art Travel Journals or expressing their vision of America by entering the Picturing America Photo Contest (grand prize $50 gift card to Best Buy!). Anime artists are encouraged to enter the Manga Drawing Contest, while aspiring actors and amateur detectives take center stage for Teen Mystery Night. Last but not least, if you prefer entertainment minus the human interaction, bury your nose in books this summer for a chance to win a Nintendo DS. All teens who enter and complete Roanoke County Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Nintendo DS handheld game console. So, what are you waiting for? Fire up your right brain and head to the library this summer!
Registration for the Teen Summer Reading Program begins on June 1, 2009. Upon registering, participants receive a Blue Roanoke County “Connect” Portfolio that contains a mood pencil, Express Yourself book mark, reading log, and calendar of teen summer events. Upon completing the required ten hours of reading (that’s not too much!), teens receive a 1GB flash drive, a free food coupon to a local fast food restaurant, a “gigantic” candy bar, a free pass to see the Salem Red Sox, and a chance at winning the Nintendo DS to be raffled on August 5th. For more information on any of these teen programs, contact David Wilson, Hollins Branch Library at 561-8024
Designer T-shirt Creations: where teens will be able to express themselves with stencils, fabric paint, cutting, and sewing to create their own one of a kind t-shirt to wear this summer.
Vinton Library – Thursday, June 11th, 6-8 PM
Hollins – Wednesday, June 16th, 6-8 PM
HQ/419 – Thursday, June 18th, 6-8 PM
Glenvar Library – Tuesday, June 23rd, 6-8 PM
Project Teenway Competition: Teens will be able to express their fashion creativity in teams by coming up with a quick design made from scrap fabric and paper to dress one of their team members with, then these designs will be compared and judged by members of the library staff.
Registration will be required in advance as space is limited; contact the local county library hosting the event for reservations.
Glenvar – Tuesday, June 30th, 12-2 PM
Vinton – Thursday, July 2nd, 12-2 PM
HQ/419 – Tuesday, July 14th, 12-2 PM
Hollins – Monday, July 20th, 12-2 PM
Altered Art Travel Journals: Teens will create travel journals based on their favorite vacation spot or a trip they dream of taking in the future. Old maps, travel photos, and card stock paper will be used to transform old books into new journals for recording your favorite travel memories and wishes. Registration will be required in advance as space is limited; contact the local county library hosting the event for reservations.
HQ/419 – Thursday, July 9th, 6-8 PM
Vinton – Thursday, July 16th, 6-8 PM
Glenvar – Tuesday, July 21st, 6-8 PM
Hollins – Tuesday, July 28th, 6-8 PM
“Picturing America” Photo Contest
There will also be a “Picturing America” Photo Contest that is open for entries until June 11th with a photo reception on Wednesday, June 17th at the Hollins Branch Library, where the winners will be announced and awarded prizes.
Manga Drawing Contest for Teens
In July there will also be a Manga Drawing Contest for Teens, and on Friday, July 24th at the HQ/419 Library will host a Teen Mystery Night at 6:30-8:30. Registration will be required in advance as space is limited; contact the local county library hosting the event for reservations.
Nintendo DS Drawing: There will be a drawing at the end of the Summer Reading Program. All teens who sign-up for summer reading and complete the program will have their names included in a drawing to win a Nintendo DS. Also for those teens who participate in the programs offered they will get an additional chance in the Nintendo DS drawing that will take place on August 5th.
-Submitted by Michael Meise