Teen Think Tank (6th - 12th Grade): Endings

2020 marked an important year for politics and government. Motivated by the need for social justice and equality, people found themselves engaging in grassroots movements to call for change. This week in WriterLab we discuss "Endings"; and while the stories will end, as long as there are problems to solve and Wrongs to Right, the struggle will continue.

#READ: Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Things A Bright Girl Can Do

Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.

Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom.

May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.

But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?


#LISTEN: YouTube – Malala and teen activists on learning to speak out


#EXPLORE: Free Write About Yourself

Write About Yourself

Set a timer for one minute and write without worrying about grammar or spelling. Prompts to consider:

  1. Things you are passionate about.
  2. Skills you have.
  3. Why you like working alone or in groups.
  4. Things you'd like to learn.

Review your writings and see if any themes seem to call out, and find places to use your talents, skills and passions to volunteer! Love books? Interested in seeing what happens behind the scenes of the library? Want to meet other teens? Why not become a Teen Advisory Board Volunteer at the library!

#JOIN: WriterLab for Teens

Do you love language? Know what it feels like to breathe life into a character by putting pen to paper? Be empowered through storytelling, all while building writing skills. Explore your imagination through creative, hands-on writing activities and games. (For ages 12 – 17)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – 4:45 pm


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