Teen Think Tank: A Pen and a Purpose

The first of September is World Letter Writing Day! There may be faster ways to connect with family and friends nowadays, but you have to admit it can be exciting to receive personalized mail. So, grab a piece of paper and check out the reads and resources below for some ideas on how to get started! And don't forget to tag @jaxlibrary to share your thoughts! 

#READ: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson 

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

17-year-old Ginny always felt more interesting around her free-spirited aunt. So, when she receives a letter after her aunt has passed away with resources to embark on a mysterious journey around the world, she knows something exciting is bound to happen. At each new destination, Ginny is instructed to open a little blue envelope and complete the task spelled out in the letter. As she collects pieces of her aunt's past, Ginny ultimately realizes something about herself—she can stand out just fine on her own. 

Questions to think about while you read: 

  • When is the last time you received a handwritten letter?
  • What are some celebrations that you believe merit a handwritten letter?
  • Why do you think a handwritten letter can be more special to people than a text or a phone call?

#LISTEN: Hand-Lettering 

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Give your handwriting an edgier or more playful look! Log in to LinkedIn Learning to learn the basics of drawing letters with step-by-step demonstrations of different styles and techniques. You can even take your skills to the next level with a class on how to turn your custom designs into a computer font! 

Questions to think about while you listen: 

  • Do you prefer more modern or traditional text fonts?
  • How would you describe the features (e.g., proportions, width, weight, slope, dimension, etc.)? 
  • What are some ways you could adjust them to add your own flair?

#EXPLORE: Homemade Envelopes 

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Complete the DIY process by folding your own envelopes! Follow along as teens at the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado share their process for creating both the traditional style and a few fancier options. We’d love for you to share your creativity with us - take a picture and tag @jaxlibrary

#JOIN: Attend a program in person! 
View all teen programs and events offered this month. 

Registration is required; if space allows, walk-ins will be admitted. Use the link in the program information to register. 



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