by Stephanie C., Main Library
We've been posting a variety of writing prompts and contests throughout the last year, from 100 Word Stories, to the Write Global Essay Contest. Another creative writing event coming up soon is Salt Lake Teens Write, a workshop for teens, led by the Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center.
The Community Writing Center, or CWC, is located downtown on Library Square, in the plaza outside of the Main Library. The CWC offers a variety of resources for the whole community. That's right, you don't have to be a student of SLCC to use their services! The best part, especially for teens, is that their one-on-one coaching and teen writing workshops are FREE.
The next Salt Lake Teens Write event is coming up in March. SLTW is a three week workshop where teens will meet with writing mentors, and each other, twice a week to develop their skills and passion for creative writing. The theme for the March 2022 workshop is Making it Personal. This session will focus on personal writing, including journaling, poetry, memoir, college essay writing, writing for social justice, and more. The workshop runs March 8-25 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and you do need to register to participate. Visit the CWC Teens Write page for more details and a link to the application.
Each Teens Write workshop features a different theme, so if you can't make it this Spring, stay tuned for details about the upcoming summer and fall 2022 sessions.
You can also checkout writing from the last Salt Lake Teens Write Anthology here. The next anthology will be compiled in November 2022, so it's not too late to submit your own work.
by Saia, Glendale branch
As a writer and an educator, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I can use my writing to connect to myself and others. I strive to take what I have learned from what I write and apply it to what I teach. Lately, I have been circling back to topics that surround self discovery and identity.
Identity is something that we as humans continually discover. Some things that can help us on this journey are the things that we value, the names that we take on or reject, and the relationships that we have with others.
Writing has been a way for me to peel back the layers of who I am. I have a list of 15 writing prompts that have helped me to reflect on who I am and the kind of person that I want to be. I hope this can help you on your journey too.
Part of the process of self discovery is to share what you have learned. I invite you to share your writing with a trusted friend or family member- anyone that you feel comfortable with. If you would like to share with us here at the City Library you can submit your writing here.
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
Lately, it seems like February is all about love. Romance, dating, hand-holding, candlelight, and on and on. If you are getting a little bit sick of it you are not alone. Here are 5 books to combat that. Following is a list of books spotlighting aromantic and/or asexual protagonists and featuring platonic relationships! .
Before we get started, here are a few terms to help you out! Asexual is used to describe a person with little to no interest in sexual contact with another person. Aromantic defines a person who has no interest in romantic relationships, (trust us, they are different)! Ace stands for asexual. Aro stands for aromantic. So, an aroace character is an aromantic, asexual character. Simple!
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Let’s follow Rumi, a young musician, on her journey through a tragedy, a move to Hawaii and feelings of abandonment. The journey is worth it, because Rumi is easily one of our top aroace protagonists. Just hearing her thoughts makes it all worthwhile. Click here to find it in our catalog.
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia
There’s no doubt about it, friendship is at the center of this moxy-filled venture. Lita and Chicky are dead set on pulling off the ultimate underdog story in history, a hefty-yet-not-impossible task. As Lita and Chicky work together to redefine beauty standards we get to see the dictionary-definition of friendship. Click here to find it in our catalog.
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
Seventeen-year-old ace Ellie is living in one of the strangest dystopian cities ever written about, where music, art and books are illegal and emotions can be grounds for execution! Ellie gets to know M0Rr1s, who was born in a lab and raised to be emotionless and the two of them embark on a dangerous trip to bring down a destructive system. Click here to find it in our catalog.
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
This is a beautiful, haunting story of asexual friendship and love. Corey (another great asexual protagonist), has to unravel the last messy year of her life and a move to Alaska all at once. This is the story of a girl who believes in heroes and wants to be one herself. Click here to find it as a book in our catalog or here for the eBook copy!
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Shaeffer
Let’s take a left turn into the horror genre to meet Nita, an excellent aroace character. What’s the daughter of a murderer to do when she gets sold for her organs? Don’t worry, Nita will show us what to do in style! Click here to find it in our catalog.
Getting Started With Gardening
by Christina O., Day-Riverside Branch
Winter is coming to an end soon and we will hopefully be seeing a green and lush spring in a few months! Here are some gardening tips and reasons why you should get into gardening this spring.
Choose your veggies and plants!
A good way to not waste your time is to grow food and plants you already like to eat and want to look at. Look at your fridge. What have you been into lately and what have you been avoiding? Make a list of your favorites and plan on grabbing seeds either at the Main library’s seed library, or at your local branch! You can find information about your local seed library here.
I know I will be growing loads of squash this upcoming season, and a lot of wild flowers for the bees!
Blog posts are written by our Teen Librarians and, in some cases, teens like you. Visit your About page to learn more about our Teen Librarians.