Young Adult Archives

April 1, 2013

Teen Poetry Contest

Do you have a way with words? Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit a poem with an entry form to compete in this year's Poetry Contest! Submit up to two poems online between April 1 and April 30.

Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Winners will be announced at the Teen Poetry Slam at Villard Square on Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30 p.m. and may be published on the MPL web page and Facebook pages!

Click here to submit your poem! Poems must be submitted between April 1 and April 30.

Contest Rules:
Must be between 10-18 years of age to participate. Participants must be Milwaukee County residents to be eligible. Individuals can only win one prize in this contest. Entries must be typed and submitted online only. All submissions must be original works written by the young adult submitting the entry. Each individual may submit up to two entries. Entries may be edited for publication purposes.


December 18, 2012

Come Wrap Up Your Holiday Gift Search @ The Library (Just For Kids and Teens)

8258122581(1).jpgTeens who haven't finished finding gifts for their friends and loved ones can come to Center Street Library for two events this week.

First, tonight teens can make beautiful origami ornaments to take along and use as holiday gifts. Materials will be supplied, and the program is free to attend, so all someone needs to attend is creativity and the willingness to learn a new skill. This program is tonight, Tuesday December 18th, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.

Teens in grades six through eight will have a chance to sip hot cocoa and wrap holiday gifts on Wednesday December 19th. The library will have supplies on hand to create some original last minute gifts too. This last minute gift program will be from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM.

For all the kids looking for an opportunity to create some last minute gifts, check out the other times for the last minute gift programs here! Tippecanoe will offer this program too.

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July 30, 2012

Sew Cool @ Atkinson Library!

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Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave
Thursday, August 2, 1-2:30 p.m.
For Teens, no registration needed

Be your own fashion designer! It's time to show your creative side at Atkinson Library this Thursday at Sew Cool. All you need to bring is an item of clothing and your fun fashion sense. The library will have decorations and will help with basic instructions. Hope to see you there!

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May 14, 2012

Performance Poetry and Spoken Work Showcase at Villard!

poetrywordle.pngNeeded: Aspiring poets and performers! Give an original or not-so-original poem a dramatic flair! Join the MPL Teen Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase and show off your talent for bringing words, stories and poems to life during this open-mic showcase. Help us celebrate the end of poetry month and "rap" up our Poetry Contest as we announce the winners and share their poems at this event!

Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Villard Square Branch
5190 N. 35th St.
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April 19, 2012

Teen Poetry Deadline Coming Up!

The deadline for entry in the teen poetry contest is one week away, enter now!

Do you have a way with words? Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit a poem with an entry form to compete in this year's Poetry Contest! Submit up to two poems between March 26 and April 26. Poems must be submitted online.

Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Winners will be announced at the Teen Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase at Villard Square Branch on Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. and may be published on the MPL webpage and Facebook pages!

For prizes and contest rules visit the Teen Poetry Contest page on our website.

All programs hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by Best Buy.

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March 26, 2012

Teen Poetry Contest Starts Today!

PoetryTeen.jpgDo you have a way with words? Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit a poem with an entry form to compete in this year's Poetry Contest! Submit up to two poems between March 26 and April 26. Poems must be submitted online.

Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Winners will be announced at the Teen Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase at Villard Square Branch on Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. and may be published on the MPL webpage and Facebook pages!

For prizes and contest rules visit the Teen Poetry Contest page on our website.

All programs hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by Best Buy.


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March 12, 2012

Hunger Games Trivia Challenge at Bay View!

TheHungerGamesMockingjay.jpgJoin other fans of The Hunger Games trilogy in celebrating the release of The Hunger Games movie by taking part in a trivia challenge based on the books. Correct answers will bring you rewards, but incorrect ones may bring an uncertain future. There can be only one winner!

Hunger Games Trivia Challenge
Bay View Library, For Ages: 13-18,
2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave
Thursday, March 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration Required
Call: (414) 286-3011

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Developed by teens, for teens through TAB - MPL's Teen Advisory Board. Sponsored by Best Buy.

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February 20, 2012

Google Science Fair 2012: Everyone Has a Question, What's Yours?

Google is looking for curious, inspired and innovative students between the ages of 13-18 for the Google Science Fair 2012 online science competition. The competition challenges students to explore real-world questions through scientific investigation. Participating in the fair is your chance to engage with the scientific community, compete with peers from around the world and be eligible for life-changing prizes.

Submissions are due April 1, 2012. Check out Google's Science Fair 2012 website for information on submissions, judging, and prizes. There are also resources for educators interested in getting their students involved in the fair.

Everyone has a question. What's yours?

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January 3, 2012

Kids Can Sign Up for the Bucks Reading Challenge Today!

Bucks Reading Challenge.jpgTake the Bucks Reading Challenge! This statewide reading program starts Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Students in grades 3-10 can sign up at any Milwaukee Public Library. When you read 500 or more pages by Feb. 28th, you earn a voucher to mail in for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game! (Parent or guardian must purchase a discounted ticket at the same time). When you read 750 pages or more by Feb. 28, you get the ticket and a chance to win an autographed Bucks basketball or be recognized on the court at halftime!

Anyone interested in finding out more information on the program can call the Central Library Children's Room at 286-3091 for more details, or stop in at any Milwaukee Public Library location for information and to sign up.

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December 9, 2011

Whole Knotta Fun


Teens, what are you going to get the special people in your life for Christmas? Join the DIY crafting movement and give a handmade gift created by you at Atkinson Library on December 19 at 6:00 p.m. Weave it, braid it, knot it! Use yarn, string, beads and other materials to make fun crafts like bracelets, belts and bags. Give a gift that is as unique as your loved one.

For more information, call 286-3011.

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November 8, 2011

Free Writing Workshop for Teens at Villard Square Library!

pen and paper.pngJoin us for a four-week study of crafting a short story. We will focus on the basic elements of writing, including character, setting and plot, and explore creative ways to spark story-starting ideas. Our finished works will be shared at the Teen Story Slam in December. Registration required to receive a writing journal. Register online or by calling (414)286-3011. Please note that attendees must be between the ages of 10 years and 18 years old to participate.

Library: Villard Square Branch
Dates: 11/8/2011, 11/15/2011, 11/22/2011, 11/29/2011
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

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November 7, 2011

Make Your Own Hardware Jewelry at Bay View Library!

hardwarebracelet.jpgYou're unique and your jewelry should be too! Come to the Bay View library for our teen Hardware Jewelry program and learn how to create cute, edgy and fashionable jewelry out of hardware store finds. You'll learn how to make a necklace out of washers or design your own accessory out of every day objects.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:00 -7:00 pm
Ages: Teens (12-18)
Materials provided and no registration required!

The picture above is from Alternacrafts, a craft book dedicated to the quirky and unusual. Check it out today, along with the library's many other handicraft titles!

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October 24, 2011

Celebrate Halloween at Milwaukee Public Library!

jack'o'lanterns.pngAre you looking for a safe place to celebrate Halloween in your neighborhood? Look no further than your local library. The Milwaukee Public Library will host programs to celebrate the week of Halloween. Some programs will be for children and others for teens, so make sure you check one out.

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September 27, 2011

Manga Drawing Contest!

Enjoy Manga? Ever dream of becoming a mangaka (manga artist)? Now is your chance! Show off your talent by entering your favorite original manga drawing in Milwaukee Public Library's Manga Drawing Contest! The contest is for teens age 13-18 who live in Milwaukee County. Each individual can submit 2 entries at any Milwaukee Public Library between September 24 - October 24 to be eligible for prizes. ya_manga_photo3.gif

Judges Category:
1st Place-$50 Gift card
2nd Place-$30 Gift Card
3rd Place-$20 Gift Card

People's Choice:
1st Place-$25 Gift card
2nd Place-$20 Gift Card
3rd Place-$15 Gift Card

The People's Choice prizes will be awarded at the Manga and Anime Night at MPL's Central Library on Tuesday, November 15th, from 5-7 p.m.

Complete the contest entry form, available here, to enter the contest or speak to a librarian to get a copy of the form.

Sponsored by the MPL Teen Advisory Board (TAB), funded by Best Buy.

Contest rules:
Must be between 13-18 years of age to participate. Limit of 2 entries per person. Entries must be original and submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Submissions cannot be traced or copied from another artist's work. There is no guarantee that submissions will be returned. Participants must be Milwaukee County residents to be eligible. Individuals can win only one prize in this contest.

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August 1, 2011

Teens, Create Your Own Ice Cream Flavor at the Library!

ice cream cone.pngHave you always been bored with chocolate and vanilla? Do you wish you could create your own custom flavor? Well, head to the library for one of the Ice Cream Challenges. If you love ice cream, this is the event for you. Compete against other teams by designing your own ice cream flavor. Bring your friends and we'll supply the goodies.

Forest Home Library: Tuesday, August 2nd, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Villard Library: Tuesday, August 9th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Atkinson Library: Wednesday, August 10th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tippecanoe Library: Monday, August 15th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mill Road Library: Monday, August 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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June 20, 2011

Teen Knitting Program Starts Soon at Bay View

knitted yarn.jpgAre you a teen who would love to knit, but don't know how? Come to the Bay View Library's free three-part class for beginning knitters. Learn how to cast-on, knit, purl and cast-off. Participants will learn how to knit a summer scarf. This program is for grades 6-12. Registration is required. Please call (414) 286-3011 to register.

Dates: June 22nd, June 29th, and July 6th
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Location: Bay View Library

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June 17, 2011

There's Still Time to Be a SUPER READER!

If you haven't signed up for Milwaukee Public Library's Super Reader program, there is still plenty of time to join. Just come in to any Milwaukee Public Library and pick up a folder to track the number of minutes you read or someone reads to you. As soon as you sign up, you receive a coupon for a FREE 5" mini sub at Cousin's Subs. The more minutes you read, the more prizes you earn. In addition to the Super Reader program, all Milwaukee Public Libraries are hosting free, fun activities.

If you're a teen between the ages of 13-18, there's even a summer reading program for you! You could win a $25 gift card. Sign up today!

For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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May 25, 2011

Money Camp

Money Camp 2011.gifDon't let your 6th - 8th graders miss Money Camp for Kids! The camp is free, and will take place June 20-24, at the Washington Park Library. Kids will be introduced to the concept of responsible money management over the course of five days of fun presentations and field trips.

Due to the library's closing for the Memorial Day weekend, the last day to sign up will be Thursday, May 26.

This program is being brought to you by Upsilon Mu Omega.

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May 20, 2011

BFF Knitted Bracelets

With the end of the school year, why not make your friends something special as a keepsake? Come to Bayview Library on June 11 at 10:00 a.m. to join a knitting workshop and learn a pattern for making stylish yet fairly easy bracelets. This workshop will also teach skills on chart reading, simple twists and yarnovers to expand your crafting capabilities. Come with your friends or come to make new friends.

Registration is required. You can register by either stopping by the Bayview Library or calling (414)286-3000.

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April 1, 2011

Teen Poetry Contest!


April is poetry month! If you are between the ages of 10-18, and love to write poetry, enter your poem in Milwaukee Public Library's poetry contest! You can submit your poem with an entry form at any Milwaukee Public Library or online. Entries will be accepted from March 28 until April 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, 16-18. The 1st place prize for all age groups is a $50.00 gift card. The 2nd place prize for all age groups is a $25.00 gift card, and the 3rd place prize for all age groups is a $15.00 gift card.
The winners will be announced during the Teen Poetry Slam at Atkinson Library on May 11. For more information, or for questions about the rules, call (414)286-3011.
This program is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by
the Helen Bader Foundation and Best Buy.

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March 18, 2011

Teen Video Game Tournament @ Central Library


On Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m., the Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Super Smash Brothers Video Game Tournament and Video Game dance-off at the Central Library. Show off your gaming skills and your moves! Prizes will be awarded to the top three players in each tournament. In order to be eligible for prizes, contestants must register. Registration and open play will occur for the first 30 minutes of the event. This event is sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation and Best Buy.

For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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March 11, 2011

Teen Volunteer Opportunity @KIDSfest

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Are you a teen looking for a fun volunteer opportunity? Volunteer for the Milwaukee Public Library at KIDSfest! Help the library promote the summer reading and other library programs while making crafts in a fun, energetic environment. Not only will you be volunteering for Milwaukee Public Library, but you will also be particpating in Global Youth Service Day!

KIDSfest is held at the State Fair Park in West Allis on April 16 and 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If you are interested, contact David Sikora at (414) 286-3076 and ask how you can volunteer at KIDSfest.

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March 14, 2011

College and Scholarships 101


Not sure how to get your college journey started? Want to stand out in your college or scholarship application? Don't know the difference between the ACT, SAT, IB and Ap? How can you prepare for college before you even get to high school? COMPASS Guide's trained advisers will answer these questions and more. This program is available at multiple locations, and no registration is required. Have a look at our calendar to see which session works best for you.

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February 11, 2011

Love Stinks!

Join us for a special teen club event at Tippecanoe library on Monday February 14 for an anti-Valentine's day party! If you're tired of sappy love songs and the endless parade of Valentine's themed commericals, come to the library and create a mix of non-romantic songs, decorate broken-hearted cookies and make anti-Valentines.

This event runs from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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February 15, 2011

Award Winning Books for Children and Teens

youthawards.jpgIn January the American Library Association announced the 2011 Youth Media Award winners. The awards recognize original and creative works in children's and young adult literature and media. Check out these outstanding titles at the Milwaukee Public Library today!

  • John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, Moon over Manifest written by Clare Vanderpool.
  • Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead.
  • Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults, Ship Breaker written by Paolo Bacigalupi.
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults, One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia.
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier.
  • Pura Belpré Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience, The Dreamer written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Click here for more information on the 2011 Youth Media Award winners.

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February 1, 2011

Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge

Now is the time to join the 2011 Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge! Students earn points towards great Bucks prizes by reading books, magazines, and newspapers!

Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge
January 3, 2011 - February 26, 2011
Wisconsin Students in 3rd - 10th grade
"The more you read, the more you win!"

The reading challenge gives students points for each page of a book, magazine, or newspaper they read. Newspapers and magazines have a 100-point limit, but there is no limit to the points you can score with books! Once a goal has been reached for a specific number of pages, students will receive a voucher for one free Bucks game ticket and the opportunity to purchase additional tickets at a discount.

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All-Star Readers, those who score 500 points-for-pages, earn a free ticket to a Bucks home game and are invited to shoot a free throw on the Bucks Court after the game. Readers with 750 points-for-pages will have their names entered into a drawing for an official Milwaukee Bucks Autographed Basketball for each game!

For more information on the Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge call (414) 286-3520 or contact the Milwaukee Public Library at (414) 286-3011.

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January 4, 2011

Free Art Activities with A.W.E. at Martin Luther King Library!

This January join Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) at the Martin Luther King Library for free art activities for children in grades K5-5. Kids and families will create unique art projects to take home. A.W.E. programs at the King Library are scheduled from 4:00-5:30pm for the following Wednesdays in January: 5, 12, 19, 26.
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Kids and families are welcome to attend one or all of the programs. Due to space limitations, kids must pre-register. Register at the library or online at or call (414) 286-3011. For more information about the activities, please call A.W.E. at (414) 933-3877.

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December 17, 2010

Create a Twinkie Masterpiece!

What else can you do with moist, delectable, cream-filled sponge cake also known as a Twinkie? Find out for yourself at Twinkie Masterpieces, held for both kids and teens on January 10 and 12, 2011. This special kids club event will be held at Tippecanoe and Bayview, and the event for teens will also be held at both libraries. Kick- off the new year by making masterpieces out of twinkies and other edible materials. Participants will vote, and awards will be given for the craziest and most delicious looking!
For more information, or if you have any questions, call (414)286-3011.

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November 19, 2010

College Application Fair @ Center Street Library

Are you thinking about college, but feel intimidated by the admissions process? Then come to the College Application Fair at the Center Street Library on Saturday, November 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. COMPASS guide advisors will be available to explain the application and admissions process, as well as give individualized help to students with the application process. Computers will be set aside for students to complete applications. Advisors will be on hand to assist undecided students with choosing a college or university.

If you have any questions about this program, or for more information, call (414)28-3011.

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November 5, 2010

Teacher in the Library!

Would you like your child to have more assistance with their schoolwork? Milwaukee Public Library currently runs a program called Teacher in the Library. Certified teachers are available after school at selected libraries to help both children and their parents with academic support and encouragement. Children under eight years old must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the library's calendar of events to see when and where the Teacher in the Library program will be available for you!

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October 22, 2010

Halloween Activities @ the Library!

In addition to the usual trick-or-treat celebration throughout the City of Milwaukee, join in for all-ages Halloween fun at several of the branch libraries. For teens, Bay View library is hosting Scary Movie Night & Costume Party. For kids, there is the Halloween Spooktackular at Washington Park and Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m., and Atkinson and Mill Road Library on Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Halloween Spooktackular will feature spooky stories, scary games, crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged!

Also for kids is the Mad Science Halloween Celebration at Bay View Library on Wednesday October 27 at 6:30 p.m., and Zablocki on Saturday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. Crazy mad scientists will cooking up some spooky experiements to share with you! Costumes are also encourages for this event! Stretch out the Halloween celebration a couple of days and join us for these fun-filled events!

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October 15, 2010

Teen Manga Drawing Contest

Are you between the ages of 13 and 18? Do you love to draw manga? Then show off your talent by entering the Young Adult Manga Drawing Contest! October 24, 2010 marks the deadline to enter your original manga drawing. All submissions will be displayed and the winners of the contest will be announced during Anime & Manga Night at the Capitol Library on November 16. Winners will receive gift cards!

Entries must be original. All entries must be submitted with a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. You must be a Milwaukee County resident in order to participate. If you have any questions, call (414)286-3011 for more information.

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October 7, 2010

Know a Talented Teen?

Celebrating Teens.jpgNow that students are getting settled into the new school year I thought it would be a good time to highlight the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These awards are given every year by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which is a nonprofit organization with the mission of "identifying teenagers with artistic and literary talent." Teens in grades 7-12 are eligible and awards range from scholarships to recognition to exhibition and publication.

There are 30 different categories including comic art, drawing, fashion, film & animation, photography, jewelry, short story and video games. From what I can tell most of the deadlines are set for early next year, so there is time, but you need to go to their Website and put in your school's zip code to confirm your deadlines.

I would also like to mention how inspiring it is to look through the National Catalogs of the 2009 and 2010 award winners. After viewing the amazing work of so many of America's teens it's clear we are surrounded by very talented young people.

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September 23, 2010

Join the After-School Club!

Are you looking for enriching after school activities for your child or teen? The After-School Club can help! All branch libraries in the city of Milwaukee host after school activities such as crafts, games, arts, dramatic play, and more! The After-School Club offers separate session times for children and teens. Kids and teens can hang out with friends while engaging in fun activities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library at (414) 286-3011.

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September 20, 2010

(Just for kids!) Creative Dreams Art Workshop 2010


Come to Villard Library and explore various styles of art with artist Jeanette Wright-Claus. This six-week, hands-on course will cover abstraction to realism. Learn about famous artists and discover the artist in you.

Fridays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
and November 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Attendee must be between the ages of 6 Years and 14 Years old.

Registration required; call 286-3011 to register.

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August 11, 2010

Wii Gaming for Teens

Wii.pngShow off your Wii gaming skills and join us for some snacks during these waning days of summer.

Zablocki Thursday, August 12, 2-3 p.m.

Washington Park Monday, August 23, 6-7 p.m.

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June 28, 2010

Summer fun @ the library!

Now that summer is in full swing, are you scrambling for fun, educational activities for your children to participate in? Fortunately, Milwaukee Public Library has a summer activity calender to help you figure it all out! For young children, all branch libraries as well as Central host the Preschool Story Time. Children of all ages have a choice of several programs and activities, including performances, games, and other fun activities! All the libraries also have awesome activities for teens such as Wii gaming, Book Bingo, Teen Jeopardy, ice cream socials and more! So check out the calendar and take your kids to your favorite branch for summer fun!

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May 17, 2010

Teen Summer Reading Program!

Starting today, May 17, teens 13-18 can sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program. Sign up online and receive a coupon for a FREE Cousins sub.
Starting June 7, weekly drawings will be held for prizes. Log the books you read each week in order to enter the drawing. The more books you log, the more opportunities you have to win!

If you read four or more books, you earn a prize pack which includes an MPL drawstring backpack.

If you read eight or more books before August 9, you will qualify for the grand prize drawing of a $50 visa gift card! Each Milwaukee Public Library location will select a winner.

In addition, four readers that log eight or more books before August 9 will be selected at random to receive a "starter" scholarship sponsored by EdVest, Wisconsin's official college savings program as well as a profile on

The only way to win all of these (and more!) prizes is to sign up, so log on and get started today!

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June 3, 2010

Teens---Make A Difference At Your Library

Teens.pngThe Milwaukee Public Library has a great opportunity for young adults entering grades 8-12 to join its Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

Being a Teen Advisory Board member is a great way to:
- Get involved in the community
- Gain volunteer hours
- Meet new friends
- Learn about and work on leadership skills
- Be a part of a team and have fun!

Register online by clicking on 'Teen Scene' and then 'Teen Advisory Board' at

Registration for the 2010-2011 TAB team is open from May 17th to July 31st.

To qualify for TAB membership you should be entering grades 8-12 for the 2010-2011 school year; have a grade point average of at least 2.5; have a good school attendance record; be able to attend a three hour meeting once a month; commit to volunteering and be interested in reading, teen programs, and libraries.

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May 10, 2010

Teen J.A.M.!

Do you love Anime and Manga? Or are you facinated with Japanese culture? Join us for J.A.M. (Japanese Anime and Manga) once a month at the Center Street library! The next J.A.M. session will be on May 26 from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. You can talk about your favorite Anime movies and episodes, discuss your favorite manga series, or hang out and draw in the style of Japanese animation. So come on in if you would like to meet other fans, win prizes, and celebrate Japanese animation, comics and culture.

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May 20, 2010

AKA Money Camp for Kids

Washington Park Library
2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
June 21-25, 2010

Members of Upsilon Mu Omega are joining with the Milwaukee Public Library to sponsor the AKA Money Camp for Kids. Middle school students can participate in such diverse activities as financial workshops and field trips that allow them to see the inner workings of local Milwaukee businesses. The week will culminate with the campers developing presentation skills and presenting projects. After graduating from the AKA Money Camp, students will be encouraged to open or add to their own savings account.


You can find a camp application at your neighborhood library or by clicking here. More information about the program can be found here or by calling Erica Teague at (414) 803-2618. Registration ends May 30.

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April 26, 2010

Teen Poetry Slam!

Are you a teen that loves to write poetry? Or do you simply love the rhythm and flow of a particular poem and wish to share it with the world? Aspiring teen poets are encouraged to attend the 2010 Teen Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation, at the Washington Park Library on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.

You can give a dramatic preformance of your original work or the work of someone that inspires you. The first 40 performers will receive a prize, and the winners of the Young Adult Poetry Contest will be announced at this event.

If you have any questions, or need more information, you can call 286-3011.

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March 18, 2010

Young Adult Poetry Contest

Calling all aspiring poets! Do you like writing poetry but have nowhere to submit it? If you're age 10-18, you can submit a poem with an entry form at any Milwaukee Public Library or fill out an application online.

Winners will be announced at the Teen Poetry Slam at Washington Park Library on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30pm. Your poem could be published on the MPL webpage and Facebook page!

Poems must be submitted between March 15 and April 10.

Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three separate age categories:

Ages 10-12:
1st Place: $50 gift card/2nd Place: $25 gift card/3rd Place: $15 gift card
Ages 13-15:
1st Place: $50 gift card/2nd Place: $25 gift card/3rd Place: $15 gift card
Ages 16-18:
1st Place: $50 gift card/2nd Place: $25 gift card/3rd Place: $15 gift card

Rules & Regulations: Must be between 10-18 years of age to participate. Participants must be Milwaukee County residents to be eligible. Individuals can only win one prize in this contest. Entries must be typed orwritten neatly in blue or black ink. Poems will not be returned. All submissions must be original works written by the young adult submitting the entry. Each individual may submit up to two entries.New Picture (1).pngThis poetry contest is hosted by the MPL Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation.

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March 1, 2010

Get Your Game On @ The Library!

Calling all teens ages 13-18! Stop into one of your participating neighborhood libraries on selected dates in March for the Super Smash Brothers Gaming Tournament. This gaming tournament is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation. Teens can choose to compete at Bay View, Forest Home, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Mill Road for a chance to qualify for the finals at Central Library. Test your gaming skills for a chance to win bragging rights as well as prizes! Snacks will be provided, so come on over to get your game on!

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January 28, 2010

And The Envelope, Please....

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Teens: we need your help to select the winner of the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award!*
2010 Nominees
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
King of the Screw-Ups by K.L. Going
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
Hero Type by Barry Lyga
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Burn by Suzanne Phillips
Response by Paul Volponi
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Here's how you can vote for your favorite title:
1. In Person: Get a MCTBA Ballot at your local public library. Vote and drop the ballot in a ballot box, or hand it to a librarian. You can also find the ballot here.
2. Online: Email your vote to
3. Snail Mail: Mail the MCTBA Ballot to the address listed on the back of the ballot.

Do you have other questions? Click here.

Votes need to be received by March 1, 2010, and the winning title will be announced April 1, 2010.

*The Milwaukee County Teen Book Award was started by Young Adult librarians in Milwaukee County public libraries to promote teen reading and literature by highlighting and awarding books published for teens of both quality and appeal. Many thanks to our esteemed colleagues Megan Markiewicz, Katie Hubbard, Emily Alford, and Tiffany Wait for their enthusiasm and graphics.

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December 10, 2009

Teen Gift Wrapping Extravaganza at Center Street

holiday wrapping.jpgCalling all teens! Visit Center Street Library next Tuesday night and wrap holiday presents. You can wrap your own or help others wrap theirs. All the festive wrapping materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. So come on down to the Center Street Library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15th. Wrapping presents has never been so much fun!

November 28, 2009

Manga Drawing Contest Winners

YA Manga.gifMilwaukee's Manga fans have voted! The Bay View Library hosted a very successful Manga & Anime Night event on November 19th. This popular program was sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board of the Milwaukee Public Library and the Helen Bader Foundation.Over 57 talented teens submitted entries to many of the Neighborhood libraries and Central. A judging panel and the participants had the difficult task of picking six winners comprising the Judge's Choices and the People's Choice. To explore more on this topic, the CountyCat catalog has many entries on this popular type of Japanese art.

Take a look at the winning entries here.

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November 4, 2009

College Jam

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Hey, Teens! Do you have any questions about college? Come to the Central Library on Saturday, November 7th between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Or, drop in at the Atkinson Library on Wednesday, November 11th between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Bring your questions...and leave with answers.

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October 14, 2009

Build a Better Brain Through Book Jacket Bingo

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Did you know that getting together with friends and playing games is good for your brain health? Celebrate Teen Read Week by playing a special teen edition of Book Jacket Bingo with a Read Beyond Reality theme. It's your chance to have fun, win prizes and discover some out-of-this-world reads.

Capitol Library 3969 N. 76th St 414.286.3006 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414.286.3091 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 414.286.3019 Thursday, Oct. 22 6 - 7 p.m.

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June 29, 2009

We Neeeeeed These--But We're Not Getting One!

All the library employees covet the cool drawstring backpacks in rainbow colors
that MPL is giving away as prizes….. but only teens 13-18 can get one!

Sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program online and receive a coupon
for a FREE sub from Cousins Subs at your local Milwaukee Public Library.

King Teen Summer Reading participant Rickey B.
can't decide which backpack to choose!

Read four books and one of these hot backpack is yours! (We're drooling!)
Choose your favorite color--- blue, green, purple, black, orange, yellow or pink.
You’ll also receive a Discovery World coupon, Brewers coupon, and a
Half Price Books coupon.

Read 8 or more books before August 10 to qualify for three separate grand
prize drawings: a $50 VISA gift card, Milwaukee Admirals tickets, Milwaukee Wave tickets.

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June 12, 2009

Lend a Hand @ Your Library

The Milwaukee Public Library is always looking for volunteers to help support our programs and services. Whether you are a teen, a retiree, or somewhere in between, the library has a volunteer opportunity for you.

Lend a Hand

Library volunteers can help organize special collections, be tutors, homework helpers, early literacy promoters, English conversation coaches, and more. Opportunities especially for teens include becoming a member of the library's Teen Advisory Board or a Summer Book Buddy to a younger child.

Volunteers can donate a few hours of a week or help out with a one time special event. No matter how much time you can give to the library, it is a wonderful way to serve your community.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at MPL or to fill out a volunteer application, take a look at our volunteer Web page.

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October 27, 2008

UNA-USA essay contest for high school students

The National High School Essay Contest provides motivated high school students with the opportunity to engage in scholarship and critical thinking while addressing global issues.

This is an essay contest that is open to 9th-12th graders. This year's topic is: What can the U.S. do to help ensure environmental sustainability?
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The essays are judged on different criteria including, but not limited to, understanding of the issue, the ability to grasp the global implications of the topic, and originality of approach.

Essays must be submitted by January 5, 2009. First place will be awarded a $1500 scholarship and a trip to New York City to attend UNA-USA Member’s Day at the United Nations on March 21, 2009. Second place will be awarded a $1000 scholarship. Third place is awarded $500 scholarship. For more information and to enter, students and educators should go to the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) website.

September 22, 2008

Teen Read Week Oct. 12-18

This year Teen Read Week takes place from October 12th to 18th at ten different libraries around the system.

Books With Bite @ Your Library, Oct. 12-18, 2008

This year’s nationwide theme is Books with Bite@Your Library. Not only does your library have some exciting events, with a little bite, but there are also great books for teens to read just for fun. So come in for the fun, check out our teen reading areas and leave with some great books.

For a list of what events are happening at which library, check out the Kids' Calendar for fall on page 8 and MPL's MySpace page.

July 25, 2008

Calling All Milwaukee Teens!

Looking for a great way to meet new people, gain leadership skills, and earn volunteer hours? Join the Milwaukee Public Library Teen Advisory Board!


As part of TAB, you'll participate in monthly meetings where you will help shape library services for teens. TAB plans monthly teen forums and outreach programs to connect area teens with all the library has to offer. You will gain excellent experience for your resume, develop teamwork skills, and have fun!

To sign up for this great opportunity, head to your local library or sign-up online. Applications are due by Sunday, August 31.

May 19, 2008

Get graphic @ your library!

Today is the first day for teens to sign-up for MPL’s Young Adult Summer Reading Program. This year the theme is: Get Graphic @Your Library.

You can sign-up online, through the MPL web page.

Teens receive a coupon for a free Cousins mini-sub just for signing up!

Don't forget to show up for the Young Adult Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party. It will be held Saturday, June 14th, at the Central Library from 2:00-4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. There will be music, refreshments, X-box, board games, and door prizes. A great time will be had by all!

May 15, 2008

YouTube Contest For Teens

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For the past two years Wisconsin residents have turned to AskAway-a free online information service staffed by professional librarians 24 hours a day, seven days a week-for reliable answers to all sorts of questions. Now AskAway is encouraging young adult residents to share their positive experiences by creating and posting short videos as a part of the “I Love AskAway” YouTube video contest for teens. Click and scroll here for detailed entry instructions.

Entries should consist of an original video that depicts the AskAway chat service available to all state residents at the Milwaukee Public Library. Videos should be between 30 to 60 seconds long (longer videos may be edited), and must either be uploaded to YouTube or submitted on DVD or CD-ROM by July 31, 2008.

First prize is a $150 Best Buy gift certificate and second prize is a
$75 Best Buy gift certificate. Contest winners will be announced Sept.
2, 2008.

May 5, 2008

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention month.

Here are some facts on teen pregnancy from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

-Milwaukee is one of the Top Ten cities within the U.S. with the highest percentage of total births to teen mothers.
-The long-term cost of a Milwaukee teen having one baby is estimated at $79,320.
-Girls born to teen mothers are 83% more likely to become teen mothers.
-Children of teen mothers are much more likely to drop out of high school prior to graduation.
-In Wisconsin, 71% of babies born to teen girls are fathered by males over 20 years old - in 20% of the cases the fathers are at least six years older.

For more information on preventing teen pregnancy, check out the links below. These sites are for both parents and teenagers.

April 14, 2008

Jobs for teens

The Martin Luther King Library is hosting a number of programs on finding jobs for teens this spring. With topics that range from just thinking about getting a job to what strategies work best for finding and landing a job these are great programs for those teens looking for summer employment.

The programs are:
Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22 & 29, May 6 & 13. 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
From Fast Food to the Fast Lane—Your Real First Job
A FREE six-week TEEN employment program that provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for and find employment presented by C. J. Brown III, author of 28 Days to Employment.

Friday, April 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Do You Need a Job? A Job Strategies Workshop
This workshop focuses on finding job openings and resume tips. Bring your resume.

Monday, April 28, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Do You Need A Job? Where are the Jobs?
This session focuses on where to find jobs and how to get the job you want.

These two sessions are presented by Milwaukee Job Development staff members. Classes are free with no registration required.

March 28, 2008

Earn & Learn Program for Milwaukee's Young Adults


Are you between the ages of 14 and 21 and looking for a great job opportunity?
If so, check out Earn & Learn. This City of Milwaukee Department of City Development program provides great opportunities for you to develop your job skills. You can gain valuable work experience and earn money by working in government, community- and faith-based organizations and private sector businesses.

You can participate in the program in three different ways:

Community Work Experience Program
Summer Youth Internship Program
Private Sector Job Connection

Application deadlines are coming up, so be sure to fill out your online application soon!

March 22, 2008

Teen Violence Prevention: This is My Story

This is My Story: Violence in My World
Thursday, April 10
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)

This is the first program in a Teen Violence Prevention Series sponsored by MPL and the MPL Teen Advisory Board. Hosted by Dasha Kelly of Still Waters Collective, members of the community will share stories, poems, and other forms of spoken-word art reflecting on how violence has affected our lives. Those who have lost their lives to violence will be remembered. Journals for self-reflection will be distributed.

February 12, 2008

Winter Game Night


Play X-box at your local library in Winter.

East - Feb 12th 5:30 - 7:30pm
Tippecanoe - Feb 14th 3:30 - 4:30pm
Forest Home Feb 16th 1 - 3pm
Capitol - Feb 18th 3:30 - 5:30pm
MLK - Feb 20th 5 - 7pm
Mill Road - Feb 21st 6 - 7:30pm
Zablocki - Feb 25th 6 - 8pm
Washington Park Mar 3rd 5 - 7pm

We have Rock Band! Refreshments provided!

November 24, 2007

MySpace, YouTube, Facebook night


Come and join us for our first ever MySpace, YouTube, Facebook night at the Center Street Library!

Show up to share your MySpace or Facebook page, and your favorite YouTube videos with other teens. Come discuss which video is funniest, and whose page is the best.

Share technical hints with other teens, and find out exactly how they did that! Join us Monday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


November 14, 2007

Pizza, Popcorn, and Professionals

The Center Street Library is holding an event for teenagers interested in learning about different careers. Pizza and popcorn will be available to be enjoyed while you can network with professionals working in careers that interest you.


Come and meet a Municipal Court Judge, a local writer, V100's Promotions Director, and US Army Sergeant, a Preacher/Chaplain, a daycare owner, a psychotherapist, and more!

Come to Center Street Library Monday, November 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

November 9, 2007

Want to go to college? This should help!

A college education is becoming more and more important these days. Unfortunately, it's also getting more and more expensive.
For anyone who is interested in going to college, but isn't sure how to afford it, Financial Aid 101 at the Bay View Library is a great place to get started, and get some questions answered.
The program is being put on by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. It takes place Wednesday, November 14, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

November 2, 2007

Life After High School College Fair

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Thinking about what you'll do once you graduate from high school? Are you considering going to college? Then check out this free event! The Life After High School College Fair is tomorrow, November 3, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall (733 N. Eighth Street). You will have a chance to learn about area colleges, including Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Concordia University and others. Don't miss it!

This event is funded by a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation.

October 26, 2007

MPL celebrates world urban dance

Have you ever wondered about the history of dance around the world? Come and join Elaina Qureshi as she reflects on the impact history has had on the world of dance and invites teens to join in the celebration! Come for the snacks, stay for the dancing.

The program will be at the following libraries.

Zablocki Library: Monday, October 29 @ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Forest Home Library:Tuesday, October 30 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Bay View Library: Monday, November 5 @ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library: Tuesday, November 6 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Capitol Library: Thursday, November 8 @ 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Central Library: Tuesday, November 13 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Library: Tuesday, November 20 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.

October 19, 2007

MySpace is now OurSpace!

MPL Young Adult Services is proud to debut our MySpace page!

Teens can connect directly with young adult authors from all over the world, and learn about the many programs and resources for teens MPL has to offer. We encourage teens to submit artwork, book/game/website reviews, and any questions or comments on what they need from the library. Bookmark the site, and keep coming back to see what’s going on at your branch!

October 17, 2007

Don't forget to check out ComedySportz @ Washington Park Library!

What: Sit back, laugh, and be entertained by the funniest people in town! Or take the opportunity to stand up and make people laugh during this interactive improv comedy performance suitable for all ages. The entire show is fueled by audience suggestions and participation.

When: Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)

September 24, 2007

LOL @ Your Library: 3 Ways to Celebrate Teen Read Week

October 14-20, 2007

1. Poster Contest

Your library wants you to submit posters based on the theme “LOL @ Your Library.”

Entries by teens age 13-18 will be accepted October 1-12 at all Milwaukee Public Libraries. Posters must be done by hand (not computer-generated) in any other medium including: pencil, chalk, ink, marker, paints, etc. Posters must be submitted on 8.5 x 11” paper. Each entry will be judged on composition, quality of drawing, originality, and how closely it relates to the theme. Winning posters will be displayed on the library’s web page.

1st place – $50 Target gift card
2nd place – $25 Target gift card
3rd place – $15 Target gift card

2. ComedySportz @ Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)
Thursday, October 18, 2007 6:30 p.m.
Sit back and laugh, or take the opportunity to stand up and make people laugh during this interactive improv comedy performance suitable for all ages. The entire show is fueled by audience suggestions and participation.

3. Meet the Author: Sonia Hayes @ Center Street Library (2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.)
Saturday, October 20, 2007 3:00 p.m.
Sonia Hayes, author of Ms. Thang and Urban Goddess, will present a book discussion based on her novels entitled: Flavor of Love Adolescents age 12-18 will be invited to explore the concept of love in various relationships including friends, family, romantic and, most importantly, self-love.

About Young Adult

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to Now @ MPL... in the Young Adult category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library is the previous category.

Zablocki Library is the next category.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

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