Teens are all about gathering notches of experience on their belts. But they might not think of the library as the place to be. With art-making, special interest clubs, and even job training, the teen scene at the Howland Public Library in Beacon is hopping.
On Saturdays starting in October and running year-round, there will be art studios where teens can work with printmaking, image transfers, and upcycling (where discarded materials are transformed into works of art). Kids will experiment with etching, collage, and paper bead making. In Book Folding, Upcyclers recently used a technique similar to origami to create sculptures out of discarded books by folding pages into geometric shapes and patterns.
Also starting in October is a rotating roster of year-round clubs on Fridays. The UnPlugged Game Club is a chance to get away from the screen with friends. They’ll break out new and classic board games, card games, and good, old D&D. Teens can publish a DIY magazine in the Zine Club, or share their favorite movies in the Anime Club. At the Youth Advisory Committee, members can help shape the teen resources and programming at the library.
Beginning September 6th, the Spark Media Project
will be running a 2-month media workshop called F.R.A.M.E., where teens ages 14-19 will create high-quality videos for the Cary Institute, the Beacon program’s client-partner. The six-week course will introduce participants to the world of professional media production and help them to gain workplace experience. Plus, Youth Producers receive a $100 stipend.
There’s even more coming to the Howland Public Library at 313 Main Street in Beacon, so check their events calendar, visit their website, or call Michelle Rivas at 845-831-1134 x. 101.
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