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Youth Engagement Research

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On Thursday November 16 from 4:00-6:00pm at Bathurst Clark Resource Library youth are invited to an anonymous discussion group! What’s in it for you? You’ll be compensated with $40 for your participation!

NaNoWriMo and the Teen Writer’s Club

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Hi Everyone!

It’s November, which means it’s NaNoWriMo month!

What’s that?  Well, it’s a program that was started almost 20 years ago in order to encourage writers to write.  How?  By challenging them to write 50 000 words, essentially a novel, in one month.  Yup, 50 000 words in 30 days.  It doesn’t have to be a completely finished, polished, ready to publish book in that time, and if you’d written a bit before November 1, then that counts too as long as it’s in the same project.  It’s just a way to encourage writers to sit down and finally crank the words out.

This is my first year participating.  I’ve had an idea for a book for a while now, and I have been sitting on it for ages.  Life, laziness and good old fashioned procrastination seem to keep getting in the way.  I’m hoping that having a solid deadline and a goal will give me the kick in the pants I need to finally get a first draft written.  So far I’m almost up to 13 000 words.  Here’s hoping!

But enough about me.  Did you guys know they have a Young Writer’s Program?  They do!  The program is geared towards kids, tweens and teens.  You can set your own word count goal and you can write right there on the site.  For new writers or writers who want to challenge themselves it’s a great tool.  Click here to see how it works.

How this all ties in with us is that we at VPL have the Teen Writer’s Club going on.

If you’re looking for the time, the space and the resources to get some serious writing done this month and beyond, we’ve got you covered.  You can participate at the Pierre Berton Library, the Civic Centre Library, or both if you’d like.

Now, a couple of things to help get you going.  NaNoWriMo has published some books over the years…

Title details for No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty - Wait list A guide to writing a novel in 30 days.  Which is convenient, because that’s how long NaNoWriMo gives you.  30 days.  Breaking it down week by week and supplying advice and inspiration from other writers, this is the book that’s designed to be ‘results oriented’ and a quick fix.  Perfect for NaNoWriMo newbies (yo!).  This one’s also available as an ebook.


Pep Talks for WritersSometimes you just need that extra boost.  That little bit of advice or encouragement from someone who’s been there and who knows just what to say.  Be it the dreaded writer’s block, or how to even get started, this book is filled with tips, tricks and cheers from other writers.  You can also find pep talks at NaNoWriMo’s website.



And here are some other books that have great advice too, in handy list form.

Hope to see you at our next meetings.  Keep writing!

Ready Player One שחקן מספר אחת

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Hebrew to follow עברית בהמשך…

Hello friends!

I do this on For Your Leisure sometimes, but haven’t here yet. So welcome to the Teen Vortex’s first ever English-Hebrew post!

One of my responsibilities at VPL is the library’s Hebrew collection. The collection is housed at Bathurst Clark Resource Library, Dufferin Clark Library, and Pleasant Ridge Library (our three east area libraries). It’s an awesome collection and we are constantly adding to it, which is to say that if you want to read a book in Hebrew look no further than this link to find it. And if it’s not there, send out a request here and we will try to get it for you.

Okay. Enough shop talk. What I really came here to talk about is Ready Player One.

As you might know, this book by Ernest Cline has been adapted into a major motion picture that will be in theatres soon. Yay! I am so excited about this! Can you tell?

For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is the trailer for the film:

I highly recommend reading this book before the movie comes out (and also just in general because it’s great!). And now, if you wish, you can read it in Hebrew.

And that was basically the point of this post…

So, without further ado, the Hebrew portion of our day.

שלום חברים/ות!

אני כותבת פוסטים כאילו לפעמים בבלוג הראשי, אבל פה עדיין לא יצא לי. אז ברוכים/ות הבאים/ות לפוסט האנגלי-עברי הראשון של בלוג הנוער שלנו.

דבר ראשון, קצת קונטקסט: אחד התפקידים שלי בספרייה הוא האוסף העברי של הספרייה. האוסף נמצא בספריית בת’רסט קלארק, ספריית דפרין קלארק וספריית פלסנט רידג’ (שלושת הספריות באיזור מזרח). יש לנו אוסף מעולה ואנחנו מוסיפים ומעדכנים אותו כל הזמן, משמע אם יש משהו בעברית שאתם רוצים לקרוא או לראות כל שעליכם לעשות זה ללחוץ על הלינק הזה ולהתחיל לחפש. בנוסף, אם אתם/ן לא מוצאים/ות משהו שאתם/ן רוצים/ות תלחצו פה, תמלאו את טופס בקשה ואנחנו ננסה להוסיף אותו.

אוקיי, אז מספיק ענייני עבודה. מה שבאמת רציתי לדבר עליו זה שחקן מספר אחת.

ייתכן שכבר שמעתם/ן את השם הזה. מדובר בספר של ארנסט קליין שבקרוב מאוד הגרסה הקולנועית שלו יצא לאקרנים. יאיי!! אני ממש מתרגשת מזה!! שמתם/ן לב?

אם לא ראיתם/ן או אם בא לכם/ן לראות שוב, הטריילר לסרט נמצא למעלה.

אני ממש ממש ממש ממליצה על הספר הזה. גם אם אין לכם/ן רצון לראות את הסרט, כדאי לכם/ן לקרוא אותו. הוא מרגש, כיף וסחוף ומליון דברים אחרים!! ועכשיו אפשר לקרוא אותו גם בעברית.

וזהו… בעקרון זה כל מה שהיה לי לומר.

Don’t forget, Unleash Your Story is going down TOMORROW!

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Unleash Your Story

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Come one, come all! Celebrate teen lit with us at this afterhours, teen only event! Love John Green? We’ll be lending out copies of his brand new book, Turtles all the Way Down – come out and beat the holds queue. Hear from Allan Stratton’s newest book, The way back home. And get some amazing writing tips from Deborah Kerbel, author of Feathered!


Don’t miss out!!