Thursday, April 7, 2016

April - Month of Poetry, Art, Lock-In, and Alexander Muse Debut

Can you say, "Whew!"?  If I survive this month I will earn that right.  Many, many activities around our library going on in April and I hope you will join us if you can!

First up is the final installment of The Hunger Games Lock-in on Friday evening, April 15 from 5:30 pm - 11 pm.  This is the 4th year we have locked 7th -12th grade teens in the library to watch movies, dress as favorite Hunger Games characters, and play games like Minute to Win It.  You must reserve your spot, so contact me at the library at 828-632-4058, if you'd like to attend.

The 7th edition of The Alexander Muse teen art and literary magazine will debut on April 19 at Reformation Lutheran Church's fellowship hall.  The reception - provided by Alexander Friends of the Library - is free and open to the public.  There will be refreshments (including apple bites!) and music provided by Allison Hager.  Please join us from 3:30 - 5 pm.

April 22 at Alexander County Library in Taylorsville will be the site for the next Art After Hours reception from 6 - 7:30 pm.  Featured artists are from Alexander Central High School.  Stop by and peruse the fabulous artworks!

And Saturday, April 23 will be the 3rd Annual RockyFest at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area.  There will be lots of great music, food trucks, rock climbing, children's activities and much more. I'll be your hostess on the stage, so hope to see you dancing in the crowd. 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Teen Poetry Happens Joins "Dare To Speak the Word Aloud" Poetry Readings at Hiddenite Arts

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center celebrated the words of Dr. Maya Angelou with an art reception on January 10, 2016. Local artists interpreted Dr. Angelou's poetic words and quotes through many different art forms. Then, on January 30 (after a postponement due to a snowstorm), poets gathered to celebrate her works in spoken word, music, and through interpretive dance and sign language. 
                                                               Senior TPH member,  
                                                             Cheyenne Chumley

Senior TPH member, Summer Chumley

 Senior TPH member, Allison Hager

Teen Poetry Happens joined the fantastic group of readers, musicians, and art appreciators at the Center's Dare to Speak the Word Aloud event.  This was the final program surrounding the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou and the many artists who were inspired to create around her words.

The teen poets selected favorite works of Dr. Angelou to read aloud.  So proud of their participation in this remarkable event.

Freshman TPH member,
Hunter Addington                                                               

Sophomore TPH member, Noah Nowell

Also, be aware the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center's Annual Regional Artist Exhibit & Competition Youth Division entry deadline is tomorrow - Thurs. Feb. 18th by 4pm at the Lucas Mansion. If you are a student artist, please be sure to participate and share your creativity!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Teen Poetry Happens Demonstrates What "Love Is..." - or not - Through Words

Was excited to have many of the TPH teens (past and present) join me at Poetry Hickory on Tuesday, February 9.  We heard two amazing poets - Gibbons Ruark and Rand Brandes -  read from their collected works.  Both had the pleasure of knowing Nobel Prize winning Irish poet, Seamus Heaney.

Teen Poetry Happens met at Alexander County Library for their February meeting.  Of course, the subject of the month is love.  Check out their creative interpretations.

Summer Chumley reads 
"Love Is You" by Cheyenne Chumley

“Love is…” by Noah Nowell

Love is a dark heart,
A double-edged sword,
A necessary mistake.
For without love,
What do we really have?

"Love is… (This ain’t a love song. You don’t have to sing along)" by Hunter Addington

There’s something in the world that we all want
Everyone always says love is blind
That love will let you down
For the people that find it
oo, there’s another one fallen for love
aahh, there’s another one fallen for love
Lust, hate takes away the love we found
Love is when some takes your candy from your lunch
and you put another in the same spot everytime.
Love is not letting them fade away, never letting the mark they made fade
Love is being there when they crash and burn
Love is staying even when it’s tomorrow for them
Love is dancing inside when you think of them
Love is taking the song to your heart so you’ll never feel alone
Love is keeping your promise even though it kills you inside.
Love is still wondering how you are even if I never call you
Love is thinking and hoping we can be together someday
Love is loving a band so much that when they end you die inside
Love is when you love that band so much you can’t even think about them
Love is when you get so mad at that band that you don’t even know
Love is lying for them

The March 8 meeting will take it on the road to hike at Rocky Face Mountain - weather willing.  Transportation provided from the library and Alexander Central High School.  High school teens, reserve your spot for a ride or just join us out there at 3:30 pm for a photographic journey. Let's see if we can get a TPH member as a winner for the Rocky Face Monthly Photography Contest!

Happy Valentine's Day!  Have a day full of poetry and love!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Teen Poetry Happens Joins Maya Angelou Poetry Reading Postponed to January 30

Portrait of Young Maya Angelou by Cheyenne Chumley

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, Teen Poetry Happens will be reading aloud works by North Carolina's beloved poet, Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away in May of 2014.  It is part of the Daring To Soar Celebration of Maya Angelou's words through art and poetry.

The public is invited to join the free event at the Lucas Mansion beginning at 1 pm.   There will be coffee, refreshments, and an opportunity for all ages to read poetic works by Dr. Angelou and/or create poems from the inspiring artworks in the Lucas Mansion gallery.  The pieces were created around her words and unveiled at the artist reception on January 10.

Come enjoy Dr. Angelou's wise words on Saturday, January 30 from 1 - 2:30 pm. Hope to see you there!


Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy Holidays! YAYA and Friends of the Library Team Up For Books While Teen Poetry Happens Creates Comical "Jingle Bell Sock"

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, nine Alexander County high school students in YAYA –the young adult book club at Alexander County Library – perused the shelves of Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Hickory searching for new works for the library.  Armed with $500 dollars provided by Alexander Friends of the Library, YAYAs were entrusted with their extensive reading knowledge to find books that would appeal to young readers.

Purchases were made for the young adult, juvenile, and picture book sections of the library. A commemorative book plate will be placed in each new work added to the collection. 
After the book shopping spree, the Friends treated the club to dinner at The Olive Garden for their December meeting.  The restaurant also kicked in a special deal for the YAYA club.

The YAYAs have been an active club meeting monthly at Alexander County Library since 2005. They provide many hours of volunteer service for the library and are avid library users. Current members are high school students from Alexander Central High School and home schools.  In the past, students have been from Challenger High School and other area private schools.

Alexander Friends of the Library partners with Barnes & Noble where members of the Friends receive a 20% discount at the book seller.  Call the library for details on how to become a Friend of the Library and receive its many benefits.

Alexander County Library and I wish to thank Alexander Friends of the Library and YAYA for collaborating to improve the children’s and young adult library collections. Thanks also to Barnes & Noble and The Olive Garden for contributing to a fantastic evening.

For your holiday pleasure, Teen Poetry Happens took the classic tune and made a funny video.  Click on the link and check it out!

"Jingle Bell Sock"

Many happy days reading, writing, and creating wished for you in 2016!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Watch The Screen Time - This Cannot Be Staged - Read To Your Little!

We absolutely must keep reading alive.  Speech and reading acumen, critical thinking, and above all, bonding time with your child, is at stake when you let a TV or computer do all the literacy training.  Please use moderation with the screen - and READ to your bunny! The benefits are priceless.

Also, it never hurts to bring your little one to storytime at the library (hint! hint!). ;)


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Teen Poetry Happens Has Creative October Meeting

Super creative Teen Poetry Happens teens gathered on Tuesday, October 13 in "play on words" costumes for another round of artistry and wordplay. I have been putting them out on Facebook for folks to guess. See if you know what the costumes are as you scroll down through the poetry, art, and photos.

Everyone is excited to return to the Lucas Mansion at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center on November 10.  They will craft a new poem from imagery collected at the Hiddenite Festival of the Arts on September 26.  Interested high school teens need to contact me at the library if they need a ride.

Enjoy trying to decipher the costumes!  You can leave comments below if you like.

“Missing You Is Easy, Letting Go Is Hard” 
by Hunter Addington

Now your ashes, nightmares
still haunt me.
Tell me
Tell me
what you want to hear.
Tell me and I’ll make it disappear.
Tell me your nightmares,
welcome me into your head.
I’ll show you dreams,
a different life.

“leaves” by Cheyenne Chumley

crisp leaves burning
smoke billowing through the air
into my lungs
the scent reminds me of you
crisp leaves crackling
under my feet
comforting to my ears
red, yellow, orange,
harsh against blue sky
October rainbow
greets my eyes
again, I am reminded of you
although I can’t pinpoint why
but I guess the thought of you
is reason enough

“Marvelous” by Riley Addington

Interesting conversation
with dust bunnies, holy
avocadoes, French kiss
hard at work, sails are merging.
At first you fear the worst
then beauty comes out,
makes the most amazing thing.
Poetry is a mirror to life, reflects
pain, joy, pride, sorrow, and envy.
If really mad, take the mirror,
smash it to smithereens.
Choice is yours if you want to show
the world what is in the mirror
or if you want to hide it.

Rock on!