AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

"It's All Write!" FAQ

Do you have a burning question about the "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest? Several writers have sent in similar questions about the contest, so hopefully you'll find the answers here. If not, feel free to email allwrite@aadl.org!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When do I find out if I'm a finalist?
A: Finalists will be announced on or before Friday, April 11.

Q: When and where is the awards ceremony?
A: 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 10 at the Downtown Branch in the Multipurpose Room. The MPR is located downstairs, just past the Friends bookshop and to the left.

Q: When will you announce the contest winners?
A: The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Q: What if I can't come to the awards ceremony?
A: We'd love to see you there, but it's also understandable that life (and sometimes distance) can get in the way. If you're a finalist, we'll let you know the outcome after the ceremony.

Q: Who can come to the ceremony?
A: ANYONE may attend! Bring your friends and family (pets have to stay home, sorry) and whoever else might want to come to enjoy a fun celebration of writing and hard work! More details coming soon!

The B. Side - Make Money While Learning New Skills

The B. Side is recruiting low-income youth age 14-21 who are out of school for the opportunity to participate in The B. Side programs. Qualified youth will have access to paid/unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing, occupational skills training, assistance in securing better paying jobs, career development, and education all while getting paid.

B. Side Basics is a program that provides practice and study in the basic principles of entrepreneurship and business plan development. Participants are introduced to the concepts of entrepreneurship, receive training on writing and conceptualizing a business plan, learn product/concept development, and develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Youth who complete this program receive certification in introduction to business and entrepreneurial concepts.

Digital Inclusion (DI) is a social enterprise that trains community youth in basic computer knowledge, information technology, and digital literacy. The program also promotes technical and business skills development by training youth to refurbish computers and by giving them real-world entrepreneurial exposure through the Digital Inclusion virtual and physical storefront. Youth can receive course completion certification as well as CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals Certification.

If you know any youth that you believe would benefit from this program please have them contact The B. Side at (734) 487-6570 or at info@bsideofyouth.com to obtain further information on the program and the steps needed to enroll.

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday May 18, 2014: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Teens (grades 6-12) and Adults.

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will also be offered at 12:30 pm.

Twig Terrariums Presents: a Terrarium Building Workshop

Sunday July 27, 2014: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for teens (grades 6-12) and adults.

Learn to make your own unique mini-world terrarium from the fabulous ladies from Brooklyn, NY's Twig Terrariums! Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow will present this mossomely great, hands-on workshop! There will also be a book-selling and signing after the workshop. Literati Books will be selling Tiny World Terrariums: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Twig Terrariums has a store in Brooklyn. After they got their start at the Brooklyn Flea the New York Times took notice and they headlined The New York Times Home Section! Soon followed Country Living, Real Simple, Everyday with Rachael Ray, The Nate Berkus Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, WNYC, and so many more! The response to Twig's creations was overwhelming and soon the girls received requests from The New York Botanic Gardens to create an installation in their children's garden, and from The Museum of Arts & Design to be featured artists during their Otherworldly exhibit.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Twig Terrariums Presents: a Terrarium Building Workshop

Sunday July 27, 2014: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for teens (grades 6-12) and adults.

Learn to make your own unique min-world terrarium from the fabulous ladies from Brooklyn, NY's Twig Terrariums! Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow will present this mossomely great, hands-on workshop! There will also be a book-selling and signing after the workshop. Literati Books will be selling Tiny World Terrariums: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Twig Terrariums has a store in Brooklyn. After they got their start at the Brooklyn Flea the New York Times took notice and they headlined The New York Times Home Section! Soon followed Country Living, Real Simple, Everyday with Rachael Ray, The Nate Berkus Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, WNYC, and so many more! The response to Twig's creations was overwhelming and soon the girls received requests from The New York Botanic Gardens to create an installation in their children's garden, and from The Museum of Arts & Design to be featured artists during their Otherworldly exhibit.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Yoga @AADL

Monday March 31 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
This event is FREE and intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Spring is here, but after this tough winter, most of us are still trying to chase the winter blues away - and yoga can help! Join us for a clarifying and detoxifying yoga set with local yoga instructor Victoria Duranona. We will learn about how yoga can be used to detoxify the body, mind and emotions, while cleansing the blood through breathing and movement.

Please note: Bring your own mat or towel to sit/lay on and dress comfortably for the workout.

Smell and Tell Series: Cooking with Flavor!

Wednesday June 11, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Teens (grades 6-12) and Adults.

Summer is herb season—just take a look at local markets! Fresh herbs add zest and character to delicious flavor pastes. Their aromatic properties transform plain dishes into multi-sensory experiences that perfume our kitchens and memories.
Flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd will teach you how to make three unforgettable flavor pastes for savory dishes, biscuits and soups. Learn how to create flavor “accords” and how these relate to specific cultures and cooking styles. Michelle blogs at Glass Petal Smoke, an award-winning blog that explores the connections between scent, food and science.

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge #8: James Kennedy

James Kennedy wrote his very first story when he was just seven years old. It was called “The Strange Ship,” which included characters called “money people”, terrifying creatures, and droids. He channeled this creativity into many opportunities, never missing the chance to try something new. Kennedy has lived in Japan, studied physics, joined a band, written a musical, dabbled in computer programming, and taught science in a middle school.

True to his creative nature, Kennedy pioneered the 90-second Newberry Film Festival, a contest that is now in its third year. Kennedy is best known for his published book, The Order of Odd-Fish, which was named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children in 2008. His writing influences include Roald Dahl, Douglas Adams, and Madeleine L’Engle.

To learn more about James Kennedy, check out his website and blog.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge # 7: Jeff Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch has always loved to write, and even attended writing summer camps growing up as a teen in Virginia. He then pursued his interest in theater, and graduated from the University of California, San Diego for playwriting. After becoming inspired by distinguished teen authors, Hirsch found his writing niche.

Hirsch is well known for his first novel, The Eleventh Plague. Readers can preview the first three chapters of his newest release, The Darkest Path, and should keep an eye out for Black River in 2015.

Jeff Hirsch loves to hear from his readers and is a fan of Prince and Tom Waits. Last year, AADL featured his wife, Gertie Hirsch, in a retro sewing program. To learn more about Jeff Hirsch, visit his website.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

AADL 9th Annual LEGO Contest!

Thursday August 7, 2014: 9:00 am to 8:30 pm -- Kensington Court, 610 Hilton Dr.

This event is intended for preschool to adult.

Enter your best LEGO project in AADL’s 9th Annual LEGO Contest, held at Kensington Court near Briarwood Mall. Get complete rules and guidelines here or at aadl.org or any AADL location beginning June 13.

9 AM–3 PM: Drop off projects at Kensington Court
3 PM–6 PM: Doors closed for judging
6 PM: Doors open for public display of all projects
8–8:30 PM: Awards Ceremony with prizes in six categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & Adult

All projects must go home with their creators that night!

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