Teen events are only for those in grades 6 – 12.

21st Annual Teen Poetry Contest

The library’s highly competitive Teen Poetry Contest received 627 entries this year! At this ceremony and reception, selected teen finalists read their poems aloud, winners were announced, and prizes were awarded. The library is pleased to announce the results of this year’s contest:

Middle School Division

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
Ben Wilkinson for “Bear”
Jemma West for “Chocolate”
Georgia Hart for “Where I’m From”
Ali Kyrouz for “Soundtrack”
Rory Harmon for “Dear H,”
Tyler Fong for “Snow Storm”
Cassidy Coe for “The Blue House on Oakton Avenue”
Anja Meaney for “Do-over”
Hope Nardone for “I Know 16 Pilgrim’s Path, Truro”
Griffin Wells for “Morgantown”

Third Place
Cole Cunningham for “Middle”

Second Place
Sarah Kennedy for “The Star Charts”

First Place
Griffin Wells for “Bats”

High School Division

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Lucas Mendes for “I Still Wanna Go To Disney World”
Nicole Garvey for “Fire”
Marina Bron for “Nesting Doll”
Gareth Buhl for two poems, “Lost Minutes” and First Sights”
Michael Sandoval for “Lynn”
Erik Waxdal for “The Crook”
Ilaria Bardini for “For Him”
Sarah Bradshaw for “Rain”
Ashley Freda for “On the Death of a Twelve-Year-Old”

Third Place
Ashley Freda for “The Last Time We Were Together”

Second Place
Elayna Sturm for “Fireflies”

First Place
Temujin Frost for “The Soldier’s Introspection”

Congratulations to all our finalists! To all those who entered but were not selected for the final round: thank you for sharing your poetry with us. If you’re eligible, we hope you’ll enter again next year!

May Events

Anime Club
Tuesday, May 16, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Sohier Room
Join us to watch anime with other fans, and enjoy free snacks!


Pizza and a Movie: Doctor Strange
Thursday, May 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Sohier Room
Join us for this action-packed Marvel movie on our big screen, and enjoy free pizza while you watch.




Pizza Book Club: Dogs of War
Wednesday, May 31, 3:45 PM — 4:45 PM
Read a great book, discuss it, and eat free pizza! Pizza Book Club is open to teens in grades 6-12, but is especially good for middle school. (Briscoe students: Ask your ELA or Reading teacher if Pizza Book Club can fulfill your Independent Reading requirement.) Our book this quarter is Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox. Pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the library, or click here to request one online. This event requires registration. Click here to sign up!