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Events with beat for middle, high schoolers
Librarys Teen Read Week kicks off Sunday
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Forsyth County News

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The Forsyth County Public Library system will present Teen Read Week programs on the following days and times:

• FCPL Cinema: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hampton Park branch

• Songwriting workshop: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Sharon Forks Library branch

• Poetry Cafe: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Cumming branch

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The Forsyth County library system is calling all teens and “tweens” to attend special reading week activities just for them.

Vanessa Cowie, programming coordinator for the library, said Teen Read Week with its “Books with Beat” theme will kick off at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hampton Park branch.

While the library system has always observed Teen Read Week, encouraging middle and high school students to read more, she said it has been a while since programs were offered.

“We always have teen nights during our summer reading programs,” she said. “This year we wanted to offer programs in the spring too.”

Cowie said following along the “Books with Beat” theme, library staffers decided to focus on programming centered around music and poetry.

Sunday’s program will be the presentation of a recently released movie.

Due to contract rules, library staffers can’t release the name of the film, but Cowie said it stars singer Miley Cyrus and is based on a Nicholas Sparks’ novel.

“Parts of the movie were filmed here in Georgia,” she said. “Because of the Georgia tie and the fact that Nicholas Sparks’
books appeal to both teens and adults, and since the main character is a musician, we thought it would be a good fit.”

A songwriting workshop, the second teen program, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sharon Forks branch.

Cowie said teens can learn the basics of writing song lyrics, while discussing their own musical ideas.

“We’ll have a guitar and keyboard there for them to try out too, but the focus will be on the words,” she said.

Teen Read Week programs will wrap up Tuesday with Poetry Cafe.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Cumming branch, teens will have a chance to participate in an “open mic night,” Cowie said.

“They can bring their own work or a poem from their favorite author to read, or we’ll have lots of poems there for them to choose from,” she said, noting there will also be a craft with magnetic poetry.

Cowie said every event will feature refreshments.

“We hope a lot of middle and high schoolers will come check out all that the library has to offer,” she said.