December 5th, 2013 from 8:30-10:30 pm
On Thursday, December 5th, after the library closes, step inside and be transported to Hogwarts to participate in the dangerous and thrilling After Hours Triwizard Tournament! The Goblet of Fire will determine the school you will represent and you must use your intellect and strength to overcome the obstacles in your path towards fame, glory and prizes!
Although this tournament is not for the faint of heart, you can expect some delicious refreshments to reward your efforts, brought to you by Hogsmeade’s own Honeydukes Sweetshop.
Registration is mandatory for this event, as only thirty lucky witches and wizards will be able to compete for the glory of winning the Triwizard Tournament, bringing fame and adoration to self and school. Costumes are encouraged, so don’t miss out on your chance to test your skills and register here.
Only high school students are eligible to participate in the Tournament and we’re not afraid to use Dumbledore’s aging spell to ridicule those who try to circumvent the rules.
November 7th, 2013; 7:00-8:30 PM
Experienced poets and novices alike will relish the opportunity to work with Jazz Hudson, one of the Bay Area’s preeminent Slam Poets at this very special workshop.
Jazz Hudson has been rocking East Bay mics since the eighth grade. From her first writer’s workshop at the West Oakland Library — where her father sent her to “curb that mouth of hers” — she has performed everywhere from the streets of Oakland and Richmond to the national stage. Jazz will help students refine pieces already in progress or come up with something new—perhaps something for the Slam Poetry Competition in March…space is limited and registration is required. Register at http://conta.cc/15S2JBz
Check out Jazz’s work at http://www.jazzhudson.com/
“Jazz is one of the new up and coming poets out of the Bay who has been making a name for herself at poetry readings over the last few years. Jazz is definitely one of the most loquacious and passionate young sistas to come out of the concrete jungle of Oakland in a long time.” SF Bay View
College, college, college: it seems like that’s what is expected of all high school students. What if college isn’t the right path for you? Get the perspective of someone who didn’t go to college and has started a social movement challenging the notion that college is the only path to success. On Thursday, October 10th, founder of uncollege.org and author of Hacking Your Education, Dale J. Stephens will tell his story and discuss how students can create their own education.
About Dale: At 21, Dale leads UnCollege, the social movement empowering students to create their own education. He is a sought-after education expert appearing on major news networks and in 2011 was selected as a Thiel Fellow. The Thiel Fellowship recognizes the top entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty. His work has been covered by the New York Times and New York Magazine to Fast Company and Forbes. You can hear Dale’s NPR Morning Edition interview here.
This event is open only to high school students (that means no parents) and registration is required. Register at http://conta.cc/1ckIoE6
Thanks to Elly Blue and Joe Biel from Microcosm Publishing for a ridiculously fun evening!
September 5th, 2013 at 7 PM
How does social change happen? What are zines and how does someone start one? Learn how social movements are built as well as the concerns, ethics, philosophy, and civic responsibilities of publishing zines as a step towards that social change. From Portland, OR, Elly Blue of Taking the Lane zine and Joe Biel from Microcosm Publishing will moderate a conversation about their work with activism and zines!
Food and beverages served! Registration strongly recommended! Register at http://conta.cc/16SxAf7.
As always, First Thursdays are only open to high school students (or high school age individuals).
Also, check out how much fun we had last time our pals from Microcosm Publishing were here!
What do two teenage hackers and a mysterious, incurable disease all have in common? Find out when we read Michelle Gagnon’s gripping novel, Don’t Turn Around. The evening will begin with a lively discussion of the book and conclude with a very special Q&A session with the author, Michelle Gagnon! Registration is required. Register here.
All events are open to high school students only.
Chosen by Time Magazine as the #1 book of 2012, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is a unique and moving story. Hazel and Augustus meet in a support group for teens with cancer and the result is…hilarious? It’s also heartbreaking, joyful and tragic in ways one must read the novel to understand. Comforting cookies provided. Registration is required. Register here.
The Library is closed on the first Thursday in July, July 4th, so this “First Thursday” event is taking place on the third Thursday in July. Just trying to keep things exciting…
All events are open to high school students only