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Teen Essay Contest on "Appropriate Protest"

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As the nation continues its historic social shifts relating to race, ethnicity, religion and identity, young people have a great deal to absorb and consider regarding the evolving different America. In order to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote  understanding in this arena, TEAM Westport and The Westport Library are co-sponsoring the fifth annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.

The focus of this fifth essay contest is the issue of  'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states,  “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular.  In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.”  In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Applications for the contest are available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due February 27, 2018. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 2, 2018. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750, and the third prize is $500.

Individuals or organizations who would like to participate in sponsorship of the contest are invited to contribute via the website (www.teamwestport.org) or by contacting TEAM Westport via info [at] teamwestport [dot] org. All contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the contest.

TEAM Westportis the official Town committee focused on making Westport an increasingly welcoming, multicultural community with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport’s chair since its founding, says, “With the accelerating racial invective surrounding protest and patriotism, it is an important time for all citizens to reflect on what they genuinely believe in on both fronts. That is especially true for young people formulating views during their high school years. This year’s essay challenge provides a vehicle for reflection upon and expression of those views.”

TEAM Westport has developed a unique role by engaging the community in and drawing attention to issues surrounding multiculturalism and diversity -- making the invisible, visible. In addition to initiatives it implements directly, TEAM Westport partners with a wide range of municipal government and community institutions. Examples include conversations and lectures at the Westport Library; extensive co-programming with the Westport Country Playhouse; co-programming and diversity planning with Westport Schools; Co-programming and partnerships with Westport Police; co-programming with the Westport Historical Society; and programming with the Interfaith Clergy, the Interfaith Council and its member organizations.

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Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on "Appropriate Protest"

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TEAM Westport logoHear from the winners of this fifth annual essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. This essay contest is for students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere. 

The focus of this fifth essay contest is the issue of 'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states, “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular. In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.” In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. The deadline for submission is February 27. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 2. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second, $750, and the third, $500.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the essay contest.

TEAM Westport is the official committee of the Town of Westport established to “achieve, celebrate and extend a more welcoming, multicultural community” with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

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National Book Award Finalist Ibi Zoboi on “American Street”

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Ibi Zoboi, a 2017 National Book Award Finalist, will join student panelists from Staples High School to discuss her debut novel American Street. It draws on her experience as a young Haitian immigrant, exploring American identity with magical realism and vodou culture. The book was a finalist for a 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. 

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. Her next YA novel, Pride, is due out in the Fall of 2018. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children.

Community partner Staples High School
 

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Countdown to College: ACT/SAT/PSAT Practice Test

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Three chances are offered to take a free practice test for the PSAT, SAT or ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact mparmelee [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information.

Register online for Saturday, January 27, 12-4 pm.Register online for Saturday, March 10, 12-4 pm.
Register online for Saturday, April 28, 12-4 pm.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

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Countdown to College: ACT/SAT/PSAT Practice Test

Please see full event listing for date.

Three chances are offered to take a free practice test for the PSAT, SAT or ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact mparmelee [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information.

Register online for Saturday, January 27, 12-4 pm.Register online for Saturday, March 10, 12-4 pm.
Register online for Saturday, April 28, 12-4 pm.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

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Countdown to College: ACT/SAT/PSAT Practice Test

Please see full event listing for date.

Three chances are offered to take a free practice test for the PSAT, SAT or ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact mparmelee [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information. (SNOW DATE: February 3)

Register online for Saturday, January 27, 12-4 pm.Register online for Saturday, March 10, 12-4 pm.
Register online for Saturday, April 28, 12-4 pm.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

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WestportWRITES: Discovering the Feminist YA Voice with Authors Jennifer Mathieu and Micol Ostow

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Jennifer Mathieu 

Micol Ostow

YA authors Jennifer Mathieu and Micol Ostow will discuss their new works exploring feminist themes and featuring powerful female protagonists.
Matthieu’s new book Moxie follows a reluctant teenager who starts a feminist revolution at her small-town Texas high school. Ostow is the author of Mean Girls, a novelization of the hit film by Tina Fey.

The talk will be followed by a zine-making workshop.

Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted, Afterward and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award. She teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.

Micol Ostow is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novel Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, as well as 30 Guys in 30 Days, Gettin Lucky and Crush du Jour. She lives and votes in New York City.

Jennifer Mathieu Author photo credit Pablo Gamez
 

 

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Summer Reading Suggestions 2017

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Jun 23, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 9th Graders

 

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Fiction

Backlash
by Sarah Darer Littman
In this page-turner, a case of cyberbullying goes deeper than anybody dared to think.

 

Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham
A teenager finds a skeleton on her property, potentially a victim of race riots 100 years earlier.

 

Everything that Makes You
by Moriah McStay
In alternating chapters, a girl experiences her high school life in two ways: one in which she is disfigured from a childhood accident, and another where her life is "normal."

 

Life as We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After a comet hits the moon, a Pennsylvania struggles to survive through weather changes, food shortage, and disease outbreak.

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A teenager travels to Wales to explore the truth behind his grandfather's tall tales, leading him to an abandoned orphanage full of secrets.

 

Noggin
by John Corey Whaley
A deceased teenager returns to high school after receiving one of the first successful head transplants. 

 

The Outliers
by Kimberly McCreight
In this page-turning thriller, a girl sets out to rescue her friend after receiving a cryptic text message. 

 

Shelter
by Harlan Coben
When his girlfriend vanishes, Mickey sets out to find her, leading him to learn she has some secrets. 
 

 

Nonfiction

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
"Lizzie Borden took an axe..." Or did she? Using primary sources, the author leads the reader on a journey to separate truth from fiction in this famous murder case. 

 

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Tales of people using false identities, either for safety or to con others. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
A history of Barbie, from her beginnings as a feminist icon, to her role in promoting negative body image, and everything in between. 

 

March: Book One
by John Lewis
The first book in a graphic novel trilogy about the life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis.
 

 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
This quirky biography uses photos, memes, and more to tell the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

 

The Other Wes Moore
by Wes Moore
Two students, both named Wes Moore, grow up two blocks from each other, yet end up in very different places: one a Rhodes Scholar and one a prisoner. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 

 

What If?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
The author of the web comic xcdc finds legitmate scientific answers to outlandish questions, such as how fast you can drive over a speed bump and live, and how long humanity would last in the face of a robotic apocalypse. 

 

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 8th Graders

 

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Narrative

Booked
by Kwame Alexander
A 12-yr-old soccer player hates reading, but learns to embrace his talent for words. Told in verse.

 

Drama
by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic novel about the drama that unfolds backstage during a middle school play. 

 

Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
A family in rural Pennsylvania struggles to survive food shortage, deadly weather changes, and more after a comet hits the moon. 

 

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
An unlikely friendship forms between Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a bipolar basketball player. 

 

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
A boy's surpressed emotions come to life as a destructive monster. 

 

Nine, Ten: a September 11 Story
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Four students's lives intersect on September 11th, 2001. 

 

Rhyme Schemer
by K.A. Holt
A novel told in verse about the journey of Kevin, who goes from bully to poet.

 

Rory's Promise
by Michaela MacColl
Rory, determined to keep her family together, follows her little sister out West on an orphan train. 

 

Non-Narrative

Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Stories of different people who went undercover, either for personal safety or personal gain. 

 

How They Croaked: the Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous
by Georgia Bragg
The lives- and deaths- of famous people throughout history. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
The rise and fall of Barbie, from feminist inspiration to "bad influence." 

 

Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas
by Jim Ottaviani
Graphic novel about the lives of three anthropologists who risked it all for the world to see primates- and humans- differently. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 
 

Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner!
by Clay Swartz
History as you've never seen it before! In this interactive book, learn facts about 100 historical figures, then place them in unusual battles. 

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
by Rosalyn Schanzer
How a mysterious illness turned into a witch hunt. 

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Author and LGBTQ Activist Jeffrey Marsh on “How to Be You”

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Author and LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Marsh discusses their book How To Be You: Stop Trying to Be Someone Else and Start Living Your Life, which traces Jeffrey's own story of "growing up fabulous in a small farm town" along with the stories of heroes and heroines who have transcended the stereotypes of race, age and gender.

Community partner & location: Toquet Hall Teen Center, 58 Post Road East

Community sponsor: Triangle Community Center in Norwalk

LGBTQ Resource guide

Jeffrey Marsh is an activist and icon whose message of inclusion and acceptance has amassed over 300 million views on social media. Jeffrey is a regular contributor, writer, and on-air host for Snapchat Stories, Facebook Live, O Magazine, Oprah.com, TIME.com, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Mashable. Jeffrey is a social media ambassador/correspondent for MTV/LOGO, VH1, GLSEN, GLAAD and PFLAG. Jeffrey is the first non-binary author with Penguin Random House, and the first multi-hyphenate talent to use ‘they/them’ pronouns (as opposed to he/she/his/her’).

This is a program for all ages. There will be crafts and snacks will be provided.

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Teen Photography Contest Exhibt

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See the winners of the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest which had submissions in the categories of portrait, landscape, abstract, and “transformation.” Photographs were judged by local illustrator/photographer and Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and are featured in this exhibit in the Great Hall Teen section in July 24-September 5. 

Left, Winner for 2016: Untitled by Michaela Cohen

 

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