Join The Westport Library, Toquet Hall, and the Staples Gay-Straight Alliance for a night of food, music, and gender-bending fun! Register to lip-sync as your drag queen or king alter-ego, or just enjoy the show! This event is for grades 8-12. More details and registration information to come.
Laws change all the time but often, teenage behavior doesn’t. Lawyer Matthew Maddox will help students and parents understand the responsibility and consequences of new and existing Connecticut laws, including affirmative consent, social hosting, cyber-bullying and more.
Matthew Maddox is a Fairfield County trial attorney who has represented thousands of individuals and their families in criminal cases and serious injury cases. Matthew volunteers substantial time assisting student and parent groups throughout Connecticut about underage substance abuse. He was the co-founder of the Ram Council, a New Canaan High School student-run organization for the advancement of safe and healthy practices for Fairfield County youth. Most recently, Matthew established Informed Ascent, LLC, a company whose mission is to bring reliable data and information to families about topics that impact their health and their future.
Hear from the winners of this 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 topic is, “White privilege” which surfaced during the recent presidential election. In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term “white privilege.” To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life—whatever your racial or ethnic identity—and in our society more broadly?
Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. The deadline for submission isFebruary 27. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 3. “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.
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.
Authors Nora Baskin (nine, ten: a 9/11 Story), Gae Polisner (The Memory of Things), Jewell Parker Rhodes (Towers Falling), Wendy Mills (All We Have Left) and Lauren Tarshis (I Survived series) discussed coping with tragedy through a writer’s lens and their new books for middle grades and young adults at the Westport Library on September 12, 2016.
Take a free practice test for the PSAT exam, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Results will be sent to you by C2 Education via email.
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.
The Westport Library and Toquet Hall Teen Center are here to support you through Midterms! From Friday, January 13 through Wednesday, January 18 find special space around the Library for silent study and collaborative work. Looking for a place to work with a large group? Starting Saturday, January 14, reserve group space (2 or more) in advance at Toquet Hall or the Library. Reserve online. After reservation, you will receive a form to detail needs, preferences and the code of conduct. For a small charge, receive a “VIP Experience” with snacks and beverages. Please note the library will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Throughout Midterms, receive 10% off your purchase at the Westport Library Cafe with a student ID.
Relax with visits by specially trained therapy dogs on Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan 17 &18 and find other stress-relieving activities around the library and Toquet Hall. Dates are subject to change with inclement weather.