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It’s a Drag

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Join the Westport Library, Toquet Hall, the Triangle Community Center and the Staples High School Gender Sexualities Alliance for an exploration of gender identity, performance, and fun! The evening will feature a panel discussion and performance by four local drag queens. This is a rare opportunity to attend a drag show at an all-age venue. This event is FREE and open to all students in grades 8-12. Register online. 

We are also looking for students to do a lip-sync performance as their drag queen or king alter-ego. Please submit performer information using this form.

Note location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

The performers are:

Kiki Lucia is a New Haven-based drag performance artist with a background that includes classical ballet, aerial acrobatics, music theatre, modern dance and acting, as well as theatre production, directing, and costume and production design and producing. She regularly performs throughout Connecticut and has appeared at events in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Some notable performances include Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus Live, Roxie Hart in Chicago, and as a featured performer in 3 different productions of Escapade: An Unusual Experience! She also hosts her own monthly show at Partners Café in New Haven. When not performing, Kiki uses her experience as a non-profit and fundraising professional to raise awareness and funds for many LGBTQ+ organizations and causes, as well as serves as a member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut, Inc.

Cassandra Fiore has been entertaining audiences for 20 years including many CT nightclubs. She has used her persona to raise funds for those less fortunate in our community. She works with many charitable causes through her work with the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut. She’s received numerous awards, the most prestigious; The Double Eagle, a lifetime achievement award. She was honored by Triangles Community Center of Norwalk in 2012 for her community work. She now enjoys performing with her gal pals in local shows such as CT’s # 1 Drag show held at 168 York Street or Ladies of Illusion.

Mia E Z'Lay is a colorful cartoon queen who leaves her audiences wondering, "Can I get a refund?" She can do it all... Except sing. Don't ask her to sing.

Robin Banks is the love child of a one night stand between a Carnival Barker and a Lucille Ball impersonator. She has been the host of New Haven's drag show The #1 Drag Show in CT over 10 years. If she doesn't make you laugh you probably weren't paying attention. 

Toquet Hall Teen Center
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
Grade9, Grade8

Teens and the Law: What Parents and Students Need to Know

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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.

Community partner: Positive Directions 

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. 

McManus Room
Law, Teen

Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on "White Privilege"

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TEAM Westport logoHear 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 is February 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.

McManus Room
Teen, Writing

College Students and Mental Health: From MTV to GPAs and STDs

October 6, 2016
Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH

Psychiatrist Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH, chief medial officer at Skyland Trial treatment facility, addressed challenges faced by students during college on October 6, 2016.

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Countdown to College: Myths vs. Realities in the College Admissions Process

November 21, 2016
Abby Siegel

Abby Siegel, a college entrance consultant and founder of Abby Siegel & Associates, presented "Myths vs. Facts In the College Admissions Process" on November 21, 2016.

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Newest Teen Books: January 2017

Posted by JainaL on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 - 4:19 PM

Check out the newest Teen Books in the collection. Click on the book covers for more information!


Healing Through Art & Words: Five Authors Discuss 9/11 and Coping with Tragedy Through a Writer's Lens

September 12, 2016
Healing Through Art & Words

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. 

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Teen Gaming at Toquet Hall

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Join The Westport Library and Toquet Hall for a night of gaming, featuring the new virtual reality system Playstation VR.

This event will include a variety of other gaming systems as well as free pizza!

For grades 8-12. Registration is encouraged, but not required. 

Co-sponsored with Toquet Hall. 

Toquet Hall Teen Center

Countdown to College: PSAT Practice Test

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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.

Weeks Seminar Room
Talks & Readings, Teen
College, Teen

Midterm Mania!

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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.

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