An Evening with Writer and Musician Tommy Wallach

Posted by JainaL on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 - 2:49 PM

tommy wallachEnjoy an evening with Brooklyn-based writer and musician Tommy WallachHe will talk about his debut novel We All Looked Up, where four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth. He will also feature original music from the companion album to the book in this performance. 

His fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in McSweeney’s, Tin House, Wired, Salon and other magazines. As a musician, he has put out an EP with Decca Records and performed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
We All Looked Up“Debut novelist Wallach increases the tension among characters throughout, ending in a shocking climax that resonates with religious symbolism."—Publisher's Weekly,starred review

"Just like the asteroid that dots the night sky, Wallach pierces his darkness with tenderness and humor. A thought-provoking story that will bring out readers’ inner philosophers."—Kirkus, starred review

“…kind of like ‘Skins’ meets ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets Lars Von Trier’s ‘Melancholia.’”—

“This compelling, well-written narrative, which offers sometimes raw insight into human motivation and behavior, will have readers racing to the final pages and pondering its ideas long after."— VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), a leading library journal for YA books 

The evening will also include a musical performance by Skyler Clark-Hamel, a Boston based singer-songwriter.


His recent highlights include being voted the 2014 Best Small Venue
Artist by Campus Activities Magazine (voted on by college students from
around the country), being Allstate's national spokesperson for safe
teen driving, an appearance on the X Factor, landing a song on a
Supercuts commercial, and opening for the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, and
Plain White T's.

Official Website:


Robot Class Just for Teens!

Posted by JainaL on Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 - 12:58 PM


photo credit Westport News

If you've taken our Level One Robotics class, you are invited to join our Teen Robot Open Lab. We are meeting every other Friday in January and February, starting Friday, January 16th


Announcing Teen Tinker Camps!

Posted by JainaL on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Teen Tinker Camps!

MakerSpace logo

This summer, we are proud to present our first Tinker Camp for teens!  

From July 21st-25th, join Josh Burker for a week of projects with MaKey MaKey and PicoBoard (note: this class series is held at Toquet Hall Teen Center).

From July 28th-Aug 1st, join members of the Fairfield County Makers' Guild for a week of soldering, SketchUp, and more. 

Camp workshops will take place from 1-4PM, Monday-Friday. Sign up for one week, or for both. Sign up for both, and save! $100/week or $150 for both weeks.


Register online!


This series is made possible by a grant from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Teen, Maker

Teen Lego Robotics Club

Posted by JainaL on Monday, Feb 10, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Interested in robotics? Join the Westport Library on the last Friday of every month to hang out and geek out with your friends. Design your own robots using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, or find new designs online. The Westport Library offers a casual, non-competitive environment to learn and relax. 

Attendance each month is encouraged, but not mandatory. Join at any time. 


For students in grades 6-9. Register online.


This series is free and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



Teen Essay Contest on Multiculturalism

Posted by JainaL on Monday, Jan 6, 2014 - 1:10 PM

MulticulturalismIn order to promote awareness of our increasingly multicultural country and world among our young people, TEAM Westport is co-sponsoring, with the Westport Library, an essay contest for all students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School, or who reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.

The essay topic is: According to the U.S. Census, 30 years from now racial and ethnic groups that are currently in the minority in our country will collectively outnumber whites. For people aged 20 and younger, the total minority population already outnumbers whites. As a high school student in 2013-14, you and your contemporaries are part of this new reality. Please reflect on the impact this demographic trend will have on our country and on your life. In 1,000 words or less, describe what you think are the benefits and challenges of this change for Westport and for you, personally.

TEAM Westport logoApplications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site on December 1, 2013. Essays are due February 28, 2014. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on March 31, 2014. Link to application.

At the discretion of the judges, up to three monetary prizes will be awarded. 

Teen, Writing

A Cat Video Contest!

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 - 4:26 PM

In the WestportREADS 2014 book My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme, Child professes her love of cats, particularly her own French cat Minette, who caught mice in Child’s kitchen and stole her heart. In honor of her love of Minette and cats in general, the Westport Library announces a cat video contest for teens!  

Do you have a funny cat? Do you know a funny cat? Or maybe you have you written a scripted drama about cats? Here are the contest details:


• Open to Connecticut residents in grades 6-12
• Videos must be original and between 1-3 minutes long
• Upload videos to our Tumblr using video title's name or submitter's name:
• After your video is uploaded, email your name, age, grade, and video title to:jlewis [at] westportlibrary [dot] org
• Videos must be submitted by midnight on Monday, February 17. Winners will be announced Monday, February 24.

Contest begins Thursday, January 2nd!

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.


Teen Summer Reading

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Jul 12, 2013 - 12:23 PM

Teen Summer Reading is here!


Register online for the Teen Summer Reading program. Visit this link and click "Sign Me Up" to register, or enter your username and password to enter your books or reviews.

Earn a free beverage at the Library Cafe just for signing up. Earn more for every five books you read and for every book review you submit. It's fun and easy!