Teen Summer Challenge
Beyond the Book Contest
Three winners were selected in the categories of illustration, writing and photography. Each winner received a Chromebook laptop, a free photo shoot and two hours at the soundbooth in Hirshhorn's ARTLAB+.
Gabriela Orozco won the writing prize for her piece "Cage of Bones." This poem was inspired by Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Part story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself, part classical adventure novel, part encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, and part meditation on America, Moby Dick is a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.
Onia Gross won the illustration prize for her piece "Prejudice." This illustration was inspired by Nnedi Okorafor's Kabu Kabu. Unregistered, illegal Nigerian taxis - generally get you where you need to go, but Nnedi Okorafor's Kabu Kabu takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations. This debut short story collection by the award-winning Okorafor includes notable previously-published short work, a new novella co-written with New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster, and a brief foreword by Whoopi Goldberg
David Murtin won the photography prize for his series "The Character Traits of Nobody Owens." This series was inspired by Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.
Teen Library Takeover 2019
Woodridge Library was open for teens only on Aug. 9 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The takeover celebrated the end of summer with food, gaming, music, karaoke, raffles for prizes and more!
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