Teen Summer Challenge

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Teen Summer Challenge

What did you read this summer?

This summer we challenged teens around D.C. to #Read20. Here are some of the ways teens participated in the challenge.

Beyond the Book Contest

The library put a call out to young writers, musicians, videographers and creatives to read something and use that as inspiration to create a work of art. The pieces showcased the artist's interpretation of a character's personality, circumstances or other traits as portrayed in the text. We received an overwhelming response and it was an honor to work with the Hirshhorn's ARTLAB+ to judge the submissions. 

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+


Cage of Bones by Gabriela Orozco
Gabriela Orozco won the writing prize for her piece "Cage of Bones." This poem was inspired by Herman Melville's Moby-DickPart 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.


Prejudice Illustration by Onia Gross

Onia Gross won the illustration prize for her piece "Prejudice." This illustration was inspired by Nnedi Okorafor's Kabu KabuUnregistered, 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


The Character Traits of Nobody Owens by David Murtin

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 BookAfter 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

Teen Council Members at the 2019 Teen Takeover for Summer Challenge
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!

For more teen opportunities year-round, follow @dclibraryteens on Instagram.

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