Monday, July 12, 2010

Library Brainstorming!!!

Uh oh. What did Peepy do to these kids????


Well, we'll get to that. But first . . . HOORAY FOR LIBRARIES!!! It's one of our favorite places in the world.

Here's one man's personal library!!!

But for those of us without personal libraries, there's the public library! Not only can you scoop up armfuls of books to read for the great price of . . . FREE, but you can also take FREE classes at the library, too.

Our friend, former Los Angeles Associated Press Bureau Chief Andy Lippman, and our senior children's librarian and former Newbery Award committee member, Maida Wong, invited Peepy and I to teach brainstorming and plot at our local library.
(That's Andy with Peepy.)

The South Pasadena Library provided notebooks and pencils, and we brought toys and fun photos torn from magazines for our workshop . . .

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We discussed what plot (the stuff that happens in a story) and brainstorming (when your brain gets wacky creative) . . .
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Then everyone created characters using an uber clever exercise we made up. After that, it was time to write. I told the kids to get comfortable, and some wrote this way . . .

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. . . others wrote that way . . .

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And everyone came up with wonderful, Wonderful, WONDERFUL stories. Hooray for our young authors!

BTW, recently we were at an unnamed bookstore using a gift certificate, and we came across this . . .

Um . . . vampire books in the Family & Childcare section? Well, I guess vampires have families, too!

Stay tuned for our next blog about TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

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