April is National Poetry Month! The New Friends of the Beaverton City Library sponsors an annual poetry contest for students in grades 6-12. Prizes are awarded for both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions. Each year, we pick a new poetic form to follow! A PDF of the guidelines and an entry form will be posted to the events page on the first day of the contest. A panel of judges including librarians & teens select winners.
2021 Dates & Times
Thursday, April 1
Deadline for Entries
Thursday, April 29 (Tentative)
Winners posted to the events page
Wednesday, May 12 (Tentative)
June - August - Teen Summer Reading
The Teen Summer Reading Program runs from June until mid-August during summer break. Teens going into grade 6 through just graduating from high school are encouraged to read for 15 hours to receive prizes. Participants can also attend programs at either Beaverton City Library location to get tickets that enter them in biweekly drawings to win random gift cards to local businesses.
Monday, June 1
Turn in your summer reading log starting...
Wednesday, July 1
Program Ends (reading log deadline)
Saturday, August 15
October - Short Story Contest
Each October, the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library sponsors a short story contest for students in grades 6-12. Three prizes are awarded for both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions. The length and theme of the stories vary from year-to-year. A PDF of the guidelines and an entry form will be posted to the events page on the first day of the contest. Submissions are accepted at both the main library’s Teen Desk and the Murray-Scholls Branch during normal open hours during the contest. A panel of judges including librarians & teens select winners.
Snowy Peaks Morgan Dodd International School of Beaverton
2019 High School Runner-Up:
Everyday Occurrences Helena Lieu International School of Beaverton
The Teen Art Show gives teens in grades 6-12 an opportunity to display their original art for the public. Submissions are accepted at the Teen Desk at the main library in early November. The New Friends of the Beaverton City Library group sponsors People's Choice Awards in the form of $100 gift cards to Blick Art for one middle and one high school artist, as voted on by viewers of the exhibition. There is also a matching $100 Blick gift card for the arts program at the middle and high schools with the most artists submitting. The show kicks off with an opening gala featuring light refreshments, and remains open for public viewing during normal library hours!
**The 2020 18th Annual Teen Art Show will be virtual due to COVID-19, so the above information will not apply this year. Check here for updates.