Annual Events for Teens

April Poetry Contest

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.

2020 Dates & Times

Contest BeginsWednesday, April 1
Deadline for EntriesWednesday, April 22
Winners posted to the events pageFriday, May 1

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. Reviews of books and graphic novels may also be submitted for additional prize drawings online or physically at either Beaverton City Library location. The Beaverton City Library also holds an annual Lawn Party on the main library's front lawn.

2020 Dates

Sign-Ups BeginMonday, June 1
Prizes BeginTBA
Sign-Ups EndTBA
Prizes EndTBA

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.

2020 Dates & Times

Contest BeginsThursday, October 1
Deadline for EntriesThursday, October 22
Winners posted to the events pageFriday, November 6

November - Teen Art Show

An image of "Illusion" by Amelia Lee.

2019 Middle School People's Choice Award Winner:


Illusion
Amelia Lee
ACMA
An image of "Camille" by Taylor Igarta

2019 High School People's Choice Award Winner:


Camille
Taylor Igarta
Southridge High School
An image of "Snowy Peaks" by Morgan Dodd.

2019 Middle School Runner-Up:

 


Snowy Peaks
Morgan Dodd
International School of Beaverton

An image of "Everyday Occurrences" by Helena Lieu.

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!

Download the 2020 Guidelines & Art Entry Form

2020 Dates & Times (Tentative)

Teacher SubmissionsWednesday & Thursday, October 28 & 29
Student & Parent SubmissionsFriday & Saturday, October 30 & 31
Opening GalaWednesday, November 4, 4 - 5  pm
Show is OpenThursday, November 5 - Sunday, November 8
Pick up ArtTuesday, November 10 & Thursday, November 12

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