On the morning of March 7, about 50 contestants and their families gathered at the Burke Centre Library for the Winter Essay Competition award ceremony. The Winter Essay Competition was hosted by the Burke Centre Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB). The purpose of the TAB group is to help the library enhance services for young adults in the Burke community. Teen Advisory Board President Nate Pillai opened the ceremony by talking about the group’s future goals. The group is working on a Homework Help Study Hall program that will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00PM. In addition, the TAB group has a Facebook page www.facebook.com/burkecentretab, a Twitter account www.twitter.com/bctab and a website http://www.burkecentretab.com for posting updates to connect teens to the library. The group has also a GoFundMe account http://www.gofundme.com/neyg40 where lovers of reading and writing are encouraged to donate so the Burke Centre Library can have more opportunities for teens.
Amna Tahir, TAB Vice President and leader of the Creative Writer’s group, spoke next about current and future Creative Writing programs for teens at the Burke Centre Library. Amna leads a Creative Writers Club that meets twice a month to share work and give helpful feedback. Kristin Bailey, a local young adult novel writer, sometimes drops in and provides instruction.
Next, Youth Services Librarian, Nancy Klein introduced Pat Riedinger, the President of the Burke Centre Library Friends. The Friends help the library in many ways including holding used book sales to raise money for youth programs such as the essay contest.
We are happy to announce the winners are: Mia Yang, 3rd place, who was unfortunately unable to make it; Hanna Ripper, 2nd place; and Maya Pearson, 1st place, who was also unable to make it but whose brother stood in for her. Every teen who submitted an essay received a Certificate of Participation. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who again for participated in the Burke Centre Library Winter Essay Competition!
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