Kid’s Corner



Morning Kindle-ites!!! I just got this email from the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and wanted to share it with all of you. Every summer APLFF hosts creative writing workshops for both children and adults. I think this is a brilliant way to help not only launch a love of reading, but to expand small minds, encourage creativity, and build confidence. Also…I have had the pleasure of reading several published works that come out of this program and let me just say…WOW! These kids are awesome! So if you have a budding author in your house (or are one yourself) take a quick look. This might just be something they would enjoy. — Misty




Happy New Year to all! We hope your 2014 is filled with creativity, good books, and many fruitful trips to your local library branch! And if you want to make reading and writing a larger part of your family’s life this year, our Badgerdog Writing Programs offer several opportunities in the coming months!


Registration Is Now Open for Badgerdog’s Spring Break Workshops


Enrich your child’s spring vacation with poetry, creativity, and beautiful turns of phrase! Our Badgerdog Teaching Artists provide the inspiration and guidance students need to create original works of poetry and fiction in a fun, relaxed, no-risk environment. This is a great way to try out Badgerdog if you’re considering our Creative Writing Summer Camp. Sign up for one, two, or three days. Registration is $65 per day, with a $30 discount for parents who sign up for all three days. For more information or to register, click here.

Tuesday – Thursday, March 11-13 / 9 am – noon
The Griffin School
5001 Evans Avenue (map)
Open to 3rd-12th graders
Students are grouped by age and classes are capped at 15 writers each.


Announcing Dates & Locations for 2014 Creative Writing Summer Camp


Below, you’ll find the sessions and locations for this year’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp! Registration officially opens January 31. All sessions and locations are open to rising 3rd-12th graders. To learn more about Badgerdog’s Creative Writing Summer Camp, click here.

Session 1: June 9 – June 27, 9 am – noon
The Griffin School (map: Hyde Park)
The Khabele School (map: Downtown)

Session 2: July 14 – August 1, 9 am – noon
The Griffin School (map: Hyde Park)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (map: West Austin)
The Girls’ School of Austin (map: Central/West Austin)
Austin Waldorf School (map: Southwest Austin)

Session 3: July 21 – August 8, 9 am – noon
Austin International School (map: Northwest Austin)


Writing Workshops for Adults

Our spring creative writing workshops for adults are currently full, but you can join the waiting list by emailing the Library Foundation’s Programs Manager at In your email, please specify which of the following two workshops you would like to join, should a spot become available. We’ll notify you should a spot open up.

8-Week Creative Writing Workshop for Older Adults (Ages 50+)
Manchaca Branch Library / Tuesdays, 10:30 am – noon / March 18 – May 6

8-Week Creative Writing Workshop for Adults (of All Ages)
Terrazas Branch Library / Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm / March 26 – May 14


Volunteer Your Time to Educate Austin’s Youth

Austin Partners In Education (APIE) offers reading and math classroom coaching to Austin ISD schools in need of volunteer tutors. These coaches provide consistent, positive support to a small group of 2-3 elementary or middle-school students once a week. APIE is in immediate need of volunteers for the 2014 spring semester with more than 100+ openings available across the Austin area. Full training is provided by APIE. Register as a Volunteer Classroom Coach here.

We hope to write with you all very soon!

Best wishes,
The Library Foundation

About Misty

Your friendly neighborhood narcissist. I'm sarcastic, cynical and a bit cranky. I own a soap box so big that sometimes I have difficulty stepping down off of it, and I'm about 94% certain I have multiple personalities. I don't sleep enough, and I read more than any person should ever consider normal. I have anger management issues, especially when I'm stuck in traffic and I have an unhealthy obsession with my Kindle. I am a vampire lovin', zombie obsessed, book-in-hand, iPod freak. You either love me or hate me. You be the judge.