What’s wrong with this sentence? – Part 3

To wrap up the grammar series, I’m going to focus on constructing beautiful sentences. To do this, you need three things: a good concept of sentence structure, a mental picture of the image you are trying to communicate, and a willingness to follow a few rules in the painting of that picture. As language becomes […]

Breaking the Grammar Code

What’s wrong with this sentence?  – Part 1 I know this is probably going to sound weird, but I love grammar. It’s a lot like a riddle in which codes are employed to determine the best way to proceed. Generally, I’m not a huge fan of rules but, because grammar rules allow us to communicate […]

The Mythology of Writing

Your beliefs about writing may actually be sabotaging the process. Here are some myths about writing and some different ways of thinking about them. Myth: Characters will take on their own personalities and will, at some point, move the narration along as if they were the ones speaking. Reality: Don’t count on it. It might […]

A Lesson for Being Sure You’re Right When You Say, “I can’t be a writer.”

If you want to keep believing that writers are born and not made, be sure to follow the instructions below.   Lots of people have the idea that writing ability (or maybe any ability) is something you’re born with. But the truth is that the difference between people who write well and people who don’t is […]

New Classic Graphics and More in YA

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: a graphic novel adapted by Peter Kuper Called a perfect melding of graphic art with the German surrealism of Kafka’s original story, this classic graphic both preserves and illustrates the original text. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: a graphic novel adapted by Tim Hamilton Authorized by Bradbury himself, this classic […]

Teen Characters on the Fringe

The Three Rivers Library TEEN BOOK CLUB recently read and discussed Stephen Chboksy’s cult coming-of-age classic, The Perks of Being a Wallflower during our weekly Wednesday gatherings. As a Pittsburgh native, this book especially resonates with my own teenage emergence in the early 2000’s, composed of similar stories of working class families, evening drives through the […]

Winner of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Poster Contest

Find out more about the Born This Way Foundation here. Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young […]

Hunger Games Movie Kick-Off Recap

Hello fellow Hunger Games readers and fans! Thanks to all the teens who came out for last Wednesday’s HG Kick-off party before the opening of the Hunger Games film on March 23. There were all sorts of Hunger Games-inspired activities and challenges here at TRPL, so I wanted to offer a brief recap of the events of last Wednesday. […]