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 […]

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 […]

Teen Book Club: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

TEEN BOOK CLUB: The book choice for Teen Book Club this month is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. Join us as we read the novel, watch the new film version of […]

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. […]

Monthly Zine-Making Workshops

Attention writers, crafters, creators, and music lovers! Blogging got you down? Tired of merely expressing yourself through Facebook status updates? Take your talent to print by learning how to edit, layout, and print your own zine. During the first Thursday of every month, TRPL will host a zine-making workshop from 4:00-5:30pm! “Whatcha Mean, What’s a […]

TRPL Hunger Games–Results are coming!

Greetings, fans of The Hunger Games! Congratulations to the participants in the TRPL Hunger Games competition last evening at the Library! We kicked off the event with a viewing of the Official trailer for the upcoming Hunger Games movie, appearing March 23, 2012. We created our very own 1st annual TRPL Hunger Games here at the Library. Three Rivers […]

The Book Thief & Kelly Clarkson

If you missed our Thursday afternoon gathering this week, we finished up discussing The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet and started reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. “It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . […]

Upcoming: The Reaping with Gamemakers Haymitch and Effie

Welcome to the Three Rivers Library Hunger Games! We are nearing the first gathering, Monday, November 7, where participants will meet the Hunger Games Gamemakers, Effie and Haymitch! If you haven’t already checked out a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, stop by TRPL and start reading! The month of November will be filled with […]