Youth Workshops

Mayor's Book Club Youth Discussion: Escape from Aleppo

Mayor's Book Club is a citywide reading initiative that invites all of Austin to read selected books around an important theme. This year, that theme is Exit & Flight: Narratives of the Refugee Experience. While most of our selections are geared towards an adult audience, we want to also include young readers in this conversation about what it means to leave home, to be forced to leave the place you know, and how to find your way in unfamiliar cultures and landscapes. Which is why we've selected N.H. Senzai's Escape from Aleppo for this book discussion suitable for readers ages 8 to 12. Writer Gayleen Rabakukk will lead the discussion and offer some additional insight about the global context of the book. Whether attendees have read the book or not, this conversation is meant to inspire compassion, insight, and understanding.


Songwriting for Kids

Join musician Jean Caffeine for an afternoon of songwriting! We'll learn the fundamentals of writing a song and create a new piece together, which we'll share with parents at the end of the session. Open to third- through fifth-graders. No instruments needed or required.

Saturday, April 7 | 1:00-3:00pm
Carver Branch Library, Meeting Room #1


Teen Writing Lab

Do you have aspirations to become an author? Are you looking for a group of like-minded peers who share your love of writing? This six-week workshop led by a Badgerdog Teaching Artist allows teens to explore poetry and fiction, the writing process, and "The Writer's Way." 

Seats are limited and registration is recommended for this FREE workshop series! Participants MUST BE between 13-18 years of age and are asked to commit to attending four of the six workshops.

Thursdays | 2:00-3:30 pm | June 7 - July 12
Central Library in the Teen Area (3rd Floor)
710 W. Cesar Chavez St.