Young adult librarian Kay Clark teamed up with co-worker Ouida McCarther from the Buckhead Branch Library to secure a grant to fund the series, which will be hosted at Northeast/Spruill Oaks and Buckhead as well as the East Point and Southwest branches.
Each of the series’ four programs is free to the public and includes aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The arts are also a strong focus of the series.
“It seems like [teens] don’t get [exposure to] a lot of the arts. To me, it’s important to bring that in and to show the importance of arts and learning and creativity,” Clark said. “It’s not just all hard numbers, but it’s applying them.”
The topics of the programs are jewelry making, creating comics and graphic novels, filmmaking, and teen entrepreneurship. The speakers facilitating each session have worked with either Clark or McCarther in the past, Clark said.
Teens are encouraged to register for any or all sessions. Each program will include a question and answer portion, and some are interactive.
“[The presenter for the comic book program] does some comic book drawing with the kids,” Clark said. “[At] the jewelry program, [participants] do make and leave with the jewelry.”
She hopes the program will give teenagers “inspiration and a blaze that they can do whatever they want to do.”
For more information or to register for programs, contact Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (770) 360-8820 or visit www.afpls.org.
Teen Summer Business Series
June 13: Jewelry Making for Teens with Jacquelyn Chester
June 27: How to Draw Comics and Graphic Novels for Teens
July 11: Teens Doing it for Themselves — Zack Hosseini, Teen Filmmaker
July 18: Teen Entrepreneurship — How to Be Your Own Teen Boss
Each program starts at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Library, 9560 Spruill Oaks Road, Johns Creek. The series is open to ages 12 to 18, and registration is required.