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Teen Night: Blackout Poetry (ages 12-18) [Virtual Event, Library members only; RSVP Required]

April 16 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 min

For ages 12–18


Using magazines and other supplies readily available in most homes, participants will create their own original blackout poetry—a unique style of visual art where the artist blacks out words on a page to create a poem and/or picture. We will repurpose and reuse magazine pages and pages of books that would otherwise have ended up in the trash. To create poems, we’ll find the words hidden in the page of text to to form our own new creations. Randomness is part of the fun! The poems can be scary, funny, serious, or lighthearted. This event will be hosted virtually via Zoom by Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager Celeste Rhoads. For the best experience, we recommend that you use both video and sound.

For this creative workshop, participants will need to gather the following supplies:

  • old magazines, or worn and damaged books (also available at the Children’s and Teens’ Services Desk)
  • black pens or markers
  • scissors
  • glue or a glue stick


Advance registration is required for this event. Once registered, participants will be sent an email with instructions to join the online meeting. Participation in this event is open to Library members, and free of charge. If you are not yet a Library member, but would like to participate, please join the Library. Send an email to Celeste Rhoads, our Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager, with questions about this event: celeste@americanlibraryinparis.org.


Questions about collections and programs for teens can be sent to the Library’s Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager, Celeste Rhoads: celeste@americanlibraryinparis.org.


April 16
19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 min
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