This summer, there will be an unique opportunity presented for St. Louis area African-American/Diasporian middle and high schoolers to gather to read, discuss, and write about literary works from their cultural perspective.
The program runs from Tuesday, June 7th, 4-6m to Tuesday, July 26th, 4-6pm.
Hurston & Hughes Literary Circle 3.o will cap participation at twenty, ideally equally spread between middle (6-7-8) and high school (9-10-11-12) based on 2016-17 placement.
African-American Summer reading and engagement experience for Teens
A program of Tayé Foster Bradshaw’s Bookshelf -www.tayefosterbradshawbookshelf.com
Who: 6th-12th Grade African-American Students in the St. Louis area
When: Tuesday evenings, 4pm-6pm, June 7-26, 2016
Where: Locations vary depending on changing interest, set locations are highlighted in bold, others are subject to change. All are in the St. Louis area.
Founding Director Contact: Antona Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org 816-878-3935
Cost: $25 Registration fee (waived if student really can’t afford it, plus Purchase or borrow the book, money for coffee or light meal, depending on location ($10) + cost of materials for their final presentation.
In its third summer, this unique gathering of literary scholars is an opportunity for upper middle school and high school students to dig deeper into African American and African dystopian poetry, literature, and essays. Conducted in a Seminar method, these sessions begin with poetry and usually read 3-4 books per summer, depending on the depth of the text. Each member is encouraged to suggest a text and then to be fully engaged in the discussions. It is a great preparation for those interested in pursuing Honors English or any of the AP Literature courses. It is also preparation for literary exploration in college. Each student is invited and encouraged to also read any required text for their upcoming English classes.
All participants are asked to come prepared to be engaged in the dialogue, to have read the materials, to have pen and paper for writing. All participants are also asked to set up a Google Plus account and will be added to the Hurston & Hughes Literary Circle page for updates, reading lists, and of course, to share thoughts. Contact can be made through twitter, @lattegriot, on Facebook through TayéFosterBradshawGroup. Email is email@example.com.
The youth will have an opportunity to present their thoughts at the end of the session, each participant is encouraged to find one piece of literature or poetry and render their presentation in a way that best exemplifies the text and that participant’s interest. It can be a photograph the student takes, a painting, a poster project, a song, or a story.
Final Presentation will be on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7pm at the Eyeseeme Bookstore multipurpose room. Each presenter will have 5-7 minutes to present. Parents and the Public are invited to attend. Light refreshments provided.
Total Estimated Cost for All Eight Sessions – $145 (includes the possibility of the participant purchasing at least four books, weekly beverage plus snack capped at $10 depending on location, and registration fee)
Hurston & Hughes Literary Circle 3.0 – African American Summer Reading Club
June 7, 4pm-6pm Poetry, Read & Discover, Write & Share Mod Pizza – Kirkwood
June 14, 4pm-6pm Be A Child Again, Read & Discover St. Louis County Headquarters
June 21, 4pm-6pm Classically Minded Kaldi’s – Kirkwood
June 28, 4pm-6pm Someone Like Me, Tween & Teen STLPLibrary-Carpenter Branch
July 5, 4pm-6pm What is America to the Negro? Eyeseeme Bookstore
July 12, 4pm-6pm Time to Get Ready, Honors & AP Prep Smoothie King – CWE
July 19, 4pm-6pm A Little Bit of History Missouri History Museum
July 26, 4pm-6pm St.Louis Writing Scene and Celebration Eyeseeme Bookstore
This last session is a gathering and celebration, presentation by the participants
Every participant is invited and encouraged to suggest materials, the criteria is that the protagonist and/or author must be a member of the African Diaspora (West Indian, Latin American, native African, or American)
Locations are subject to change after the first meeting
Contact – Ms. Antona, 816-878-3935