Artober

Artober list of drawing prompts

Join us every day this October for some drawing or art-making! In the center of Ringer Library, we’ll have pens, pencils, and sticky notes available to create a drawing while you’re with us, or you can use the daily prompts created by our teen volunteers as inspiration to create something cool at home with whatever materials you want. Just please tag us so that we can enjoy your creations as well!  If you have any questions, email Ms. Liz!  (earthur@bryantx.gov)  #BCSPLSArtober2021

Artober list of drawing prompts

Booktober

pumpkin and book and swamp creature and skeleton and vampire and werewolf and text that says Booktober Read-a-thon

pumpkin and book and swamp creature and skeleton and vampire and werewolf and text that says Booktober Read-a-thon

Join us for a reading challenge this October! The Booktober Read-a-thon is a month-long reading challenge.

For this reading challenge, you will role-play as a young wannabe monster! Are you a Vampire, a Werewolf, a Ghost, a Zombie, a Skeleton, or a Swamp Creature? To transform into your new form, you’ll need to acquire the following by reading a book with these features! For each creature feature you gain, you’ll grow closer and closer to the creature of your choice. Once you gain a creature feature, come visit the Clara B. Mounce Library downstairs desk to get a bookmark that coincides with each feature!

Keep in mind that you can read one book for multiple creature features. For example, if you read a book with a red cover with a knife on the cover, you can qualify for both fangs and blood creature features in the Vampire category in order to get closer to becoming a vampire!

In order to gain your creature features, follow the reading prompts below:

Vampire

● Fangs: Read something that has a title that is synonymous with the word sharp or has a sharp object on the cover (knife, sword, etc.)

● Immortality: Finish a book

● Dietary restrictions (blood): Start a book that has a red cover

● Hypnotism: Read a book that includes a character who is fascinating (a character or biography of a person you find fascinating; or a character that other characters in the book find fascinating)

Werewolf

● Shapeshifting (Wolf): Read a book with a wolf or werewolf character (doesn’t have to be the main character)

● Super Speed: Read a novella

● Super Strength: Read a book that has a strong character or is about a strong person (The character/person can be physically and/or emotionally and/or mentally strong; Has to be a main character)

● X-Ray Vision: A character sees through another character’s intentions (A character can tell another character is lying/see through lies another character tells.)

Ghost

● Phase: Start a book with an item in the title (If the Shoe Fits, Flowers and Fowl Play, etc.)

● Invisibility: Start a book with a character who feels invisible

● Telekinesis: Start a book with blue on the cover

● Clairvoyance: Listen to an audiobook

Zombie

● Necromancy: Start a book with black on the cover

● Regeneration: Start a book with a character that starts anew

● Stamina: Read an intimidating book (a large book, or a book that is on a subject/in a genre you are unfamiliar with)

● Endurance: Read a book for an hour

Skeleton

● Shapeshifting (Skeleton): Start a book with white on the cover

● Fear!: Start a book that includes something that scares you

● Anatomical Liberation: Start a book in your favorite genre

● Anatomical Reattachment: Start a book in your least favorite genre

Swamp Creature

● Shapeshifting (Fish): Read a book that has a fish character or pet

● Fins: Read a book with hands on the cover

● Green Thumb: Start a book with green on the cover

● Super Swim: Start a book that takes place near a body of water

Readers who gain all features will become a Pumpkin King/Pumpkin Queen/Royal Pumpkin and will get a special pumpkin prize!

Make sure to watch the Adult Book Recommendations videos that are posted on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Adult Book Recommendation videos will include books that will help you qualify for different creature features!

For more information, contact Alexys at amaliga@bryantx.gov or (979) 209-5600.

The Strike, Scrape and Shake Show with Mark Shelton, Percussionist: Summer Reading Program 2021

mark shelton

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System is proud to present:

The Strike, Scrape and Shake Show with Mark Shelton, Percussionist

Starting Wednesday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. and running through July 23.

Enjoy the sounds of percussion as Mark Shelton strikes, scrapes and shakes drums, dulcimer, handpan, tambourine, electronic percussion and more!

Live Zoom Q&A to follow on July 14 with Mark! (Please note the new date and time for the Q&A: Wed., July 14 at 12 noon).

For more information, contact the Mounce Library youth services desk at (979) 209-5600.

This performance and the Q&A session are a part of the Bryan + College Station Library System’s 2021 Summer Reading Program; the Q&A will be live online, and the recorded performance will be available for one month only. The performance and Q&A were funded by a grant to Mounce Library from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by funds from the Friends of the Library.

TAMU Chemistry Roadshow: Summer Reading 2021

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System is proud to present:

The TAMU Chemistry Roadshow

TAMU Chemistry Department presents Dr. Pennington’s Chemistry Roadshow with amazing feats of chemistry, explosions, goop and more!

(Recorded from the Live / Zoom event held at Mounce Library on Saturday, June 19.)

Pets of Brazos Adult Photography Contest

  • Dates: July 12 – July 29
  • Ages: Adults
  • Theme: Pets of Brazos
  • Format: Photographs
  • Where to turn in your entry: Mounce Library, downstairs information desk

Contact Alexys at amaliga@bryantx.gov or at 979-209-5600 for questions.

Fantastical Animal Art Contest

  • Dates: June 14 – June 30
  • Ages: Teens and adults
  • Theme: Fantastical Animals
  • Where to turn in your art: Mounce Library, downstairs information desk.

Requirements:

  • Art pieces must depict a Fantastical Animal that can be found in mythology, fairy tales, science fiction, etc.
  • Art pieces must be submitted before the deadline of June 30, 2021, 9 AM.
  • Participants must sign a copyright release form.
  • Artist’s first name, last name, ages, and contact information must be included.

Winners placing in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will win a prize!

Contact Alexys at amaliga@bryantx.gov or at 979-209-5600 for questions.

Tails and Tales Kids and Teens Art Contest

art contest for ages 5 to 18 with a raccoon painting a picture and a few splashes of paint

Tails and Tales Kids and Teens Art Contest Summer 2021

Bryan+College Station Public Library System

Are you wild about art?   The Bryan-College Station Public Library System is having an animal-themed art contest!  We will have 5 age categories:  age 5 – 6;  7– 8;  9 – 10;  11 – 14; and age 15 – 18.  Choose the medium you like: chalk, paint, pencils, markers, crayons.  This is not a digital art contest.    Only flat pieces of art size 18” x 24” or smaller will be judged.  Please do not bring framed art.  This year’s summer reading theme is “Tails and Tales” focusing on tales about animals.  Please make your art theme-related.  Bring your entry to Mounce Library or Ringer Library by July 17, 2021.  Results will be announced on July 30.  There will be one winner in each age category, so 5 winners in all.  Last summer, the entries were grouped and judged according to where they were dropped off.  This year, the entries will be judged all as one group, regardless of the drop off location.  The prize will be an art set.

Guidelines:

  • Entry Dates: July 1, 2021 to July 17, 2021
  • There are 5 age groups: 5-6 years old, 7-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-14 years old, 15-18 years old
  • choose any of the following mediums: chalk, paint, pencils, markers, crayons
  • must be flat paper or on canvas, framed art is not accepted
  • theme-related – Tails and Tales (tales about animals)
  • size 18” X 24” or smaller
  • Please put the following on the back of the art: First and Last Name, contact information, age of artist
  • Drop off artwork at Youth Services, either at Mounce Library or Ringer Library (accepted at both)
  • All entrants must submit a copyright release form: https://www.bcslibrary.org/policies/#copyright-release
  • Winners will be announced July 30

For more information, contact  Elaine Platt at eplatt@bryantx.gov.

art contest for ages 5 to 18 with a raccoon painting a picture and a few splashes of paint

Writing Contest for Adults

writing contest for adults set in Bryan any time period for City of Bryan 150 anniversary

Dates: June 3, 2021 – July 1, 2021

Length: 2000 word limit

To celebrate the city of Bryan’s 150th anniversary, enter our writing contest with your original fiction set in Bryan in any time period (past, present, or future). Winners will receive a gift card.

Email submissions to Ashley at areed@bryantx.gov

writing contest for adults set in Bryan any time period for City of Bryan 150 anniversary

Creative Writing Contest for Adults

Larry J Ringer Library creative writing contest for adults

Larry J. Ringer Library Creative Writing Contest for Adults

  • Dates: July 2 – July 30
  • Ages 18+
  • 2000 word limit
  • Writing prompt: The last words of your story are, “As night became day, he/she/they started to understand the truth.” Now, go write the rest!
  • Email submissions to Ashley at areed@bryantx.gov

Larry J Ringer Library creative writing contest for adults

150th Writing Bee for Children and Teens

BCSPLS Kids Writing Contest for City of Bryan 150 years contest starts June 4 ends June 18

Join the Bryan+College Station Public Library System in celebrating the City of Bryan’s 150th anniversary with a Writing Contest for Teens and Tweens

The City of Bryan is celebrating 150 years of incorporation!  Teens and tweens, if you have writing or storytelling talent, then why not participate in our writing contest sponsored by the Bryan+College Station Public Library System? We will begin accepting submissions on June 4.  The deadline for entry is June 18.

There are two writing topics. Please choose one:

  • What does Bryan mean to me?
  • What will Bryan be like in 150 years?

Age Groups and Details

There are four age categories:  ages 7-8, ages 9-10, ages 11-14, and ages 15-18.

Writing submissions may be legibly handwritten, typed, or submitted electronically. The word limit is 350 words. Please be sure to include the following contact information along with your entered work:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Contact Information (email preferred)

If submitting physical copies of your writing, please include your contact information on the back of your entry or on a separate sheet of paper. This assures that your entry remains anonymous for the judges.

You will also need to sign a “Copyright Release for Original Works” form upon entering your submission.

How to Submit Your Work

You may bring your work to the Clara B. Mounce Public Library, 2nd floor Youth Services Desk, or you may submit your work via email to Youth Services Librarian Elaine Platt at eplatt@bryantx.gov.

Please remember that the Copyright Release for Original Works must be signed at the time you submit your work.

If you need help or have questions, please email eplatt@bryantx.gov or call (979) 209-5600.

BCSPLS Kids Writing Contest for City of Bryan 150 years contest starts June 4 ends June 18