Young Poets’ Spoken Word

Saturday, November 22 at 3:30 p.m., the Petit Branch Library is holding a poetry slam. There will be excellent work and prizes. It will be awesome.

Poets: Come speak your mind through slam, spoken word, and poetry in any style or tradition! You must be under 18 to perform a poem. If you would like to perform at the slam, email with your name and the piece you have in mind. Poems should be under seven minutes in length.  Registration Required. 

This is an excellent opportunity to have a public reading and to get your name and work out there in Syracuse’s literary community.


Lovers of reading, literature, and poetry: Come see this slam! Audience members can be all ages, and there’s no registration required. You get to hear young poets read their work, getting a rare glimpse of this generation’s poetic voice. You also get to vote for your favorite poem!
All we ask of our audience is to be positive, supportive, and enthusiastic during the reading. 

The top three favorite poems, as voted by our audience, win $25 gift cards. All poets will earn applause and the respect of our literary community. 

So whether you’re a poet or just looking to hear some great verse, come on out on the twenty-second. Bring your friends!

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SAT Prep Resource

SATs are coming up. Though you might not want to think about it, sometimes it helps to be prepared.

If you’re looking for ways to practice, check out:

Click on ‘Learning Express Library’ and from there you will find test prep ebooks to download and timed practice tests you can take. The Learning Express College Prep Center also includes the section “Learning to Write a College Admissions Essay.”

If you need help using ‘Learning Express’ you can call 435-1900, email or use the AskUs 24/7 service to chat live with a librarian.

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Writing Opportunities – November

Writers! Check out who’s currently accepting submissions. 

Adroit Journal

  • Run by high school and college students, publishes high school and college students
  • Open to simultaneous submissions
  • Work published here had been recognized in anthologies.

Canvas Literary Journal

  • For teens, by teens
  • Fiction, novel excerpts, poetry, nonfiction, new media, cross-genre
  • open to simultaneous submissions

Cuckoo Quarterly

  • Publishes poets ages 12-19
  • Deadline November 9
  • Theme: voice


  • International Literary Magazine
  • They read blind, so they’ll only judge your work, not your age or experience
  • Publish writers grade 9-12
  • Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, plays, artwork




Teens of Petit Library, join us for our next Teen Advisory Board!

What it is: A group of teens who meet with Petit’s Librarian Assistant (Lena) once a month for a bit, and talk about what they’d like to see the library provide for teenagers. It’s a way for you to have a say in our programming and events, and for you to directly have voice in this library.

When it is: Thursday, November 6, at 6:00p.m.

If you have any ideas, or want to get involved in community events for teens through the library, then definitely come by. Or even if you just want to take part in the conversation. Anyone is welcome. 

Topic: Our next meeting topic is the Young Poets’ Spoken Word event, details to be announced soon. You can help decide the prizes and other fun details.

So visit, talk for a bit, keep being awesome. 


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Email Lena at for more details, questions,or just to say you’re interested!

Mundy Branch is partnering with Girls, Inc. to create a girls-only space.

  • Learn to analyze media messages and find out more about media-related careers.
  • Wednesdays in November (Nov 5, 12, & 19)
  • Registration encouraged but not required. 435-3797
  • For ages 13-18.

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Star Party

Interested in space? You might like attending a star party

What? See the Leonid meteor shower and views of Uranus and Neptune
through astronomer Bob Piekiel’s telescopes. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit back on and watch the meteors. ($8 per person.)

Where? Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus

When? Monday, November 17, 8:00-10:00PM
Back up date–November 18

How? Register 673-1350

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Monster Mash Up – October 24, 2014

Halloween Horror: Tales for Teens – Oct 3rd 2014

Creepy Crafts Event – Oct 3rd, 2014

Events for Gamers, Moviegoers, and Readers (Oh My!) – Oct 3rd, 2014

Reader’s & Writer’s Event – October 2nd, 2014

Writers’ Opportunities- October – October 2nd, 2014

Aspiring Engineers’ Opportunity to Experiment, Build, & Break – September 26, 2014

Banned Books Read Out – September 13, 2014

Geeky Girls’ Opportunity – September 13, 2014

Science and Nature Events – September 13, 2014

Annual Book sale Info – September 6, 2014

Writers’ Opportunities – September 6, 2014

Winner of Blog Raffle – April 1, 2013

Raffle for Blog Posts – February 21, 2013

New CD Collection – January 31, 2013

Game Afternoons Reminder – January 16, 2013

Game Afternoons – January 2, 2013

YALSA’s Teen Top Ten – October 15, 2012


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