Public library offers programs for middle school students


The ood County Distruct Library is launching its fall series for middle school students.

Weekly Tween/Teen Coding & Creative Writing Clubs

The library offers two tween/teen after school club opportunities on alternating Mondays from 4-5 p.m. Youth ages 10 and up are encouraged to explore and participate in both the Coding Club and Wordplay Creative Writing Club. No previous experience is required for either group.

The Coding Club investigates computer programming with several Sphero robots, as well as guided coding practice through for students who would like to experiment with more in-depth coding.

Wordplay is a new creative writing group, where students will play word games and consider writing prompts as they learn about how to craft stories through their writing.

The two groups meet Mondays from 4-5 p.m. in the Children’s Place, alternating weeks.

Coding Club meets September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23, November 6 and 20, and December 4 and 18.

Wordplay meets September 18, October 2, 16, and 30, November 13 and 27, and December 11.

Middle School Book Group

The middle school book group, “Pizza and Pages,” meets for the first time this school year on Tuesday, September 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bowling Green Middle School’s Media Center. “Pizza and Pages” is a partnership between BGCS and WCDPL and is open to all area 6th-8th graders. The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library has multiple copies of the pre-selected books available to check out. This September, youth can choose one or more of the following “Middle School Experience” titles: Posted by John David Anderson; Ungifted by Gordon Korman; and The Friendship Experiment by Erin Teagan.

Posted by John David Anderson is the story of Frost and his friends who start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school when cell phones are banned. Soon other kids start following their example, triggering a wave of bullying activities in the wake of a new girl’s arrival.

Ungifted by Gordon Korman is the story of Donovan, whose thoughtless prank accidentally destroys the school gym during the Big Game. In the aftermath, he is mistakenly sent to a school for gifted students and has to learn how to be one of them.

The Friendship Experiment by Erin Teagan is the story of scientist-in-the-making Madeline Little, starting sixth grade and learning that middle school is nothing like a perfect lab experiment–and that she now has to find the cure for her newly messed-up life.

The discussion with staff from BGMS and WCDPL will include any or all of these titles, along with pizza snacks.

Call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.