Summer is here, and it’s time to read and reap the rewards! Sign up your child for Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and spend the summer with great books! For more information, see the notice below from our friends at Houston Public Library:
Register! Read! Reap the Rewards!
How to earn books & badges this summer:
REGISTER: Early registration begins May 1, 2015 and continues through August 1, 2015 at any Houston Public Library location during operating hours or remotely from a computer.
READ or listen to books, enter book titles or reading time online and in your Badge Log booklet (be sure to ask your librarian for one). Go to your local Houston Public Library to pick up your prizes at the various book reading levels.
ATTEND hands on workshops, enjoy performances and take part in activities to earn your STEAM MACHINE sticker badges (collect them in your Badge Log booklet)! Participate in at least 5 library programs* and read a minimum of 5 books, to receive a prize pack: Houston Zoo and Houston Rockets ticket vouchers and a Raising Cane’s gift card!**
A Houston Dash game ticket and a certificate 5 books or 5 hours
A Houston Dynamo game ticket and one free book for reading 10 books or 10 hours
Chipotle meal coupon, additional free book and a coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for reading 20 books or 20 hours
Children’s Museum of Houston admission voucher and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a new Xbox One console for reading 30 books or more or 30+ hour
Congratulations to all the young WITS Writers chosen to share their work at the Menil Collection Wednesday night. What a marvelous performance!
Saturday, May 16, the Houston Public Library hosts author Jon Scieszka at their Central Branch. This series of events promises great fun for kids and adults alike. Here’s the information from their site:
Books Alive! 6th Annual Children’s Book Celebration
Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney St., 77002
12:15 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor
Main Street Theater young ambassadors present selections from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.
Author Jon Scieszka
12:45 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor
Author talk, book sale and signing!
Musical guest and interactive activities
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Plaza
Music and entertainment by AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse! Arts & Crafts, Mad Science of Houston, PhotoMoto photo booth, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Children’s Museum of Houston.
WITS will sponsor two courses being offered at the 2015 Common Ground Teachers institute that will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 26 – July 10. For more information about this innovative institute, click here. Teachers who submit a reservation by
May 31st (extended to June 10th) will be offered a place in one of this summer’s Common Ground seminars. After June 10th, participants will be added on a first-come, first-served basis until each seminar is filled. Please contact Keri Myrick with any questions.
On Tuesday, May 5th, join WITS at IKEA for a free Mother’s Day writing workshop for kids in grades 2-8.
Location: 7810 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024
Students ages 7-14 are invited to participate in a FREE writing workshop hosted by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at IKEA Houston. Children are guided by professional authors to unleash their inner writier and go home with an expressive piece. And remember, on Tuesdays, kids eat FREE at IKEA! So bring the kids for an evening of creative fun.
The Houston Public Library announces its 6th Annual Children’s Book Celebration Contest. Winners will get to have lunch with Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Here is more information from their website:
Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015
Winners will be notified by Friday, May 8, 2015.
The Good, The Mad and the Nerdy: a contest open to children in grades K – 6
Create an art masterpiece inspired by one of the many books written by the award-winning, world-famous author Jon Scieszka! He has sold more than 11 million books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and his latest series, Frank Einstein.
Enter to Win
Fifty winners and one adult guest each will be treated to a catered lunch
with Jon Scieszka and receive an autographed copy of Frank Einstein & the Antimatter Motor! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is scheduled to take place prior to the kickoff of the 6th Annual Books Alive! Children’s Book Celebration on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
For more information about this Houston Public Library event, click here.
WITS has partnered with Cristo Rey Jesuit, HGO, Histrionix, and E-Line Media to bring the RING Project into classrooms. Through these partnerships and school based curriculum, Cristo Rey students are introduced to the power of myth and metaphor from the Norse myth and mythology that inspired Wagner’s Ring, films, and books which help nurture conversation about relevant topics – one grade per year, for full year project-based learning. 21st Century Gaming techniques are introduced to empower students to create myth, journeys and understanding of story, myth, and metaphor. Students enhance their critical thinking and writing skills, research abilities, and learn effective communication skills through speaking, presenting, writing, point of view, gaming, art, and music. Students utilize connections formed through art, music, metaphor, and myth to use as creative tools to express dynamic concepts while considering their own personal narrative and their own contribution to their community.
Today, the RING Project partners will celebrate the collaboration with readings, musical performances, and the top 5 games will be announced!
Register TODAY for HBU’s 3rd annual Writers’ Conference in Houston, Texas
April 10 & 11, 2015 on the campus of Houston Baptist University
WITS Writers Elizabeth Keel, Dulcie David, and Maryann Gremillion with Sandra Campbell from Houston Grand Opera will present dynamic, interactive workshops on Saturday.
An Evening with Scott Cairns: A Reading and a Yammering
Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, at Belin Chapel on the campus of Houston Baptist University.
In this address, Scott Cairns — Guggenheim fellow, Dennis Levertov Award recipient, librettist, anthologist, and multi-award-winning author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction — will read a selection of his work and talk about the writer’s/artist’s vocation.
See Register NOW! Page
- Standard Registration is $35, which includes lunch Saturday.
- Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Registration is $75, which includes lunch Saturday and 5.25 Continuing Professional Education hours.
- HBU Students, Faculty, and Staff Registration is free – lunch is not included with the HBU-affiliate registration.
Complimentary notebooks, pens, coffee, tea, and water will be provided for everyone.
Individuals are responsible to reserve their own accommodations. Please see the Hotel Information link for more information.
Original post: March 13, 2015
Tuesday, April 7th, at KIPP Academy, join WITS for a youth poetry competition. The event will begin at 6 pm at KIPP Sharpstown (8440 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77063). Media Sponsor 97.9 THE BOX will be there too. FREE.
Need some literary plans this Friday night? Join us for a fun, witty evening at Brazos Book Store to celebrate the publication of former WITS writer Katherine Center’s novel Happiness for Beginners.
Date:Mar 27th, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Brazos Book Store, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Join WITS Executive Director Robin Reagler and WITS Board Member Shannon Buggs at the 2015 Leadership in the Arts Summit! Look below for information about how to register for this informative and inspiring event.
April 6, 2015
Student Center Ballroom
9:30 – 5pm
Registration opens at 8:30am,
program begins at 9:30
Free – registration required
The upcoming Summit focuses on the best practices and ramifications of audience engagement initiatives that move the arts from a transactional exchange to a long-term stewardship model. With the shifts in demographics, technology, funding streams and an increase in “competition,” many organizations nation-wide are attempting a broader array of tools to engage audiences. Efforts range from increased artist engagement, marketing efforts, technology-initiatives, and advisory groups and special event programming. These initiatives call for new competencies, new levels of partnership and working outside of comfort zones.
The day will be moderated by Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez who gave the opening keynote at last year’s summit.
The presentations will be livestreamed for an online audience.
Logistics: Directions & Parking – via GoogleMaps.
The 2015 Leadership in the Arts Summit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the UH Arts initiative with support from the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series and the Houston Endowment.
This weekend young Houston performance poets have a double chance to qualify for the Meta-Four Houston semi-finals.
The Mars Slam
Friday, March 20
6 PM at MECA Houston
1900 Kane Street 77007
Saturday, March 21
6 pm at Red Rocket
244 West 19th Street 77008
Performers should check in 15 minutes before the start time. Competitors between the ages 13-19 are welcome to participate. The events are FREE, and the public is welcome to attend.
Photo credit: Nasa.gov
Orbit Slam at Discovery Green
Date: March 13, 2015
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Location: 1500 McKinney Houston Texas 77010
Join WITS Friday, March 13 for the ORBIT Slam. Free poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to ages 13-19.
6 – 7:30pm at Discovery Green.
Each Space City slam ends with three amazing students poets advancing to the semi-finals. The next chance to advance is Venus, which will be held at 2pm Saturday, March 7th, at the Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379). Like all Meta-Four Houston events, it is FREE. Young poets, please arrive by 1:45 if you wish to compete.
WITS Meta-Four students performed civil rights inspired poems at the Wortham Theater on Feb. 8th with Congressman John Lewis. The sold out event celebrated MARCH, the graphic novel based on Congressman Lewis’ memoir chronicling his participation in the civil rights movement. The students received a standing ovation, and at the end of the evening Mayor Annise Parker declared John Lewis Day.This event was sponsored by the Houston Public Library. For more information, click here.
The Space City Slam Series 2015 continues this week with the Mercury Slam, hosted by KIPP Liberation (5500 MLK Blvd, Houston). Mercury will be held at 6 pm, and young people ages 13-19 are encouraged to participate. No admission fee. Competitors must sign in by 5:45 PM. The top 3 poets from this pre-lim slam will advance to the semi-finals.
Don’t miss former WITS writers Lacy, Nancy, Jameelah, and David at the upcoming Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series event on Feb. 17, 4 p.m.
Here is information about this special series from the Blaffer website:
In both the arts and the sciences, if we do our jobs well, it never leads to a final answer — always to more questions.” — Janet Biggs
The Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series is the most ambitious lineup of public programs the museum has ever organized around a single exhibition. Janet Biggs: Echo of the Unknown features works inspired by the artist’s memories of the effects of Alzheimer’s on family members. Combining video, sound and objects, this multidimensional exhibition draws on heroic stories of public figures coping with the disease and research conducted with neurologists and geoscientists to raise fundamental questions about how we become—and lose our sense of—who we are.
Designed to amplify the exhibition’s role as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary learning, the series’ lectures, presentations, gallery talks and interactive programs will highlight collaborations across the UH community and beyond.
Please attend “Memory & Identity: Five Writers Talk about the Difficult & Dynamic Relationship Between the Two” with Peter Turchi, author of A Muse & A Maze; Lacy M. Johnson, author of The Other Side; Nancy Pearson, author of Two Minutes of Light; Jameelah Lang, Ph.D candidate, UH Creative Writing Program; & David Stuart MacLean, author of The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia.
Calling all Houston youth poets, rappers, and MCs. The Space City Slam Series 2015 is about to begin. Join us on Feb. 20th, 2015, at MECA Houston, where the words will fly! Why? Because you are the VOICE of HOUSTON. Click here for the complete 2015 schedule.
The Space City Slam Series 2015 will include ten preliminary slams, two semifinals, and the grand slam final across Houston between February and April. At the end of these poetry competitions, we will be left with six young poets who will represent Houston at Brave New Voices International Festival in July. Young people ages 13-19 are eligible, and all events are free.
Reading for Peace
Date: January 31, 2015
Time: 2-3 pm
Location: The Gregory School Library, 1300 Victor Street, Houston, Texas 77019
Join us for inspired performances by WITS students. You will hear pieces that respond to the works in the exhibit, Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence, exploring the relevance of Gandhi and nonviolence to today’s world. This program is co-sponsored by the Houston Public Library and WITS and will take place at the African American Library at Gregory School.