In Grounded for Good, the debut book of author Dawn Daria, Derek Dawson is forced to “volunteer” at a local library as punishment for a prank he pulls on the last day of eighth grade. A colorful crew of kids and a librarian unlike any other adult Derek knows help him uncover hidden talents including juggling and performing.
Flow Circus Press wants to help readers tap into their hidden talents this summer and Own The Night! The winning entry will win juggling equipment for the creators and their public library. It’s simple – create a book trailer for Grounded for Good and enter it in our contest by August 17th. If the trailer is selected, the team members will each get a signed copy of the book and a set of juggling balls. Their library wins a Flow Circus Juggling Kit which contains instructional materials, 20 sets of juggling balls, and other juggling equipment. Your library will have what it needs to start a juggling club that can meet throughout the year. For more information about the kit contents, visit our Teen Kit page.
Posted by – April 7, 2012
As we thought about Own the Night, the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program theme, we figured many of you would go with the popular zombie, vampire, creatures of the night idea. We struggled at first with how to connect what we do with the theme because you don’t usually see juggling zombies! But when we refocused on our goal of helping kids discover new interests and skills that empower them, a variation on the theme seemed obvious: Take the Stage…Own the Night. Why not have teens learn new skills that provide them with the confidence and self-esteem to Own the Night.
We have compiled a variety of resources that start with teaching teens to juggle including DIY juggling balls that you can make with them on a shoe-string budget. But that’s just a starting point. Why not engage folks in your community to come in a do demonstrations on music, dance, storytelling, or other skills. We’ve also included ideas for showcasing teen talents from using them as opening acts for your SRP programs to a full talent show event. The materials have been developed with libraries in mind, but can easily be adapted for camps and afterschool programs.
All of these resources and more can be found at FlowCircus.com/OwnTheNight. Video contest coming May 1st. Join our mailing list to get details when available.
You can run these programs without us, but Flow Circus is available for family performances and teen workshops. Visit FlowCircus.com/library for more information.