Brain Sparks: Creative Fuel for the Mind (October)

picture of art supplies: ink, linoleum blocks, brayers, paper and the book, Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

We are excited to be in the second month of our new teen program, Brain Sparks: Creative Fuel for the Mind.

Do you love art? Reading? Want to meet like-minded people? Brain Sparks may be for you!

Each month will feature a different art medium and book. Registered teens will receive a box of art supplies and a book to keep. Participants will also receive a Creativebug website subscription (good for a year). These supplies are to be used at the monthly Brain Sparks program.

This program runs September 2021-June 2022. There are two sessions each month and teens must be able to attend both sessions since the skills build from the first session to the second. In the first session, we will learn how to use the art supplies. At our second session, we will discuss the book and using the skills we learned previously, create something inspired by the book. 

When you register, you will choose either the virtual or in-person option for that month. The virtual program is via Zoom and the in-person program takes place at the Central library. Need technology to attend? We’ve got you covered. Chromebooks and hotspots can be borrowed for this program. 

Our activities and books, for the first four months, were selected by our Teen Advisory Group. Future program supplies will be chosen by program participants, so join us!

Teens who are 13-17 years old (or in 8th to 12th grade) and live in Erie County are eligible to join.  

October's Brain Sparks Program 

Registration is open Sept. 26th-30th

Art:  Block Printing

Book: Inheritance Games

Virtual (Zoom) Program: Supplies will be sent to designated library

  • Thursday, October 7, 4-6:00  (art intro)
  • Thursday, October 21, 4-6:00 (book discussion + art) 

In-person (Central) Program: Participants get supplies at the first program

  • Saturday, October 16, 2-4:00 (art intro)
  • Saturday, October 30, 2-4:00​ (book discussion + art) 

Can't make it this month? Registration will be open for our November programs, Oct. 22nd-26th. Questions? Email:

This program was made possible through a generous grant from the  Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.