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Teen Community Read

The Teen Community Read & How It Works

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, is the book selected for the inaugural Teen Community
Read. The novel tells the story of a teenage girl slowly losing hope. After reading the book,
teens are invited to discuss the issues it raises and express these issues through art, writing and theater. Students will create works of art that can take the form of stories, plays, poems, songs, short films, drawings, cartoons, paintings, zines, collages or other mediums of expression.


Anna Quinn, owner of The Writers' Workshoppe, will
work with teens in PTHS and Jefferson Community School English classes to craft personal responses to 13 Reasons Why. Not taking an English class in a school? You can also bring your writing to the PT Public Library or post it online here. All of the writings will be compiled into a zine that will be distributed May 6 at the four-minute readings at the PT Library and May 7 during Gallery Walk at Undertown, The Boiler Room, and Jefferson Community School. Twenty teens will be chosen by lottery to present four-minute readings of their work May 6 at the PT Public Library, from 7 to 9 pm.


Local artists Counsel Langley, Jesse Watson, Kathleen Burgett and Margie MacDonald will work with teens at PTHS and Jefferson Community School to create artwork based on personal
interpretations of the story. Not taking an art class? Four art workshops for teens are conducted in two locations during the month of April:

Wednesday, April 13 at PTHS art portable (behind the gym), 2:30–4 pm
Wednesday, April 20 at PTHS art portable (behind the gym), 2:30–4 pm
Saturday, April 23 at Jefferson Community School, 280 Quincy, 11 am–3 pm
Saturday, April 30 at Jefferson Community School, 280 Quincy, 11 am–3 pm

Teens can also create a piece of art at home and bring it to the library by Friday, April 29.
All work will be juried and hung in four locations during May: Undertown Coffee, The Boiler Room, Jefferson Community School and PT Public Library.


Just want to talk about 13 Reasons Why? Join the discussions at the Charles Pink House
(next to the Library). Tuesday, April 12—Teens only, 3–4:30 pm Tuesday, April 19—All ages, 3–4:30 pm. Or join the online discussion.


Teen artwork inspired by 13 Reasons Why joins Gallery Walk on May 7 with exhibits at The Boiler Room, Undertown Coffee, Jefferson Community School and PT Public Library. The artwork is displayed throughout the month.


Raven McMillen and Kai Addae, with Marc Weinblatt, will work with a group of teens to explore the issues that are stimulated by the book, culminating in an interactive public performance and community dialogue. The Masonic Hall, 1338 Jefferson St. (by the post office) Saturday, April 9 7–9 pm Saturday, April 16 7–9 pm


Jay Asher gives two community presentations at the high school on May 6. He also gives a presentation at PT Public Library, Saturday, May 7, 2–3 pm. To learn more about the book visit Asher's blog.


Teen Community Read 2011 brochure (pdf)

Made possible through a grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.The Paul G. Allen Foundation