J-W Staff Reports
Teens are used to cracking books for their schoolwork, but the Lawrence Public Library wants them to open books just for the fun of it.
The library, 707 Vt., has planned a number of activities for the American Library Assn.'s Teen Read Week, which is Sunday through Oct. 23. The goal is to help older students rekindle or maintain an interest in pleasure reading.
The Book Cook contest from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the library will kick off the week's activities. Teens must prepare a recipe inspired by a work of fiction they've previously read -- preferably something tastier than the gruel served in "Oliver Twist." Contestants must bring their culinary creation, a copy of the recipe used and the book by 3:30 p.m. to the library auditorium. Judges will sample foods and tally votes. Winners will be announced by 4:30 p.m. Prizes include CDs, cookbooks, book bags and other prizes.
A poetry cafe with an open mike is set from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library auditorium. Teens can read their own original poetry or works by someone else. Local poet Barry Barnes also will provide entertainment. Decaffeinated coffees, teas, cocoa and cappuccino, cookies and pastries will be served.
Throughout the week, the library staff will hand out booklists and freebies that include temporary tattoos, pens, bookmarks and dessert coupons. Simply stop by The Zone, the young adult area in the northeast corner of the library's main level. For more information, call the library, 843-1178.