Wordplay goes where the music takes them

Sabine uses the music she's listening to—a piano performance of "Carol of the Bells"—to inspire the scene she's writing.

Sabine uses the music she’s listening to—a piano performance of “Carol of the Bells”—to inspire the scene she’s writing.

It’s funny how one song can inspire so many different reactions. Wordplay—our writing club for kids—listened to music and used the songs to inspire different scenes during their meeting this month.

For example, they listened to a piano playing “Carol of the Bells.” Some of them pictured gentle snowfall or ice skating. Others imagined a car advertisement.

When we played “Everything Is Awesome,” some kids pictured colorful scenes of happiness and teamwork. A couple of them wanted to punch the radio.

The lesson the young writers learned: Music can inspire them, but it rarely inspires the same way twice.

Santosh Akilesh inspects the contents of his holiday "gift bag." He had to compose a story using the items in his bag.

Santosh Akilesh inspects the contents of his holiday “gift bag.” He had to compose a story using the items in his bag.

Each month, our Wordplay Club seeks inspiration in different ways. For example, sometimes we commune with nature or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

This month, each kid received a holiday “gift bag,” and they had to write a story using the bag’s contents.

Wordplay is open to all writers in third through sixth grade. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is Jan. 11.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting the Mentor Library’s website.

 

Olivia Wordplay

Olivia lists the scenes that she imagines while listening to swing music.

By the way, we also have a writing club for teens. It’s called Write On and we meet on the third Monday of every month at our Main Branch.

Each month, we use different writing prompts and brainteasers to hone our writing skills.  Any teen who wants to join us is welcome. It’s a fun, supportive place to practice and improve your writing with other teens who are doing the same thing.

Our next meeting is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at our Main Branch. You can sign up for it on our event calendar.

Emma says she imagines an upscale restaurant and holiday shopping while listening to Manhattan Transfer.

Emma says she imagines an upscale restaurant and holiday shopping while listening to Manhattan Transfer.

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