Book Release Party and Signing- June 6th

Please join us for the release of the next two Creative Youth Center publications!

June 6th, 2013, 7pm at Schuler Books, 2660 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Does This Book Make My Brain Look Big? is the second edition of The Book of Explosions, our anthology of student work.

Under the Sun is a collection of work by high school students in the SOL Peer Leaders program at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.

Our published authors will be reading selections of their work and staying to do a book signing for anyone who purchases a copy!

Here is a sneak preview from Does This Book Make My Brain Look Big?

Simile Self-Portrait
by Makayla (age 10)
My eyes are as big as a grape and like the
color of a milk chocolate chip.
My nose is as speckled as paint splattered
across the canvas and as round as a plump oval.
My smile is as big as the moon and as bright
as two suns.
My muscles are as quick as a race horse and
as strong as a strong baby monkey.

A Cure for the Mondays with Sundaes

In honor of volunteer appreciation week, we hosted “A Cure for the Mondays with Sundaes” at the CYC. Volunteers were invited to come enjoy ice cream sundaes and play in a Bananagrams tournament. It turned out to be a great night with a lot of laughs and some tough competition!


Our volunteers are incredible, amazing, superbly excellent people who donate their time and talents. They work with students one-on-one in our tutoring program helping them do well in school while being mentors and friends. They support our writing workshops by helping kids think through their ideas and put them down on paper, even assisting in tackling the often daunting task of revising and editing. They lend us their creativity so our look on the outside is just as fun, silly, and inspiring as our ideas on the inside. They help in a thousand small ways that we couldn’t possibly try to list in this post!

Anyway, we simply cannot say enough, THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

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