Teen Summer Songwriting Challenge

Teen Summer Songwriting Challenge

In celebration of our music themed Summer Reading Club, we will be featuring a series of songwriting challenges over the next month and a half. All aspiring teen songwriters are encouraged to get creative and participate.

Each week from June 18 to July 23, we will introduce a different musical genre. We will give a little background history of the genre and its Virginia roots. We will then provide you a writing prompt and you will have a week to submit a song (no more than 300 words).

All songs submitted must be the original work of the person who is submitting. That means they need to be written in your own words; do not plagiarize.

The winner will receive a songwriting book appropriate for that week’s theme.

Check in with us during the next six Mondays to learn about and enter the weekly challenge. The winner will be announced the following Monday.

Featured genres will include:

  1. June 18 – Pop / Rock
  2. June 25 – Blues / R&B
  3. July 2 – Country
  4. July 9- Hip Hop
  5. July 16 – Punk
  6. July 23 – Your Choice – Enter here for this week’s challenge

And don’t forget to stop by your local library and sign up for the Summer Reading Club. Make sure you register in time to get one of our HCPL custom kazoos! Available while supplies last.



Henrico County Public Library Presents: LibraryCon 2018 @ the Twin Hickory Library

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Like comics? Do you have a favorite fandom? Like to read? Do you like to dress up as your favorite character? If you answered yes to any of those question, then you will want to go to Henrico County’s LibraryCon that is happening June 30th from 1-5 PM at the Twin Hickory Library! (5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059).

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There are going to be events for all ages! Including an all ages costume contest, green screen photo booth, door prizes, teen gaming, anime screenings, karaoke,  and Harry Potter and Star Wars themed escape rooms! There will also be local vendors you can buy comics and fan gear from. Plus there will be a special appearance from local storm trooper squad, the 501st Legion. You are not going to want to miss this event! For more info call the Twin Hickory Library at 804-501-1920, or ask your teen librarian! Check back here or at henricolibrary.org for more info leading up to the event.

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Summer Songwriting Contest – Week 6 Winner

Congratulations to the week 6 Teen Summer Songwriting Contest winner: Ilse V., grade 9, at Twin Hickory Library! Ilse’s song was randomly selected from this week’s submissions.

Ilse will receive a copy of Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison

Ilse’s Winning Song:

One candle burns peacefully,
dimly lighting the room.
The light giving hope,
urging others to follow.

Two candles burning peacefully,
others soon to follow.
A third candle joins,
tripling the hope.

The world is changing,
and we will change with it.
We can change it for us,
and for everyone else.

Four candles burning peacefully,
more are yet to come.
A fifth candle joins,
we will get there soon.

The world is changing,
and we will change with it.
We can change it for us,
and for everyone else.

As more start to join,
bigger changes occur.
Join the burning candles,
and make the world one.

Summer Songwriting Contest – Week 3 Winner

Congratulations to the week 3 Teen Summer Songwriting Contest winner: Rebekah C., grade 8, at Gayton Library! Rebekah’s country song was randomly selected from this week’s excellent submissions.

Rebekah will receive a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

Week 2 Song Genre:

Rebekah’s Winning Song:

{beginning to be sung with strongest country accent possible, and accompanied by very twangy banjo}

I found a pretty girl down by the lake
Held her hand
And everything was alright
One day my country life just wasn’t for her
So she walked away
Left me empty-handed in the dust

{banjo goes away and snazzy violin accompaniment comes in instead}

Now I,
Drive my John Deere tractor
Pet my dog whenever I want
Ride around in my pick-up truck
Just laughing at the dust
‘Cause I ain’t got a broken heart no more
Sure, I really do miss her
But she scared away all the fish

Now I,
Pull up smallmouth bass
Drink sweet tea on my porch
Watch stars in the night sky
And roll around in the mud
Yeah, I ain’t got a broken heart no more
No more
Yeah, no more
Ain’t got a broken heart no more

{instruments silence}

Yeah, I sure do miss her
But I ain’t got a broken heart no more

{snazzy violin solo}