The Kanawha County Public Library is seeking teens ages 12 (by May 31) to 18 for its summer VolunTEEN program. Participants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 by May 31, and high school graduates are not eligible. Those selected will earn community service hours by assisting library staff in a variety of ways.
New VolunTEENs are required to attend an information session with their parent or guardian; returning VolunTEENs need only fill out an application. Not everyone who applies will be accepted.
Applications, FAQs and guidelines are available at all KCPL locations and www.kanawhalibrary.org. Applications are due by Wednesday.
Summer design camp
The WVU Division of Design and Merchandising will hold the Design WV Summer Camp for high school students July 27-31 at the Morgantown university. At the camp, students will explore the principles and elements of design through photography, sketching and painting. They will also have daily interaction with faculty from WVU’s interior design, design studies, landscape architecture and fashion, dress and merchandising programs.
Cost is $475 ($400 for day campers), and registration is due July 10. Register or get more information at design.wvu.edu/summer_design.
Youth art competition
The Diamond Teeth Mary youth art competition is accepting entries now through Aug. 20 for display at the Fifth Annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues & Art Festival in Huntington Aug. 23.
Artwork should depict music, the blues or musical performances or artists. This can include portraits of local, state, national or international blues artists or any expression of the blues.
Pieces should be two-dimensional and no larger than 10-inches-by-14-inches. All media are acceptable.
Call 304-696-5954 for an application or more information.
Fairmont State student wins poetry competition
Fairmont native Ian Williams, a senior English education major at Fairmont State University, was named one of two national winners of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies College/University Level Poetry Competition for his manuscript, “House of Bones.” He will receive the Florence Kahn Memorial Award, which includes $500 cash and publication of his chapbook in an edition of 100 copies, and he has been invited to attend the 2014 NFSPS Convention in June to give a reading from this chapbook.
Williams will graduate from FSU in May and plans to pursue an MFA in Poetry. NFSPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the furthering of poetry on the national level.