Our space was on SPACE!

InnerSpace is the Space channel’s flagship show for entertainment news from this galaxy and beyond, and last week they came to visit us! We had a blast chatting to Morgan and the InnerSpace team and showing them around Story Planet. If you missed out segment when it aired last week you can watch it right here on their website! Be sure to check out the other exciting intergalactic people and places they cover too.

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The Governor General’s Award For Children’s Literature Was Announced Today!

Teresa Toten, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Wow, does this book ever sound stellar!  Teresa Toten has just been given the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B— here’s a snippet about it from her website:

“When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her–to play Batman to her Robyn–whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive . . .

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down.”

Teresa is on the board of directors for World Literacy Canada, and will be reading at the 2014 Kama Reading Series on April 30th in support of WLC.  Check it out!

 

Story Planet Launches Anthology of Toronto Teen Writers!

Infinite Fictions by Upcoming Writers from Another Reality is the collective endeavour of young people envisioning a place for themselves in this and alternate realities.

On Friday, November 22, 2013, Story Planet’s teen writers will launch their anthology, Infinite Fictions at The Intergalactic Travel Authority at 1165 Bloor Street West. The evening will feature performances and readings. No cover for the launch. Books will be available for sale.

Infinite Fictions collects stories and poems of mesmerizing science fiction, fantasy and alternate dimensions, from the imaginations of some of Toronto’s best writers under eighteen. Over eight months, a group of teenaged Toronto writers met weekly at Story Planet to write, edit and plan an anthology of the fantastic.

“Stories are our way of creating ourselves and telling the world who we are and what we think. Stories give our lives meaning and colour, so that we are more than just creatures with a pulse.’”
— Story Planet Teen Writers

“They explored their capacity to imagine in the hopes of inventing other worlds that often seem real.”
— Anthony De Sa

What: Book launch for Infinite Fictions by The Story Planet Teen Writers

When: Friday, November 22, 6:00pm

Where: Intergalactic Travel Authority (1165 Bloor Street West)

Details: The event is free! Books will be available for sale. To ensure a copy of the book email veronica@storyplanet.ca for pre-orders.
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World’s Longest Story Goes Galactic

We see all kinds of visitors coming through the Intergalactic Travel Authority, and this week was no exception– an honest-to-goodness alien stopped by!  This citizen of Adorablius XI was just tickled by our ongoing attempt at writing the World’s Longest Story, and generously offered to record some of her planet’s folklore.

World's Longest Story entry from Adorablius XI

…Looks like her translator was on the fritz, though– can any of you read Adorablian runes?  Luckily, she provided some stellar alien illustrations to let us follow along even if we haven’t brushed up on our interplanetary dialects lately.

Swing by the ITA to try to decipher her entry and add a few lines yourself!

World's Longest Story entry from Adorablius XI

Help Us Write the World’s Longest Story!

There have been human-eating marshmallows, damsels in distress, and unicorns made of blubber. What will happen next?!?

We are attempting to write the world’s longest story (we’re talking Earth, here–who could compete with the scribes of Jupiter?) and we need your help. If you happen to pass by the ITA, please contribute a sentence (or 12) and help us write the longest story known on this planet.

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We’re Hiring!

How would you like to be the new face of the Intergalactic Travel Authority? Do you have keen retail sense? Entrepreneurial spirit? Love of coffee and space travel? If you answered ‘Yes!’ to all of these, then click on the link below to read the job description, and apply!

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Corinne Impey

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Fabulous ITA volunteer, Corinne, is moving to the other side of the country and we are more than a little bit sad to see her go.

Corinne was one of our very first volunteers in the ITA, and has been with us longer than any other ITA volunteer! If we had a medal for commitment, she would surely be holding it right now.

Her radiant personality provided much appreciated pep behind the counter of the ITA, not to mention her ability to whip up a mean latte. What will we do without you?!

 

 

 

Here is how Corinne answered our Story Planet Questionnaire:

1. Favourite Planet to live: Jupiter – it has 63 moons!  

2. Favourite book or the last great one you read: Harriet the Spy, Sherlock Holmes…hmm, I’m sensing a trend. 

3. Favourite writers: Stuart McLean, Malcolm Gladwell.

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth: Host dinner parties with my favourite earthlings (no space food allowed). 

5. Favourite Earth food: Homemade guacamole. Yum!

6. Favourite moment/memory from your experience here: Meeting and getting to know all the patrons of the ITA. Especially the “regulars.” 🙂  

It has been a pleasure, Corinne! We wish you happy travels and many adventures!

Programming Update

We know many of you are wondering what kinds of programming you are able to sign your kids up for this fall. Here is the scoop!

Right now, we aren’t offering our free, after-school homework and creative writing programming due to funding constraints–we hope this will change in the near future! If we receive the grants we have applied for, we will launch after-school programming as soon as is humanly possible. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter (which you can do on the homepage of our website) so that you are the first to know about any programming updates or registration information.

We do, however, have two new programs launching this October!

One is a Young Filmmakers Project. It is a free 8-month mentorship program for youth aged 13-18 where they will delve into all aspects of filmmaking and learn to tell their stories through this medium.

The other program is a Digi-Storymaking Project for youth aged 13-18. This free workshop will run for 12 weeks and will focus on using different forms of technology to tell stories.

Both of these programs are currently open for registration, so if you are interested in signing up (or getting more information), please email Joe at Joe@storyplanet.ca or give him a call at 416-645-1049.

In addition to free programming, we’re currently looking at offering some paid workshops. These will answer the many calls we have for creative workshops while helping us raise money for our free programs, so be sure to stay tuned for more information on this!

More to come!

Toy and Game Inventor Camp

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Last week, Story Planet partnered with Young Inventor Challenge and Maker Kids to offer our first Toy and Game Inventor Summer Camp.  All week, 16 amazing campers created never-before-seen games and toys, like a full-size gumball pinball game and a board game complete with portals and secret keys!  We loved having them here, and it was exciting to explore the Maker Kids space as well.  Thanks so much to the fantastic companies who donated money, games, and time to make the camp a success.

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High School Volunteers Needed!

Are you between 16 and 19 years old?  Do you like playing games and working with kids? Looking for a fun way to get your 40 volunteer hours?

If you are available to volunteer one day (or many days) from July 29th to August 2nd at our amazing Toy and Game Inventor Camp hosted at Story Planet and Maker Kids, email katherine@storyplanet.ca by Thursday July 25th at 1pm to find out how to apply.