Patrick de Belen

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At Story Planet, we are fortunate to work with people who are not just super talented, but who have a big and open heart. Patrick is one of those people. As a spoken word artist, he is currently inspiring young people here at SP to dig deep – in a safe environment infused with his warmth and humour – to find the poet inside of them.  Follow Patrick here and click on the video on our home page to get inspired yourself!

Thursday Writers!

Our incredible group of Thursday Writers have been busy creating collective stories and fake advertisements.  They are working to produce a completely student-run zine – check back soon for a sneak peak at their final publication!

Thursday Writers - group

Young Writers and Kelley Armstrong Fans: Don’t Miss This Event!

Story Planet invites young writers and fans of YA fiction to join us for an evening with Kelley Armstrong, author of urban fantasy series Darkness Rising. On March 6th at 6:30pm, Kelley will be visiting the Story Planet ITA to read from her novel The Gathering.  Following the reading, guests can take part in a question period.  This is a great chance for fans to discuss Darkness Rising with the author herself, and for young writers to chat with a bestselling author.

Reserving a spot is easy: just send an e-mail with your name (if you’re coming with a group, you can include their names too) to Story Planet’s Kaleigh Wisman.

Take part in our Q&A with Kelley Armstrong                                                                           Story Planet is looking for a few special fans to facilitate the question period during Kelley’s visit.  Facilitators will guide the Q&A by choosing whose turn it is to ask a question.  If you’re interested in taking on this volunteer role, we’d love to hear from you.

Join the Live Tweet                                                                                                                Can’t make it to the reading?  Story Planet will also be live tweeting the event.  If you have a special question for Kelley, tweet it to @StoryPlanetITA today!  We’ll be taking questions up until March 6th, when we’ll be live tweeting Kelley’s answers.  Join us on Twitter March 6th to read live tweets during the event!

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Directions for Intergalactic Travellers                                                                                     Story Planet is located at 1165 Bloor Street West.  Simply hop into your space vehicle and navigate your way to Dufferin Station.  Upon emerging from the station, cross the street and search for the number 1165.  You can also use this handy map to find us!

 

Family Weekend Event!

Join us this Sunday, February 17th for a reading of The Stamp Collector and a letter-writing session (when was the last time you sat down to write someone a letter?!). This beautiful book is geared at kids 8 and up, although all ages and families are welcome to attend.

Michelle Montenegro

The incredible Michelle inspires countless Story Planet students and reaches her 100th hour with us!

 

Michelle is an amazing and dedicated volunteer, spending twice a week with us in the after-school program, volunteering at the occasional Alpha workshop, and even volunteering in a local classroom.  She is patient, playful, and full of encouragement – we could not ask for more!  If you’re still not convinced she’s a treasure, here is what some Story Planet kids have to say about Michelle:

“Michelle is fun to talk to.” – Shanjai

“I like to play bananagrams with Michelle!  Thank you!” – Mithulaa

“She’s fun to draw with.” – David

“She’s really nice!” – Rosie

“[When I get to work] with Michelle, she reads the story for me and I like it and I like her!” – Joanne

Thank you for all you do, Michelle!

 

Thanks so much to Midoco for sponsoring Story Planet’s Featured Explorer.

Check out Midoco Art & Office Supplies for your one-stop-shop for creative expression.  Established in 1977, they now have two destination outlets in the Annex and the Beaches

 

New Workshops!

We have opened up two more days of FREE programs. Starting on Monday, Feb 4th, our Art Portfolio session will run for 8 weeks. Grade 7s can dig into their creative talents learning from some wonderful artists while getting a jump on their portfolios for art high school.  January 31st is the beginning of our Thursday Writing Club. For grades 6 to 8, this weekly session is for kids with the writing bug! Launch into creativity!

Thanks, blogTO!

BlogTO has listed Intergalactic Travel Authority as one of the best new cafes of 2012! A big thanks to our amazing team of ITA volunteers who keep the cafe running, as well as the array of intergalactic travellers that pass through for a cup of Blackhole Brew. Everything purchased at the ITA continues to help to fund Story Planet’s amazing programming, so we hope you will continue to caffeinate yourself for this good cause!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

All of us at Story Planet are looking forward to the Stories of 2013!