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Teen, Community Literary Events on Tap

Teens and young adults are invited to the Alameda Free Library for an open-microphone night starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

April is National Poetry Month, and community residents are asked to share poetry, music and spoken-word talent at the gathering.

Call 747-7780 or e-mail mconciatori@alamedaca.gov to register in advance; enter through the backdoors.

This Saturday, April 19, at 7 p.m., Books Inc. welcomes members of the Alameda High School Inkwell Society, including Ben Freck and Andrew Nguyen. The students will share their collected works of poetry, prose, and art at 1344 Park St.

Teens are invited to come to the Main Library and discuss Cory Doctorow’s book “Little Brother,” about a 17-year-old with tech talents who gets into trouble with the law, at 3:30 on Thursday, April 24.

Residents of all ages can attend a blogging workshop at 6 p.m. on April 28. Sign up at the library or email afltrains@alamedaca.gov.

According to staff members of Books Inc., the Main Library’s event with best-selling author Laini Taylor on Tuesday, April 15, was a big hit. Books Inc. sold copies of the third book in Taylor’s popular trilogy at the gathering.

Close to 100 people packed the library, and many bought her latest work, “Dreams of Gods and Monsters.”

Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series tells the story of Karou, a teen art student in Prague raised by creatures called chimaera that require her to do bizarre tasks, while she avoids the wrath of a man with fiery eyes and wings.

Janet Levaux