|Alvin Hicks gives his great grandmother Carollynn Smith a hug outside their Northeast Portland home|
Multnomah County library is taking applications for a five-week summer program where youth aged 13 to 18 will make a video about their grandparent, or another important elder in their lives.
The "Grandparents Grand Stories," media camp will teach youth 13 to 18 years how to make a video showcasing the stories and spirit of the elder they choose. Teens can sign up at any county library
"I think it's a wonderful thing that the library is doing," says Carollynn Smith who is signing up for the program with her great grandson Alvin Hicks.
"The library does so much to get kids involved in reading, and now they can learn how to do video too."
Teens who sign up for the program will learn filmmaking and interviewing skills while having fun with other young people and deepening their relationship with their grandparents and elders.
Two libraries: Midland and North Portland will host the media camps. The Midland Library program will run every Wednesday at 5 p.m. from July 03 through July 31. The North Portland program will run every Thursday at 11 a.m. from August 1 through August 29. Both libraries will host a premiere party on or around Grandparents Day on September 8.
The program comes from a partnership the library has made with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and MetroEast Community Media's Get Reel program. Sign up online (https://multcolib.org/grandparents-grand-stories-media-camp-application) or ask at your library. Space is limited, so please answer thoughtfully to ensure your best chance at a spot.