Brampton Library is proud to celebrate National Youth Week from May 1 – 7, 2021. This week is dedicated to the celebration of youth and their active participation in our community. Whether it is recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, art, volunteerism or leadership, every day young people are involved in meaningful activities that make a difference. National Youth Week is a time to honour their achievements and involvement!

Over the years, Brampton Library has celebrated and recognized the youth volunteers who have participated and dedicated their energy and enthusiasm to enrich Brampton Library and the community. In the past we have hosted teen author and poet readings, discussions on topics important to youth, youth church bands and choirs, art exhibits, and even a scavenger hunt.  

Due to the pandemic, our celebrations had to move online last year. This year, that is also the case, but we have an unabashedly terrific line-up for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s what we are presenting in 2021:

  • Emerging artist and former Brampton Library youth volunteer Faaria Naz shares a video greeting to introduce her beautifully written and illustrated booklet, Dear Younger Self. A first-generation Canadian whose parents emigrated from Pakistan, Naz has created a love letter to her teenage years dedicated to today’s youth.   
  • On Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 pm, two teams of Brampton Library youth volunteers square off to debate three questions in our Youth Debate on Rural vs Urban Sustainability, in partnership with the Community Climate Council. To register, click here.
  • Every month since 2012, the Brampton Guardian and Desi News share book reviews written by our youth volunteers. Check out Ashnii Gandhiram’s review of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery here and Yasleen Multani’s review of Dracula by Bram Stoker here.

At a time when the pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the mental health of our youth, I encourage everyone in our community to take the time to engage with, listen to, and experience the talents of young people. As one of the youngest cities in Canada, Brampton has no shortage of eager, bright, and diverse youth for you to connect with. Start with our library presentations and move on from there!

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