When Emily Ploskina, 11, of Peters returned from vacation earlier this week, her first visit was to Peters Township Public Library, 616 E. McMurray Road.
"I love drawing, and I thought it would be cool to have something to draw," she said about the library's free "30 Day Drawing Challenge,'' in which she is participating.
The first-time program is open to residents and nonresidents from sixth grade to age 19, and runs through July 30. Each day participants are assigned a new drawing task which is posted in the teen room and on the library's Facebook page.
Youngsters may begin at any time; assignments remain posted for those who need to catch up.
Drawings should be kept in a notebook. They will not be judged on quality but on completion of the assignments.
Brenna Taylor, 13, did her first drawing --a self-portrait -- July 1.
Her mother, Kristin Taylor, drives her to the library twice a week.
The Peters girl, a rising freshman at Peters Township High School, said she likes to draw and the program is perfect summer fare.
"It is a good incentive,'' she said.
Besides summer fun, the goal is to attract teens to the library to see all it has to offer, teen librarian Shannon Pauley said.
On July 31, young artists will present the 30 completed drawings to Mrs. Pauley and each artist will get 10 tickets for the summer reading raffle.
Emily said she learned about the program when she and her mother, Jennifer Ploskina, searched online for summer activities that matched the her age and interests.
Emily, who will enter sixth grade at St. Louise de Marillac School in Upper St. Clair, has exhibited her art at the annual "Art All Night'' show in Lawrenceville.
She wants to be a professional artist and said she welcomes the challenge and the practice that the library program offers.
"It will help with my skills,'' she said.
For more, visit: www.ptlibrary.org.neigh_south
Margaret Smykla, freelance writer: email@example.com.