Walking through downtown Pottsville, it's always fun to see the yellow "Also Known As" signs pinpointing various buildings, businesses and streets that are found in the works of John O"Hara under another name. Seems John is celebrating his 115th birthday in 2020 and so is the County! I'll keep you updated on further events but for now I have to give you a heads up on one special event: the John O'Hara Creativity Contest.
There are contests for three age groups but for some you might need to brush up on the works of O'Hara before the deadline: December 14. All entries are due at the Pottsville Library on that day.
John O'Hara wrote about his community. Design a bookmark that highlights something in your community.
Pulling a John O'Hara
John O'Hara wrote about his community - Schuylkill County - but he changed them names. He only changed them a little bit, keeping enough that insiders (people from Schuylkill County) could figure out which places he was writing about. For instance, Pottsville became Gibbsville and Schuylkill Haven became Swedish Haven. Write a short story (up to 1000 words) about your community using the same technique of name changing.
Ages 15 and up
John O'Hara Fan Fiction
Write a one shot short story (up to 2000 words) based on a John O'Hara work. It could be a prequel, sequel, alternate universe, what if this character had done that....anything based on a work or character by John O'Hara.
I've been a busy gal updating the Holiday Happenings for the upcoming weeks. Check out the post with some new events added here