Wednesday, February 27, from 3p.m. to 5p.m., the Puyallup Library will have a Cupcake War event for teens (individuals aged 13 to early 20’s). Bonnie Svitavsky, Young Adult Librarian at the Puyallup Library, explained the event: “It is a competition where teens can decorate cupcakes. There are 3 categories to compete in. At the end of the event, there will be voting instead of judges and the teens will cast their votes. The winners for categories will win gift cards to Wanna Cupcake Bakery. Wanna Cupcake will be there as an educational component and they will be talking about being a baker as a career and doing a demonstration for decorating. People will be there to lend a hand, such as big cupcake enthusiasts to help out with decorating.”
Bonnie discussed the purpose of the event: “Part of it is to do as career exploration; that’s where Wanna Cupcake Bakery comes in and the entertainment, which brings teens into the library. We like to bring fun programming for the teens to use and hang out. It’s a resource for them and the social aspect of getting to know other teens outside the area; out of school with cliques.”
The event is free and cupcakes and supplies will be provided, as well as books and magazines that will be on hand to glance at and get ideas. The event will take place in the South Meeting Room of the library. Bonnie mentioned briefly the logistics of the event, “45 minutes of decorating, the planning stage and voting will be at the end. An anime, “Ouran High School Host Club” is shown when they eat cupcakes. Wanna Cupcake Bakery will talk for 20 minutes about careers in the baking industry.”
Bonnie commented on what she thinks of the event: “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and give teens a chance to showcase their creativity.” She mentioned the best thing about the event, “I think the best thing is that it’s something the teens planned and it will be good attendance; so it’s something they do want to do.”
Bonnie feels the event is unique because she believes the food events that they have done at the library, for example, the candy or sushi program that they did a couple times attracts different people than doing a gaming program or a book review, for example.
For more information about the event, please visit: PuyallupLibrary.org or visit Puyallup Library on Facebook. “We do have weekly teen programs and you can learn more by visiting our website or Facebook,” Bonnie concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com