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Destination: The Typewriter Project

Posted April 20

Find it in front of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh through April 30.

If you've been by Raleigh's North Hills in the last few weeks, you might have noticed a little wooden shed. Inside, there's only a stool and a typewriter where passersby are encouraged to punch out a message, which is then recorded online at

It's all part of The Typewriter Project, an interactive exhibit that's a joint effort between The Poetry Society of New York and several literary groups, Midtown Events at North Hills and Quail Ridge Books.

An earlier WRAL Out & About post explains more about the exhibit:

"The idea is modeled after the writing game in which several authors contribute to one poem," organizers explained. "We hope that users will also be influenced by what was written before them on the scroll."

Visitors can stop by the booth to add their thoughts, ideas and stories daily between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will close on April 30.

This is a fun and quick stop for kids, especially tweens and teens, who might thrill at the change to check out an actual, old fashioned typewriter for the first time and pour out a few of their emotions ... and maybe get a little inspiration.

Messages this week include this gem, that I try to remind myself of on a regular basis: "If you look hard enough, something will make you laugh. Open your eyes. Be open to laughter."

Go Ask Mom features places to take kids every Friday. For more, check our posts on parks and playgrounds and Triangle family destinations.


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