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Programs for Teens
The Library offers a wide variety of programs for teens, all for free! Make it, build it, read it, express it, act it--we have something for everyone.
Teen Winter Reading is Almost Here!
Visit Beanstack to pre-register or download the Beanstack Tracker app. Start logging on December 1. Read for two hours to earn a Teen Underground tote bag full of goodies and a Grand Prize entry for a $50 Target gift card. Read an additional two hours to qualify for twice-a-month surprise box drawings and an additional Grand Prize entry. Continue reading to earn additional drawing entries. Read 100 hours to earn the crown badge!
Teen Programs You Can Try Now
If you don’t want to wait for a live program, Miss Donna and Rachel post online activities for teens every week that can be done whenever! You can find these programs on our Library calendar, usually every Monday and Wednesday. Some examples include:
- May the Fourth Be With You – Virtual Star Wars Day
- Cap’n Crunch French Toast
- Chicago Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
- Halfway to Halloween
- Mug Cakes
- Astrology for Teens
- 2020 Time Capsule
- What YA Book Should I Read Next?
- DIY Monster Mug Cake
- DIY Pizza Dough
Explore for yourself and keep an eye out for more!
Check our online calendar for upcoming fun!
Join a Club!
Grade 7 - 12
Register to join.
First and Third Wednesdays of the Month | 5-7 p.m.
Join Miss Rachel online to watch and chat about anime. Registrants will be emailed a link to the live stream and chat shortly before it begins.
Bullet Journal Club
Second and Fourth Mondays of the Month | 5-6/5-7 p.m.
Listen to music and work on your bullet journal with Miss Rachel and other creative teens! Mid-month meetings are spent sharing ideas and completing pages we've already started. Bigger projects, like setting up next month's pages, are tackled at the end of the month. If you don’t have a bullet journal, don’t worry! Miss Rachel will email everyone who registers and offer to organize a time to pick up a free bullet journal, plus craft supplies, from the Library. Links to the video chat will be emailed shortly before the program begins.
Dungeons & Dragons
One Saturday each month | 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Dive into the story-building world of Dungeons & Dragons in this virtual gaming meet-up. Create a new character in Roll20, or play one provided by Dungeon Master Mike. Email Ms. Donna (aka Derile the Barbarian) at email@example.com to register. She'll send you an invite to the Discord group and information on how to crate a free Roll20 account.
Girls Who Code
Every Other Saturday | 2-3:30 p.m.
Explore the foundations of programming through code-at-home activities and virtual collaborative work. Learn the fundamentals behind programming - loops, variables, conditions, and functions - and use coding to tackle issues relevant in your community. Members of this club form a bond, connected through a shared interest in this discipline. Register, and Ms. Donna will send you an invite to our GWC HQ site and a zoom link before the next meeting.
Social Justice Reading Club
Last Sunday of each Month | 4-5 p.m.
Earn volunteer hours reading about and discussing social justice issues. Each month we’ll read a fiction book, nonfiction book, or collection of online resources about a social justice issue separately and then meet online to discuss it together. Once you register, Ms. Rachel will email you information regarding what you should read before our monthly meeting and help you check out whatever materials you need. She will also email everyone a link to the Zoom meeting before the scheduled date.
Ready for a challenge? Like to read? Gather a team of 2-6 people, find an adult sponsor, and email firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to register. Read the titles on the Lincoln Cup list and compete in a fun virtual trivia contest on February 24 for the Lincoln Cup Championship. The winning team members will receive gift cards to the restaurant of their choice. All participants will receive a tote bag with a free book.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Last Saturdays of the Month | 12-1:30pm
Need Service Hours? Want the chance to help shape services for teens at the Library? Gather together over zoom to brainstorm programming ideas, advocate for teens in the community, and work on special projects for the library. We meet at 12:00pm every last Saturday of the month throughout the year. Register, and we will email you the link to join our zoom meeting. Any questions? Email us at email@example.com.