Whether becoming or simply being a teenager, there are a number of challenges and issues that tweens and teens face as they make their way through the junior high and high school years.  The titles below tackle these pressures and challenges in fictional accounts and nonfiction guides.

Fiction

The titles below address teen pressures through fictional narratives, as characters confront peer pressure, bullying, mental health issues, and other life challenges.  Suggested grade levels are provided based on professional reviews.

Army brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab

When the Bailey family moves into an army base in Virginia there are a lot of adjustments to make; twelve-year-old Tom runs afoul of the base school bully, ten-year-old Charlotte finds herself trying too hard to make friends with the "cool" girls, and six-year-old Rosie is just being difficult as usual--but they come together to investigate a mysterious building full of weird cages, and uncover Fort Patrick's secrets. (Grades 3-6)

World Lizard Day

lizard

Leapin' lizards, it's World Lizard Day, and we're going to celebrate with a visit from some scaly friends from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  Experience seeing live lizards up close and expand your knowledge about these interesting reptiles.  No registration is required.  This program is for ages 6 and up.

Lizard by Sergy G (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Chess Plus Tournament

Chess board and pieces

Calling all Chess Experts!  Test your chess playing skills and practice good sportsmanship in our Chess Tournament.  We'll match up players head-to-head in age-based brackets, play multiple games with winners advancing to the next round, and ultimately crown a winner in each bracket.  This program is suggested for ages 9-17, and no advance registration is required.  Knowledge of basic chess rules is necessary, however, and tournament players must be present at the beginning of the program to participate in the full tournament.  Checkers and mancala will also be available for non-tournament play.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Doctor Who Weeping Angels Escape

Weeping Angel

Calling all Whovians!  Use team-work in our game based on characters from the Doctor Who TV series.  Take on the role of the Doctor and his companions, navigating across our real-world playing field, or be a Weeping Angel and catch the Doctor and company before they escape.  The trick is to remember that the Angels can't move as long as someone makes continuous eye contact, so don't blink!  This program is suggested for tweens and teens.  No registration required.

DoctorWhoConv_8380 by Counse (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

2017 LEGO® Fantastic Beasts Building Contest

Dragon made from LEGO®

Attention Builders!  Show us your most creative creature designs using LEGOs® in our Fantastic Beasts Building Contest! There are multiple divisions based on age: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th, 9th-adult.  Contestants may enter individually or as part as a team.  Registration begins Thursday, December 22, and the Contest will take place Thursday, January 5.   Entries must be dropped off on January 4 between 6:00-8:00 PM or on January 5 or 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. A public viewing will be held on Thursday, January 5, 3:00-6:00 PM and an awards ceremony at 7:00 PM.  Patrons will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a Popular Vote winner separately from age category winners that will be chosen by our judges.

Need a warm-up for LEGO® building?  Come to the LEGO® Free Build on Tuesday, December 27, 10:00-12:00 and get your creative juices flowing!

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO®, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks, motors and materials.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO® designed kit or a project found online, in a book, or in a magazine.
  3. Your creation may not be larger than 2’ x 2’ x 2’.
  4. Participants must register online (beginning December 22) to ensure a space for display. Please also fill out the paper entry form (downloadable from the CPL web site) and bring it with you when you drop off your entry.
  5. Each person may enter only once. You may enter as an individual OR as part of a team but not both. Entering as a team is a way for families and friends to build together. Team entries will be judged in the age category of the oldest team member.
  6. You must adhere to the following participation schedule (see below).
  7. Canton Public Library cannot assume responsibility of LEGO® creations while they are on display, though we will have someone monitoring the room at all times.
  8. Entries must be taken home by Thursday, January 5, by 8:45 PM.

Participation Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 4
    • 6:00-8:00 PM: drop off entries
  • Thursday, January 5
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: drop off entries
    • 12:00-3:00 PM: room closed for viewing set-up and judging
    • 3:00-6:00 PM: public viewing and popular vote casting
    • 6:00-7:00 PM: room closed for popular vote tallying and ceremony set-up
    • 7:00-8:00 PM: awards ceremony

 

Earth Dragon 02 by :jovian: (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

International Games Day

International Games Day 2016 image

Get your game(s) on at International Games Day!  We’ll have a variety of board and card games on hand for you to sample, or feel free to bring your own to share. All ages are welcome, and family participation is encouraged. No registration is required.  Just drop in anytime during program hours and join in the fun!

Curious to see how popular International Games Day is?  Check out a map of participating libraries around the globe here.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Club

D&D game play

Roll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming!  Have fun using your imagination and problem-solving skills while meeting and socializing with others who enjoy role-playing games.  All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice and/or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet. This program is suggested for ages 9-12, and no registration is required.

Photo Umberhulks and Mindflayer just wont die! by Rhea C (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 28 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 25 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Present with Prezi - CANCELLED

Student giving a Prezi presentation

Go beyond PowerPoint for your school presentations and learn about the dynamic options available with Prezi. In a brief class, we'll learn the basics and create a simple presentation.  Registration is required and begins August 26.  This program is for ages 11-18.

Photo: Prezi Presentation (cropped) by Yosomono (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Zinio logo

Looking for children's magazines? Kid-friendly mags are accessible in digital form via Zinio, one of the Library's e-media resources.

Click this direct link to access youth magazines.  Currently available titles include American Girl, Chickadee, Chirp, High Five, Highlights, Owl, and Zamoof!, plus parent-oriented FamilyFun.  Canton residents can use their library card to enjoy these magazines on their PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

Muggle Quidditch

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Muggle Quidditch

Throw a bludger and catch a snitch when you play Muggle Quidditch, the non-magical version of the game from the Harry Potter novels, at the Heritage Park soccer fields (weather permitting).  Participants should bring their own brooms.  Registration is required for participants (ages 9-17) for each session.  No registration needed for spectators.  Registration for the June 22 session begins May 24.  Registration for the August 9 session begins July 26.  Maps to the playing fields will be available at the Library on game days.  Costumes are encouraged (but not required)!

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

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