Teens

Teen Boredom Busters

Bored after school? Need a study break? No worries, we've got fun activities in our Teen Space that are just right for your busy schedule. Stop by for 5 or 50 minutes, whatever works for you. Learn something new, meet a new friend, or just relieve some stress.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, April 30 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM East Wing Pretzel Wands
Monday, May 20 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM East Wing Stress Ball Craft

This week, the American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2018. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information, visit the Banned & Challenged Books page of the Office for Intellectual Freedom's website. 

George by Alex Gino

Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character

Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints

Contemporary realistic fiction takes place in the present and covers topics that are likely to happen in real life. These novels explore many common issues for modern teenagers. Looking for a funny story? Jump down to the "Humor" section. 

Ask the passengers : a novel by 1970- A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

April is Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate, we have gathered some great titles in Nonfiction, Adult, Youth, and Teen for you to explore.

Nonfiction

The We Need Diverse Books movement began in 2014 as a call to reform the publishing industry. It is now a nonprofit organization which promotes young people's literature that is reflective of many diverse backgrounds. The titles below represent a sample of books showcasing main characters of color, LGBTQIA characters, and characters with disabilities or mental illnesses. For more suggestions, visit Where To Find Diverse Books or the Walter Award

Characters of Color

Baseball is back! Get back in the swing of things by reading about some of the biggest stars in the game.

Jackie Robinson : an integrated life by J. Christopher Schutz

Love is hard...but reading about it isn't! These romantic titles are sweet, charming, and easy to dive into. 

Alex, approximately by Jenn Bennett
Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Pride Trivia Night

Come celebrate LGBTQ+ pride in a safe and relaxed environment with our Pride Trivia Night!  Compete for prizes as you test your knowledge of notable LGBTQ+ historical figures, celebrities, sports figures, works of literature, and more. You might be surprised by what you'll learn. Bring a team or drop in on your own and connect with others. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

No registration required.

gay pride flag

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, June 4 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room

Imposter Art Make and Take

Thorndyke as Frida Kahlo

 

Imitate an impressionist, copy some cubism, emulate an abstract, or just be your own best artist self.

Whatever your approach, artists of all ages and abilities are welcomed to stop in to replicate their favorite style, or create something wholly original.

We provide the art supplies and some inspiration, and you get to exercise your creativity muscles. Come alone or bring a friend and make an artwork to take home.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, May 16 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
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