Teen Events

See the Teen Events Calendar for a complete list of our exciting programs.

Summer Reading Program: Read to the Rhythm

altJune 1 -July 31, All Library Locations, All Ages

Get into the groove this summer and take part in the all new summer reading program! Sign up in person at any library location or sign up and download your reading log online.  Start earning points by completing activities like reading, visiting a park, attending a concert, writing a review, coming to a library program and more.  Record your points on your log and check in to receive prizes! Plus your points help us work towards our community goal of 125,000 points.  If we reach that goal everyone who participated can stop in and have their overdue fines (does not include lost item fees) eliminated during the week of August 30- September 5!!!



Art of the Hamdmade Book Summer Camp

altaltMonday-Thursday, July 13-30, 9:30-11:30 am, The Loft, Main Library 

In the 2nd Annual Art of the Handmade Book camp teens will be deeply immersed in learning how to make a book by hand, beginning with hand papermaking, then learning how to hand sew and case in their hardcover books and finally creating content to fill the pages In addition to the larger book project, teens will make smaller pieces each day to their complete portfolio of work by the end of the camp session. To register for the camp please fill out the application and return it to the Teen Loft at the Main Library or email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  It is expected that teens who register will be able to attend all sessions of the camp.  Grades 6-12. 


Application to Register


Create Your Own Comics!

altSunday, June 14, 4-5:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library 

Calling all aspiring comic book writers and illustrators! Local graphic artist Zach Lehner will demonstrate the production of a comic page from start to finish. He'll cover the basics from learning how to hold a brush or what pencils work best for under drawing. Here's your chance to learn from a pro. Sign up for a reminder or drop. Grades 6-12.


Zach Lehner spent most of his childhood and early adulthood with his nose in his sketchbook and ink on his fingers. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design to study comics, graduating in 2008 with a B.A. in Sequential Art and again with a Masters in 2010. His first graphic novel, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, will be released on July 8th 2015, and is illustrated by him and written by Michael Tanner and Greg Smith.  He lives in northern Chicago, where he reads a lot of books.

Teen Filmmaking: Stop-Motion Workshop

altEvery Saturday, starting June 13, 3-4:30 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library
This summer, learn how to create a stop-motion video! You'll learn how to write the script, create/build a miniature set, light your scenes, shoot your film, and edit. Each session builds on information learned in the previous session, so attendance is encouraged (but not required) for every session. The workshop culminates in a final screening of teen's finished films. All materials will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Grades 6-12.

Session Schedule:

Session One (June 13): Finding& Writing your Story

Session Two (June 20): Building Your Scene

Session Three (June 27): Building & Shooting Your Movie

Session Four (July 11): Shooting Your Movie

Session Five (July 18): Editing Your Movie

Session Six (July 25): Finalizing Your Movie with Effects 

Please Register for June 13 session, June 20 session, June 27 session, July 11 session, July 18 session, July 25 session
NOTE: This workshop runs from June 13-July 25 (six sessions) with a break on July 4th and a final showcase on August 1. 

June Teen DIY

Wednesdays, June 10-24, 3-4:30 pm, see locations below

Join us for one or all of these epic events at all of the Library's locations or at Mason Park! We'll provide all the supplies, just bring your friends and creativity. Sign up for a reminder or drop in! 

Grades 6-12.


altT-Shirt Transformations

Wednesday, June 10, 3-4:30pm, Mason Park (corner of Church Street and Florence Ave)  

Turn an old t-shirt into an awesome beach bag, headband, scarf and more! Sign up for a reminder. 



altScratch and PicoBoards

Wednesday, June 17, 3-4:30pm, The Loft, Main Library (1703 Orrington Ave)

Learn how to code, make your own video game and try out using a PicoBoard as a controller. Sign up for a reminder.


altShrinky Dinks

Wednesday, June 24, 3-4:30pm, Chicago Ave Main Street Branch (900 Chicago Ave)

Design your own earrings, pendants, key chains and more! Sign up for a reminder.





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