Teen Events

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



Outside the Lines Book Club

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Second Wednesday of the month starting, February 10, 5:30-7 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Outside The Lines Book Club is a new teen reading series that happens monthly at the Evanston Public Library Teen Loft. One Wednesday a month, teens grades 6-12 are invited to discuss a pre-determined YA fiction title about strong teen protagonists pushing back again normative identities to live their lives with pride.

The book discussion will be a jumping off point for talking about topics such as pop culture, gender, fashion, politics, the Tumblr-verse, personal stories and more. This is a safe space for teens of all identities. Come hang out, meet new friends, eat snacks and chat about what really matters!


Interested? Stop by the Teen Loft to sign up and pick up your complimentary copy of the book to read in advance. You do not have to attend all sessions! Just read the book(s) for the one(s) that fit your busy schedule. Please register. 


Reading list:

Cover image for TomboyFor the February 10 meeting:  Tomboy by Liz Prince

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.


For the March 9 meeting: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
For the April 13 meeting: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
For the May 11 meeting:  The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth



 
February Teen DIY

Join us for one or all of these epic events at all of the Library's locations! We'll provide all the supplies, just bring your friends and creativity. Sign up for a reminder or drop in! Grades 6-12.

 

 

altHeart Dream Catcher

Saturday, February 13, 3-4:30 pm, the Loft, Main Library

Keep your dreams full of love by designing your own heart shaped dream catcher. . Sign up for a reminder or drop in.

 

altShrinky Dinks

Saturday, February 20, 3-4:30 pm,  Chicago Ave Main Street Branch

Flashback to your childhood with Shrinky Dinks! Make anything from key chains to earrings.  Sign up for a reminder or drop in!

 

altMap Crafts

Saturday, February 27, 3-4:30 pm, North Branch

Take old maps and turn them into something new. We'll making all different paper crafts using old maps at this event inspired by EPL's Big Read of "Into the Beautiful North".   Sign up for a reminder or drop in. 
 
Shakespeare Silly Sonnets for Teens

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Sunday, February 14, 2-3:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

 Come participate in some Mad Lib-style writing exercises, rhyming games, and a brief poetry lesson inspired by the bard himself, Shakespeare.  Drop in, Grades 6-12.  

 
Teen Film Screening: "10 Things I Hate About You"

Monday, February 15, 7-9 pm, The Loft

altThis classic 90's teen film is based on William Shakespeare's "The Taming Of The Shrew"! Come to The Loft to watch it on our big screen TV with your friends!

FILM SYNOPSIS: Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning that she doesn't attract many boys. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can't date until Kat has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to set the dour damsel up for a romance. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Will Kat let her guard down enough to fall for the effortlessly charming Patrick? 

 

 

 
Improv Club for Teens!

titleSundays, February 7 & 28, March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17, May 8 & 22, 3- 4:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Come learn how to be funny on the fly! Each week will have slightly different exercises and activities to fill your comedy toolbox.Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to attend this drop-in improv club to learn how to perform comedy and theater, play fun games, and make new friends. No performance experience necessary! Attendance is drop-in from week to week, so attend the sessions that work for your schedule. Sign up for reminder. 

 
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