Summer Reading Program and Events for Teens and Tweens

June 14 through August 2

The Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program (SRP) is open to students entering grades 5 – 12 in the fall.

Registration begins June 14. You can participate online using the Beanstack web site or app, or participate in person using a paper log.

How the Teen Reading Program works:

  • Register using your preferred method – online or in person.
  • Read 2 or more hours a week.
  • Check in at the Youth Reference Desk each week beginning June 24 and get a scratch-off ticket and reveal your prize.

Complete all 6 weeks of the Summer Reading Program and turn in your reading record between Monday, July 29 and Sunday, August 11 to receive a goody bag and automatically be entered into the Final Prize Drawing to be held on Monday, August 12. Goody bags will continue to be available for pick-up until the beginning of the school year while supplies last.

Teen & Tween Events – See each event page for more details and to register. Registration may be required for Teen and Tween events.

Summer Adventure Photo Contest

Friday, June 14 – Friday, August 2

Grades 5 through 12

Submit an original photo of your summer adventures for a chance to win a gift card. Be sure to get creative and have fun! Submit up to one photo in each of three different categories: Dexter, Animals, and Summer. Deadline for all entries is Friday, August 2. Get more details on the event page.

MiLibraryQuest

Wednesday, June 19 – Wednesday, July 31

Grades 5 – 12

Virtual Event

Myths, Monsters, and a Summer of Virtual Adventure… Pack your bags for a summer camp unlike any other. Teens are invited to participate in MiLibraryQuest beginning on June 19. Stay tuned for future prophecy updates! Check out the MiLibraryQuest web site to get started.

Dexter teens and tweens can participate in the Quest for a chance to win a gift card to a local business. Complete virtually at any time on our own. Want to work on the Quest in person with other teens? Join us at the library on Monday, July 22 at 2:00 pm for our “Adventure Trivia and MiLibraryQuest” event.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Grades 7-12

Registration required

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet during the summer to enjoy a pizza lunch then work on projects for the Summer Reading Program. TAG members also have the opportunity to help out at several events throughout the summer. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours!

Tween Book Club

Grades 5 – 7

Registration required

Tween Book Club is for students in grades 5 through 7. Read this month’s book or theme and then join us for icebreakers, snack, discussion, and a related activity. Get a copy of the month’s book at the Youth Reference Desk after you register.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Book: Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Registration begins Tuesday, May 21.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Book: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs. Registration begins Tuesday, June 18.

makerspaceMakerspace

Grades K-8

Drop-in Program; No registration required

Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. We supply the materials and you supply the imagination.

Sand Art and Summer Crafts

Monday, June 17

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Drop-in Program; No registration required

Teens and tweens can drop in to create sand art and make other fun summer crafts.

Introduction to Parkour

Monday, June 24

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Monday, June 3

Phoenix Freerunning Academy pros will teach all aspects of movement, specializing in parkour and freerunning. Learn how to jump, roll, balance, vault, and more during this fun, action-filled workshop. Phoenix Freerunning Academy is Michigan’s first gym devoted to parkour.

 

Magic: The Gathering

Friday, June 28

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Grades 5-12

Registration required; Begins Friday, May 17

Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. This event is co-sponsored with 5 Healthy Towns and SRSLY Dexter.

 

Hobbit Door Craft

Monday, July 1

Please register for only 1 session:

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Monday, June 3

If you’ve ever wanted to hang out with Hobbits in the shire or visit a fantasy world, this is the craft for you. Make a mini wreath that looks like a Hobbit or fairy door. Add your own touches to this unique decoration.

 

Percy Jackson Party

Tuesday, July 2

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Grades 3 – 8

Drop-in Program; No Registration required

Calling all Percy Jackson fans! Celebrate the book series and television show with crafts and activities. Anyone who loves the Percy Jackson series is welcome to drop in and join the fun!

 

Introduction to Performance Arts with the Motley Misfits

Tuesday, July 9

2:30 – 3:15 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Tuesday, June 11

Have you ever wanted to join the circus, or at least learn some of the skills you might see there? A performance artist from the Motley Misfits will demonstrate how to use flow props like hula hoops, poi, juggling hats, dancing silks, and spinning plates. You may even get a chance to try out some of these techniques!

 

Chess Club

Wednesday, July 10

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Kids and Teens

Registration required; begins Wednesday, June 5

If you enjoy playing chess, join us for a special session of Chess Club this summer. Compete in tournament-style play or a casual game and improve your skills. All kids and teens with at least a basic knowledge of chess gameplay are welcome to attend. Chess sets will be provided by the Library for this event.

 

Painting Workshop with Katie Rothley

Thursday, July 11

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Thursday, June 13

Get creative with this artist-guided painting experience. Librarian and artist Katie Rothley will show you how to paint a hot air balloon on canvas using acrylic paints.

 

Teen Movie, Pizza, and Craft

Thursday, July 18

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required; begins Tuesday, June 25

Come to the library to watch Dungeons and Dragons: Honor among Thieves (2023, PG-13) on the big screen and make a dragon egg craft. Pizza dinner will be provided.

 

Adventure Trivia and MiLibraryQuest

Monday, July 22

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Tuesday, June 25

Compete in a trivia challenge based around your favorite adventure-themed movies, books, series, and more! Then we’ll work together to solve this summer’s MiLibraryQuest challenge.

 

Creature Feature Teen/Tween Live Animal Program

Tuesday, July 23

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Wednesday, June 26

Dan Briere of The Little Creatures Co. will share a variety of wildlife in this fun and educational presentation for teens and tweens. Animals will include snakes, parrots, a giant African bullfrog, and more. This event is sponsored by Main Street Optometry.

 

Teens/Tweens-Only Life-Size Candyland

Friday, July 26

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Thursday, June 27

Join us for a special session of Life-Size Candyland especially for teens and tweens. Compete against friends in a giant version of the classic game, and see who will get to the Candy Castle first to win a prize.

 

Perler Bead Art

Tuesday, July 30

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Tuesday, July 2

Join us for an awesome, casual craft. Follow a provided pattern, recreate your favorite character, or let your imagination run wild – the choice is yours. You can make art, keychains, jewelry, and more with these fusible beads.

 

Bad Art Night

Thursday, August 1

6:30 – 7:45 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Tuesday, July 2

Come to the library to create the worst art you can make. That’s right – don’t worry about making something good, just enjoy the creative process! Many materials will be on hand for you to make your disasterpiece. At the end, we’ll vote on a “worst of the worst” to win a trophy commemorating their achievement.

Picture Books

Picture books are for everyone! Teens and tweens – if you’re having trouble picking a picture book to read for your Beanstack badge, here are some ideas and suggestions from Teen/Tween Librarian Mollie:

  • Revisit a favorite childhood book or story.
  • Look in the Juvenile biography section (J 920) to learn about a historical figure in a picture book format. (Plus, Biography is a badge – complete 2 at once this way!)
  • Read one of Mollie’s favorites that even older readers will enjoy or connect with:
    • Mr. S by Monica Arnaldo – EASY ARN
    • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen – EASY BAR
    • The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex – EASY DAY
    • Poopsie Gets Lost by Hannah E Harrison – EASY HAR
    • Big by Vashti Harrison – EASY HAR
    • A Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall and Vera Brosgol – EASY LYA
    • ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay – EASY RAU
    • Truman by Jean Reidy – EASY REI
    • On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex – EASY REX
    • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri – EASY RUB
    • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat – EASY SAN

Poetry

  • At the Pond by David Elliott – EASY ELL
  • Room for Everyone by Naaz Khan – EASY KHA
  • Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins – READER2 E D
  • Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins – READER2 E H
  • It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing!: Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky – READER3 E P
  • Emily Dickinson: Poetry for KidsJ 811.4 DIC
  • Counting in Dog Years: and Other Sassy Math Poems by Betsy Franco – J 811.54 FRA
  • Away with Words!: Wise and Witty Poems for Language Lovers by Mary Ann Hoberman – J 811.54 HOB
  • Always Got My Feet: Poems about Transportation by Laura Purdie Salas – J 811.54 SAL
  • I Wish I Had a Wookiee: and Other Poems for Our Galaxy by Ian Doescher – J 811.6 DOE
  • Ice Cycle: Poems about the Life of Ice by Maria Gianferrari – J 811.6 GIA
  • Out of this World: Star-Studded Haiku by Sally Walker – J 811.6 WAL
  • Behold our Magical Garden: Poems Fresh from a School Garden by Allan Wolf – J 811.6 WOL
  • Poetry Speaks: Who I Am by various poets – YA 811.008 POE
  • Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School curated by various poets – YA 811.008 RES
  • Inheritance: A Visual Poem by Elizabeth Acevedo – YA 811.6 ACE
  • Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman – YA 811.6 GOR
  • Somebody Give this Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur – YA 811.6 THA
  • These are the Words by Nikita Gill – YA 821.92 GIL

Cookbooks and Recipes

  • Bluey and Bingo’s Fancy Restaurant Cookbook by Bluey – J 646.5 BLU
  • My Pokémon Cookbook: Delicious Recipes inspired by Pikachu and Friends by Victoria Rosenthal – J 641.5 ROS
  • Crayola: Cooking with Color by various cooks – J 641.512 CRA
  • The Delish Kids (Super-Awesome, Crazy-Fun, Best-Ever) Cookbook: 100+ Amazing Recipes by Joanna Saltz – J 641.512 SAL
  • Fairy Tale Feasts: a Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters by Jane Yolen – J 641.512 YOL
  • Disney Princess: Tea Parties: 50+ Recipes inspired by Jasmine, Ariel, Rapunzel, and More by Sarah W. Caron – J 641.536 CAR
  • The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes that are Simple to Make by Erin Gleeson – J 641.563 GLE
  • Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food by Alison Deering – J 641.84 DEE
  • American Girl Big Book of Baking for Kids : Favorite Recipes to Make & Share by various cooks – J 641.865 AME
  • Eitan Eats the World by Eitan Bernath – YA 641.5 BER
  • Minecraft Official Cookbook by Tara Theoharis – YA 641.5 THE
  • Hack Your Cupboard by Alissa Weigand – YA 641.552 WIE
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender Official Cookbook by Jenny Dorsey – YA 641.595 AVA
  • Everyday Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook by Leslie Limon – YA 641.587 LIM
  • The Unofficial TikTok Cookbook: 75 Internet-Breaking Recipes for Snacks, Drinks, Treats, and More by Valentina Mussi – YA 641.53 MUS
  • Vegan Cookbook for Teens: One Hundred Easy and Nutritious Plant-Based Recipes by Barb Musick – YA 641.563 MUS
  • Cook Anime by Diana Ault – YA 641.595 AUL
  • Nailed It! Baking Challenges for the Rest of Us by the creators of Nailed IT – YA 641.965 NAI

Do Something Creative

  • Totally Cool Origami Animals by Ann Kristen Krier – J 736.982 KRI
  • How to Draw Dragons by Jimmy Hansen – J 741.2 HAN
  • The Chalk Art Handbook: How to Create Masterpieces on Driveways and Sidewalks and in Playgrounds by David Zinn – J 741.2 ZIN
  • Adventures in Cartooning: Create a World by James Strum – J 741.2 STU
  • How to Draw Monsters for Kids: 100 Step-by-Step Illustrations by Bryce Ross – J 743.89 ROS
  • How to Draw Cute Food by Angela Nguyen – J 743.896 NGU
  • Landscapes: Super-Quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings by Virginia Hein – J 743.83 HEI
  • Fairy Crafts: 23 Enchanting Toys, Gifts, Costumes, and Party Decorations by Heidi Boyd – J 745.5 BOY
  • Crafting with Recyclables: Even More Projects by Dana Meachen Rau – J 745.5 RAU
  • Paper Art Skills Lab by Sandee Ewasiuk – J 745.54 EWA
  • 10-Minute Duct Tape Projects by Sara Schuette – J 745.59 SCH
  • Rock Art! Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble by Denise Scicluna – J 751.426 SCI
  • Cool Classical Music: Create & Appreciate What Makes Music Great by Mary Lindeen – J 781.68 LIN

Books with Blue Covers

  • I’m Not Reading by Jonathan Allen – EASY ALL
  • Franklin and Luna Go to the Moon by Jen Campbell – EASY CAM
  • The Thing To Remember About Stargazing by Matt Forrest Esenwine – EASY ESE
  • Emmett and the Bright Blue Cape by Alyssa Satin Capucilli – READER2 E C
  • DJ Funkyfoot: Butler for Hire! by Tom Angleberger – READER4 E A
  • Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac – J BRU
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm – J HOL
  • Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee – J YEE
  • A Field Guide to Mermaids by Emily B. Martin – J 398.45 MER
  • My Big Book of Outdoors by Tim Hopgood – J 508.2 HOP
  • Creature Features: Ocean by Natasha Durley – J 591.77 DUR
  • Invented by Animals: Meet the Creatures Who Inspired Our Everyday Technology by Christiane Dorion – J 660.6 DOR
  • My Indigo World: A True Story of the Color Blue by Rosa Chang – J 667.2 CHA
  • Bigby Bear by Philippe Coudray – J GN BIG
  • Mulysses by Oyvind Torseter –J GN MUL
  • The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsberg – NEWBERRY 1997
  • The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch – YA COU
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen – YA HIA
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – YA JOH
  • More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed Masood – YA MAS
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – YA NES
  • The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen – YA NIE

Books Set in the Past

  • The First Dog by Jan Brett – EASY BRE
  • Titanicat by Marty Crisp – EASY CRI
  • Finding Fire by Logan Kline – EASY KLI
  • Jennifer and Josephine by Bill Peet – EASY PEE
  • Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some monkeys and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina – EASY SLO
  • Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler – EASY WHE
  • Freedom for Addy by Tonya Leslie – READER3 E A
  • I Survived the American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis – SERIES I SURVIVED
  • A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus – J ALB
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – J ALC
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas – J DUM
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – J WIL
  • Greek Myths by Eric Braun – J 292.13 BRA
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Ninja Warrior!: A Secret Job That’s Your Destiny by John Malam – J 355.548 MAL
  • Passport to the Past: Mesopotamia by Lorna Oakes – J 935 OAK
  • What Did the Vikings Do For Me? by Elizabeth Raum – J 948.022 RAU
  • A Single Shard by Linda Park – NEWBERY 2002
  • The Witch of Blackbird PondNEWBERY 1959 or YA BROWSING S
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – YA CIS
  • Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa De La Cruz – YA DEL
  • A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar – YA JAI
  • Buffalo Flats by Martine Leavitt – YA LEA
  • Invasion by Walter Dean Myers – YA MYE
  • Murder among Friends: how Leopold and Loeb tried to commit the perfect crime by Candace Fleming – YA 345.77 FLE

Audiobooks and Podcasts

Want to access audiobooks on your computer, phone, or other device? The Library has access on hoopla and Libby/Download Destination. Get more information on our Digital Collections page.

Podcasts can be found on many apps on a mobile device, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

  • Brains On! Science Podcast for Kids (Kids’ Podcast)
  • Story Pirates (Kids’ Podcast)
  • Little Stories for Tiny People: Anytime and Bedtime Stories for Kids (Kids’ Podcast)
  • The Past and The Curious: A History Podcast for Kids and Families (Kids’ Podcast)
  • What If World – Stories for Kids (Kids’ Podcast)
  • Arthur stories read by your favorite celebrities by Marc Brown – JBOCD BRO
  • Disney Princess Beginnings: Cinderella, Belle and ArielJBOCD DIS
  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs – JBOCD GIB
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara – JBOCD OHA
  • A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy – JBOCD ROY
  • Holes by Louis Sachar – JBOCD SAC
  • Toaff’s Way by Cynthia Voight – JBOCD VOI
  • Stuff You Should Know (TEEN Podcast)
  • Teen Girl Talk (TEEN Podcast)
  • The Mortified Podcast (TEEN Podcast)
  • Part-Time Genius (TEEN Podcast)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – YA BOCD BAR
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – YA BOCD BLA
  • Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadie – YA BOCD GRA
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – YA BOCD GRE
  • White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson – YA BOCD JAC
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen – YA BOCD PAU
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds – YA BOCD REY
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan – YA BOCD RIO

Spring Events for Teens & Tweens

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
In-person Teen & Tween Programs:
With consideration for the ongoing pandemic, and for the safety of everyone involved, please take special note of the following:

  • Registration is required for all in-person and virtual Teen and Tween programs. See individual event pages for more information and to register to attend.
  • Space is limited – each individual should register so we have an accurate count of how many people are in the room.
  • The Library has updated its programming attendance requirements.  Face coverings optional but encouraged in group settings.  Face covering requirements are subject to change without notice.

Relaxing Crafts for Teens & Tweens

In Person

Saturday, June 11

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required, begins May 9

Take a break and unwind before finals and end-of-the-school-year activities. Join us to make stress balls and calming glitter jars – items that are fun to make but can also help you feel less stressed when you use them.

 

Past events:

MiLibraryQuest logo with an image of a detective holding an open book, and the text MiLibraryQuest Mystery EditionMiLibraryQuest
February 1 – March 15

Grades 5 – 12

Michigan teens we need your help! The world famous thief Lupin has struck again! This time he pilfered the laptop of a best selling Michigan author containing the only copy of their latest novel. Please help us find where Lupin has stashed the laptop by decoding his taunting notes to Inspector Skirmish before the draft is due on March 15th.

To get started, head to our Teen Services page or go to the MiLibraryQuest web site.

 

Crafting Your College Essay

In Person

Wednesday, March 2

7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Teens and adults welcome

Registration Required, starts February 2

Elizabeth Levy, founder of Essay Help for Colleges, will present tips on applying to college using the Common Application along with information on what makes a great personal essay. The program is geared toward high school sophomores and juniors getting ready to apply to college, but it is open to all teens and parents. Time will be available at the end of the presentation for participants’ questions.

Teen Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, March 8

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grades 7 – 12

Book: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Registration required, begins February 8

Join us for discussion, a craft, and some trivia on this month’s selection. Get a free copy of the book at the Youth Reference Desk after you register.

Take & Make: Zine Kits

Pickup March 4-10 or while supplies last

Grades 5-12

No registration – kits available while supplies last

Make your own zine – a DIY, small-batch magazine on any topic you care about. Get you supply kit from the library, then make some zines and share with your friends.

 

Magic: the Gathering

In Person

Friday, March 18

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grades 6 – 12

Registration required, begins February 19

Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

 

Teen Advisory Group

In Person

Saturday, March 19

11 a.m. to noon

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required, begins February 19

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 to get involved at the Library. TAG meets on select Saturdays each month during the school year.

Tween Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, March 22

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Grades 5 & 6

Book: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland

Registration required, begins February 22

Read the book and then join us for icebreakers, discussion, and a related craft or activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register.

Nailed It! Virtual Cake Decorating

Virtual

Wednesday, March 30

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Grades 5 through 12

Registration required, begins February 21

Registered participants can pick up a decorating kit March 23-29 or while supplies last.

Get creative –and a little messy – in your kitchen! During this virtual program, teens and tweens will have 45 minutes to try to recreate a decorated cake. At the end, we’ll take a look at everyone’s creations. This is meant to be fun, but our judges will also pick a winner to receive a $10 Joann gift card!

 

Creating Your College List

In Person

Wednesday, April 6

7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Teens and adults welcome

Registration required, begins March 2

Elizabeth Levy, founder of Essay Help for Colleges, returns with tips on selecting colleges and applying using the Common Application. The program is geared toward high school sophomores and juniors, but it is open to all teens and parents. Time will be available at the end of the presentation for questions.

 

Teen Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, April 12

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grades 7 through 12

Book: Verify by Joelle Charbonneau

Registration required, begins March 8

Join us for discussion, a craft, and some trivia on this month’s selection. Get a free copy of the book at the Youth Reference Desk after you register. Can’t make it to the Library before Book Club? The e-book and audiobook are available for immediate download on hoopla!

 

Take & Make: Gardening Kits

Pick up April 8-14 or while supplies last All kits have been picked up as of 4/13.

Grades 5-12

No registration – kits available while supplies last

Are you looking for a new outdoor hobby? Do you want to help pollinators like bees and butterflies? Why not try gardening! Teens and tweens can pick up a kit with seed packets, dirt pods, pots, and plant markers to start their own garden.

Magic: the Gathering

In Person

Friday, April 22

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grades 6 – 12

Registration required, begins March 19

Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

 

Teen Advisory Group

In Person

Saturday, April 23

11 a.m. to noon

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required, begins March 19

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 to get involved at the Library. This month, help make decorations for the Summer Reading Program!

 

 

Action Figure Terrariums

In Person

Saturday, April 23

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Grades 5-12

Registration required, begins March 21

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, this program is for you. We’ll make terrariums with faux succulents and mosses, so your decoration will last forever and doesn’t need watering! Bring a small action figure or miniature to decorate your terrarium, or the Library will have some on hand as well.

 

Tween Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, April 26

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Grades 5 & 6

Book: The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

Registration required, begins March 22

Read the book and then join us for icebreakers, discussion, and a related craft or activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register.

 

“May the Fourth” Trivia Contest

Entries accepted May 1 – 7

Grades 5 through 12

May the Fourth be with you! In honor of Star Wars Day on May 4, teens and tweens can stop into the library during the first week of May and enter a Star Wars-themed trivia contest. Starting on Sunday, May 1, pick up a trivia quiz in the Teen Zone. Complete it and return to the Youth Reference Desk by Saturday, May 7 for a chance to win a galactic prize!

 

 

 

Teen Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, May 10

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grades 7-12

Book: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Registration required, starts April 12

Join us for discussion, a craft, and some trivia on this month’s selection. Get a free copy of the book at the Youth Reference Desk after you register.

Take & Make: Self-Care Kits

Pick up May 6 – 12, or while supplies last

Grades 5-12

No registration – kits available while supplies last

Everyone needs to take time for self-care. Doing things for your mind, body, and soul can promote well-being and help you feel happier and less stressed. Teens and tweens in grades 5-12 can pick up a kit with a journal, treats, and some ideas for activities to help you relax and de-stress.

 

Magic: the Gathering

In Person

Friday, May 20

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grades 6 – 12

Registration required, begins April 23

Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

 

Teen Advisory Group

In Person

Saturday, May 21

11 a.m. to noon

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required, begins April 23

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 to get involved at the Library. TAG meets on select Saturdays each month during the school year.

 

Tween Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, May 24

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Grades 5 & 6

Book: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Registration required, begins April 26

Read the book and then join us for icebreakers, discussion, and a related craft or activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register.