Teen Scene

Welcome to the Teen page.  For information on all things teen related stop by the Teen Center or call the Teen Desk 941-3031. The Teen Center is a place for all teens to be able to read, learn, and socialize. 
 
Keep in touch!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with everything going on in the Teen Center and pictures from our events!

 
District 50 Communication
 
The Library sends a monthly flyer through the District 50'speachjar application. You can view any of the flyers on your teen's school website under the Quicklinks tab at the top right of the page. Just click on Peachjar and you can see our flyers along with others in the community!
 
You can also check out our programs below. All teen programs will take place in the Teen Center unless otherwise specified. Anime Club meets downstairs in the American Veterans Auditorium. You must be in Grades 6 - 12 to participate in Teen Programs. You can register for all programs online or in the Teen Center at the Main Library.
 
Our Collections:
  • Young Adult Fiction: Our primary collection. We focus on providing a selection of Young Adult Fiction that represents the diversity of our commuity. Genres include realistic fiction to fantasy and everything in between. 
  • Young Adult Books on CD: We still offer physical Books on CD, but you can also find eAudiobooks on the Library's Libby and hoopla apps. 
  • Young Adult Graphics: Here you can find your comics and graphic novels. We are currently working to expand our comics collection, with newer volumes of Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics. You can find the YA Graphics collection in the right most section of shelves against the outside wall of windows. 
  • Young Adult Manga: Manga is an umbrella term encompassing comics and graphic novels originating from Japan. Parents of teens just getting into manga might want to check out this article, A Beginner's Guide to Manga, from the New York Public Library. This collection is located in the clear acrylic shelves in the back right corner of the Teen Center. 
  • Young Adult Paperbacks: Paperback Classics that are located in the cubbies to the left of the TV. 

Board Game Collection and Community Puzzle:

Come by and play any of our board games with your friends in the Teen Center or work on the community puzzle. 

Board Games and puzzles CANNOT leave the Teen Center. Make sure to check out the Board Game Club if you are interested in meeting new players. 

Adults and Children:

The Teen Center is a safe place for teens to read and socialize together. For that reason, only Teens* are allowed to hang out in the Teen Center. *A parent, guardian, or sibling are welcome to play a board game with a teen.

Adults and children under 5th Grade are allowed to come in for materials.

Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult or a teen who is 15 years or older. 

Jessica Howard
Young Adult Services Coordinator
Office Phone: (864) 941-3030
 
Other Teen Center Staff:
Lorelei Harper
YA Assistant
Adrian Little
YA Assistant
 
Call the Teen Center Desk:
(864) 941-3031
 


Monthly Teen Program Calendars (ALL BRANCHES)

Copy a single event to your Google Calendar: Click on the event you are interested in attending to view the details of the event. Click on the copy to my calendar button below the event details

 



Anime Club Board Game Club Lego Club Crafternoons Teen Volunteers

Teen Programs are for grades 6th - 12th. During the summer, rising 6th graders (just finished their 5th grade school year) will be able to participate in the Teen Center programs. Most programs will be held in the American Veterans Auditorium unless otherwise noted. 

We welcome program suggestions! If you have an idea, please submit it to Ms. Jessica either in person or by email! (We can't do everything, but we can try.)

Calling all Anime and Manga fans! 

Come hang out with the Anime Club! We will celebrate all things Japanese, so join us as we try out candy, play games, do crafts, watch anime, and more! Anime Club meets usually twice a month. 

Sign up is not required to attend.

We will meet in the American Veterans Auditorium (Located on the First Floor)

Parents: If you have a question, please don't hesitate to contact Ms. Jessica.  

Below are the following projected dates for Anime Club until May 2024. Date are subject to change or cancellation and we will try to reflect that change on the website as soon as we can. Please defer to Monthly Teen Calendar above or posted to the Library's Facebook page. Any sudden cancellations will be posted to Facebook and Instagram.

**Meets during the weeks of Summer Reading

January February March April May

Thursday, January 18:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, February 8:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, February 29:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, March 14:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, March 28:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, April 11:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, April 25:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

TBD

 

Join us for Board Game Club in the American Veterans Auditorium. We will have several games available to play on different skill and grade levels. Board Game Club typically meets once a month. 

Current games include: Mysterium, Escape Room in a Box: Werewolf Edition, Unstable Unicorns, Poetry for Neanderthals, Exploding Kittens, Kids against Maturity, Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza, Scrabble, Monopoly, & Battleship.

Parents: If you have a question, please don't hesitate to contact Ms. Jessica.  

Below are the following projected dates for Board Game Club until May 2024. Date are subject to change or cancellation and we will try to reflect that change on the website as soon as we can. Please defer to Monthly Teen Calendar above or posted to the Library's Facebook page. Any sudden cancellations will be posted to Facebook and Instagram.

**Meets during the weeks of Summer Reading

January February March April May

Thursday, January 25:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, February 22:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, March 21:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, April 18:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

TBD

Lego Club: A Joint Children's Room & Teen Center Program

This program is for 2nd - 12th Grade

The following THURSDAYS in the AMERICAN VETERANS AUDITORIUM 

Drop in between 4 - 5:15PM

Spend some time having fun and creating with Legos. We'll give you topic that you can use to create an object out of legos. This event is for children and teens in 2nd - 12 Grade. You can drop by and join Lego Club anytime between 4 - 5:15 to accomodate those who get out of school later or ride the bus. We will clean up the Legos at 5:30PM.

January February March April May

Thursday, January 11:

4:00 - 5:15 PM

Thursday, February 1:

4:00 - 5:15 PM

Thursday, March 7:

4:00 - 5:15 PM

Thursday, April 4:

4:00 - 5:15 PM

No Lego Club

February

Beaded Friendship Bracelets

Tuesday, February 6: 4:00-5:00PM
Teen Center
Registration Required

Age Group: Teen (6th-12th Grade)

About:
Create colorful friendship bracelets to share with your friends or hoard for yourself! Choose from alphabet beads, polymer clay beads, pony beads and more.

Registration is required and opens on Tuesday, January 23.

April

Tween Craft: Make Your Own Buttons

Monday, April 1: 3:00-4:00
Children's Story Room
Registration Required
Age Group: Tween (Children's 4th-5th Grades) and (Teen 6th-8th Grades)

About:
Make your own buttons using our button maker machine! You can color and design your own button using our blank inserts, you can cut out from images provided by the Library, or you can bring in your own photos.

If you bring your own photos:
  • Buttons are 2.25in diameter circles
  • Leave some extra space for the image to wrap around the button securely
  • We will have a circle cutter available to cut out your images
  • For best results, print out your images on regular computer paper

Registration is required and will open Monday. March 18. 

Blackout Poetry

Tuesday, April 9: 4:00-5:00PM
Teen Center
Registration Required

Age Group: Teen (6th-12th Grade)

About:
Give a damaged book new life by using it's pages to create blackout poetry. Unlike typical poetry, blackout poetry is written by blacking out sections of an existing text. Choose which words to keep and use a sharpie to black out the rest, leaving a poem. We will show you some of our favorite examples to use as inspiration.

You will also have the option to use other media (such as colored pencils, paper, stickers, and more) to decorate the page. You can do one or several. We will have the option to display your blackout poem in the Teen Center.

Registration is required and opens March 26.

 

 


Now Accepting Applications for Rising 9th - 12th Graders! 


 

Are you looking for community service opportunities for school or college applications? Become a Teen Summer Volunteer at the Library! Teen Volunteers will be under the supervision of the Young Adult Services Coordinator and will be able to particpate in a variety of service activities in the Teen Center, Children's Room, and other areas of the Library.

Don't want to commit to being a volunteer or just need a few hours for Beta Club or another school requirement? Check out the information on Community Projects below.

TEEN VOLUNTEER (GRADES 9th-12th)

Opportunities available to Teen Volunteers:

Teen Advisory Board: Mondays, 5-6:30PM This is our core group of volunteers and meets nearly every Monday to plan 2 children's program per year (A Christmas Program and Spring Easter Egg Hunt), assist the YA Services Coordinator with brainstorming ideas for Teen programs, events, and materials) They also:

  • Assist with Children and Tween Programs under supervision with YA Services and Children's Services Coordinators
  • Assist with large annual events, such as, our fall Spook Night event.
  • Decorate the Library for Halloween, Christmas, Summer Reading, and other events as needed. 
  • Other tasks as needed by the Teen and Children's staff. 

This is a commitment and requires you to fill out a Teen Volunteer Application and Parental Conset form and submit it to the Young Adult Coordinator. 

 

How to apply:

Fill out and submit a TEEN VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and a PARENTAL CONSENT FORM at the Teen Center Desk.  The Young Adult Services Coordinator will contact you and your parents to set up a time for you to start if a volunteer slot is available. 

 

WORK ON A COMMUNITY PROJECT (GRADES 6th-12th)

Good for those who just need a hour or two of community service.

Current projects:

  • No-sew blankets that will be donated to a local nonprofit organization that helps assist families in need.
  • Decorate and write cards that will be sent to nursing homes.

Instructions and materials are all provided by the Library.

No application is requried for working on a community project for service hours. However, make sure to schedule a time with the Young Adult Services Coordinator to work on a project when staff is available to sign for your hours! Contact information is below. 

 

Contact the Young Adult Services Coordinator:

Jessica Howard

Email: jhoward@greenwoodcountylibrary.org

Teen Desk Phone: 941-3031

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