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.
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 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.)

Spook Night - A Free All Ages Event!

Monday, October 9: 5PM - 7:30PM

About: We are so excited to announce our second annual Spook Night at the Greenwood County Library! This will be an indoor/outdoor event with a Halloween Costume Contest, Pumpkin Contest, Magician, games, and more!

Rainy Day: In the event of bad weather, Spook Night will move entirely into the American Veterans Auditorium. 


  • Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult AT ALL TIMES
  • All candy and swag will be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

B-Rad, The Magician's "Super Duper Fun Magic Show"

5PM - American Veterans Auditorium

B-Rad will kick off the festivities for Spook Night with his "Super Duper Fun Magic Show." Come be amazed and laugh your head off at B-Rad's blend of comedy and magic.

This show will be fun for all ages! No Registration Required.

Halloween Costume Contest

6PM - American Veterans Auditorium

​By popular request, we will be adding a costume contest this year! This will be a family-friendly contest, so keep it clean and an appropriate level of scary.

  • Contest Categories: Baby and Toddler (Ages 0-3) Children (Grades K4-5th), Teen (Grades 6th-12th) and Adults (18+)
  • Prizes: A trophy for best overall costume will be awarded in each age bracket for costumes that display the most outstanding Quality, Accuracy, Effort, and Presentation.
  • Ribbons for scariest, cutest, funniest, and most creative will be awarded in each age bracket.*
  • Costumes of all shapes and sizes are allowed. Superheroes, supervillans, princesses, puppies, fairies, pirates, robots, and Jedis are all welcome!
  • Group Costumes: You are welcome to dress in coordinating group costumes, but each costume will be judged individually.
  • Judges will be looking for the spookiest, sparkliest, most colorful, craziest, well-crafted and creative costumes. Costumes may be homemade or store bought.
  • Please read contest rules and costume guidlines carefully. Download a copy below.

Registration is required.

Download Contest Rules

Registration Form (Begins September 25: 3PM - October 9: 12PM)

Halloween Pumpkin Patch

5PM - 7:15PM - Library Lawn (by flagpoles)

Bring your best decorated pumpkin to our Halloween Pumpkin Patch and show off your skills. Spooky or cute, you can decide, but will you have the best Halloween Pumpkin?

Check out the rules below:
  • Enter your pumpkin into one of four entry categories: Children (Birth - 5th Grade), Teen (6th -12th Grade), Adults, or Group/Family.
  • You may enter more than one pumpkin, but only one pumpkin per category. For example, an adult can submit a pumpkin they did themselves in the Adult Category as well as a pumpkin in the Group/Family category if they did one with another person, regardless of their age.
  • Pumpkins can be painted or carved.
  • Register your pumpkin for the Pumpkin Patch no later than noon on October 9th. Fill out a paper registration form at the Circulation Desk, Children's Room, or Teen Center.

​Registration Form (Begins September 25: 3PM - October 9: 12PM)

You can bring your pumpkin to the Library between between Noon - 5:00 PM on October 9th.

All pumpkins will be on display from 5-7:30PM in our Pumpkin Patch. Voting will be open from 5-7PM

  • Everyone who comes to the Spook Night will be able to tour the Pumpkin Patch and vote on their favorites.
  • Each of the four categories will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. 1st Place will receive a trophy. 2nd and 3rd Places will receive a ribbon. All winners will have their picture taken and shared on our social media accounts.
  • Staff will tally up the results beginning at 7PM.
  • Winners will be announced at 7:15PM


You can allow your pumpkins to be put on display in the Library until Friday, October 13. All pumpkins must be picked up no later than 5PM on October 13. Any leftover pumpkins will be discarded.

Games and More

5PM - 7:30PM -  Library Lawn (by flagpoles)


Pumpkin Toss:

You have three tries to get the bean bag through the Jack O'Latern.

Monster Bowling:

Roll your ball and see how many monsters you can take down.

Cake Walk:

Walk to the beat of Halloween music. When the music stops, will you be lucky enough to win a cake?

Fun Stuff:

Swag Table:

Make sure to stop by the swag table to pick out your spooky gifts and candy. Available while supplies last. Parents are responsible for picking up swag for children under 11.

Tattoo Station:

Make sure to grab a temporary tattoo to show off at school!

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!

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 December 2023. 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

August September October November December

Thursday, August 3:


Thursday, August 17:


Thursday, August 31:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, September 14:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, September 28:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 12:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 26:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, November 9:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, November 30:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, December 14:

4:00 - 5:00 PM


Tweens and Teens! 

Tweens* and teens in grades 3rd - 12th can 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. 

We will occasionally split the Teens to a different table from the Tweens if they want to play a game that is more appropriate for older ages

*We consider Tweens to be somewhere between the ages of 8-12, but since we go by grade level, we have expanded the "tween ages" to grades 3rd-8th. 

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 December 2023. 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

August September October November December

Thursday, August 10:


Thursday, August 24:



Thursday, September 7:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, September 21:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 5:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 19:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, November 2:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, November 16:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, December 7:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

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

This program is for 2nd - 12th Grade


Drop in between 4 - 5:30 on:

September 20

October 18

November 15

December 13

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 - 5:30 to accomodate those who get out of school later or ride the bus. We will clean up the Legos at 5:30PM.


Pumpkin Painting - ALL AGES

Wednesday, October 4 : 4-5PM

American Veterans Auditorium 

It's October... and the Library's Pumpkin Contest is right around the corner! Make a painted pumpkin that can be entered into the Spook Night Pumpkin Contest* on Monday, October 9th (5-7:30 PM).

Children, Tweens, Teens, and Adults are all able to attend! 

Space is limited, so please register online or at the Children's, Teen, or Circulation Desks. 

*Entries for the Pumpkin Contest can be either painted or carved, but this program will be for painting only. View contest rules and other details about SpookNight here.   

Halloween Potions

Wednesday, October 11: 4-5PM

Teen Center

Grades 6th-12th

Registration Begins: October 2 

Brew some magic and make some spooky decor similar to the image on the left. With some food coloring, mica powder, glitter, and other ingredients, we can make potions that sparkle or change color with a shake of the bottle. 

Space is limited, so please register online, at the Teen Desk, or call us at 941-3031.



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.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Teen Advisory Board/Event Planning: Mondays, 5-6:30PM This group 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)
  • Assisting with Children and Tween Programs under supervision with YA Services and Children's Services Coordinators
  • Setting up and taking down programs (including Summer Reading performances, LEGO Club, Anime Club, Board Game Club, etc.
  • Preparing Take-Home Crafts and other passive programs
  • Participating in community service projects planned by Teen Advisory Board
  • and more!

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 who will contact your parents and set up an appointment.


Have Questions?

Contact Jessica Howard, the Young Adult Services Coordinator,
at 941-3033 or jhoward@greenwoodcountylibrary.org if you have any questions

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