Teen Programs

July Program Highlights

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There are so many things going on in the Teen Zone this month at WPL! First join us for Make a Pocket LED Flashlight on Thursday, July 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. Next stop by for Teen Games Guild: Pandemic on Thursday, July 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Know Your Rights for Teens with the ACLU will be held on Friday, July 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. What can you do when a police officer stops you? What are your rights at the voting booth? What if ICE knocks on your door? What if you’re part of a protest? Join Chris Robarge, the Central Massachusetts Field Coordinator for the ACLU of Massachusetts, as he helps you navigate the ins and outs of these - and other situations - where you need to Know Your Rights.

You won’t want to miss Printing with Technocopia for TEENS! on Tuesday, July 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.! Drew Wilson from Worcester's largest makerspace Technocopia will give a 15-minute narrative about the common ways that t-shirts are printed with stencils, then we'll prepare our stencils and make our prints!

Swing by for the Express Yourself! Songwriting Workshop with Laura Ramsey. Session 1 will be on Wednesday, June 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn all about the art of writing lyrics from Berklee-trained performer and educator Laura Ramsey!

Escape Room: The Room of Requirement will be on Thursday, July 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Test out your sleuthing mettle with these dramatic games of deduction.

FIFA Fridays will be on Friday, July 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. Fire up the library’s Xbox One and join us for FIFA Fridays! We’ll take turns duking it out on the soccer pitch in this popular video game.

The Teen Advisory Group TAG will meet this month on Tuesdays, July 11, 18 & 25 from 2 to 3 p.m.

August Program Highlights

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There is something for everyone this month in the Teen Zone. You won't want to miss session two of the Express Yourself! Songwriting Workshop with Laura Ramsey and Groove Trane on Wednesday, August 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Bring out your inner Dr. Frankenstein (or Sid) with FrankenToys on Friday, August 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. Take apart old toys and reassemble them in new and possibly terrifying ways! We'll provide toys, tools, and a showing of Toy Story to give you inspiration.

Rubber Band Car Build Off will run on Friday, August 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The rules are simple: you have 1 hour, a pile of odds and ends, a rubber band, and your imagination. We'll build the best rubber band car we can, then pit them in races to figure out which design reigns supreme! All materials provided.

Stop by for Arduino Tinker Time on Wednesday, August 9 & 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. The Arduino is a credit card-sized microcontroller that you can use to create all kinds of rad programmable projects, and we have them here at the library for you to try out! See what projects you can create with this cool tool.

There's a lot more going on this month, including Escape Room and Teen Games Guild. Check out our schedule for all the details.

The Book Cover Redesign Contest, continues through August 19. This summer, we’re asking our teens to see if they can redesign those book covers to make them EVEN MORE APPEALING. Choose a favorite book and make a new cover for it – illustrate it, collage it, photograph it, whatever art medium you like! You can submit your finished artwork either to librarian Rachel in the Youth Services department, or online via an email to rmoir@mywpl.org. Be sure to include your name, age, school, the title and author of the book you are redesigning, and a phone number or email address where we can contact you! We will display the entries in the teen room starting at the end of August, and our panel of judges will pick one lucky winner – who gets their choice of either the program Clip Paint Studio pro (formerly known as Manga Studio) or a $25 VISA giftcard! Deadline is August 19 at 5:30 pm.

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