Good old fall… Back to school, back to work, and back to your favourite library (we know you’ve been missing us while you were away!) Lucky for you that means there are new programs for all you teens and tweens out there! Any programs with an * (asterisk) require registration and you can sign up two weeks in advance online, by phone, or by visiting your branch. And don’t forget – more information on all our volunteer opportunities and fun programs can be found at www.tbpl.ca/teens and our instagram @tbplteens.
*For those in grades 4-8 to celebrate Science Literacy Week, County Park will help you with a Robotic Hand STEM activity using simple materials on Sept 18 @ 6:30.
Board Games at Brodie begins Sept 11 @ 6:30 in the Fireside reading room and continues Oct 9, Nov 6 and Dec 11. We’ll have Jenga, crib, Unstable Unicorns and much more!
The Barcode Book Club also continues online at goodreads.com for any teens or tweens interested. Find out what book we’re reading and join the conversation! September’s read will be Scythe by Neil Shusterman!
*On Oct 22 @ 6:30 Sensei Susan will be offering basic self-defence for girls 10-18.
*Just in time for Halloween, County Park will be bringing in Jessika, a makeup artist who’ll show you how to do absolutely ghoulish makeup on Oct 23 @ 6:30!
October also means Anime Night! Join us and other kids your age and watch some of your favourite shows on Oct 1, 8 and 29 @ 6:30, eat some snacks, and relax.
*For those of you who are more artistically inclined, Acrylic Paint Pouring will be happening on Oct 2 @ 6:30. All supplies provided but teens and tweens only please!
*County Park will also be hosting a Pokémon Party Nov 13 @ 6:30 with crafts and trivia, for all the Pokémon Masters in training.
*For those of you 10-18 who’d like to go to a craft night with a parent or adult, come to Tin Can Lanterns Nov 26 or DIY String Art Nov 12; both start at 6:30.
For those interested in volunteering there’s Readers Are Leaders, Teens Review, and the Youth Advisory Council.
Readers Are Leaders is a weekly program where volunteers are partnered with a child in grades 1-3 for 8 weeks. Each week volunteers can help out for 1 or 2 hours if enough partners are available. The program runs at both Brodie Library Monday nights and Waverley Library Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30. Registration opens right after the long weekend on Sept 2.
Teens Review is a new volunteer opportunity where youth are invited to share their opinions on books they’ve read that they love, like, or absolutely detest. Reviews are posted to the library blog, tbplofftheshelf.com, and for every 250-300 words you send in, you’ll get a half hour of volunteer time!
Youth Advisory Council is a monthly get together alternating between Brodie and Waverley where we meet and discuss ways to improve the library’s programs, services, and more! We need to hear the opinion of those 12-18 so we can make the library a place everyone can feel included and safe. Snacks are provided and in December members can join Ruth, Jocelyn and I at Chapters to pick out new books for the Young Adult section!
And that is the low down on what you can look forward to this fall at your libraries! If you have any questions you can always call 684-6817 and ask for Nicole. I’ll do my best to help answer your burning questions!
Nicole Koroscil – www.tbpl.ca. If you have a comment about today’s column, we would love to hear from you. Please comment below!