Fall programs for teens

Tower Road branch library is looking to bring exciting new programming for teens this fall! We've always tried to offer cool, unique programming, but this fall we're taking the leap and trying some new recurring programs, as well as piloting some one-off programs to provide unique opportunities for our teens. Read on to find out more about our fantastic teen programming for this September, October, and November!


Regular Programming

Anime Club was launched this May and is still a great hang if you like anime. We do regular crafts or activities as well as watching episodes of new anime. We will be holding meetings of the club on September 9th, October 7th, and November 4th at 3:30 PM here at Tower Road. Anime Club regulars--you'll notice that we've moved the Anime Club to the Teen Space. This won't change what we do, but it will mean that the program will be held right alongside our manga collection, so it'll be a snap to browse for your newest obsession.

Teen Gaming is returning to Thursdays from 4 to 5 PM, also in the Teen Space. Teen Gaming is a more relaxed gaming experience, where participants can play any of the games available on our Wii or Playstation 4. Highlights include Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, Injustice 2, Just Dance, and many more.

We Make Zines Club is our new monthly program launching this September, and it's your chance to make something to become a part of the teen space! A "zine" is a homemade magazine, and they can be made by anyone and shared with everyone! If you've ever wanted to put a story to paper or wanted to share something you know with others, zines are a great, DIY way to make that happen. Art abilities not needed! Alongside the club, we will be launching a small, in-house-only collection of zines within our Teen Space for everyone to read. If you make a zine at our library, with your permission, we will add it to our in-house collection for others to read and enjoy. Create something for others with the We Make Zines Club! Meetings will be held on September 10th, October 1st, and November 12th from 3-5 PM.


Unique Programming

For those of you looking to get some extra science in your life, Science Sundays are a good bet. A more all-ages program, Science Sundays are a series of science programs designed to help teach STEM concepts in a small-classroom, interactive environment. There are sessions in September on September 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd and do require registration, so go to aclib.us/events if you'd like to sign up!

MAKERSpace: 3-D Printed Earrings and Keychains will be a unique program we'll be offering on September 11th at 3 PM. Registrants will have the chance to design, and have printed, earrings or keychains. Registration is required and you can sign up here. Space is limited and already filling up so register ASAP!

So You Think You Can Catapult is another program that's all-ages friendly that will be held on September 25th at 3 PM. Participants will get to construct mini catapults and pit them against each other in a no-holds-barred contest of engineering. Our siege machinists will get to test flingability and accuracy of their mighty mini war machines. A limited number of participants will also receive their own 3-D printed catapult to use and take home.

In October we'll get some truly unique programming with our SEWINGSpace: Tote Bag sessions. Held over the course of two classes, each of our SEWINGSpace sessions will allow students to learn to make a lined tote bag. Skills acquired will include the use of a sewing machine, the use of a pattern, attaching pockets, making handles, and how to make a lining for an item. Session One will be held on October 8th and October 15th from 3-5 PM, and Session Two will take place on October 22nd and October 29th from 3-5 PM. Each session can only accomodate 5 sets of learners (families should sign up together if they want to work together on their tote bag), so register for your preferred session as soon as you can! Find more info and register for Session One here and for Session Two here.


There's going to be a ton of unique and fun programming at Tower Road Branch Library and other libraries this year, even apart from what we've mentioned here. To help you keep aware of the latest developments, the Tower Road Branch library will be producing a pamphlet to let you know about fall programs called The Update. You can find it at the Tower Road branch and attached to this blog. Jump back into the year with some great programs at the Tower Road Branch Library!

Posted by CindyM on August 12, 2019