Teens! DIY Mini Zen Gardens, Jan. 18

Teens!  Join us in the Teen Space on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a do-it-yourself craft!  Some of the things we’ve done include duct tape crafts, mug cakes, and sugar scrub, just to name a few!  This month, to help you de-stress in the midst of your mid-term exams, we’ll put together mini zen gardens!  So that we have enough supplies, registration is requested.  

Have ideas for a future DIY?  Let us know!

This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

Teen Life Skills: Safety, Jan 17

Teens!  As part of our 2017 Teen Life Skills series, this month we’ll be talking about safety, both at home and in your communities.  Come meet with members of the Auburn Police Department to discuss the best safety practices. There will be a presentation followed by some time for questions.  This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

January 17 at 3PM.

College Night, 10/20

Join admissions representatives from eight Maine colleges and universities, as well as a representative from Finance Authority of Maine, as they sit on a panel facilitated by Maggie Davis (College for Maine Androscoggin). Following the panel discussion and a brief Q&A session, admissions reps from those and five additional schools will be available with information specific to their schools.  So that we can have an adequate number of handouts, registration is requested.

Teens! Great Stories

Teens!  Through the receipt of a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Auburn Public Library is pleased to present the Great Stories Club.  During the course of the fall, selected teens will be reading and discussing 3 books — Buck, a memoir by MK Asante; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; and The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  Each book is autobiographical or semi-autobiographical in nature and each character in the book uses art — whether drawing, creative writing and/or music — to overcome challenges in his or her life.  Teens who would like more information or would like to be considered for this book group should contact Donna Wallace  — via phone, 207-333-6640, ext. 4 or email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Teens! Discoveries in STEM, Sept. 15

Teens!  Come join Maisy Cyr of 4H and discover how you really do use science, technology and math outside of the classroom!  We may dabble in food science, animal science, simple machinery and technology, or just make some crazy creations.  This month, we’ll be doing a fun, easy curriculum called Balls & Tracks.  It’s basically made up of marbles and pipe insulation and there are various challenges participants must complete that include making the marble go over a hill, completing a loop-dee-loop, and more.  It’s a cool introduction to physics using the laws of motion.

Bring your ideas for future meetings of this monthly program and together let’s see what we can come up with!  This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

September 15 at 4PM.

 

Teen Summer Reading Program Wrap Up!

Now that this summer’s teen reading program has come to a close, here is a recap of what went on here this summer, as well as the prize winners.

For this summer’s theme, “Get in the Game: READ!” we turned our attention to Mind & Body Wellness.  Our 8-week program kicked off on June 21st with a visit from triathlete Angela Bancroft.  Our schedule was jam packed with programs like the smoothie challenge, a Step Count Challenge, make your own zen garden, yoga and — of course — reading, including a book club!

In the smoothie challenge, teens formed teams of 2 and had to put together their best recipe using a liquid, at least 2 fruits and/or veggies, and had the option of adding healthful extras and spices or sweeteners.  Our winning team, Marcus Mitchell and Monique Market, went for chocolate — and lots of it — and each won a smoothie cookbook!

During the month of July, for the Step Count Challenge, teens were issued pedometers and kept track of their steps for the month.  Our winner, Mitchell Bean, logged a total of 398,272 steps during July. For his efforts, he won a $25 gift card to Olympia Sports.

Winning the prize for the most number of programs attended was Chris Cloutier.  Chris attended 20 programs and won a backpack filled with school supplies.

With 42 teens signed up to read with us this summer, there was lots of reading going on — with a total of 245 books read!  Our Pizza & Pages Book Club read and discussed 3 books with a common theme of the main character having to overcome setbacks to achieve in their sports of running, swimming and baseball.  Thanks to Center Street Dental, participants got to keep a copy of the book(s) they read, and our local Domino’s supplied the pizza for this book group!

Our top reader this summer was Lily Vincent, who read 30 books.  For her efforts, she won a book bundle of 6 popular young adult books.

Faith Thompson was the winner of this summer’s grand prize, a FitBit Charge, donated by Best Buy.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program.  Special thanks to our sponsors — Best Buy, Portland Sea Dogs, Center Street Dental, Top It Frozen Yogurt, Domino’s Pizza and Hannaford!

Believe it or not, we’ve already started thinking about the 2017 Teen Summer Reading Program. Next summer’s theme: “Build a Better World.”  If you’d like to help in the planning, contact Donna Wallace at the Reference Desk!

 

 

 

Teens! Summer Reading Finale August 12

Teens! Join us as we close our out 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program, “Get in the Game: READ!”  We will watch some of the Olympic games, make our own ice cream sundaes, and our summer reading program prize winners will be announced!  Just for teens, ages 12-18, this program will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

Yoga for Teens

Teens!  Continuing with our summer theme of Mind & Body Wellness, Tisha Bremner from Inner Light Yoga of Maine returns for another 3-part series, An Introduction to Yoga for Teens.  Learn the poses, breath techniques, and mindful attention practices in a fun and easy way in this class designed to inspire you to relieve stress and take really good care of yourself.  You should wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily.  A healthy snack will be provided at the conclusion of each class.  Registration is required.  This program is just for teens, ages 12-18 (grades 7-12).

First session is August 1 at 2:15.

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