Teen Space

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Since the Library closed in March due to COVID-19, we’ve continued working on your behalf.  If you follow the APLTeenSpace on Facebook or Instagram, you noticed that we continue to post to those sites almost daily.  During the entire month of April, we highlighted National Poetry Month and featured readings from two of our favorite novels in verse — “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds and “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo — both amazing books, quick reads and highly recommended.  May brought Mental Health Month with helpful information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine and additional book recommendations.

Although we can’t be together now, we are still here for you.  If there’s anything you’d like to see for future programming, get in touch with Donna at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

2020 Teen Summer Library Program

Even though our programs must be virtual during the summer, our Teen Summer Library Program continues!

Check out this video on YouTube for information about this year’s program!

Registration is requested; to do so either email or call Donna — dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or 207-333-6640, ext. 4 — with your name, grade (entering in September), age and contact information (email or phone number).

Download — or stop by the Library to pick up — an Activity Sheet (2020 Teen SLP Activity Sheet (p. 1) and 2020 Teen SLP Activity Sheet (p. 2) to get started.

Pizza & Pages Book Club

As part of our Teen Summer Library Program, we will host our summer Book Club.  We will be reading and discussing “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman via Google Meet.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Donna (as above).  The book will be available June 22, and our first introductory meeting will be Wednesday, June 24.  When registering, be sure to give your email address.

When safe to do so, we will gather together for a pizza party and a viewing of the movie!

Things To Do

Although we still aren’t sure when it will be safe to gather together, when we do, here are some things you can do when you are here, including programs we hope to offer.  As always, ideas and suggestions for future Teen Programs are always welcome!

Teen Space

The Teen Space is on the 2nd floor and is open to teens ages 12-18.  Teens are asked to check in (and say hello) at the Reference Desk.  When you come in, our expectations are clear:

  • RESPECT yourself … Behave appropriately for a public space — this means anywhere on Library property
  • RESPECT others … Use suitable language, weather headphones if listening to music or anything which may be distracting to others
  • RESPECT the space … take care of furniture and games, pick up after yourself (i.e., leave the room as it was when you came in)

In exchange the APL promises to: offer you a comfortable place for doing homework, reading, and socializing; host fun events for you; and listen to your interests.

Programs

  • Teens! Matinee Movie  Join us in the Community Room one afternoon a month for a movie.  Most of the movies are chosen by the teens and movies may be rated either PG or PG-13  Check our events calendar and if PG-13, anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Teens! Gaming Hour Take a break from studying and stop by the Androscoggin Room on lower level for video games and snacks. We have XBox and Wii and a small collection of games.  Teens are welcome to bring their favorites, but only those rated T and E. This program was made possible by donations from the P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the law firm of Norman, Hanson & DeTroy.  This program takes place twice a month; check the Events calendar on our website for the exact time.
  • Teens! DIY Takeover We’re taking over the Teen Space! Each month, we will offer a new project from duct tape art to photography, create your own video games or make your own magnetic poetry.
  • Homework Help for Teens  Once again we will offer teens help — whether you need help getting organized or are looking for assistance in a particular subject.  This will again be by appointment only; stay tuned for info in the fall!

Clubs

  • Teen Library Advisory Board (LAB): What do you want at the library? Do you have an author you love and want to read more? Do you wish we offered more music events? Sign up for the Library Advisory Board and let your voice be heard!  Contact Donna at 333-6640, ext. 4, for more information.

Community Services

  • Maine Job Corps Teens and New Adults (ages 16-24): If you had the opportunity to take part in a life-changing experience that gave you the skills you need to succeed in today’s job market, and it didn’t cost anything, would you be interested? If so, the Job Corps may be for you!  More information will be provided in September.
  • Teens! SAPARS Drop In Visit Visit with Molly, the community educator from the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services. Each month, she will visit to discuss and create awareness of teen issues like healthy relationships, sexual assault, bullying, harassment, substance use/abuse, and internet safety.  Please check our Events calendar!
  • Teens! Safe Voices Drop In Visit  Safe Voices also does monthly visits during the school year.  Check our Events calendar in the fall for specific dates and times.

Special Programs

  • College Night 2020  This event is currently scheduled for Thursday, October 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  More details will be available as the date gets closer.