For Teens

About the Teen Room

Teens in 7th grade-12th grade can come to the Teen Room, a space built just for teens.

During weekdays in the academic school year, 2:30-5:00 pm on school days, the Teen Room is only for teens in 7th-12th grade.

You can attend a fun program, read books & magazines, play games on our computers, play xBox One or Wii U, play checkers or chess, or just hang out with your friends.

Group Study rooms are a High School student only space where you can hang out with friends, work on a group project, or study.

Teen Room Rules

To use the Teen Room after school, each teen makes out a sign in card on their first visit and signs the back agreeing to the Library & Teen Area Rules:

  • I will respect other teens, staff, other patrons, with my words and actions.
  • I will follow Teen 4G structure in the Teen Room after school.
  • I will respect the Teen Room, the library property and grounds.
  • There is no ball playing/bike riding/skateboarding/any type of skating on library grounds.
  • I agree to: no swearing, no disrespectful, or inappropriate language.
  • I agree to: no fighting, no rough housing, no hitting, throwing. ABSOLUTELY NO BULLYING.
  • I agree to: no PDA (public display of affection): no kissing, no lying or sitting on others. Only one butt per chair.
  • I am required to wear appropriate clothing which includes always wearing shoes.
  • Eating and drinking is allowed designated areas. RESEALABLE DRINKS ONLY (twist cap drinks. No open cans). No 2 liter bottles.
  • I will clean up after myself & others because having food & drink in the library is a privilege. NO food or drinks at the computers at any time.
  • When I am in the library building and grounds, I am held to the general library behavior policy.
  • Teens may receive up to 2 warnings, though at any time if teens violate any of these rules to poor choices, it will be grounds for being asked to leave the Teen Room as well as the library building AND their parent/guardian will be called.

Recurring Events & Programs

  • The Teen Room usually has 2-3 programs each week; teens in grades 7-12 are welcome to come to these fun & free events.
  • Every Friday (when there is school) there is a different drop in Teen Friday event. Sometimes it is a movie showing, trivia contest, Minute to Win It games, bingo, scavenger hunts, and much more.
  • Teen Readers Unite (TRU): During the school year there is a monthly teen book discussion. Teens in Grade 7-12 can sign up to snack and discuss this month’s title. We get advance reader copies of yet to be published teen books. Teens sign up at the 2nd floor Children’s Desk and pick up their book; if they read it and show up to discuss on book discussion day then they can keep the book. If you fail to show up, you must return the book.
  • Teen Games Unplugged happens on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 3-4 PM (unless other special programs occur that day). What is it? Teens play dynamic and fun group and board games.
  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of older teens in high school who meet and discuss how they want to shape the Teen Room. Teens snack and discuss future programs, which books to buy, as well as test out fun craft and game ideas before they become a program. TAB meets on a Tuesday night from 6:00-8:00 pm, usually towards the end of the month. TAB is a great way for high schoolers to get a fun & easy two hours of community service volunteer hours.

Teen News

  • Celebrate Jane Austen with us this spring!

    Join our celebration of Jane Austen this spring!

    Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen: Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018,  7 PM
    An irreverent retelling of Mansfield Park transforms the meek Fanny Price into a spoiled, condescending and generally hated heiress while depicting Mary Crawford as a sweet-natured neighbor who comes into her own when the vindictive Fanny is murdered.

    The World of Jane Austen Through Paintings of the Period with Patricia Carr

    Wednesday, March 13, 2018,  2 PM, (snow date: March 20, 2018, 2 PM)

    This program will focus on the world in which Austen grew up, mainly rural England.  With the aid of beautiful slides, including many of paintings of the time, Carr will help us enter that world and learn a little more about what life was like for the country gentry

    Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen:  Eligible: a novel, by Curtis Sittenfeld  

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018,  7 PM

    Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters’ football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin’s unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.

    Jane Austen Movie Series: Mansfield Park 

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1:30 PM, (2000, 112 min., Rated PG-13)

     Jane Austen Movie Series: Northanger Abbey

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:30 PM (2007, 86 min., Not Rated)

    Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen:  Emma: a modern retelling 

    by Alexander McCall Smith

    Tuesday, April  3, 2018, 7 PM
    Presents a modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic that follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.

    Fashion in Fiction: Clothing Speaks Volumes in Jane Austen’s Regency Novels with Kandie Carle 

    Saturday, April  7, 2018, 2 PM

    Presents a modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic that follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.

    Jane Austen Movie Series: Persuasion

    Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 PM, (1995, 104 min., Rated PG)

    Why Jane Austen is still relevant today: Lit Lecture with Dr. Catherine Hoyser, University of St. Joseph

    Thursday, April  19, 2018, 7 PM

    Series sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library. 

     

  • Teen Librarian Marisa’s Pick

    Losers take allLosers take all / David Klass (2015 teen book, Teen Klass)
    Forced to join a sports team with his ragtag band of anti-athletic friends, Jack starts a rebel soccer team that is secretly dedicated to avoiding victory and undermining his school’s jock culture, with unexpected results.

  • Library Birthday Party

    Animal Embassy
    2 pm

    Spooktacular Animal Adventure

    Meet some of the animals that haunt our dreams, make our “skin crawl and the hair stand up on the back of our necks! We’ll discuss animals that are perfectly at home in the shadows & in swamps, and are on the prowl under the moonlit sky. Join Animal Embassy as we demystify these amazing creatures and help library patrons to cross the line from fear to respect and appreciation. Animal Embassy will help families to see the beauty in these often maligned and misunderstood creatures. We will showcase Animal Ambassadors such as a Pink-toed Tarantula, an Emperor Scorpion, a Sinaloan Milk Snake, a Boa Constrictor, an Axolotl or a Leopard Slug, an Argentine Black & White Tegu and more “spooktacular” animals in the spirit of Halloween!

    Sponsored by the Friends of Avon Library

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