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

  • Reading Materials for “Freedom of the Press” series

    To access reading materials for the Freedom of the Press series, please visit the library, or use this link

    The scholars and professors leading this series may assign sections of the Revisiting the Founding Era Reader before their discussions.

     

    Please check back regularly for further updates.

  • Reference Librarian Sara’s Pick

    No summit out of sight : the true story of the youngest person to climb the seven summits / Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc  (2014 teen biography, Teen 92 Romero)

    Presents the story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of thirteen became the youngest person ever to reach the peak of Mount Everest and by the age of fifteen had reached the summits of the world’s seven highest mountains.

  • Avon Free Public Library, Avon Historical Society, and Avon Senior Center receive two grants for history and humanities programming

    The Avon Free Public Library, the Avon Historical Society and Avon Senior Center, have been selected to receive the Revisiting the Founding Era programming grant to explore the social & political impact of the freedom of the press and its influence in American culture. The $1,000 grant was awarded by the American Library Association, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

    This grant will allow the Avon Free Public Library, Avon Historical Society and Avon Senior Center to offer a series of  public programming events titled “Revisiting the Founding Era: Examining Freedom of the Press,” that will begin this June and continue through September, 2018.   Book talks, historical re-enactors, lectures, discussions, and a film series will examine the role of media & the press from the Founding Era to post-modern America.   Avon High School is a supportive partner of this project, and students will be invited to attend and participate in the series.

    Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association, and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This initiative is designed to bring libraries and their communities together to explore the continuing relevance of the Founding Era by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand. Click here to view the reading material.

    In addition, the Avon Free Public Library and Avon Historical Society were awarded a $1250 grant from CT Humanities entitled “From Congregation to Constitution: The Separation of Church and State in Connecticut.”

    This CT Humanities funding will support a series of five programs from June through December 2018 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of our state’s Constitution of 1818.  The states’ new constitution dramatically changed the political structure of Connecticut, shifting it from ‘church rule’ to ‘citizen rule.’ This free public program series will include community discussions, presentations, selected readings, and music from the period performed by State Historian Emeritus Walter Woodward’s “Band of Steady Habits.” For context, two of the programs will be hosted at the Avon Congregational and West Avon Congregational churches.  Dates and times of these events will be forthcoming. The Avon Senior Center is a supportive partner of this grant, as well.

    Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.  Their “1818 Commemoration Grants” funding supports a wide range of community-oriented programs that explore and commemorate the 200th anniversary of Connecticut’s Constitutional Convention of 1818.

    A kickoff program to launch both grant projects will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 2:00 pm, titled “Meet John Adams,” presented by nationally acclaimed actor George Baker. His program will explore John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and their historic relationship from the American Revolution (1776) to the 50th Anniversary (1826) of the United States.  The event will be held at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001.  Program is free, all ages welcome, no registration required.

    Any questions, please contact:

    Tina Panik, Avon Free Public Library, tpanik@avonctlibrary.info, 860-673-9712 ext. 235

    Terri Wilson, Avon Historical Society, president@avonhistoricalsociety.org, 860-798-0918

    Jennifer Bennett, Avon Senior Center, jbennett@avonct.gov, 860-675-4355

     

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