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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.
The eagle huntress / Sony Pictures Classics (2017 non-fiction DVD, DVD 305.235 Eagle)
Follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been typically been handed down from father to son for centuries.
The Enigma of Benjamin Franklin: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 2:00 pm
Who was Ben Franklin, really? How did his political loyalties influence journalism in 18th century America? Join us for this roundtable discussion of Ben Franklin and his influence on American politics. Please read The Americanization of Ben Franklin by Gordon Wood before attending, as it will serve as a launch point for this discussion. This discussion will be led by Stephen McGrath, History Professor at Central Connecticut State University. Copies of this book are available at the reference desk.
Discovering Katherine Graham Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
This program will consider relevant sections of Katherine Graham’s Pulitzer Prize winning biography, Personal History (1997) alongside the film adaptation, The Post . We will focus on Graham’s representations of the Newspaper Guild and the pressman’s strike, the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate Affair, and the Vietnam War in light how The Post depicts the struggle to uphold the principles of journalistic integrity when faced with adversity. Literature discussion will be led by Aimee Pozorski, CCSU English Department; film discussion will be led by Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, CCSU Communication Department. Copies of Personal History will be available at the reference desk. Please focus on the sections that emphasize the centrality of the Freedom of the Press (pp 375-530).
“We Hold These Truths”: The Declaration of Independence; A Single Page that Changed the World Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
Join Bev York, Education Director for the Windham Textile and History Museum, for an interactive and illustrated discussion about the events surrounding the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress. Discover and digest the contents of the document and the Bill of Rights through excerpts of the text and the arts. We’ll consider and connect its relevance to America 242 years later. Please review the Declaration of Independence before attending.
The Bill of Rights for High School Students Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:00 pm
What can students say and do to exercise the First Amendment right of free speech and freedom of religion in schools? How has the Supreme Court ruled on these issues, and what avenues of redress are open to students if they think that their rights have been violated? These and other questions will be explored in this session. Geared for teens, adults are welcome too! This program will be led by Stephen McGrath, CCSU History Department.
The Popularity of Alexander Hamilton Thursday, September 13, 2018, 3:00 pm
Discover the inspiring story of the Alexander Hamilton, who stood for American ideals. Bev York, Education Director for the Windham Textile and History Museum, will share an illustrated talk about his contributions, struggles, and tragic death. After years of being perceived as having only a supporting role, Hamilton’s star has risen, confirming his belief that “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
Social Media, the Press, and Us Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 pm
The everyday reality of media use around the globe is changing rapidly due to the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and multiple screens that allow access to, and immediate dissemination of, the news. The US President prefers to communicate via twitter feed while labeling mainstream journalism as “fake news”; Facebook data has been hacked to access personal information about users’ likes and dislikes. Many teenagers communicate via text messages rather than in person, let alone speak on the phone. This talk will focus on the way social media is not only shaping our human relationships in a digital age but also our understanding of the world around us. How does user-generated content allow for new participatory energies to develop while also deeply affecting cultural identities and generating new types of intimacies. Lecture and discussion led by Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, CCSU Communication Department.
A PDF of additional reading materials for this series is available on the library’s website. Find it by visiting www.avonctlibrary.info, and typing Freedom of the Press Reading into the search box. The first result contains the PDF.
Inside the Inaugural Address: Lessons in the Great American Experiment
Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness: Well, Not Really!
The Alien and Sedition Acts
An awesome new tech project each month!
There are two sessions to sign up for:
Session 1: IGNITE club. Girls, grades 7-12. Do this month’s project yourself, then stick around and help other teens learn how to do it in Session 2!
Session 2: Open to boys and girls, grades 5-12. Do this month’s project!!
Register for these IGNITE programs now:Jul 25Wednesday, July 25 at 11:00 am - 1:15 pmJul 25Wednesday, July 25 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmAug 15Wednesday, August 15 at 11:00 am - 1:15 pmAug 15Wednesday, August 15 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm