We have an ever-expanding calendar of events that are open to all teens and tweens (grades 7-12) residing in our service area. Scroll down to see an overview of teen activities, or check the event calendar for currently scheduled events and programs.
Teen Summer Reading Program. This summer reading program offers incentives in the form of coupons and gift certificates from local businesses, which we award to participants for every book they read and record. It runs from the end of school in June to early August, and is open to all students entering grades seven to twelve.
Teen Summer Nights Movie Series. Every Wednesday night during the summer reading program, we offer a “Teens Only” movie in our air-conditioned community room. Admission and popcorn are free.
“College Prep Programs” and Presentations. In early August we begin this series with the annual Pizza Pity Party; rising seniors are invited to begin work on the Common Application with assistance from area guidance counselors and free pizza. In October, a representative from the Finance Authority of Maine provides an overview on the basics of financial aid. Throughout the rest of the school year, we offer programs on other aspects of the college search and admissions process.
Teen Writing Contest. The submission period opens in August for our annual Teen Writing Contest. Open to all 7-12 students in R.S.U. 1 schools or who reside in our service area. Cash prizes awarded in short fiction and memoir in two age categories (7-9, 9-12). Click here to see the most current submission guidelines.
Laser Tag at the Library. At least once a year, our Teen Library Council hosts a laser tag party for middle school and high school students right here in the stacks of the library.
Teen Art Exhibition. Submission period opens in January each year for our April student art show, which includes an opening reception for all artists and their families. See the current submission guidelines by clicking here. Organized by the Teen Library Council.
Babysitting Training. Every winter, the library offers a Red Cross training course for babysitters.
Mayfair. Every May, our Teen Library Council celebrates the city’s annual MayFair celebration with a booth and activities. Last year, the group offered face painting and sidewalk chalk in the Elm Street Plaza.
Heritage Days Parade. Every July, our Teen Library Council enters a float on behalf of the library in the city’s Heritage Days Parade.
Teen Library Council
Monthly After-School Events. Once a month, we have a special after-school program (with snacks) with the help of local businesses and craftspeople. We’ve made tortillas at Now You’re Cooking, had a braiding workshop with experts from Betsy’s Hair Salon, decorated cookies with Mae’s Cafe, and invited Henna and fabric artists to share the skills. The events are advertised in the local papers and the Library’s website and Facebook page.