Events and Programs

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.

Past Events

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. 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. Throughout the rest of the school year, we offer programs on other aspects of the college search and admissions process.

A Morse High School students works on the Common App at the Pizza Pity Party (2013).

A Morse High School students works on the Common App at the Pizza Pity Party (2013).

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, or who attend Chop Point School, Chewonki Middle School, or the Hyde School. 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.

Some of the 2019 Writing Contest winners.

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.

Some art fans at the Teen Art Show opening, 2017.

Babysitting Training. Every spring, 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.

On-going Clubs and Interest Groups

Teen Library Council.  This group of 10-12 high school students promotes and participates in an annual cycle of events for young adults, including the Teen Writing Contest, the Teen Art Show, Haunted Patten, Laser Tag at the Library, Open Mic Nights, and more.  The Teen Library Council is currently on hiatus.  Check back here for more information and updates.

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.  This program is currently on hiatus.  Check back here for more information and updates.

A few of the henna designs from a 2017 program.

A participant at the libraries’ gingerbread house event.


Haunted Patten 2019 at the Masonic Lodge