Fall 2017

Tween/Teen Programming

6th through 12th grade

Registration begins September 1, 2017 – online (click a program title), in person at the YS Help Desk or call 708-447-0869.

TAB Meetings

We talk about fun upcoming programs, how to prepare, what movies to watch or games to play, and plan future library events.

Select Saturdays from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.:  September 9, October 7, November 4


Tri-Wizard Challenge

Attention, all Muggle fans of Harry Potter!  We invite you to compete in our Tri-Wizard Challenge – a scavenger hunt that will send you hither and yon through the library in search of magical answers!  Pick up your weekly clues at the Adult Reference Desk or the Youth Services Help Desk.  Once you find the answer, write it on the clue ticket and drop it in the jars at either desk for a chance to win magical prizes!  Winners will be drawn weekly!  For North Riverside children, teens and adults.

Sunday, Sept 10 through Saturday, Nov 4


Animanga Club!

Let’s discuss current Manga, watch some awesome Anime, and attempt to draw ourselves as Anime characters!

Saturday, Sept 9 from 1 – 3 p.m.



Did you ever want to play Quidditch?  Now is your chance!! Come join us for an afternoon of catching the Snitch and being the best Chaser you can be!  Don’t know the rules? No problem! We will help walk (or fly!) you through them!  Grab a friend, create a team, and let’s play Quidditch! Grades 4 – 12; parents welcome! 

Saturday, Sept 16 from 1 – 3 p.m.


Wii Play Games and Watch Movies!

Let’s enjoy some new movies, play the latest video games, challenge each other one-on-one with the iPads, and eat pizza and snacks!  Print a permission slip for games and movies here!

Saturday, Sept 23 from 1 — 3 p.m. and Saturday Dec 16 from 1 – 3 p.m.


Teen Read Week: Unleash Your Story

Celebrate reading by winning a new paperback!  One raffle entry per book or magazine checked out.  Winners will be notified by October 21.

Sunday, Oct 8 through Saturday, Oct 14


DIY Kinetic Sand

Want to go to the beach to play in the sand, but it’s too cold outside?  No worries!  Let’s make some of our own sand!  Kinetic sand, that is!

Saturday, Oct 7 from 1 – 3 p.m.


Ghost Stories

Have a great ghost story to tell?  Do you like to get creeped out?  Do you like s’mores?  Come share your favorite scary stories!

Saturday, Oct 21 from 1 – 3 p.m.


DIY Unique Photo Frames

Ever want to make a clothespin photo hanger?  What about a mirror with your favorite phots clipped on?  Or, simply paint your own frame!

Saturday, Nov 4 from 1 – 3 p.m.


DIY Cat and Dog Blankets for Animal Shelters!

Enjoy an afternoon of creating no-sew blankets for puppies and kittens for donation to local animal shelters.  Let’s show those little critters some love!

Saturday, Nov 18 from 1 – 3 p.m.


RBHS Finals Survival Kit Giveaway

Finals aren’t fun, but tasty snacks and other goodies can help!  Available all day at the YS Help Desk to North Riverside high school students with ID.

Monday, Dec 18 through Wednesday, Dec 20


Supervise the Stuffed Animal Sleepover

During this after hours lock-in, you’ll be helping stuffed animals have their very best sleep over ever!  Design and document their amazing adventures, then recharge with pizza, etc.

Thursday, Dec 21 from 8 to 10 p.m.


Fleece Donations Wanted!

Our tweens and teens will be making fleece cat blankets for cats and kittens in local animal shelters this fall.  We can use any unneeded pieces you may have – whatever the size!  Please drop off your fleece at the YS Help Desk.  And, thank you to the many generous patrons who’ve donated various items in the past!  We appreciate your generosity!



Tween / Teen Volunteering – 6th — 12th grade in Fall 2017

Looking for community service hours?  We can help!

See the YS Help Desk for more information about our year-round volunteering opportunities, including the popular Adopt-A-Shelf program.  You can even join our Teen Advisory Board, and help choose and run teen/tween programming. (Leadership roles look great on your college and job applications!)  Visit the YS Help Desk for a Teen/Tween Volunteer application.


Junior Volunteers – 4th and 5th grade

North Riverside residents in 4th or 5th grade:  join the Junior Volunteers! Requirements:  attend a 20-minute training session to learn the basics of board book cleaning and shelf reading, and volunteer at least three times in the next six months.   Additional opportunities will be offered to “seasoned” Junior Volunteers.  See the YS Help Desk for more information.  Visit the YS Help Desk for a Junior Volunteer application.


Wanted:  Teen Book & Movie Reviews

Have you read an amazing book or watched an incredible movie recently?  Write a review!  Please email youthservices@northriversidelibrary.org for more information. Reviews are edited for content and may be published on our website.  Community service hours are given for your time… check out some examples here:  http://www.northriversidelibrary.org/teens/teens-review-books/  Please note, you must be a current volunteer.  Visit the YS Help Desk for a current volunteer form.


Thank You to our 2017 Summer Volunteers…

…for donating 350+ hours this summer!thank you

Josiah Alexander, Alexa Arroyo, Paige Beggs, Ella Bogdan, Miranda Bucio, Jocelyn Calderon, Olivia Chavarin, Ava Connerty, Dominic Corgiat, Carli Delmonico, Gia Diaz, Brandon Elizondo, Jose Elizondo, Angelina Figueroa, Amaya Gonzalez, Bella Gutierrez, Alexa Herrera, Nicole Jacob, Marta Janas, Lauren Justus, Ayla Kohnke, Max Kowal, Thomas Kowal, Itzel Mancilla, Ashley Marasco, Liam McKenna, Migle Medelis, Carmen Meraz, Ana Nava, Denise Navarro, Nathaley Philemy, Antonio Ramirez, Jax Ramos, Rebekah Salas, Aiden Smith, Alexis Smith, Ana Santisteban, Anna Swade, Deirdre Tomasek, Samantha Villarreal, Eric Watson, Rachel Watson, Clark Williamson.