Spring 2019

Teen/Tween Programming
6th through 12th grade

Register begins March 1 … Click on a program title for the online registration form OR stop in at the YS Help Desk OR call us at 708-447-0869.

TAB Meetings (Teen Advisory Board)

For volunteers… 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.:  March 16, April 13, May 11


Project Next Generation classes are here!

Project Next Generation (PNG) is a program for Teens/Tweens in grades 5 through 12 who want hands-on experience with some amazing new technology. PNG strives to introduce new technologies and information in a tremendously fun and relaxed environment.  Funding for the project was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

All programs will be held in the old Computer Room on the Main Floor.  Here are the classes to choose from:

Ozobot Mania!
Teach an old Ozobot some new tricks!
Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – March 2, 16
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – March 5, 12

Drawing Robots!
Teach your robot to draw!
Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – March 23, 30
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – March 19, 26

Silhouette Yourself!
Create LED greeting cards!
Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – April 6, 13
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – April 2, 9, 16

3-D Madness
Use 3-D Pens to create structures!
Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – April 20, 27
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – April 23

Get into Focus!
Learn the basics of digital cameras!
Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – May 4, 11
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – May 7, 14

Fun with Photoshop
Learn the basics of Photo manipulation!
Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.​ – May 18, 25
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – May 21, 28


Blind Date With A Book!

The Entire Month of February!

Grab one of the wrapped books from the Young Adult section and let us know how your “blind date” went! Fill out the attached bookmark and return it to the Young Adult Help Desk by March 31st for a chance to win a wonderful prize!


Teen Tech Week

March 3 to March 9

Choose one (or more!) of your favorite books and create a book trailer or a poster, stage a photo for Instagram or Snapchat, or write a review (send an Emoji Review!). Don’t have access to a computer or a smartphone? Stop by the Youth Services Help Desk and we’ll help! Make sure you e-mail, tag, or send us your creations so you can be entered into the Teen Tech Raffle and win a prize!


Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask the Police!

March 16 from  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Did you ever want to ask the police what to do in case you get pulled over? Anything about the law that seems confusing? Ask police officers burning questions you’ve always had! (Don’t worry! We can have the questions be anonymously written down!)


DIY Crayon Candles

March 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Let’s get some old crayons, melt them down, and create our own candles! You can even add in a scent!


Let’s Make it Surreal!

April 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Think Poetry is boring? Spark your creativity in honor of National Poetry Month by trying out exercises used by world-famous artists! We’ll take experimental approaches to word play, editing, and writing to create thrilling and unique works of art. Anything you create can be submitted to the Poetry Raffle Jar at the Young Adult Help Desk for your chance to win an awesome prize!


Break into the Box

April 27 —All Day; By Appointment

Hi!  My name is Britney, the Teen/Tween Librarian! I noticed you were going to have an exciting program, but it was dark and no one was there yet. So I hid the items that were left out! Can you unlock the box with all your treats and supplies before time runs out?


DIY Moon Sand

April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We will create our own version of kinetic sand and make our own unique sand castles/structures!


Wii Play Games & Watch Movies

May 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Let’s enjoy some new movies, play the latest video games, and eat pizza and snacks! If you are under the age of 13, you will need a signed Movie/Gaming permission slip to attend!


Mini Canvas Art!

May 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Create your own mini works of art that fit in your hand! Give them as gifts or create your own mini collage to hang up!


High School Finals Survival Kit Giveaway

Monday, May 20 thru Wednesday, May 22 – ALL DAY

Finals aren’t fun, but tasty snacks and other goodies can help! Available all day at the Youth Services Help Desk to North Riverside high school students with ID. Limit one Survival Kit per student per day!



Would you like to sign-up for text messages or emails about upcoming Young Adult programs?

Sign up with REMIND!  Enter class code nrplteens.


Teen/Tween Volunteers (6th – 12th)

Earn community service hours during the school year while having fun!  See the YS Help Desk for Volunteer applications and training session schedules.
Ask about becoming a Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B) member!


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 2018 Summer Volunteers…
…for donating 150+ hours this summer!

Anisha Athmanathan, Paige Beggs, Sofia Belgin, Ella Bogdan, Miranda Bucio, Jocelyn Calderon, Lesly Duran, Nadia Duran, Sam Egan, Ruth Fangmann, Angelina Figueroa, Abril Garza, Gabriel Garza, Samira Giron, Amaya Gonzalez, Bella Gutierrez, Nicole Jacob, Karina Leanos, Itzel Mancilla, Marcela Modrusic, Ana Nava, Denise Navarro, Kayla Reum, Adriana Rios, Nathan Sotelo, Anna Swade, Eric Watson, Rachel Watson, Clark Williamson, Isabel Xie, and Lily Zhang.