JMRL Teen Page

If you’re a teenager in grades 6 - 12, or a parent, teacher, or other adult who works with teens, Young Adult Services at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has you covered!


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Paws to Read: Summer Reading Program
June 9 - July 26

The 2014 Teen Summer Reading Program is open to anyone at least 11 years old, or going into the 6th grade, up through age 18. Register at any JMRL location beginning June 9 and begin earning prizes as you read.

Get more details, including how to participate online.

Once you've joined, you can earn extra prize drawing slips by submitting reviews of favorite books, movies, or CDs! Pick up a review form at any JMRL branch or submit it online.
Check the wiki to see other reviews submitted by teens.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 215 | jmrlya@jmrl.org

Monkey Rescue Challenge

July 22, 2014
3:00 pm

Ages 10-14
Required registration begins July 1. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to sign up. Limit: 20 participants.

Marvin the monkey needs your help. He was injured in a tragic accident and can no longer hold his banana to peel it. Will you take the challenge and help create a false arm that will let him enjoy his favorite snack?

Brush Bots

July 23, 2014
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Required registration begins on Tuesday, July 1. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 20 participants.

Build and personalize your own mini-robot from a toothbrush and a vibrating motor. Then it's race time!

Blinking Bling: Light-Up Jewelry

July 25, 2014
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Required registration begins on Friday, July 11. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 12 participants.

Make jewelry that lights up! Combine conductive thread and circuits to make a cool battery-powered LED e-textile cuff. It's only powered while you're wearing it because the fastener acts as a switch. No soldering/wiring required. Presented by Kim Wilkens of Tech-Girls.

Book Tasting

July 30, 2014

All ages
Drop in all day.

Try it - you might like it! Ravenous readers, take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you can discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards.

Hunger Games Party

July 30, 2014
1:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Enjoy Hunger Games themed activities and food before settling in to watch the latest movie based on the popular book series.

Hack Jam 101: Teen Tech Time

August 05, 2014
1:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Required registration begins Tuesday, July 22. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 15 participants.

Tuesdays, August 5 and August 12.

This is a two-part program. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. Innovate, create, & share! Join school librarian Melissa Techman to make cool stuff online and share it in this two-part program. Learn some basic webmaker tools, or sharpen your tech skills while helping others. These online tools can be used to create from-scratch coding, or tinker and remix republishing opportunities for customized projects. Bring a favorite poem or book with you, or a blurb of your favorite movie or song as a starting point for inspiration. A signed parental permission form is required for each participant.

Old-fashioned Games

August 06, 2014
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Drop in.

Wednesdays, July 9, August 6.

Come hang out in the Teen Zone on a Wednesday afternoon for games, crafts, and other random activities.

Crazy Crafternoon

August 13, 2014
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Drop in.

See what you can create from random items in the JMRL Teen supply closet.

GSTS -- Graphically Speaking and Then Some...A Teen Book Club

August 20, 2014
4:30 pm

Content and reading level of the books discussed will be geared toward ages 13 and up.
Registration ongoing. Call 434.979.7151 ext. 4 to sign up. Limit: 15 participants. Free copies of the books for the first 10 to register.

Third Wednesday of the month: August 20

Join other teens in discussing graphic novels and other books. Free copies of the books will be provided. Refreshments served. For the latest updates on books we're reading, check out the GSTS blog.

Crazy Crafternoon

August 27, 2014
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12
Drop in.

See what you can create from random items in the JMRL Teen supply closet.

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Pet Pics!

July 22, 2014
12:00 am

All ages.
Throughout the months of June and July.

Submit a photo of you and your pet(s) this summer. Take a come-as-you-are shot or feel free to be as creative as you wish. We’ll add your portrait to our Pet Show wall. Keep in mind the theme this summer is Paws to Read! Come in over the summer to find your picture and spot some other feathered and furry library lovers. For full details, call or visit the Crozet Library.

A Girl's Guide to Living Well: A Free Workshop

July 22, 2014
1:00 pm

Open to girls ages 10-14.
Required registration begins on Tuesday, June 3. Contact Allie to register or for more information.

Tuesdays, June 24 and July 22.

Wellness Coach DeeDee Stewart will conduct this special 3-hour workshop for girls. A combination of fun exercises and communication tools will be employed to encourage conversation on self-esteem, leadership, creativity, self-care, and basically all the skills to be unflappable! This is an internationally recognized program created by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. A parental permission form is required for all participants.

The Literati: A Book Club for Older Teens

July 22, 2014
6:00 pm

Geared toward ages 14-18.
Required registration begins on Tuesday, June 10. Limit: 15 participants.

Tuesdays, June 24 and July 22.

Looking to discuss hot topics and edgier books? The Literati Book Club is geared toward more mature readers, around ages 14 -18. Refreshments served and a free copy of the book is included! Contact the Crozet Library for more details.

Musings: A Creative Writing Workshop

August 05, 2014
6:30 pm

Ages 13-18.
Registration requested and begins on Wednesday, May 21.

First Tuesday of the month: June 3, July 1, August 5.

Spend your summer in another world! Join us for a workshop focused on writing fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, and fan fiction. Also, it’s all about creativity here, so bring anything you’ve been working on and would like to share: poetry, fiction, a script, music lyrics, artwork, or drawings. Attending all workshops is not required, drop-ins are always welcome.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

August 12, 2014
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended.

Tuesdays, June 17, July 8, August 12.

Your ideas are needed! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board! Help plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Members will enjoy yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It’s your library - Make a difference!

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Paws in Need

July 22, 2014
12:00 am

All ages.
June 9 - July 31

Please consider donating to our Pet Supply Drive. Supplies will help keep the orphaned pets at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA healthy and happy while they await loving, forever homes. Check with your library location or jmrl.org for a list of items needed. You can drop off donations anytime the Library is open.

Pet Portraits!

July 22, 2014
12:00 am

All Ages
June-August

Share a photo, drawing, cartoon, sculpture or collage of a pet real or imagined. We will display them at Gordon Avenue Library throughout the summer.

Teen Screen Saturdays: Teen Movies

July 26, 2014
2:30 pm

Grades 6-12
No registration required.

Saturdays, June 28, July 26, August 23.

Relax and enjoy a free movie and popcorn each month just for teens. Check with the Library to see what movie will be playing.

Advisory Committee of Teens (ACT) at Gordon Avenue Library

August 06, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration recommended. Call 434.296.5544 or drop by to give it a try.

Wednesdays, June 4, July 2, August 6.

Be a part of something big. Plan teen stuff for the Library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. It's your chance to make the Library your own.

R.E.A.D!

August 12, 2014
4:00 pm

Ages 9 and up.
Registration is required and ongoing.

Tuesdays, June 17, July 15, August 12.

R.E.A.D: Read, Enjoy, And Discuss! Meet other kids, new books, and old favorites. Free copies of the book for each month while supplies last. Snacks will be provided.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

Bibliophiles: A Teen Book Club

July 23, 2014
3:30 pm

Ages 13-18.
Registration is recommended, but not required. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the desk at the Greene County Library to sign up.

Wednesdays, June 25, July 23, August 27.

Enjoy an afternoon of book discussion, snacks, and laughs with other Greene County teens. The first 9 teens to arrive at each meeting receive a copy of the next month’s book.

Sticky Stuff Duct Tape Crafts

August 01, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Required registration begins on Monday, June 9.

Personalize your back to school gear! You can dress up a notebook and pens, make a dry erase board or photo frame for your locker, or design your own wallet, jewelry or accessories. You choose what to make. Basic materials will be provided, or bring something you’d like to cover and customize.

The Book Sharks of Greene ** Led by guys!**

August 02, 2014
2:00 pm

Boys ages 9-13 are welcome to join at any time.
Registration is ongoing. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.

First Saturday of the month: June 7, July 5, August 2.

Guys will read and discuss boy-oriented books, including high adventure, mystery, danger, and laughs, as well as see some movies and do other activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive a free book. Snacks provided.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

August 13, 2014
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration is recommended but not required. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the circulation desk at Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come

Second Wednesday of the month: June 11, July 9, August 13.

The TAB has dreamed up programs like Open Mic Night, Murder Mystery Night, Game Nights, the Bibliophiles and more. Be a part of the planning process! The Library provides snacks, and participants receive volunteer hours for attending.

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

August 21, 2014
3:30 pm

Girls ages 9–13 are welcome to join anytime.
Registration is ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.

Third Thursday of the month: June 19, July 17, August 21.

The Rapunzels read and discuss great books, then make crafts or play games that go along with them. Snacks provided. The first 15 girls to arrive receive a free book.

Louisa County Library 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Best Opening Line

July 22, 2014
12:00 am

Grades 6-12
July 1-31

Correctly match the most book titles to the opening lines. The five entries with the most correct answers will win prizes.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

August 11, 2014
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration requested but not required. Please call 540.894.5853 with questions.

NEW DAY! Second Monday of the month, June 9, July 14, August 11.

This is your chance to be heard when it comes to programming at the Louisa County Library. Help plan teen programs and activities! Snacks and drinks will be provided and participants receive volunteer hours for their participation in TAB.

Unplugged Game Night

August 25, 2014
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration requested but not required. Please call 540.894.5853 with questions.

Bring a game to play with friends, or chose from one of the Library’s. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Events in this category will displayed in the coming months

Northside Library 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

Wrap Up Warriors Party

July 23, 2014
3:00 pm

For rising 4th graders and up.
Required registration begins on Wednesday, July 9.

Ultimate Warriors Gathering. Are you a fan of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter? Join your fellow paws to become a full-fledged warrior and join one of the warrior clans. Bring your knowledge of the ancestors, hunting skills, and battle prowess as we test gaming and crafting skills while enjoying fresh-kill. Plus, enter to win a copy of the WARRIORS: ULTIMATE GUIDE.

An Afternoon of Murder

July 26, 2014
1:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Saturday, July 12.

Celebrate the end of the summer reading program with a murder mystery. Solve the mystery and earn prizes! Pizza and snacks provided.

Chapter Chat Book Club

July 28, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration for the summer session begins on Monday, May 19.

Monday nights: June 30, July 28, August 25.

Come discuss books while enjoying free snacks!

Crafty Creations: Sharpie Tie Dye!

July 30, 2014
3:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Wednesday, July 16. Limit 15 participants.

Sharpie tie dye? Yes! Come create beautiful tie dyed items using this controlled method of tie dyeing. Bring in your own items or create a design on a provided t-shirt.

Monday Night at the Movies for Teens

August 04, 2014
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Monday nights: June 9, July 7, August 4.

Enjoy a free movie and popcorn the first Monday of the month this summer. The movies will be viewers’ choice! Come to the Library to cast your vote in the month of May on what to watch.

Anime Club

August 11, 2014
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Monday nights: June 16, July 14, August 11.

Watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends while enjoying snacks and pocky!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

August 13, 2014
5:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Wednesdays, June 11 and August 13. NO JULY MEETING.

Your help is needed! Come be a part of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Help create displays, plan programs and activities while earning volunteer hours. Enjoy snacks and meet new people!

Game Night

August 18, 2014
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Monday nights: June 23, July 21, August 18.

Wii, PS2, board games, and prizes! Come with a friend or meet new people.

Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Inklings: A Book Club

August 19, 2014
7:00 pm

Ages 11-18.
Tuesdays, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19.

Join the Scottsville Library’s long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for a fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk.

All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.