Teens

ABOUT TEEN SERVICES

If you’re a teenager in grades 8 – 12, Teen Services at the Erie County Library has you covered.  We have programs created just for teens. Whether you’re into games, poetry, crafts, anime, or more, there’s something for you!

The Teen Space is located on the 2nd floor at the Blasco Library.   We welcome and value your input and ideas. Please stop by with program suggestions, research questions, book recommendations or just to introduce yourself.

Or contact us at: library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov

BLASCO TEEN SPACE RENOVATION

The Teen Advisory Board reviews the floor plan for the new Teen Space.

The area for the new Teen Space is clear and ready for construction to begin by the end of July.

Check out all of the teen summer programs:

Teen 2018 Summer Program Guide

Check out some of the summer program fun.  It’s not too late to attend a program or two before the end of summer!

TAB is preparing some of the games for Jumbo Game On on July 28th from 2-4 PM.  The program will be held outside on the side lawn (weather permitting).  Life-size Battleship is sure to be a hit with water balloons.  Scrabble, Mastermind, Checkers and Kerplunk are a few of the other games teens will get to play.

 

July is National Ice Cream Month!  Stop in and check out our Sweet Summer Reads display in the Teen Space and pick out you next summer adventure.

 


Summer Teen Reading Lounge

Thursdays, Room 219, 5:30-7 PM
June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9

Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) is an interactive BOOK CLUB designed exclusively for teens! Each week we will have book discussions and activities related to the books you choose.

This summer we are taking TRL up a level! This special session of TRL will emphasize connecting the humanities and technology with great books! Teens will explore how they can make positive changes in the world. Think videos, blogs and podcasts. We will end the session with a community project that the teens create!

Participation is reserved for teens ages 13-18. This is a free program. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Register by email at: library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov

or  call  814-451-6927.

Check out all of the teen summer programs:

Teen 2018 Summer Program Guide

TEEN COMPUTER LAB

The Blasco Library has expanded internet access for young adults.  There are three new computers in the Teen Space on the 2nd floor that are designated for age 12-17 years old. Teens, with a valid library card, can use the terminals for 2 hours per day to access the internet, type homework and use Microsoft programs (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word).  Printing is also available at 10 cents per page for black and white copies or 25 cents each for color pages.

 


Teen Advisory Board Meetings

 2018 SUMMER SCHEDULE
June 2, July 14 and August 11
Meetings are held from 2-4 PM at the Blasco Library.

Teens, we want to hear from you!  What do you want from your library?  Join our Teen Advisory Board to share your opinion about new titles you’d like to see in our collection, programs you’d like to plan or see offered, and more. Your time at TAB meetings and programs can count as volunteer hours, and we always offer snacks!

You do not have to join TAB to join in the fun. All teens are welcome to attend the meetings and activities. Come to a meeting and learn more.   It is a great opportunity to make new friends and help make the library a great place for teens!

Email library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov for more information or call Teen Services at 814-451-6904. Teens must attend a meeting prior to applying to join TAB.   We will have new member registrations for the 2018-2019 school year in September.

The TAB wrote descriptions and wrapped books for the Blind Date with a Book Program.

TAB volunteers who completed 12 or more hours in 2017 participated in an after hours event.



Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

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Who can join? Teens, age 13- 17, from any school district in Erie County, are eligible to join the ECPL TAB.

What will teens do on the TAB? Help the library stay current with teen trends and hot topics. Advise the library on collections, programs and services. Suggest, plan, execute and attend programs.  Publicize and promote programs.

Why should I join? Make new friends and have fun while building teamwork and leadership skills. Earn volunteer service hours which make a REAL difference in your community and get a free TAB t-shirt.

When does TAB meet? TAB meetings and events vary. Check the events calendar at www.erielibrary.org or call Teen Services at 814-451-6904 for more information.

How do you join? Attend a meeting and complete the application to get started.

EXAMPLES of TAB Activities:  Movie Events, Book Clubs, Anime Events, Open Mike Poetry Events, Graphic Novel/Manga recommendations, Teen Book Reviews,  Program Planning, Teen Space Recommendations, Gaming Tournaments, Author Events and more!



Spring Programs

The TAB hosted the first COSPROM held at the Blasco Library on the eve of the library ComicCon.  This was a family friendly event.  We had over 150 teens and families attend!

 

Dungeons & Dragons Program with The GeekErie. Teens meet biweekly to participate in campaigns and make their own game pieces.

The Spring 2018 TRL group created a design and learned to screen print t-shirts.

The Spring TRL group read Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  The group also learned the art of  kanji, Japanese calligraphy.

TRL 2 read the graphic novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker.  They learned how to airbrush and created the photo backdrop for the Comicon.

New Young Adult Non Fiction Titles

Do you know where you can find nonfiction books covering topics written just for teens?  The Teen Space!

Our latest titles cover overcoming procrastination, igniting your passions, secret history of the Vietnam War, the last great march of the civil rights movement, awful events in American history, farm workers fight for their rights, breaking out in the fight for gay rights, feminism of the real world, teenage trauma, internet celebrities, traveling photo journal, true stories behind science fiction, teenage girls and coding, constellations, animal behavior, and the courageous life of a legendary nurse!

OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS

We have 4 new titles in the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series and over 150 titles available. This series offers a diversity of opinions by experts, policy makers, and concerned citizens. It is a great place to learn about a current topic. Each book includes organizations to contact and a full bibliography to continue your research. Check one out today. There are located in the Teen Space.

ABOUT TEEN SERVICES

The Teen Space is located on the 2nd floor at the Blasco Library.   We welcome and value your input and ideas. Please stop by with program suggestions, research questions, book recommendations or just to introduce yourself.

Or contact us at: library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov