This year has been different for everyone and here at the library we have not been able to offer as many activities for teens as previous years. While in-person activities have not been possible, we are trying some new things, like...
The BCL Teen Book Drop is our version of a book subscription pack. It features a brand new book, goodies, and activities. TBD is entirely free, and every item is yours to keep!
Monthly craft kits that you can take home and create.
When you visit the library, take a look at our circulating board game collection. You can check out a game to take home.
For questions about teen programs, including suggestions for activities or new items to add to the collection, email the Youth Services Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Beanstack?
Beanstack is a digital platform where participants log their reading and find activity challenges designed by library staff. Registration is quick and simple. Beanstack allows you to log your reading and activities, at home and on the go using the Beanstack Tracker app.
As you log reading and activities, you will earn digital badges. Beanstack will automatically keep track of how many badges are earned.
The activities vary from challenge to challenge. Simply click on the badge to read about the activity and the steps needed for completion.
Current Teen Challenges:
Mental Health Awareness - May 1 to May 31 - Youths 12-17
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Talking and sharing about mental health can be tricky, but we're here to help #BreakTheStigma. Lower your stress level by reading a good book and check out the resources and activities below to help on your mental health journey. Log your reading and activities to earn badges all month long.
Teens Summer Quest - June 7 to July 31 - Ages 12-18
Your challenge this summer is to read 1,000 minutes in the next 8 weeks! That's only 25 minutes of reading, 5 days a week.
(Update: until further notice we are not accepting any volunteers at this time.)
Teen volunteers are an important part of our library community. Due to insurance requirements, most volunteers need to be age 14 or older. However, there are two very important ways that middle schoolers can contribute from home:
- Teen Review Crew: Submit reviews for books, audiobooks, podcasts, movies/tv series, webcomics, and music. Get featured on our review page, during book talks, or in library displays. For details and to sign up visit Teen Review Crew.
- Writing from Teen Review Crew participants is posted at BCL Teens.
- How do I…? :Do you have a special skill and enjoy making videos? Create a “how to” video for your peers, to be shared on the library’s YouTube channel or during a program via Zoom.
Our service opportunities vary, but might include shelving books, planning a program for peers, assisting with a special event (such as Library Comic Con), or participating in Teen Advisory Council. Volunteers should complete a brief application, which is available at the circulation desk. This application will require a caregiver/guardian’s signature.