Teen Events

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Teen Services

Jennifer Bassett
Teen Librarian
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Virtual Events & Programs may be held via the Zoom platform, or through Facebook Live.

Many of our virtual programs that are live will take place on our Zoom Platform.  Information on how to join a program can be found by clicking here. Registration is required for these programs. You may now register online by clicking here or calling the library at 860-665-8700. Program information as well as the Zoom link to access the program will be emailed prior to the event.   We also offer some live programming on our Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 

Other programs that are recorded and do not require registration are on our YouTube Channel and can be accessed via YouTube or on this events page listed below.

In Person Programs & Outdoor Programs

 Please contact the library or view this webpage for the most up to date information.  These programs may need to change based on COVID-19 restrictions or inclement weather.  We appreciate your patience in this matter.  Our primary concern is everyone's safety.

Past Programs

To view recorded programs that you may have missed, scroll down to the end of the page to view the video.

Reading Recommendations

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Customized Reading Recommendations 

Need help finding a book? Answer some questions online by filling out a special form (located on the teen webpage) and we will choose up to 5 customized book suggestions for you. 


Nutmeg Book Awards
The 2023 Nutmeg Nominees are now available. Stop into the library or click below for the new nominee lists.

Upcoming Programs

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Summer Reading 2022 – Oceans of Possibilities  
Friday, June 17 - Wednesday, August 24
For grades 6-12. Don't forget to sign up for Summer Reading! You can earn prizes as you read through the summer (comics & audiobooks count!). Click here for more details. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Teen Indoor Laser Tag 
Friday, June 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Teens will be able to play laser tag in the library! Rolling Video Games of New England is coming with their gear for a special after-hours adventure. Registration is required. Waiver forms will be available at the Adult Information Desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Japanese Mini Food

Grab & Go: Japanese Mini Food 
Monday, June 27
For grades 6 – 12. These are the DIY candy kits made popular all over the world. Just add water! Call beginning June 27 to reserve. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Teen Cookbook Club
Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Welcome to our first Cookbook Club for Teens! Channel your inner chef as we make mango parfaits and lazy thin mints. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tiny Art Show – All Ages
Begins Friday, July 1
Display your artistic talents in our Tiny Art Show! Call beginning July 1 to register for a mini artist kit. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, return it to the library by Friday, August 5 to be part of the exhibit! The art will be on display from August 10 through the end of the month. The mini artist kit includes: 4″x4″ canvas and easel, acrylic paint, and brushes. All ages are welcome to participate! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Teen Pop-Up
Tuesday, July 5, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Drop by for a perler bead program in the teen corner. Choose from dozens of templates or design your own!


Teen Slime Time
Thursday, July 7, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Join us and create your own ocean slime. Let your imagination run wild as you concoct your very own creation! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Roller Coaster Raucus 
Monday, July 18, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Join the Connecticut Science Center as you roll, twist, loop, and speed down the track YOU design! Can you get your passengers safely to the end? Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Teen Book Club
Thursday, July 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Come discuss the bestselling Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The library will have a limited supply of copies available. Registration required. 


Star Wars Trivia – Virtual
Friday, July 22, 7:00 p.m. 
May the Force be with you!  Join us online for a trivia night all about Star Wars.  Answer trivia questions by yourself or with a group of friends.  All ages are welcome and prizes will be awarded.  Register for the Zoom link.  Co-sponsored by the Beekley Community Library.

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Teen Horror Movie Night 
Tuesday, July 26, 5:45 p.m.
For grades 6-12. Hang out with friends, eat snacks, and watch a horror movie! Movie to be determined by a vote. Dress comfy! All movies are rated PG-13. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Teen Paper Quilling
Thursday, July 28, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Learn the art of paper quilling - rolling, shaping, and gluing strips of paper to create decorative designs. All supplies provided. Registration required. 

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Teen Grab & Go: Snap It Kits
Monday, August 1
Build a Ferris wheel out of popsicle sticks simply by "snapping" them together. Call beginning August 1 to reserve while supplies last. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Teen Cricut Creations
Tuesday, August 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Let your creativity flow! Design your own logo for a book bag, Chromebook or water bottle. Have fun with your one-of-a-kind creation. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Oceans of Possibilities Paint Afternoon
Thursday, August 4, 2:00 p.m.
Join Laura Healy for an afternoon of painting at the library. All materials included. Registration required. Sponsored by Middlewoods of Newington

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Teen Grab & Go: String Art
Monday, August 8 
Grab a hammer! Using only nails, wood, and string create this fun craft to display in your home!
 Call beginning August 8 to reserve your kit! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

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Teen Ocean Reef Basket Weaving
Tuesday, August 16, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
For grades 6 – 12. Using a basket form, weave multicolored yarn through the spokes to create a unique small basket. Registration is required.

Last Day of Summer Reading is Wednesday, August 24.

Recorded Programs you may have missed!