Stuff For Teens!
The West Bend Library offers a wide variety of books, media, and programming geared toward teens and preteens. Click here for a flier of upcoming young adult events, or scroll down for more information on our recurring monthly events.
Battle of the Books
We’re excited to announce the inaugural Monarch Library System Battle of the Books! We’ll have two rounds of competition here in West Bend to determine which team will represent WBCML and face off against libraries from all over Washington, Ozaukee, Dodge and Sheboygan counties at the final competition. Come to this information session to learn more, register your team (or find one to join), and find out which books you should focus on reading this summer. Geared for those going into grades 6-12 (adults and siblings are welcome to attend all events).
This year's books are:
1. Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
2. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshoni Chokshi
3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
4. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
5. Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shutterly
6. New Kid by Jerry Craft
7. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
8. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
9. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
10. The War Outside by Monica Hesse
Mon 7/1 @ 2:00 p.m. – Round One
Mon 7/15 @ 2:00 p.m. – Round Two
Fri 7/26 @ 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Monarch Library System Battle @ Lomira Library
Teen Book Club
Teen Summer Contests
Every summer, the West Bend Library runs a short story writing contest and a bookmark design contest for Washington County residents going into grades 5-12 this fall. The winning entries are displayed at the library and on the library's website; copies of the winning bookmark are made available for library patrons to take home. Contest winners also get prizes.
Monthly Teen Events
The library has several events that recur each month all year long! Scroll down to learn more.
Anime Manga Club meets on the second Tuesday the library is open each month, at 4:30 p.m. We screen two episodes of a different anime each month, so we're usually done around 5:30. Cosplay is always welcome! Club attendees pick next month's anime at the current month's meeting. No RSVP or signup is necessary, and you are allowed to bring snacks and beverages. Check the library's calendar or the Facebook event for more info.
West Bend's hottest book club is by teens, for teens. Club members pick books that have been banned or challenged to read independently, then we get together to discuss the book. Sometimes we watch a movie based on the book, or sometimes we do a craft or other activity related to the book. A lot of our selections come from college book lists, so this is a great way to get some college prep in without the pressure! These books aren’t for the faint of heart, so you may want to do a little research on the book before reading it. First timers are always welcome – stop by and see what we’re all about! It's Lit meets once a month, at 4:30 on Thursday the same week as Anime Manga Club. Check the library's calendar or Facebook page to see what we're reading next!
The Page is Loading... is a bring-your-own-book club. We don't assign a book, just come ready to talk about something you've read lately, or your favorite book ever, or just books in general. If you're stuck in a rut, come by to get suggestions for new books. Just finished something great? Come tell us all about it! Geared toward preteens (grades 4-6), but older teens are also welcome. The Page is Loading meets once a month, typically the third Tuesday of the month from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Want to get involved? Have ideas for library improvement? Want to add some pizzazz to your resume or college application? The Super Awesome Library Teens - SALT for short - meet once a month to discuss how to make the library a better place for teens and preteens. We also play games, do crafts, and eat snacks. SALT meets on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., typically the same week as The Page Is Loading. SALT is members only. To learn more and apply, contact Hannah at the library.