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.
August Reading Program
Keep reading til school starts again!
Be a professional book critic! We want to know what books you like and didn’t like! Fill out some reviews for books you read in August! We will post your reviews on our bulletin board—you might help others find a great book they will love! Parents are welcome to write out the reviews for younger children - just ask them about the books they read and what they liked!
Babies, toddlers and preschool age (picture books) - 5 reviews
Elementary age (mix of picture books, early readers, and/or chapter books) - 4 reviews
Tweens & Teens (chapter books) - 2 reviews
You must also read for 20 minutes a day for at least 10 days! Check off the days that you read AT LEAST 20 minutes!
Once you have completed your reviews and read for at least 10 days, stop in to the Children’s Info Desk to claim your prize!
The program can only be completed once, and is for ages 0-18.
Teen Summer Contest WINNERS!
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.
Click the image above to view Giselle's winning bookmark design. Pick up a copy for yourself next time you're at the library!
Click the image above to read Gabri's winning short story!
The librarians and judges had a wonderful time admiring your designs and reading your stories - thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us!
September is Suicide Prevention Month
NAMI Ending the Silence - Monday, September 16 @ 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes mental health warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research shows NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help. This program is presented in many Washington County public high schools, and is coming to the library to reach folks who don’t attend public school.
Ending the Silence for Families - Monday, September 30 @ 6:30 p.m.
This 1-hour presentation is geared more for adults with middle or high school aged youth. Learn to look for mental health warning signs, find out about mental health facts and statistics, discover strategies for how to talk with your child, and how to work with school staff.
Our Suicide Prevention Month presentations are graciously provided by NAMI Washington County. To learn more about NAMI and the awesome resources they provide for West Bend youth, visit their website.
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. The library subscribes to Japan Crate to get cool snacks to try each month. Check the library's calendar or the Facebook event for more info.
September 10, 2019 - DARLING in the FRANXX
October 8, 2019 - anime TBD
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 out what we're reading next!
For September, It's Lit will read, discuss, and watch an episode of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. We will also share and discuss resources about suicide prevention.
October 10: Holes by Louis Sachar
November 14: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
December 12: Bring your own book (and snacks to share if you want to), and we'll pick books for 2020!
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.
September 17 | October 15 | November 19 | December 17
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.