Summer Reading Challenge and Programs for Teens at the Scranton Library

Summer Stuff for Teens at Scranton Library

The Scranton Library is pleased to announce the Summer Reading Challenge and several programs for Madison Teens. Everything is FREE and open to Madison students in grades 6-12.

Reading Challenge: Starting June 10 sign up on our website www.scrantonlibrary.org/teens and click on the "Own the Night" logo to register and log into the Summer Reading Challenge program. For every 300 minutes you read and record you will be eligible to move up a level and earn prizes. The grand prize for one lucky reader is a brand new Kindle Fire! Registration starts June 10 and the challenge begins June 24. Happy reading!


Nutmeg Book Discussion:Tuesdays 12-1. Enjoy pizza while we discuss the books. Read one or both for each session.

Unshelved: Teen Book Discussion: A book discussion group for teen readers. First Tuesday of the month in the Teen Department from 7-8. Snacks provided.

For both of these groups see Katie in the Teen Department for a copy of the book.

Creative Writing: Mondays July 9-August 13, 5-7pm(food provided): Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join Nutmeg nominated author Leslie Connor for a creative writing workshop. Please be able to commit to the majority of the sessions. Space is limited to 15 writers. Registration begins June 10.

"Crafternoons:" The Teen Programming theme is "Own the Night" so join us Thursdays at 2pm from June 28-August 16 to make night-themed crafts such as: glow in the dark slime, Starry Night pencil holders, masks, and many more.

Art Workshops: This program is open to students in 5th-12th grade and is co-sponsored by the Connectucut Humanities Council.

Special Programs: Join us for these programs that fit the "Own the Night" theme:

  • Things DO Go Bump in the Night: Have you ever thougth you saw something out of the corner of your eye? Did you think you heard a whisper in the dark? Did you hear something that sounded like knocking? There's nothing to be scared of, but some things really do go bump in the night, and the team at the Smoking Gun Research Agency investigates the causes behind these strange events. This program includes a multimedia presentation about ghosts and hauntings, a hands-on demonstration of equipment used by investigators, and an opportunity to ask the experts your questions. Tuesday June 26 at 7pm.
  • Create Your Zombie Alter Ego: Using professional makeup and some very ordinary household items, we will be transforming ourselves into zombies. Everyone gets their own make up for hands-on practice creating burns, wounds, scabs, bruises and more. Wednesday July 18 at 6:30pm
  • Sky Watch: Did you see those lights in the sky? Have you ever seen something streak overhead at night? Was than object a star, a plane, or something else? The Smoking Gun Research Agency will demonstrate ways that you can become a "knowledgeable observer" and be able to identify objects in the night sky, from aircraft to satellites to planets and more. The SGRA team will show you sophisticated computer programs it uses to determine what people are looking at. Tuesday July 24 at 7pm.
  • Personal Saftey with Detective Rosati: Join Madison Police Detective Phil Rosati as he shows us how to "Own the Night" by being in charge of our personal safety. Tuesday July 31 at 6:30pm.
  • Ghost Hunting: A presentation on haunted places in Connecticut as well as equipment used during ghost hunting. Tuesday August 14 at 7pm.

Volunteer Opportunites: The Scranton Library has two opportunites for teens to volunteer. Applications can be found at www.scrantonlibrary.org/teens and are due back by June 20 in order to participate in the summer session.

  • Reading Buddies: A reading enrichment program pairing up teens with students in grades K-3.
  • Teens & Tech: Help senior citizens become more comfortable using technology.

Registration for all programs starts June 10 and the program begins June 24. For more information or for questions please contact Katie Fargo, Teen Services Librarian at 203-245-7365 or fargok@madisonct.org

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