Teens

Three female teens reading in a chair in the teen areaThe Wallingford Library Teen Area is specially designed for teens in grades 6-12. We offer a great collection of fiction, graphic novels, manga, and magazines. Enjoy free wi-fi, a device charging station, and 11 teen computers. Check the online calendar for a listing of programs for teens.

Fandoms Unite!
Thursday, December 13th
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Teen Area

fan·dom

/ˈfandəm/

noun

Fandom as a whole is a subculture that celebrates a mutual bond formed between people over a book series, television show, movie, band, or other form of pop culture.

Come and celebrate your fandom and learn about others! Geek out with other devotees and celebrate fandom through crafts, discussions, and debates. Cosplay always welcome. Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration is encouraged.

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Learn To Play Dungeons and Dragons
Thursday, December 13th
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Community Room

Welcome to a world of high fatasy, high stakes, and high adventure- it’s Dungeons and Dragons!

Have you always wanted to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons? Join Zack the Dungeon Master and learn the basics of the game so that you and your friends can begin role-playing!

All materials provided. Advance registration appreciated. Open to all in grades 6-12.

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Make Your Own Rubber Stamp with Silhouette Mint
Wednesday, December 19th
3:15-4:30 p.m.
Collaboratory

The Silhouette Mint is a cool little machine which hooks up to a laptop. It uses heat to etch custom stamp designs into pieces of rubber. Come and learn how to use the Mint and the accompanying software to create a stamp of an image or text with ink colors of your choice. All materials provided. Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration is required.

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Wallingford Reads YA: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Thursday December 27th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Board Room

All teens and adults are welcome to this book discussion where we explore young adult literature. Lauren Rumi moderates. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

In December we will be discussing I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, a memoir of the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

 

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Wednesday, January 16th
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Board Room

It’s a new year, what would you like to see new in your library? The WPL TAB is a group of library-loving teens who meet about 4 times per year with the Head of Teen Services, Jennifer. We discuss issues related to teen use of the library, suggest materials to buy, and recommend ideas for programs. We talk about how we can make next year’s summer reading program even better. Of course we spend a lot of time hanging out, laughing, playing games and snacking too! We are always looking for more teens to share their ideas with us. Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration is appreciated.

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Coding with Girl Tech
Sunday, January 20th
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Collaboratory

Coding with Girl Tech is an opportunity for girls in grades 5-8 to experience STEM in a positive, empowering way. Using the Khan Academy curriculum, Choate Rosemary Hall’s Girl Tech Club will serve as mentors and instructors. Join us for the inaugural meeting! No computer programming experience is necessary. Laptops and snacks will be provided. Registration is appreciated.

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Wallingford Reads YA: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Thursday, January 31st
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Board Room

All teens and adults are welcome to this book discussion where we explore young adult literature. Lauren Rumi moderates. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life, Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That’s when things start to get crazy.

At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn’t brilliant compared to the other kids; he’s just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping—until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include people from all walks of life. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. For a novel about depression, it’s definitely a funny story.