The 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.
Wallingford Reads YA: Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka
Thursday, April 25th
All teens and adults are welcome to this book discussion where we explore young adult literature. Lauren Rumi will moderate. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.
In April, we will be discussing Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka, a graphic novel memoir and National Book Award finalist.
In kindergarten, Jarrett’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery–Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents–two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what’s going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
Star Wars Tin Can Lanterns
Friday, May 3rd
Celebrate your fandom in honor of May the 4th, the official Star Wars holiday! Learn how to make a lantern out of tin cans, a hammer, and nails. Several methods can be used to transfer your Star Wars design onto the can. Your luminary will be complete with a battery powered tea light. All materials provided. Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration is required. May the Force be with you. Always.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Tuesday, May 7th
The WPL TAB is a group of library-loving Teens who meet a few times per year with the Head of Teen Services, Jennifer. We discuss issues related to teen use of the library, suggest materials to buy, recommend ideas for programs, and help plan the summer reading program. 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.
Suminagashi- Japanese Paper Marbling
Thursday, May 9th
Suminagashi or “floating ink” is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Learn this ancient art and create your own beautiful paper. All materials provided. Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration is required.
It’s Cupcake Wars!
Thursday, May 30th
Challenge your peers by decorating the most fabulous cupcake. All materials provided by Mr. D’s, but you may bring your own edible decorations if you wish. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative cupcakes. Open to Teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required.
Wallingford Reads YA: What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Thursday, May 30th
All teens and adults are welcome at this book discussion where we discuss young adult literature. Lauren Rumi moderates. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.
In May we will be discussing What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum, a contemporary romance.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty-in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
What to Say Next explores the complexity of life and death, especially the difficulty of accepting what can’t be changed. It celebrates uniqueness of the individual, and shows that sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.