Category Archives : Teens

After-School Movie and Pumpkin Carving

Carved PumpkinTuesday, October 28 at 3:00 PM

Time to get creepy! We’ll be watching a teen movie chosen by the YA Crew and carving pumpkins to line up outside the library during Wednesday’s Halloween Parade! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information and to register. Only teens who register are guaranteed a pumpkin to carve. Movie will be rated PG-13 or lower.

U Create: Soap Carving

Soap BarTuesday, October 21 at 3:00 PM

Fun, easy, and clean! Start a new hobby with us and learn how to create a piece of art out of a bar of soap. Soap-free snacks will be provided and all materials will be supplied by the library. Teens will be given simple carving tools and instructions at event. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6213 to register or for more information.


Special thanks to YA Crew member Amber for this clever program idea! Have your own idea for a unique program? Fill out a Program Submission Form!


YA Crew Meeting October

YA Crew LogoTuesday, October 14 at 3:00 PM

Join the YA Crew for free snacks, a fun warm-up game, and some community service. We’ll also be taking volunteers to help out at our Mystery Maze event at this time. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.


Did you know? 

Last May the Full Members of the YA Crew got to have a pizza party at the RAC sponsored by the Friends of the Library? What will we do next time? Join the YA Crew to find out! Contact Liz Strauss for info!

Make Your Own Superhero

HeroTuesday, October 7 at 3:00 PM

What makes a hero? Courage, kindness, strength, felt, fiberfill, yarn…

At this crafty event we’ll discuss all the things that make a good superhero and make our own superhero and sidekick pals out of felt. This event is inspired by this year’s One Book, One Community read, Side-Yard Superhero by Rick Niece, the story of a childhood friendship, a real hero, and a promise kept. All materials will be provided by the library and there will be free snacks. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register.

Note: Sewing experience is a plus at this program, but Liz will also have glue for those superheroes who are afraid of needles.

Snakes in the Library

Tuesday, September 30 at 3:00 PM


YA Crew member Kairi returns with more snakes and unusual pets to share at this popular event. Open to tweens and teens, ages 8 – 18.Snacks will be provided. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

Have You Seen Us?

Read What You Want Catcher in the RyeTuesday, September 23 at 3:00 PM

Play games and answer trivia questions to find the missing Banned Books at the Library. Refreshments provided. Event is part of Banned Books Week, an annual event that raises awareness of issues like censorship and intellectual freedom. While not every book may be right for every reader, everyone has the right to decide for him or herself. Everyone has a right to an opinion. Challenges and bans happen more often in school libraries than public libraries, and the titles in question are often Young Adult or Children’s materials. At this event, we’ll look at why books have been banned in the past and share stories about our favorite banned books.

Some frequently challenged books for you to ponder:

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (yup, The Fault in Our Stars guy)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


For more information on Banned Books Week, visit ALA’s website.


U Create: Manga

TuManga Faceesday, September 16 at 3:00 PM

Calling all anime and manga fans! Ever want to learn how to draw in the Manga style? Come to this fun, creative event for a crash course in this iconic style. Learn some basics and meet other young artists while enjoying free snacks. All supplies will be provided by the library, and giveaways will be presented at the end of the program. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information or to register.


Can’t make the event? Try visiting Manga University for some free drawing lessons!