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Learn about fun things to do for teens to do at the library! We have a space dedicated to teens in grades 6-12 with video games, study rooms, and books. Come by for crafts, games, book discussions, and other fun activities.

The Teen collection focuses on teen fiction, graphic novels, and manga. If you are looking for some new titles our teen librarians will talk with you to get an idea of your taste and make a recommendation.

The library is interested in your input – suggest a book series that you really love, or give us an idea for a fun program. You can also bring your ideas and enthusiasm about your library to a monthly meeting of TAG (Teen Advisory Group) where you get to be the boss of all things “Teen.”

There are rules to follow in the Teen Room, which were created in cooperation with DeKalb teens. We offer one warning for misbehavior. The decision to act appropriately is up to you. Consequences for misbehavior include being asked to leave the library–whether for the rest of the day or for a longer period of time. Everyone is expected to treat each other and the space with respect.

Book Clubs

Teen Book Mob: You’re Welcome, Universe

Do you love to read and talk about books and have a snack, too? Teen Book Mob is here for you! Tuesday, October 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m. You’re Welcome, Universe won the Schneider Family Book Award for its representation of the deaf experience. Copies available on the NEW Teen Books shelf, while supplies last.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

This free program is for teens, ages 13-17 or in 7th-12th grades. It is held monthly. Registration is not required. For additional information, please contact Susan at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 3400.

Tweens Read: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Join other tweens to talk about this 2020 Bluestem and Caudill Book Award nominee, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, learn how to draw with your teeth and do a “uniquely you” craft. Tuesday, October 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Check out a copy of the book in Youth Services by the public computers, while supplies last.

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again.

Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven’s about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.

This free program is for tweens, ages 9-12, or in 4th-6th grade. It is held monthly. Registration is not required. For additional information, please contact Susan at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 3400.


Featured Events for Teens

3D Print a Jack o’ Lantern

Monday, October 21
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Creative Writing: Teen Magazine

Monday, October 21
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cyber Navigator: Personalized Tech Assistance

Tuesday, October 22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM