Teens entering grades six through 12 are invited to the Dover Public Library this summer for a variety of Teen Tuesday events and to participate in the Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program. Teen Tuesdays, funded in part by a 21st Century Afterschool Learning Grant with Dover High School, run June 11 through August 6 at 2:00 PM and require no registration. There will be no Teen Tuesday on June 25. Readstock, the Teen Summer Reading Program, runs June 10 through August 2. Interested patrons can call the library at 330-343-6123 or visit www.doverlibrary.org for more information, including a full list of events.
Teen Tuesdays began this week with Escape the ’60s, where teens worked together to solve clues and escape a 1960s room.
The events continue with Play with Your Food on June 18. At this cooking competition, teens will be given three random ingredients and a theme. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative dish.
The style of the 1960’s will be celebrated at the Friendship Beads crafting event on July 2. Teens will make clay charms and beaded bracelets, keychains, and more. All materials will be provided.
Uke Can Rock on July 9 will provide teens with the opportunity to learn some easy classic rock songs on the library’s ukuleles. Teens may bring their own ukuleles if desired.
Crafting meets the community spirit at Kindness Rocks on July 16. Participants will paint rocks
with inspirational and kind messages. The rocks will then be distributed throughout the community.
The Tie Dye event on July 23 will be held outside. All materials, including t-shirts, will be provided. Teens may bring other items to dye if desired. T-shirts will be given out on a first come, first serve, basis. In case of rain, there will be a movie in the Community Room.
Teens will test their engineering and creativity at the Library’s first 3D Pen Building Challenge on July 30. Using the 3D printing pens from the STEAM Lab, participants will compete to make the tallest, most creative structure. All materials will be provided.
In case of rain on July 23, the Tie Dye event will be held on August 6. In case of good weather on July 23, the Library will hold a YA Movie showing on August 6. Updates will be given on the Dover Public Library’s Facebook page.
Readstock, the Teen Summer Reading Program, is inspired by the fiftieth anniversaries of the Moon Landing and Woodstock. Teens are challenged to read for four hours a week, earning tickets for each hour that they complete. Tickets may be entered to win one of five prize packages, provided by a 21st Century Afterschool Learning Grant with Dover High School. Prizes include a Kindle Fire, an instant camera, a graphic design tablet, a VR headset, and a 3D printing pen. Each package also contains a variety of surprises, including books, collectibles, and toys. Teens who turn in their completed reading trackers by August 16 will receive a free book.
"It is our hope that this year’s prizes provide teens the opportunity to explore their interests in science, technology, art, and literature in new and exciting ways," says Teen/Outreach Services Manager Liz Strauss.
The 21st Century Afterschool Learning Grant supports learning activities for students and their families outside of classrooms by providing funds for supplies, technology, and more. The grant has also provided funds for author visits, teen events, and the Library’s Mobile STEAM Lab.
For more information on the Dover Public Library, please visit www.doverlibrary.org. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut St.