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February Teen Programs + Hidden Gem YA Books

Post Date:01/30/2019 7:00 AM

Our February calendar is packed with fun events for teens!

Main Library:

The Teen Zone at the Main Library houses the Teen/Young Adult collection. Anyone is welcome to stop in and browse the collection. Computers and other resources are for ages 12-18 only.

Anime Fridays
Fridays | 3:30pm – 4:30pm | MN
Admit it, teens—you know you want to come hang out and watch Crunchyroll at the library! We'll pick a new anime each time and have an informal discussion afterwards.

Gaming at the Library
Wednesdays | 4:00pm – 6:00pm | MN
Game on our Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and XBOX One-S, or play one of our cool indie board games. Ages 12-18.

Gaming for Girls
Thurs | Feb 14, 28 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | MN
Teen girls: test your gaming skills against other girl gamers! You're a beginner? No big deal, learn some tips and tricks during this girls only gaming program using the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, or X Box One-S. Ages 12-18.

Pop Culture Guess-Who Challenge
Thurs | Feb 21 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm | MN
Can you guess the pop culture icon from the clues that your team gives you? Winning teams get to eat treats from the chocolate fountain while the losing team drinks a shot of pickle juice (eww!).

Random Fandom: Marvel vs. DC
Tues | Feb 12 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | MN
Geek out for an afternoon of Marvel vs DC! Prove to us which comic universe reigns supreme. Join us for trivia, treats, and crafts.

Short Story Writing Workshop for Kids and Teens*
Saturdays | 10:00am – 12:00pm | MN
Join Arizona's Young Writers Foundation for this 4-session camp designed to teach and reinforce the basics of short story writing. Each week will build on the next, so please plan on attending
all 4 sessions. Ages of 10-18. 

Teen Crafternoon
Tues | Feb 19 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | MN
Feeling crafty? Drop by the Teen Zone to make a different craft every month. Supplies and candy provided. Ages 12-18.

Dobson Ranch Library: 

Stupid Cupid Chocolate Challenge
Sat | Feb 9 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | DR
Come join us for the one good thing about Valentine’s day—chocolate! Compete in several confectionery challenges. Ages 12-17.


Red Mountain Library: 

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 School Year
Tues | Feb 5 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm | TS@RM
Learn how to navigate the website for receiving federal assistance before the deadline. This will be an interactive workshop, so please bring your laptop or tablet if you have one.

I Can Make That: Engineer
Sat | Feb 9, 23 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm | TS@RM
Create your own doo-dad or thingy-ma-bob as you take on the Saturday Challenge!

Theater Games for Teens
Sat | Feb 23 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | RM
No experience needed to play these fun improvisational games! Unwind from school and life with an hour of socializing, improv, and acting.

YAAS! Young Adult Action Society
The Young Adult Action Society offers different activities each week for youth ages 14-24. We are making a positive difference in our library, our city, and the world! We're always accepting new members. This month, YAAS! presents these programs:

YAAS! Make an Origami Star Jar
Tues | Feb 5 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | TS@RM
Origami stars in jars. Need we say more?

YAAS! African American Art History
Tues | Feb 12 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | RM
Phoenix-based artist Antoinette Cauley leads a lesson and hands-on activity about Black art history and contemporary Black art in honor of Black History Month.

YAAS! Small Group Discussion
Tues | Feb 19 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | RM
This week we explore the question: how does the media influence what we see in the mirror?

YAAS! Black History Month with Professor Rod Golden
Tues | Feb 26 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | RM
Mesa Community College professor Rod Golden leads an interactive discussion about Black History Month.


Teen/YA Book Picks:

Some books have all the luck, but there are lots of great books that fly under the radar. Here are a few hidden gems published in the last year or so that are worth a look.  

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