Teen Program

Minecraft Hunger Games Blast

Celebrate International Game Day by competing in an International Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament. Teens only.

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American Promise

Join fellow community members to watch and discuss this intimate and provocative documentary. (2013, 135 minutes)

The film by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson chronicles the divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation of two middle-class African-American boys who attended a prestigious school. Presenting complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity, "American Promise" will serve as a springboard for a discussion about achievement in our own community.

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Straight Talk About the N-Word with Dr, Neal Lester

Like no other word in the English language, the Nword spawns leading news headlines particularly when celebrities utter it: comedian Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, or Jesse Jackson, Sr. This word shows up in American childhood rhymes and ditties, in minstrel songs that are now popular Disney children’s songs and in commercial advertisements. It punctuates some rap songs, is euphemized, buried in mock funerals, and bleeped from media broadcasts.

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What's Wrong With You!

Oak Park resident, Omar Yamini’s road to incarceration was not paved with neglect, abuse, or stints in juvenile detentions or group homes. Yamini was raised in a two parent suburban home with his five siblings. His positive home life could not detour him from the poor choices that would eventually land him in an Illinois penitentiary for 15 years. Yamini has chronicled his imprisonment in a power new book, What’s Wrong with You: What You, Your Children and Our Students Need to Know about My 15 year Imprisonment from Age 20-35. Join him as he shares his compelling and powerful story.

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Girls Outside the Box: "A Girl's Life"

"A Girl's Life" explores 21st Century challenges for teen girls, including bullying, social stress and media messages. What does it mean to be a girl in 2014? Women experience gender-based discrimination and violence, and are bombarded with negative messages about not living up to the female "ideal." Through film, activities and discussion, adolescent girls will explore gender roles and stereotypes and develop tools to successfully navigate through the challenges of being a young woman in the 21st Century. Ages 13+.

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Girls Outside the Box: "Codes of Gender"

“Codes of Gender” explores how the use of the body in advertising influences ideas about masculinity and femininity. What does it mean to be a girl in 2014? Women experience gender-based discrimination and violence, and are bombarded with negative messages about not living up to the female "ideal." Through film, activities and discussion, adolescent girls will explore gender roles and stereotypes and develop tools to successfully navigate through the challenges of being a young woman in the 21st Century. Ages 13+.

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Humans Vs. Zombies

The Zombie Apocalypse is here. Fight it or join it in this library-wide after-hours game of tag. Bring your own (brightly colored, foam-shooting) blaster if you have one.

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Maze: Bouncing Babies

For babies up to 15 months, with a caregiver. Boost your baby’s brain power with simple board books, engaging props, fun rhymes, singing, and socializing.

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Maze: Bouncing Babies

For babies up to 15 months, with a caregiver. Boost your baby’s brain power with simple board books, engaging props, fun rhymes, singing, and socializing.

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Practice ACT Test

High school students can sign up for this free, fully proctored, full-length practice ACT test sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep. Students will learn what to expect in a test-like environment and receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.

Space is limited so registration is required. Registration begins Saturday, July 19.

Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator.

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