Welcome to the Teen Page
About the Teen Departments
The Teen Zone of the Main Library is located on the first floor and a place designed for local teens to come to the library and hangout. Here you will find access to the young adult collection of the library, housing materials aimed at the high school demographic.
Seating is offered for teens to rest and socialize, along with games and activities to keep them entertained. This is also the area of the library staff hosts the majority of teen activities, open to all to participate after school during the school year, and during various times in the summer.
This area also houses computers for use by teens for homework and to use for leisure purposes, as well as a television for movie sessions and gaming days.
The Teen Room at the South Branch Library is open during the library's hours of operation and is a unique space within the facility. In its own enclosed room, you'll find the young adult collection at the library. Also located in this room are three computers available for public use with a library card that grants access to the Internet and word processing tools.
Great teen-friendly and colorful seating is located throughout the room including a sectional sofa area, cafe tables, lounge chairs, and gaming chairs that are the most comfortable chairs you could ever sit in. Another unique feature about this space is a textured lit color wall that changes colors throughout the day. This room also has its own lighting system that can be controlled for various types of programming.
Storage space can be found, accessible by staff, that houses access to board games and gaming consoles including the PlayStation 4 and XBox One for gaming sessions on the two wall-mounted flat screen televisions. When not in use, these televisions display information about library programming and services, but is also connected to the VDesk studio in the meeting room to display activities going on in that room, as well as show movies.
There may not be a designated teen area at the Mockingbird Branch, but that doesn't mean this library isn't teen friendly. Not only do we offer access to an amazing selection of young adult books, audiobooks, and graphic novels, the Mockingbird Branch is the only location that circulates videogames too.
Comfortable seating is situated throughout the facility along with the passive programming to keep people of all ages occupied such as puzzles, coloring, chess, and other games. Whether you choose to sit down with a great book you just discovered at the library, or challenge a friend to a game at one of our tables, you'll feel comfortable hanging out in all areas of our library.
Regular Programs & Services for Teens
Your Abilene Public Library offers a wide range of programs and events for teens to take advantage of. All programming offered is provided free of charge and the library will supply any materials needed during events.
Below you will find a listing of the types of events we host on a regular basis. Remember, to see all of our offerings, visit our Events Calendar Online for the current month's lineup.
Coding & Technology Sessions
All locations have access to a mobile lab of laptops and a host of educational tools to help teens in learning the ins & outs of coding and electronics. Youth staff regularly hosts workshops at each location to get teens hands-on with a host of fun items including Cue Bots, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, and more. Through the use of these, teens will learn how to code robots to perform functions and make simple electronics that run and work based on set patterns.
Crafting is our most popular activity to offer across all library locations. It's just not for youth as teens love getting hands-on with various projects too. All materials are supplied for each craft activity and youth staff will walk youth through the steps of making them from start to finish. Popular projects have included painting murals, making fake scars, creating temporary tattoos, making spray paint, and so much more.
Teens are in a great transition in their lives as they grow older into young adulthood, leaving the nest, and entering the world on their own be it college or directly into the the workforce. The library offers teens the chance to engage in workshops to help them prepare for adulthood including resume workshops, finding jobs, going through interviews, and more. Although not hosted on a frequent basis, the library schedules them as needed or requested.
Your library is also a great place for teens to get their game on. Your library houses many gaming consoles including the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 4, XBox, and more, plus we also have a host of traditional board games and card games too. Although not hosted as frequently as other programming, we do have events that focus on teens coming out to just have youth come out to have a little fun with friends, including a frequent Dungeons & Dragons gaming club.
Lib-Con @ Your Library
This is one of the premier annual events targeting teens and young adults in the community. It's a mini-con at the library where we host a ton of events including panel discussions, contests, craft sessions, a cosplay contest, gaming sessions, escape rooms and more all celebrating all who love anime, comics, superheroes, fandoms, manga, and more!
Your library has a movie license to be able to show hit movies from the past and present at all locations. Movie sessions are hosted for teens and adults on a regular basis showing the movies you wouldn't mind watching again. There's no need to buy a ticket as admission is free, so just get your friends together, feel free to bring outside food and drinks to the movie showings, and enjoy a movie outing that certainly won't hurt your wallets.
As youth get older, we offer tween activities to help them better transition to teen program offerings. These include coding and technology-related activities such as working with our Cue Bots, Snap Circuits, and Ozobots, learning basic coding on our mobile lab, 3D Printing, and a host of more technically sophisticated activities designed for growing youth.
All library branches offer teens a chance to get involved in what your library is doing by serving as volunteers. You must be at least 16-years-old to volunteer and help is needed in a variety of areas including shelf-reading our library stacks, assisting at programming, prepping materials for programs, and more. For more information, feel free to visit our Volunteer Page.