It’s What’s Happening for Young Adults through the Library 

Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt Winner

Congratulations to this year’s Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt winner, Connor Fenton! Patrons of all ages searched the Library for mini painted pumpkins, painted by teen volunteers. There were 97 pumpkins painted by 61 volunteers and 41 participants in the scavenger hunt. The Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt took place in the Library between October 17-31. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Congratulations again to Connor Fenton and thanks to all the volunteers who made the pumpkins and to the patrons who participated in the scavenger hunt!

Teen Crafternoon: Fleece Winter-Tied Pillow

Join us on Saturday, December 3 at 3PM for Teen Crafternoon: Fleece Winter-Tied Pillow! This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12 only. Registration begins Tuesday, November 22 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Participants will make a cozy winter-themed pillow with no sewing involved for the holidays. Teens who complete an online survey after the program can receive community service for participating in this program. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Teen Advisory Board will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 4PM. Registration begins Tuesday, November 29 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). The meeting is for Tweens and Teens in Grades 6-12. If you are interested in helping to come up with programming ideas, volunteer ideas, or social media outreach ideas for Tweens and Teens in Grades 6-12, consider joining the Teen Advisory Board. Online applications are available at www.gardencitypl.org/teen-advisory-board-application/  Applicants should be in Grades 6-12.

Volunteers Needed: LEGO Club

Volunteer to help children Grades K-5 during the monthly Children’s program LEGO Club! The December session will be held on Wednesday, December 7. The LEGO Club program runs from 4PM-4:45PM. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 3:30PM to help set-up before the start of the program and stay after to help clean up until 5:15PM. Volunteers must be in Grades 6-12 only. Registration to volunteer begins Tuesday, November 29 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Bookmarks for Community Service

Earn community service by creating bookmarks for Garden City Public Library patrons! Each volunteer will receive 10 bookmarks to color, decorate, and write positive or library/book themed messages. These bookmarks will be placed in books throughout the Library in order to brighten the day of the patrons who check them out. Bookmarks will be placed in books in all three departments, including Children’s, Tweens and Teens, and Adult Reference.

 Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. The first five weeks have passed, but volunteers can register once each week for the remaining two weeks as follows:

  • Registration Week Six: Monday, November 7 at 10AM to Friday, November 11 at 4PM
  • Registration Week Seven: Monday, November 14 at 10AM to Friday, November 18 at 4PM

Bookmarks should be returned no later than Wednesday, November 30.

Registrants will be asked to pick up their bookmarks at the Library in order to participate in this community service program. Volunteers must return 10 completed bookmarks in order to receive community service. Volunteers will receive two hours for every 10 bookmarks they submit, at the discretion of the Tweens and Teens Department. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Teen Advisory Board: Friends of the Garden City Public Library Fall Bake Sale

Volunteer to help at the Teen Advisory Board’s Friends of the Garden City Public Library Fall Bake Sale, which will be held Saturday, November 5, 11AM-2PM. Volunteers can sign-up to bake, help at the table the day of the Bake Sale, or both! Volunteers who help at the table should arrive beginning at 10AM to help set-up the table and plan to stay until 2:30PM to clean up. Volunteers who bake must bake at least 2 dozen items, must individually wrap items, and must include a list of ingredients. Volunteers who bake are not required to attend the Bake Sale, but must arrange in advance with the Young Adult Department when they are dropping off their baked goods. Volunteers will earn community service credit. Sign up to volunteer began Tuesday, October 25 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Volunteers must be in Grades 6-12. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Tree Ornaments for Community Service: Holiday Bauble Ornaments

Earn community service by painting ornaments for the Garden City Public Library’s Tweens and Teens Department’s Ornament Tree! Each volunteer will receive three ornaments and a set of paint pens to decorate their ornaments at home. Paint pens must be returned to the Library. These ornaments will be used to decorate our new ornament tree each month! 

For the month of November, ornaments will be holiday baubles, which will be used to decorate the Tweens and Teens Ornament Tree in December. Registration begins Tuesday, November 8 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Completed ornaments must be returned by November 17 to the Library. 

Registrants will be asked to pick up their ornaments at the Library in order to participate in this community service program. Volunteers must return three decorated ornaments and their set of paint pens in order to receive community service. Volunteers will receive two hours for every three ornaments they submit, at the discretion of the Tweens and Teens Department. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Practice PSAT/SAT/ACT Exam with C2 Education

Take the practice ACT, PSAT or SAT exam with C2 Education on Tuesday, November 8 at 10AM. Please register via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) to participate in this program. Registration began Tuesday, November 1 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Registrants should choose either the ACT, PSAT, or SAT exam to take. This program is for students in Grades 9-12. Registrants must arrange with C2 Education to receive their results. Teens who complete an online survey after the program can receive community service for participating in this program.

Cards and Letters for Veterans – Teen Community Service Program

Join us on Tuesday, November 8 at 3PM for the Teen Community Service program, Cards and Letters for Veterans! This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12 only. Registration began Tuesday, November 1 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Participants will make handmade cards and letters for veterans. These letters/cards will be presented at a special Veterans Day program on Friday, November 11 at 9:30AM. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Tween Thursdays: Scratch Art

Join us on Thursday, November 10 at 4PM for Tween Thursdays: Scratch Art.

Join us on Thursday, November 10 at 4PM for Tween Thursdays: Scratch Art. Tweens will receive a wood stylus tool to create art on 8×11″ scratch art paper. This program is for tweens in Grades 4-7 only and is a joint program with the Children’s Department and Young Adult Department. Registration began Tuesday, November 1 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Tweens in Grades 6-7 who complete an online survey after the program can receive community service for participating in this program. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

 

 

 

Veterans Day Program – Teen Community Service Program

Volunteer to attend a special Veterans Day program on Friday, November 11 at 9:30AM. 

Letters/cards made by teen volunteers in October and November will be presented at this program. Registration began Tuesday, November 1 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability.  This sign-up is for Tweens and Teens in Grades 6-12. Teens must sign-up on Eventkeeper in order to earn community service. If you are not looking to earn community service credit, you do not need to sign-up to attend this program. Rather, there is no registration and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note this program is open to patrons of all ages. Teens who sign-up on Eventkeeper to attend for community service credit will be asked to submit three questions that may be asked to the veteran speaking at the program. These three questions must be emailed to Teen Librarian Laura Giunta at laurag@gardencitypl.org no later than Tuesday, November 8. Please include your full name when you submit your questions. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Teen Crafternoon: Decoupage Leaf Bowl

Join us on Saturday, November 12 at 3PM for Teen Crafternoon: Decoupage Leaf Bowl! This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12 only. Registration began Tuesday, November 1 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Participants will use Mod Podge and fabric leaves to make their own leaf bowl for Fall. Teens who complete an online survey after the program can receive community service for participating in this program. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Volunteers Needed: Reading Pals

Volunteer to read to and then do a craft with children ages PreK-Grade 2 during the program Reading Pals! The November session will be held on Tuesday, November 15. The Reading Pals program runs from 4PM-4:30PM. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 3:30PM to review the material before the start of the program and stay until 5PM to help clean up. Volunteers must be in Grades 6-12 only. Registration to volunteer begins Tuesday, November 8 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Tweens and Teens Dungeons and Dragons

Join us for Tweens and Teens Dungeons and Dragons on Thursday, November 17, 4PM-5:30PM. Learn how to play the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons by participating in one of our monthly Dungeons and Dragons Meet-Ups! Beginners are welcome! Each meet-up will feature a new self-contained, one-shot adventure and players will be assigned premade characters to play. Please register via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) to participate in this program. Registration begins Tuesday, November 8 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Teens who complete an online survey after the program can receive community service for participating in this program.

Teen Gamers

Kick off the weekend with our new Teen Gamers program on Friday, November 18 at 3:30PM. We will have our Nintendo Switch consoles for teens to use as well as tabletop board games and Magic: The Gathering cards for teens to play with. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12 in Fall 2022 only. Registration begins Tuesday, November 8 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Teens who complete an online survey after the program can receive community service for participating in this program. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

GCPL Tweens and Teens Best Books 2022 Committee: Volunteers Needed!

The Tweens and Teens Department is looking for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12 to volunteer to provide feedback on recently published Young Adult books as part of our Tweens and Teens Best Books 2022 Committee! Eligible books are those published between November 1, 2021 and December 6, 2022 and aimed at tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. 

Volunteers will be asked to read books on the Tweens and Teens Department’s monthly reading lists beginning this month and then write a 300-word review. Volunteers can also nominate a book not on our lists as long as it’s published between November 1, 2021 and December 6, 2022 and the Library owns a physical copy in the Young Adult collection. Volunteers will earn community service c

Credit for both reading and writing reviews on new books in the Library’s Young Adult Collection. The feedback used throughout the year will help the Young Adult Librarians compile the Best Books list for the year in December 2022.

There are no requirements on how many books a volunteer must read and volunteers can read however many new books they are able to throughout the year. Volunteers can get credit for books they do not finish, as long as they provide 300-word feedback as to why they chose not to finish the book. The committee may meet throughout the year if there is interest, but volunteers are not required to attend meetings and can still participate by reading and providing feedback on recent Young Adult books. 

If interested, please sign-up to join the committee by visiting Garden City Public Library’s website at www.gardencitypl.org/tweens-teens-best-books-2022-committee/ or for more information, please contact the Young Adult Department at www.gardencitypl.org/young-adult-department/contact-the-young-adult-tweens-teens-department/.

Follow Tweens and Teens on Facebook and Instagram

Follow Garden City Library’s Tweens and Teens on Facebook and Instagram! The Young Adult Department uses both social media platforms as a tool to post updates and announcements about upcoming Library programs and community service opportunities.

Here are the Facebook and Instagram pages for the Garden City Public Library Tweens and Teens Department: 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GCPLTweensTeens

Instagram: www.instagram.com/GCPLTweensTeens

If you’re interested in participating and want to learn when events will be happening for Tweens and Teens (Grades 6-12), or if you have any questions, email Young Adult Librarian Laura Giunta at www.gardencitypl.org/young-adult-department/contact-the-young-adult-tweens-teens-department/ .

Teen Advisory Board Applications Now Available Online

If you are interested in helping to come up with programming ideas or social media outreach ideas for Tweens and Teens in Grades 6-12, consider joining the Teen Advisory Board. Online applications are available at www.gardencitypl.org/teen-advisory-board-application/  Applicants should be in  Grades 6-12. Email Young Adult Librarian Laura Giunta at www.gardencitypl.org/young-adult-department/contact-the-young-adult-tweens-teens-department/ if you have any questions.

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