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

Help Decorate Our Tree for the Holidays!

Stop by the Tweens and Teens Room at the Garden City Public Library in December and help decorate our tree. We will have supplies to make ornaments available in the Tweens and Teens Room for tweens and teens. Participants can hang the ornament they decorate on our tree or take the ornament home with them. Ornaments will be available to make while supplies last. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Bored? Play a Board Game at the Library!

The Tweens and Teens Department has board games patrons can play in the Library. Board games cannot circulate and can only be used in the Library. Patrons are asked to please return all items to their box and return the box back to the shelf in which they found it in the Tweens and Teens Room when they are done playing. Games include Scrabble, Monopoly, Scattergories, Chess, Pictionary, Boggle, Sorry, Jenga, Uno, and more, so stop by the Library and play!

Teen Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays and the New Year with friends during the holiday break by joining us at the Library’s Teen Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 27 at 7PM! Play games, sing karaoke, watch a short holiday film, and do other holiday-themed activities. Snacks and drinks will be served. Teens can bake for the program and earn community service credit! Volunteers who bake must bake at least 2 dozen items, must individually wrap items, and must include a list of ingredients. Please note registrants will be eating baked goods, which will be baked by other tweens and teens. All registrants should indicate if they have any food allergies. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12 only. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, December 19 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so make sure to register early to reserve your spot at the party! 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 Crafternoon: Free Paint and Craft

Paint and craft at a special Teen Crafternoon: Free Paint and Craft on Thursday, December 28 at 4PM. We’ll have a variety of art supplies you can use to paint and craft, leftover from previous Crafternoon programs. Please note there’s a limited amount of each craft supply, so registrants may not be able to do every craft project. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration begins Tuesday, December 19 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. 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 Crafternoon: Perler Bead Art

Join us on Saturday, December 2 at 3PM for Teen Crafternoon: Perler Bead Art! Make keychains, magnets, pins, ornaments, and more. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration is required and began Tuesday, November 21 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Tween Thursdays: Winter Mason Jars

Join us for Tween Thursdays and get creative during our Winter Mason Jars program! Use Mod Podge and tissue paper to decorate a mason jar. This program is for tweens in Grades 4-7 and is a joint program with the Children’s and Young Adult Departments. The program will be held Thursday, December 14 at 4PM. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, December 5 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. It is Library policy that parents of children under 10 attending a program remain at the Library throughout and meet the child upon completion of the program. Tweens in Grades 6 and 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.

Tree Ornaments for Community Service: Snowflake 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 December ornaments are snowflakes, which will be used to decorate the Tweens and Teens Ornament Tree in January. Registration begins Tuesday, December 12 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Completed ornaments must be returned by Thursday, December 21 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.

Tweens and Teens Dungeons and Dragons

Join us for Tweens and Teens Dungeons and Dragons and 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. The December session will be held Thursday, December 21 at 4PM. Registration begins Tuesday, December 12 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper. Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. 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.

Kindness Cards for Community Service

Spread kindness in the community by participating in a special kindness card-making session on Wednesday, December 6 at 6PM! Use art supplies to create cards featuring positive, uplifting messages, and then bring them home to hand out and help brighten someone’s day! Participants will earn community service by participating in this program. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration began Tuesday, November 28 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability.  This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Tweens and Teens Yarn Group

Tweens and Teens in Grades 4-12 can learn how to knit or crochet during our Tweens and Teens Yarn Group that will be held on Thursday, December 7 at 4PM. Registration began Tuesday, November 28 online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Participants will be able to take home knitting needles or crochet hooks to continue working on their projects, but must return the knitting needles or crochet hooks they are using by Friday, December 22.

Tweens and teens in Grades 6-12 who know how to knit or crochet can volunteer at this program! Please contact Laura Giunta at laurag@gardencitypl.org if you are interested in volunteering. Teens who complete an online survey after the program can also receive community service for participating in this program.

This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Teen Paint Night

Join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 7PM for Teen Paint Night. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, December 5 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. 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.

VolunTeen Artists

Are you artistic? Then join us on Wednesday, December 20 at 6PM for our VolunTeen Artists program and work on art projects for the Library! Participants will earn community service by participating in this program. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration begins Tuesday, December 12 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. 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 5 at 4PM. Registration began Tuesday, November 28 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.

Teen Gamers

Kick off the weekend with our Teen Gamers program! 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 and will be held Friday, December 15 at 3:30PM. Registration begins Tuesday, December 5 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. 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: LEGO Club

Volunteer to help children Grades K-5 during the monthly Children’s program LEGO Club! The December session will be held on Tuesday, December 12. 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, December 5 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. 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 December session will be held on Tuesday, December 19. 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, December 12 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Tweens and Teens Holiday Recipe Cards for Community Service

Earn community service by participating in the Library’s Tweens & Teens Department Holiday Recipe Card Community Service Project! Each volunteer can submit up to five recipe cards. Recipe cards and volunteer forms can be found at the Library. Volunteers’ recipe cards will be available for other patrons to browse in the Tweens and Teens Room throughout the fall and may also be shared on the Library’s social media pages and website. Volunteers must use the recipe cards provided by the Library to write their recipes on. Volunteers must have previously made the dish they are submitting a recipe for and must include a review of the recipe in the form of coloring in stars on the recipe card (a recipe can receive up to five stars). Recipes should be legible and written as neatly as possible. All volunteers should cite the source in which they found the recipe on their recipe card (a source can be a cookbook or website, but can also be a family member or neighbor). Volunteers must return a volunteer form with their recipe cards; volunteers do not have to submit all 5 recipe cards at once and should do an additional form for recipes they submit at a later date. Recipes will be accepted now through December 18, 2023. Please return completed recipe cards and the volunteer form to the Community Service Drop-Off Box on the metal cabinet in the Tweens & Teens Room. Volunteers will receive one hour for every recipe they submit, at the discretion of the Tweens & Teens Department.

GCPL Tweens and Teens Best Books 2023 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 2023 Committee! Eligible books are those published between October 1, 2022 and December 5, 2023, aimed at tweens and teens in Grades 6-12, and that the Library owns a physical copy in the Young Adult collection

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-2023-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/.

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