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Need service hours? Looking for something fun to do this summer? Volunteer here! Please fill out the Volunteen form and return it to the Youth Services desk. Volunteen hours for the summer will start on Monday, June 10, with each Volunteen expected to volunteer 2-4 hours a week. There will be special events throughout the summer where Volunteens can work additional hours.

Project Next Generation

The Chicago Ridge Public Library was awarded a Year Five Project Next Generation Grant. Our grant, titled “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow,” will focus on students ages 10–18. Library mentors will run programs on digital literacy by introducing clubs about gaming, sewing, coding, robotics and videography to our youth.

New technologies introduced to our library this year will include: a Nintendo Switch, Nintendo LABO, Nintendo robots, Cricut Maker, Lily Pad Arduinos, conductive thread, LED lights, Kano computers, and Meccanoid robots. Each component will last 6 weeks.

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

If you would like to be a mentor to our youth, please ask for more information at the Youth Services desk. Our previous grants have earned exemplary status, meaning that our library is serving as a model for other libraries in the state of Illinois.

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Upcoming Events for Teens

Sat, Feb 22, 10:00am - 11:00am
Switch up your Saturday mornings by stopping by to play some fun games on the Nintendo Switch!

Mon, Feb 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Study Room A
This is a TEEN book club just for you!

Tue, Feb 25, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come and volunteer at the library!

Tue, Feb 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room
Lean how to design and screen print "A T-Shirt You Will Dye For!"

Wed, Feb 26, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room
Enjoy a delicious snack while watching a movie!

Sat, Feb 29, 10:00am - 11:00am
Switch up your Saturday mornings by stopping by to play some fun games on the Nintendo Switch!

Tue, Mar 03, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
To become a Volunteen, visit the library and fill out the application!

Tue, Mar 03, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room
Visit the library on the following dates to complete a surprise project. All materials will be provided, please plan on attending all 4 sessions.

Wed, Mar 04, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Join us after school and play the Nintendo Switch with friends and enjoy some yummy snacks!

Online Resources for Teens

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  • Week of February 16
    • The Upside of Falling
    • Solstice : A Tropical Horror Comedy
    • Of curses and kisses
    • Miss you love you hate you bye
    • The Life Below
    • Foul is fair
    • The feminist agenda of Jemima Kincaid
    • Break the fall
    • The blossom and the firefly
    • We Unleash the Merciless Storm
Abe Lincoln Award Books
  • Abe Lincoln Award Books
    • The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
    • The Astonishing Color of After
    • Children of Blood and Bone
    • Dear Martin
    • Don't Get Caught
    • The Female of the Species
    • Hooper
    • How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child
    • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
    • Long Way Down
    • Nyxia
    • Only Child
    • The Poet X
    • Monday's Not Coming
    • The Sun is Also A Star
    • They Both Die in the End
    • Turtles All The Way Down
    • Words in Deep Blue