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TD Summer Reading Club–for Teens!

2016_Teen_TDSummerReadingClub_500px (1)You are probably familiar by now with our super-fun TD Summer Reading Club. It happens every summer, encouraging children and families to read for pleasure, and offering fun activities at the library happening all summer long (including the ever-popular candy jar guessing game).

This year, we’ve added a tween and teen component, for young people who feel like they are ready for something a little bit different. TD Summer Reading Club Teens gives young adults the chance to experience leisure and culture (like reading, exploring their city, or listening to music) through a series of fun challenges on a game card. Each time five challenges are achieved (à la BINGO!), they are entered to win a prize at the end of the summer. Prizes are teen-suggested with the help of our Teen Advisory Group, but if teens participate in the Summer Reading Club, they have the chance to make their own suggestions as to what sort of gift card they’d like to win. Last but certainly not least, teens can still submit their guesses to win the jar of candy!

Come see us at the library, or check out our teen programs page here for more information or to join the club, open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 17.

Hope to see you soon!

-Bronwen

Play Games at the Library

Games are undeniably fun. For young people, board games and video games are also great learning tools. Games promote problem-solving: students work together (or against one another), read and follow instructions, use various strategies to make quick decisions, and understand cause and effect relationships. From an educational standpoint, learning how to play games encourages different types of literacy. Plus, games are a fun and interactive way to bring families and friends together.

…But what does this have to do with the library? 

We have tons of gaming opportunities here.

If you’re looking for a children’s or tween program…

  • game-time-SS2016_500px.jpgJoin us at the library, where we’ll have our Nintendo Wii ready, along some awesome board games, LEGO, and, of course, snacks.  Our next Game Time happens on July 23, but registration is open now. If you have a child between 8 and 13 who loves video or board games, Game Time! is the perfect program.
  • If you have a child 7 or older, enroll them to learn chess! Learn Chess: for Beginners starts again on July 5.  Mark Cohen and David Steiner lead this four-week introduction to the game of LearnChess_Spring2016_500pxchess. Registration begins June 1.

For more information, please call the Children’s Department at (514) 485-6900 ext. 4121, or come by and see us!

If you’re interested in playing games with your family or friends at the library…

  • Come try our awesome puzzle and board game collection: we have Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Apples to Apples, Guess Who, and Clue, with more coming this summer. Do you have a builder in the family? Come play with Architecto.
  • Join us for one or two family gaming programs this summer! Fun Across the Board: Family Gaming happens on July 14 and August 13. Registration begins June 23.
  • We have a Chess Club for adults and teens ages 14+ every Thursday!

Last but not least, we have video games for Wii, WiiU, PS3, PS4, and XBOX360 available to take home.

For more information, check out our events calendar, or stop by and see us at the library.

Happy gaming!

Bronwen