Teen Programs & Events
Upcoming Events @ the Library
Teen programs are open to 7th graders and up
Teen Programs Calendar
2nd Thursday of the month - August 14, NO TEEN GAME NIGHT ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 11
4th Thursday of the month - July 24, August 28, September 25
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Experience gaming on our big screens! Try out our PS4, shred to Rock Band, battle in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and more! Bring your friends and enjoy free food. Registration not necessary, just stop on by!
A Yu-Gi-Oh! card tournament is held every first Teen Game Night of the month (the second Thursday). Tournaments are single duel, and no proxy cards are allowed during tournament play.
While you're here, be sure to check out the library's collection of console video games, which includes games for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. Find a full list of policies and video games here!
Saturday, July 26
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 32 (for the Project M tournament)
Full tournament info and rules
Get ready for intense action in the ultimate fighting championship! Defeat all challengers for a chance to win prizes at the library’s Super Smash Bros. Project M tournament. Full tournament rules and information are posted online here.
New to Project M? From the developer's website: "Project M is a community-made mod of Brawl inspired by Super Smash Bros. Melee's gameplay designed to add rich, technical gameplay to a balanced cast of characters while additionally enhancing the speed of play."
New this summer, we'll be holding mini tournaments throughout the event! Registration isn't required for the mini tournaments - just show up and play! Mini tournament games are Dance Central and our throwback retro game, Super Mario Bros. 3.
Important: You must register for the Project M tournament. Please register at the Reference Desk, by phone at (630) 924-2730, or online. Open to 7th graders and up.
Thursday, July 31
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration Limit: 15
Satisfy your sweet tooth at our cookie decorating program! We’ll provide the cookies, sprinkles, frosting, and toppings – you provide the awesome designs! Register at the Reference Desk, by phone at (630) 924-2730, or online.
Saturday, August 2
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration Limit: 25
Prepare for the ACT with a free practice test! Taking the ACT in September or October? Then this practice exam is for you! A Kaplan representative will proctor the full-length exam, which will last approximately 3.5 hours. Students will receive test results and an analysis of their exam performance at the ACT Test Strategies 101 workshop on Saturday, August 16. If you are unable to attend the workshop, test results will be emailed to you at a later date.
Please eat before the exam and bring pencils and a calculator. Register at the Reference Desk, by phone at (630) 924-2730, or online.
Saturday, August 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Limit: 40
During this one hour workshop, students will learn how to score higher on the ACT using key strategies. The format and content of the test are covered, including ways to take advantage of the test format to maximize efficiency on the exam. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend together.
Students who took the Practice ACT Exam on Saturday, August 2 will receive their scores during this seminar. If you are unable to attend the workshop, your scores will be emailed to you at a later date. Register at the Reference Desk, by phone at (630) 924-2730, or online.
3rd Saturday of the month
August 16, September 20
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Your move! It’s time to duel! Calling all players of collectible games, ages nine and up! Join us for open play, a Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament, and snacks! Feel free to bring in other games, including Bakugan, Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and other collectible card games. No registration required.
1st Thursday of the Month
No Club in August due to Ice Cream Social, September 4
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Watch anime on the library’s big screen! Help plan new anime and manga events, suggest new anime to watch, bring in your decks to duel, and eat snacks. Registration not necessary! Thank you to Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Viz for providing screening permission for our anime.
Thursday, September 11
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 8
Create custom vinyl stickers and decals for your locker, room, phone, laptop, and more! Make stickers of your favorite quote, person, logo, or character using the library’s Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Register at the Reference Desk, online, or by phone at (630) 924-2730.
Are you intrigued by science? Interested in robotics, video games, or engineering innovations? If so, register for our free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) workshops for 7th -12th graders. Members from the Workshop 88 makerspace will conduct the workshops.
Code Breaking & Cryptography for Teens
Tuesday, September 16
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 24
Crack the code and reveal hidden secrets at our Code Breaking & Cryptography Workshop! Learn about ciphers, hidden messages, and decryption from Workshop 88 makerspace members. Great for fans of books like The Maze Runner, Gallagher Girls, Little Brother, and Cryptonomicon! A Workshop 88 makerspace program. Register at the Reference Desk, online, or by phone at (630) 924-2730.
Congratulations to our winners in the library's Teen Read Week Cell Phone Photo Contest! Thank you to all of the photographers who submitted their work!
Photo entry #1: Javerea Ahmed - The World Through My Eyes
First Place - Photo entry #2: Angelina Gervasio - Indian Lakes Sunset
Second Place - Photo entry #3: Jessica Huang - Shine Bright
Honorable Mention - Photo entry #4: Lauren Ward - Being Meguka is Suffering
Photo entry #5: Adebayo Fabuluje - Lake Hylia
Third Place - Photo entry #6: Yasmin Ayyad - On the Farm
Photo entry #7: Irene Idiyalil - Untitled
In celebration of the library’s On the Same Page program, teens will show off their artistic side during our Dream Big Teen Photography Contest! Stop by to view the photo entries displayed in the library’s stairwell gallery.
First Place - Sonia Mistry, Untitled
Second Place - Javerea Ahmed, Untitled
Third Place and Viewer's Choice Award - Irene Idiyalil, Small details matter in Obtaining the Bigger Picture
Honorable Mention - Alex York, The Gold Rush
Judging was done by a member of the Bloomingdale Artists Association. Congratulations to all of our amazing teen photographers!
The Ouran Library Host Club event was a great success! For pics of our cosplayers, candy sushi, and other club photos, check out the library's Flickr page.
The Volunteens program is currently full for the summer. Thank you for your interest!