Teen Programs & Events

Upcoming Events @ the Library

Teen programs are open to 7th graders and up
Teen Programs Calendar

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Anime Club

1st Thursday of the Month
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.


Looking for a list of manga and anime in LINC, your local library network? Then check out the Manga @ the Library and the Anime @ the Library lists!


The Volunteens program is currently open for the school year. If you're interested in joining our Volunteens program, please fill out the application.Thank you for your interest!

Teen Game Night

2nd Thursday of the month - December 11, January 8
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.


Game on our big screens! Battle on our PS4, race in Mario Kart 8, and more! A Yu-Gi-Oh! card tournament is held on the first Teen Game Night of the month. 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!

Exam Cram


Monday, December 15
Tuesday, December 16
Wednesday, December 17
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open to high school students (9th-12th grades)

Get ready for finals at the library’s Exam Cram! We’ll have group and quiet study areas, Wi-Fi, and computers. We'll provide caffeine and snacks - you provide the brain power! Pizza will be served at 7:00 p.m.

Dueler's Guild

Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic

3rd Saturday of the month
December 20, January 17
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.

DIY Stickers and Decals for Teens examples
DIY Stickers and Decals for Teens

Monday, December 29
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 8

Create custom vinyl stickers and decals for your room, phone, and more! Make stickers of your favorite quotes, logos, and more using the library’s Silhouette Cameo machine. Register at the Reference Desk, online, or by phone at (630) 924-2730.

STEM Workshop Series

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 or library staff will conduct the workshops.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Computers for Teens
Tuesday, December 30
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 12

Get a hands-on intro to computer science and programming with the Raspberry Pi, a tiny credit card sized computer. You'll load the operating system, explore the included programs, and set up Internet connectivity. Register at the Reference Desk, online, or by phone at (630) 924-2730.

Code Breaking & Cryptography for Teens

Code Breaking & Cryptography for Teens
Tuesday, September 16
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 15

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! Register at the Reference Desk, online, or by phone at (630) 924-2730.

Arduino Music for Teens

Arduino Music for Teens
Tuesday, January 27, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 14
Create music using our Arduino microcontrollers! Register at the Reference Desk, online, or by phone at (630) 924-2730.

Practice ACT Exam

Saturday, January 10
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration limit: 25 (A minimum of 15 students must register to hold the exam)

Prepare for the ACT with a free practice test! Are you taking the ACT in February or April? Then this practice exam is for you! A Kaplan representative will proctor the exam, which will last approximately 3.5 hours.

Students will receive test results at the ACT Test Strategies Workshop on Saturday, January 24. If you can’t 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.

Start Early, Start Smart How to Choose a Motivating College Major

Wednesday, January 21
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Teens, it's never too early to start thinking about your future! A career professional will show you how to save time, energy, and money by using comprehensive assessment results to help you define your abilities and interests. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend together.

Register at the Reference Desk, by phone at (630) 924-2730, or online.

ACT Test Strategies Workshop

Saturday, January 24
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Registration limit: 50

Learn how to score higher on the ACT using key strategies and a study plan for success. The format and content of the test are covered, including ways to take advantage of the test format to maximize efficiency. Various question types are also reviewed and answered. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend together.

Students who took the Practice ACT Exam on Saturday, January 10 will receive their scores during this workshop. If you can’t attend this workshop, test results will be emailed to you at a later date.

Register at the Reference Desk, by phone at (630) 924-2730, or online.

Teen Gaming Tournament

Congratulations to our 2014 tournament winners!

Project M

  • First Place: Nick
  • Second Place: Sheldon
  • Third Place: Tia

Dance Central

  • Tia

Super Mario Bros. 3 World 1, Level 1 Speedrun

  • Brian (completed in 20 seconds)
Cell Phone Photo Contest

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

Dream Big Teen Photography Contest

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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!

Ouran Library Host Club

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.