Teen Programs & Events

Upcoming Events @ the Library

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

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)
Cookie Decorating for Teens

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.

Teen Game Night

2nd Thursday of the month - August 14, NO TEEN GAME NIGHT ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 11
4th Thursday of the month - 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!

ACT Test Strategies 101 Workshop

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.

Dueler's Guild

Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic

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.

Anime Club


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.

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!

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

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.

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 will conduct the workshops.

Code Breaking & Cryptography for Teens

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.

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

On the Same Page logo

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.


The Volunteens program is currently full for the summer. Thank you for your interest!