Teen Programs & Events

Upcoming Events @ the Library

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

Dueler's Guild

Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic

3rd Saturday of the month
April 19, May 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.

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. Professors from DeVry University’s Addison Campus or members from the Workshop 88 makerspace will conduct the workshops.

Intermediate Robotics Workshop

Tuesday, April 22
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration limit: 20
Meeting Room C
Please note that this workshop’s location has moved. It will be held at the library, not the original offsite location.

Take your robotics skills further with this intermediate workshop! Before registering for this program, please attend the Beginner Robotics Workshop or have previous experience using Boe-Bots. Register at the Reference Desk, online, or by phone at (630) 924-2730.

Teen Game Night

2nd Thursday of the month - May 8, June 12
4th Thursday of the month - April 24, May 22, June 26
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!

Anime Club


1st Thursday of the Month
May 1, June 5
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!

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 3
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the library with super activities, crafts, giveaways, and free comics! Drop in and create custom crafts, snap some comics inspired photos, or catch a superhero movie. During our Comic Strip Jam Session, learn cartooning basics, create your own comic strip, and join in on building a monster sized comic.

Thank you to Dreamland Comics (1415 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg) for the generous comics donation! Free comics will be available for kids, teens, and adults. Two comics per person, while supplies last.

Exam Cram


Tuesday, May 27
Wednesday, May 28
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, computers, and reference help. We'll provide caffeine and snacks - you provide the brain power! Pizza served at 7:00 p.m.


We're looking for a few great teens to join our amazing group of VolunTeens! Help out with a few programs and easy jobs in the Youth Services Department and earn service hours for scouts, church, honor roll, or just a kickin’ college app!

Interested? Contact the VolunTeens Coordinator, Heidi Knuth, at 630-924-2745 or by email at hknuth@mybpl.org. VolunTeens Application (PDF)

Tenth Annual Pizza Taste-Off


The results are in for our Tenth Annual Pizza Taste-Off!

Best Crust
1st Place: Pronto's
2nd Place: Pizzeria Antica
3rd Place (tie): Jani's Pizza, Generoso Pizza

Best Sauce
1st Place (tie): Jani's Pizza, Generoso Pizza
2nd Place: Pronto's
3rd Place : Pizzeria Antica

Best Cheese
1st Place: Pronto's
2nd Place: Pizzeria Antica
3rd Place (tie): Jani's Pizza, Generoso Pizza

Best Overall
1st Place: Pronto's
2nd Place: Pizzeria Antica
3rd Place (tie): Jani's Pizza, Generoso Pizza

Thank you to the restaurants who participated this year! Participating Restaurants:
Pronto's Pizzeria - 160 S. Bloomingdale Rd., Bloomingdale
Jani's Pizza - 636 Lake St., Roselle
Pizzeria Antica - 119 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale
Generoso Pizza - 314 E Army Trail Rd., Glendale Heights

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!

Teen Gaming Tournament

Congratulations to our 2013 tournament winners!

Project M

  • First Place: Tia
  • Second Place: Sean
  • Third Place: Yami

Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend

  • First Place: Denver
  • Second Place: Tia
  • Third Place: Brian H.

Teen Photography Contest


Thank you to all the participants in the library's Teen Photography Contest! We had a great selection of photo entries. Now it's time to announce our winners!

Congratulations to our winners! You can still check out the contest photo entries at the library's Flickr page.

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.