Teen Lounge

Welcome to the Teen Lounge at the Forbes Library!

Please consider this your space and don’t hesitate to email us with any suggestions about cool links, ideas for the page, YA programming, or anything else you’d like to ask. We’d love to hear from you.

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What’s Happening

April 1-30 is the Teen Book Spine Poetry Competition!

Forbes Library’s Book Spine Poetry Contest for Teens (ages 13-19)

April 1-30, 2014

Participating is easy, here’s how:

1.       Create a poem using book spines. This poem can incorporate any element of the spine you like (color, text, etc.). Theme/length/format is entirely up to you.

2.       Take a photo of the poem and upload it to the Forbes Library Teens page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ForbesLibraryTeens). Tell us about your poem in the comment box. Need help uploading the picture? Stop by the Reference Desk!

Deadline:Add your photos by 9pm on Wednesday April 30. Winners will be announced on Monday May 5.

Prizes: The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Downtown Northampton. The prize will need to be picked up in person by the winner. We will have several honorable mentions in various categories.

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Fine Print: You can enter as many times as you like, but you can only win one prize. By entering the contest, you certify your images and poems are your own creations. All decisions as to winners will be made by Forbes Library Staff and all decisions are final. Library staff and family can enter, but can only be honored as prize-less runners-up. By participating you grant the library full permission to use your name and entry for any publicity and promotional purposes. Sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library.

Friday Crafternoon: Recycled Crafts for Earth Day!

On April 18 at 3:30pm, join us for a fun crafting afternoon. In honor of Earth Day, we will be doing some recycled crafts (with old books, bottles, etc.). Please call 413-587-1010 or email lgingras@forbeslibrary.org to register.

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Join the best TAB around!

Want to hang out, have food, discuss books, and plan events at the library? Join the Teen Advisory Board. Joining the TAB also counts for community service credits!

Our next meeting will be Friday May 2nd at 3:30. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t attended before- feel free to stop by. We want to hear your new ideas!

The Teen Advisory Board has a blogEmail TAB with any suggestions!

Read! Discuss! Create! Join our Young Adult Book Club:

Our next book group meeting will be on May 14th from 4-5pm in the Community Room. The book will be “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.”

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Ask at the Children’s Circulation desk or call 413-587-1010 to register and reserve a copy of the book. Sign up today!

Wii Gaming Club

We will be meeting February 28, March 28, April 25, and May 30 all at 3:30 in the Community Room. We will select a game and take turns playing.


Writing Group

We will be meeting February 19, March 26, April 16, and May 21 all from 4-5 in the Community Room. Bring a story you are working on or just an idea. We will have exercises and activities to help your story come to life. Registration is appreciated, please call 413-587-1010 or email lgingras@forbeslibrary.org to sign up.

For all you aspiring writers…we will be having a local author come in and speak at our April 16th meeting!

This page updated February 11, 2014.