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Teens can go beneath the surface at the library


Summer schedule is packed with fun activities for teeens

West Linn teens — this is your chance to go “Beneath the Surface” at West Linn Public Library. The teen summer reading program offers fun weekly activities, prizes for reading and many volunteer opportunities.

“Beneath the Surface” is for students entering grades six through 12, and sign-up begins June 15 at noon downstairs at the library. The sign-up packet includes an admission ticket for a free round of miniature golf at Bullwinkle’s and an entry form for the Oregon College Savings Plan sweepstakes.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The first teen event of the summer is a screening of The Hobbit on June 20.

The Thursday activities begin June 20 with Movie Night (“The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey”) and continue with the June 27 afternoon program “Uke Can Do it,” which gives you the chance to learn to play the ukulele in one afternoon. (Pre-registration is required for this program and starts June 15.) 

Teen and Family Trivia Night will be July 11 with mixed-generation teams of three to six people vying for the title of Top Smarty-Pants.

The ever-popular Swap Your Stuff event will be the afternoon of July 18, and July 25 will be the Game (and pizza) Night Extravaganza. The library’s first Maker Faire will be the afternoon of Aug. 1, giving teens the chance to demonstrate their own creativity. All activities are 100 percent free thanks to the generous support of the Friends of West Linn Library and the Library Foundation.

For the reading component, teens log the hours they spent reading (and volunteering at the library). A teen’s first completed reading log is rewarded with a free prize book and bag of goodies, including admission tickets to both North Clackamas Aquatic Park and Oaks Amusement Park. Additional reading logs can be submitted through Aug. 15, and are good for entry in the grand prize drawings for six $50 gift cards to Clackamas Town Center.

Of course, the library offers a wide variety of reading materials for teens. New fiction will be arriving all summer long, and we have graphic novels, magazines and audiobooks on CD. Remember Library2Go for downloading e-books to tablets.

Volunteering at West Linn Public Library is a fun way to help and is an excellent way to acquire the volunteer hours needed for Scouts, National Honor Society and other organizations. Teens help administer the reading programs for younger kids and for teens, passing out sign-up materials and later in the summer passing out prize bags. Teen volunteers are needed all of the hours the library is open, and that is a lot of volunteer hours. Other fun jobs include helping at summer events, assisting with children’s craft activities and escorting children in the West Linn Old Time Fair parade. The registration form for volunteering is in each teen summer reading packet.

Parents are sometimes concerned about their pre-teens making the transition from the children’s summer reading program to the teen summer reading program. All of the teen events are age-appropriate for incoming sixth-graders. The library is committed to the safety and developmental needs of teens. Evening programs require parent/guardian sign-in and sign-out.

Library hours, event schedules and more can be found on the library’s website at westlinnoregon.gov/library.