Do you know someone between the ages of 12-18 who has many opinions and loves sharing them (Let’s pause a moment for laughter from everyone who knows a teen)? The Rapid City Public Libraries wants to hear from them. Our teen planning group meets at the Downtown Library (610 Quincy St.) once a month to talk about the teenager experience at the libraries.
At our meetings, teens collaborate and suggest ideas for monthly programs at the libraries. They help plan and make supplies for upcoming events. We also brainstorm ideas about what they would like to see in the young adult areas of the libraries.
With a teen lounge in the works at the downtown library, the library especially wants to know what teens think would make the area open, inviting and most of all fun! The teen lounge is also the future home to a maker/hackerspace for teens. This could include a 3D printer, art supplies, gaming computers and console gaming stations.
Based on feedback from the planning group, we are trying longer teen programs with new start times this fall. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are from 4-6 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the downtown library. Upcoming programs include Teen Planning Committee meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 14, Monday, Nov. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4 (December in Conference Room A). So teens trying to meet community service goals should definitely join!
At the monthly Teen Gaming days, teens will get together to play the latest consoles, including an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Nov. 25. and Dec. 23. We also have an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that allows immersion in PC games like never before.
The Teen Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 18, is an after-hours bash just for teens from 5:30-8 p.m. We play games, eat pizza and candy, and the top three costumes win Best Buy gift cards provided by the Friends of the Library. My favorite event is a surprisingly popular gross food-eating challenge. Teams of teens plow through disgusting food combinations for fame, glory and even more candy prizes.
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, teen planning group members will be presenting the Bracelet Workshop for Teens. They will show participants how to make paracord survival bracelets, rubber band loom bracelets, and different styles of friendship bracelets. This is the first event proposed and organized by the planning group and they are very excited to lead events for their peers.
The planning group will also be helping with our Handmade Holiday Gifts program for teens on Tuesday, Dec. 9. We will be presenting handmade gift ideas for teens to make and give to loved ones just in time for the holiday season.
I’m most excited for a presentation by local author V.R. Janis. On Dec. 15 from 4-5:30 p.m., she will be at the downtown library teaching teens how to make a sketchbook. Tell your teens about all of the wonderful upcoming events at the Rapid City Public Libraries.