Teen Summer Programming

 

Happy Summer! Learn about and register for:

  • Teen Summer Reading Club - complete challenges & win prizes!
  • Weekly Virtual Programs, including Talk It Out and Craft & Tell
  • Special Events, including GIRL Coders, Intro to Tinkercad, and Design Thinking
  • Summer volunteer opportunities for Piscataway teens

Summer Reading Club

The Teen Summer Reading Club is open to teens entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2020. It will run from June 18-July 31, 2020.

Register for the summer reading club by clicking here.

Once you register, you will receive a copy of the checklist (Google form).

Directions:

  • Complete as many items on the checklist as you can by Friday, July 31. You can choose to submit the Google form once at the end of the program or you can submit the Google form multiple times as you complete different challenges. Each item will only be counted once.
  • You should only include titles and activities that you complete from June 18 - July 31. Please only use each title or activity once.
  • There will be weekly raffles and two grand prize raffle drawings for a gift card. The more items you complete, the more raffle tickets you earn for grand prize drawings. Raffle winners will be notified by email.
  • Participants that complete at least 10 challenges will get invited to our End of Summer Reading Club virtual party. Details will be emailed to eligible participants.
  • You can also access the checklist here. You can also download a PDF version by clicking here.

Questions? Contact the Teen Services Department at teens@piscatawaylibrary.org. Erica, Kate-Lynn, or Dean will get back to you!

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Piscataway Library. 

Weekly Virtual Programs

For teens entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2020

All programs this summer will be virtual. Once you register, you will receive the link to the online event. Questions can be directed to the Teen Services Department at teens@piscatawaylibrary.org.

Join us on Mondays at 3pm for Talk It Out! Teen Services Librarians and Community experts will lead conversations around teen-centered issues, including how to take care of your mental health! Register for Talk It Out by clicking here.

Love to craft? Join us on Wednesdays at 2pm, from June 24-July 29, for Craft & Tell! Bring whatever you are working on to share with the group! Each session will start with a guest speaker to share a new and exciting craft idea! Register for Craft & Tell by clicking here.

Looking for more things to do? The Teen Services Department has created a Boredom Busters page, with DIY Crafts, Entertainment, Digital Escape Rooms, and Food (recipes and crafts).

 

Special Events

For teens entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2020

All events will take place virtually (a link will be provided via email a few days in advance of each event).

Details are still being finalized for some of our summer special events! Check back for updates!


Introduction to Tinkercad - Friday, July 10, 10-11:30am OR Friday, July 17, 10-11:30
Learn to use Tinkercad (a free web-based CAD software) to create 3D models of objects! In this workshop, you'll learn to navigate Tinkercad, skills, and techniques to create models for basic objects like bookmarks, and create a finished product. All students will be provided a credit which can be used to 3D print their creation at the Piscataway Public Library.

About our Presenter : Aditya Dutt is a teen volunteer currently attending the STEM Academy in Edison. He is also the founder of the DICE club at the East Brunswick Public Library.

Please only register for one session, as the content will be the same.

Please note: Participants must have a laptop or desktop computer with Internet access to use Tinkercad. A mouse helps as well.


HTML/CSS Bootcamp - 3 sessions - July 28, July 29, July 30, 10-11:30am
Join us for this 3 day/ 3 session bootcamp to learn the basics of web design using HTML (hypertext markup language) and web styling using CSS (cascading style sheets)! Each session will take place on Zoom and help you learn a variety of skills to get you started with, or enhance your web building skills. You will join our instructor and code live along with her in developing your own web projects.

Registrations is required. - Registering for this course registers you for all 3 sessions of the workshop. Please only register if you can commit to the entire course.

Please note: Participants must have a laptop or desktop computer with Internet access.


Design Thinking Bootcamp - August 2020
This August we will be offering our first Design Thinking Bootcamp for teens! Over four weekly sessions, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a host of active challenges, activities, and collaborative projects designed to build their skills as thinkers, problem-solvers, and designers. The workshops themselves will focus on building their skills in areas such as empathy in design (how to think outward in developing new ideas), reverse-engineering, skills and strategies for effective brainstorming, as well as prototyping and testing skills for new or refined products or services.

Registrations will be required. More details TBA!


 

Volunteering

For Piscataway residents entering grades 6-12 (ages 11-17) in Fall 2020

Looking to earn some volunteer hours? Check out our summer volunteer opportunities by clicking here. Some opportunities have limited availability.

Questions? Contact the Teen Services Department at teens@piscatawaylibrary.org.