Our Teen Programming Guide for Summer 2019 is now available! Click here to check out all the fun activities we have just for Teens this summer. We will also have our Summer Learning Challenge where teens work to read, discover, and create all summer long. As teens record their summer learning, they will earn tickets to put toward prizes. We will have 3 prize drawings just for Teens this year! Sign-up under the section below titled as, "2019 Summer Learning Challenge."
If you have any questions, please call 262-673-8240 or stop by the Youth Desk anytime we're open.
  Upcoming Teen Activities: 
  • Hoo's Woods Raptor Center (Tuesday, July 9 @ 4 p.m.): Join us for a program all about birds of prey! Hoo's Woods Raptor Center will be bringing 3 raptors and a Bald Eagle for families to learn about! This is a great program to see these beautiful birds up close and personal! *To abide by fire code, attendance will be limited. First come, first serve.
  • REMINDER: The last day to turn in any prize tickets for the 1st Teen Reading Drawing is Saturday, July 6. Winners will be pulled the following Monday and a new set of prizes will be put up for the second drawing!
  • Teen Game Night (Thursday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.): We will have a mix of games for you and your friends to play! Some of the games include Life-Size Clue, Words With Friends, Life-Size Hungry Hungry Hippos, and more!
  • Teen Craft Night (Thursday, July 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.): Stop by for a night full of crafts. Some of the crafts we'll be doing are Sharpie art, glass paitning, perler beads, and rock painting.
  • Teen Pizza & a Movie Night (Thursday, July 25 @ 6 p.m.): Vote for which movie you would like to see played! Visit https://tinyurl.com/y5vyzrg7 to cast your vote. Voting ends Saturday, July 13. The movie withe the most votes will be announced on Monday, July 15. The library will be providing pizza for teens during the showing! First come, first serve.
  • Oreo Tast Test (Thursday, August 1 @ 6:30 p.m.): Oreos have all kind of flavors! Do you think you can tell which one is which by just tasting it? At our Oreo Taste Test, you'll be given a variety of oreos to taste, but won't be told what flavor it is. It's up to you to figure out the flavor! Teens with the most correct guesses will win a prize!


2019 Summer Learning Challenge (Monday, June 3-Saturday, August 3):
Our Summer Program has officially started! Even if you’ve been in the program before, please note we are doing things differently this year. Participants will be logging not only their reading, but also the days they spend discovering and creating. Please review the step-by-step description of the program before signing up.
For Teens, the library provides separate programming from younger children. In addition, for our Summer Learning Challenge, Teens have their own separate set of prizes that they are working toward winning. 
Teen Readers (6th to 12th Grade):
Take Home Summer Learning Challenge Log: Teen Log
Teens will be counting how many minutes they read, how many days they spend discovering something new, and how many days they spend creating. Starting Monday, June 10, Teens can start bringing any learning they have recorded to the Youth Desk at the library. There a staff member will assist you in logging your learning. Please keep in mind, when and how often you stop in the library to log your learning is completely up to you. The only deadline is Saturday, August 3 when the program ends. Also, for Teen Readers, there are multiple prize drawings throughout the summer. If you want specific prizes in that set of prize drawings, we do suggest you get in before the deadline of that drawing to log some learning and put some tickets in toward that prize drawing. 
*Make sure you read over the step-by-step description on how the program works to fully understand what you are logging, when you earn prize tickets, and what type of learning counts for the program.

Teen Battle of the Books (B.O.B.) Program
The Jack Russell Memorial Library will compete with other libraries in the Monarch System to see which library’s team comes out on top! Anyone entering grades 6th-12th may participate in the B.O.B. program. *Must sign-up by Saturday, June 29.

How Does it Work?
For a full list of rules, please obtain a copy of the B.O.B. Guidelines from the Youth Librarian (Jessica). You’ll be participating as a team for Hartford against other Monarch Library System teens. You’ll be quizzed on the B.O.B. competition books. For example, a question may state, “Which book has a character that finds out he is a wizard?” The team would answer, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.” Questions about all of the books will be asked and will range in difficulty. Teams gain points for every answer they have right. In the end, whichever team has the most points wins!
Before beginning the program, all participants and their parents must sign a permission slip and return it to the Youth Services Librarian. This will ensure that both participants and their parents have received a copy of how the program works, what the rules are, and what books are on the list!
Things to Keep in Mind
  • Before committing to the program, make sure you can attend the final competition date (please see librarian for date & time). The library does not provide transportation there. It is up to you to secure a ride to the competition.
  • To ensure the library has copies for B.O.B. participants, we will hold all Summer B.O.B. books behind the Youth Desk. Just stop at the desk and ask to see the Summer B.O.B. books to check one out!
  • You do not have to read all the books on the list. You’re part of a team, so you can always divvy up the books between your team members.
  • Reading B.O.B. books do count toward the Summer Learning Challenge’s reading portion!
Important Dates:
  • Information Meeting (Choose one date): Thursday, June 13 @ 6 p.m. or Monday, June 17 @ 4 p.m.
  • Final Competition Date & Location: Friday, July 26 @ 1 p.m. at the Lomira Quad/Graphic Community Library (427 S. Water Street, Lomira, WI). *Participants must secure their own transportation for the final competition.
  • Please note, there will be other work days established once B.O.B. participants are signed up. Additionally, there may be a preliminary competition to narrow down the final 5 participants if more than 5 people are interested in the B.O.B. program.
2019 B.O.B. Books:
  • Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
  • The War Outside by Monica Hesse

Teen Movies:
  • Crazy Rich Asians (Monday, July 15 @ 2 p.m.): Runtime 2 hours 1 minute. Rated PG-13).
  • Teen Pizza & A Movie Night (Thursday,  July 25 @ 6 p.m.): You choose the movie! Visit https://tinyurl.com/y5vyzrg7 to vote for your movie choice! Winner will be announced Monday, July 15.