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Welcome to our Teen Department!
The library provides programming and services just for teens. 

Summer Events for Teens 

There’s never been a better time to visit the library! Pick up a daily scratch off ticket at the Youth Desk, plus get extra tickets at teen events and when you check out books, games, and more. You could be an instant winner! Not a winner? No worries – all tickets will be entered in a grand prize drawing. While you're here, stay for these awesome events! 

Teen Tuesdays

Get crafty on Tuesdays in the Teen area! 

DIY Marbled Beads 

Tuesday, July 12 @ 4:00 PM 

Create one-of-a-kind marbled ring dishes from clay. 

Yarn Meetup 

Tuesday, July 19 @ 4:00 PM 

Learn to crochet, knit, wrap, weave, draw, and loop. Bring your own project or start a new adventure here. Complete beginners to total experts welcome. 

Brush and Slush with Audrey :) 

Tuesday, July 26 @ 4:00 PM 

Finally! A painting class with slushies! Create a work of art to take home or display in the Teen Area. Then, help choose our August project. 

Registration required. Limit 12 spots per session. Sign up at the Youth Desk or call 262-673-8247. 


Weekly Gaming Day

Thursdays at 2:30 PM 

Every Thursday is game day. Bring your friends or meet up at the Library to play board games, card games, gaming systems, scavenger hunts, and more. 


Teen Challenge:

Teen Reading Challenge (grades 6-12)

Whether you’re about to read the latest #BookTok sensation, listening to a classic, or searching for gaming hacks on your phone, your reading time counts! Challenge yourself to read 1,200 minutes by August 6 and turn your downtime into prizes. Track your reading and activities in Beanstack to earn badges, rewards, and grand prize tickets!

How do I get started?

  • Sign up and register for your Summer Reading Challenge at hartfordlibrary.beanstack.org, or download the user-friendly Beanstack Tracker app from the App Store or Google Play. If you already have a Beanstack account, sign in to register for the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Start reading!
  • Log your reading time and check off your activities in Beanstack to earn badges, prizes, and tickets for the grand prize drawings.

Check out our Beanstack guide for information on registering, logging minutes and activities, and assigning your tickets to prize drawings.

What kind of reading counts?

All reading! Count any time you spend reading or listening to books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, or ebooks.

Not sure which reading challenge is right for you or your reader? Give us a call at 262-673-8240 and ask for the Youth Department.
Teen Volunteers 
Interested in volunteering at the Library? We are accepting teen volunteer applications for regular volunteering opportunities! Must be 13 or older. Stop by the Youth Desk or call the Youth Desk at 262-673-8247 for more information.
Dial A Story
Teens can enjoy stories, poems, and more, right over the phone! Call 262-457-6616 to access the library's Dial A Storyline and pick the content you want to hear.
July 2022 Content

1. Random Act of Kindness Challenge

2. Writing Prompt #1

3. Writing Prompt #2

4. Book Preview: Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

5. Book Preview: What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera