Teens

The Wallingford Library Teen Area is specially designed for teens in grades 6-12. We offer a great collection of fiction, graphic novels, and manga. We even offer Comics Plus to read on your tablet or phone. Enjoy free wi-fi, a device charging station, and 11 teen computers. Check the online calendar for a listing of programs for teens.

Sew Your Own Bat Plush
Thursday, July 18th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Sew your own adorable, soft bat plush! We’ll use “cut and sew” fabric that has the templates and cut lines marked for easier assembly and will go through the process step-by-step. Some experience with a sewing machine is preferred, but not required.

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Scrimshaw Workshop with Mystic Seaport
Friday, July 19th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Learn about the sailor’s art of scrimshaw in this hands-on program. Scrimshaw is an art form developed by 19th-century whalers as a pastime. These whalers would create decorative and elaborate carvings on materials they had readily available – whale bones and teeth. A Mystic Seaport Museum educator will showcase examples of scrimshaw and then you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at creating scrimshaw art.

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Virtual Author Visit with Elizabeth Acevedo
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required

You’re invited to learn about the power of poetry with Elizabeth Acevedo! In this exciting author conversation and Q&A, presented in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium, Acevedo will provide a short reading from her novel-in-verse, The Poet X. The Poet X will also serve as the backdrop to this amazing chat!

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JJK’s Summah Readin’ Roadtrip
Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Ages 7 and up
Registration required

Jarret J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Hey, Kiddo and many other children’s books, is coming to Wallingford! He will talk about how he brings his stories to life, do a live drawing session, and answer questions. A book signing will follow.

Please be sure to individually register each person in your family who will be attending the event.

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Create Your Own Slime Creature
Wednesday, July 24th, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Make slime into your own creepy creature!

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LED Embroidered Zodiac Constellation
Friday, July 26th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Learn how to hand embroider a UFO then use LEDs and conductive thread to make it light up!

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Trading Card Battle Club
Tuesday, July 30th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Wonder Room
Grades 4-8
Registration encouraged

Calling all trading card sharks! If you have the urge to battle, come bring your Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic the Gathering cards down to the library to test your skills and compete for prizes. Premade decks can be provided by the library but bringing your own is encouraged.

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Doodle+ Comics for Teens
Wednesday, July 31st, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Would you like an easy access point for making a comic? Do you want to incorporate simple imagery for storytelling? Are you interested in inventing characters? The Doodle + Comics Workshop will have you quickly filling panels with narration and imagery that will let your imagination come to life! What happens in a Doodle + Comics Workshop? -This workshop begins with a brief conversation about the unique mechanics of how comics can tell stories. We’ll talk about how to come up with a storyline and develop a character, and discuss other topics related to writing and drawing comics. Then we do some simple doodle exercises to generate ideas. Next we experiment with some inspiring comic formats to tell our own stories and share if we feel comfortable doing so.

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Resin Ghost Lights
Thursday, Aug 1st, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Make a little ghostie out of resin! You’ll get to decorate the resin with dyes and mica powders. Once the resin cures, you’ll be able to put your ghost on a light stand and give them a glow.

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Poképarty
Friday, August 2nd, 12:00-4:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Ages 3-14
Register for a reminder

Come join us for a Pokémon themed party! There will be trading cards, video games, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, a tournament, and more! Collect special badges and meet other Pokémon trainers!

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Resin Coated Pins
Saturday, August 3rd, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Learn how to make your own pins! We’ll draw a design on shrink plastic, use heat to shrink it down, then add UV Resin to finish it off.

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Galaxy Pendants
Tuesday, August 6th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Collins Room
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Use translucent clays and other media mixed to create an otherworldly galaxy scene of your own design. Then, add a domed pendant to turn it into jewelry.

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Learn to Crochet: Axolotl
Wednesday, August 7th, 2:00-4:30 p.m. in the Collins Room
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Learn to crochet with a kit from The Woobles! Woobles kits provide step-by-step video (and written) instructions to complete the project. You will get your own kit and you’ll have access to a library laptop in order to view the instructional videos at your own pace. Kayleigh will also be on hand to provide any live guidance you may need.

All materials from the kit, including access to the video tutorial are yours to keep after the program.

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Day of Dungeons & Dragons
Monday, August 12th, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Ages 9-14
Registration required

A mysterious dragon egg was gifted to our adventurer’s long ago. Now, they must go on a quest to hatch it safely. All are welcome at this library D&D program from experienced gamers to first-timers. Come play Dungeons and Dragons at the library!

All participants should plan to arrive at 11am and stay for the full length of the program. Pizza will be provided, but you are welcome to bring additional nut-free snacks.

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Teen Cuisine: Cups of Dirt
Wednesday, August 14th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Learn how to make chocolate pudding from scratch to upgrade this classic dessert! We’ll add the pudding to layers of oreos and top with gummy worms or other eerie toppings.

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Make a Scrolling Painting
Friday, August 16th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Grades 6-12
Registration required

Paint a piece of art meant to be moved along- a sunrise/sunset, going underwater, a walk through the woods, anything you can think of! You could even paint text. Once your painting is done, you’ll assemble a laser cut box that will hold your painting. You’ll put the two together and have your own scrolling painting!

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Trading Card Battle Club
Tuesday, August 27th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Wonder Room
Grades 4-8
Registration encouraged

Calling all trading card sharks! If you have the urge to battle, come bring your Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic the Gathering cards down to the library to test your skills and compete for prizes. Premade decks can be provided by the library but bringing your own is encouraged.

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