Teens: Challenge yourself & have fun this summer

Summer is here, and Teen Services wants to make sure you have a great one. Sign up for library emails to keep up with what’s going on all summer!

Three teenagers playing game on a table
Do fun activities with the library, and win badges and prizes, in the Teen Summer Activities Challenge.

Do stuff, earn prizes

Sign up for our Teen Summer Activities Challenge on Beanstack, for ages 14-18. The challenge runs June 6 through July 22.

Here’s how it works: You complete activities, such as getting involved with library programs and services and community projects, all while earning prizes. After earning each badge, you will qualify for the grand prize: a free trip to Six Flags Great America!

Sign up for the challenge »

Two teenagers talking and laughing in library Teen Space
Find your friends and fun in the Main Library Teen Space every weekday afternoon, plus Tuesdays at Dole Branch and Wednesdays at Maze Branch.

New summer hours

Teen Services is branching out, with new teen summer hours at all three library locations.

Come and be social, play video and board games, check out books, access many other resources, and see what fun pops up during our special teen summer hours at all three library locations. 

From May 31 through August 10, join Teen Services staff and friends:

  • Monday-Friday: Main Library Teen Space, 1-5 pm
  • Tuesday: Dole Branch, 1-5 pm
  • Wednesday: Maze Branch, 1-5 pm

Summer events

See what’s coming up for teens, including:

Teen Services Pride Month events

Teen Pride Month Series
Weekly in June
. Join us each week in June for opportunities to show your PRIDE! See all dates and register »

Pokemon Club
Wednesdays, June 22-July 27, 2-4 pm. Learn and play the Pokemon Trading Card Game. Pokemon GO gamers welcome! See all dates and register »

Dungeons & Dragons Bootcamp
Ongoing in June, July & August. Train to become an Adventurer and/or a Game Master, in two-day training programs throughout the summer, plus game nights! See all dates and register »

More to know: Teens making their mark with the library this summer

Artwork by Paul Branton
Artwork by Paul Branton, who will lead teen artists in a mural project at the Main Library this summer.

Artists at work

All summer, five local BIPOC student artists and professional artist Paul Branton will be bringing color and life to the white walls of our already vibrant Teen Space.

Stay tuned for the official unveiling of the Teen Space murals this fall.

Building experience and resumes 

To expose teenagers to different career paths, we’re hosting our first teen internship program this summer.

Interns will be placed with the library and the Oak Park and River Forest High School Bookstore, and we hope to have more employers on board next summer.