Library Events for Teens

These activities include crafts and making, movie screenings, coding and robotics, games, murder mystery parties, author visits, and more.

​​​​​​Arts​ workshops

Teen Scene is hosting four free Arts Workshops in 2017. With the help of a grant from the Marion Cultural Development Trust, teens will work for three hours with a professional performer, and then share what they learned. The performance is free and open to the public.

Bucket of Words​

New members are always welcome to Bucket of Words on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 4–5:30 p.m. The group offers writing support for aspiring authors of middle and high school age. Each meeting begins with a group writing exercise to get imaginations flowing. Snacks and silliness are provided.

Speak Up! Book Club

Share your thoughts about some great books on the third Tuesday of each month from 4–5 p.m. Everyone reads the books in advance, then gets together to eat snacks and enjoy a casual, fun, eye-opening discussion. At the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk, you can sign up for an email reminder, learn about upcoming books and get more information. ​

Teens’ Top Ten

The Speak Up! Book Club is reading and reviewing Advanced Reader Copies of books as part of the national  Teens’ Top Ten panel for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). If you are in Middle or high school and interested in upcoming books, find out more at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk. ​

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Challenge yourself to write the first draft of a novel in November during National Novel Writing Month. Set your own word count goal and the Young Writers Program will help you meet your goal with activities, support, and encouragement. ​

Teen Summ​​er Reading Club

​Beginning in June, middle and high school-aged youth can join the annual Summer Reading Club by signing up online or at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk. The Teen Summer Reading Club program is for recent 5th grade finishers to current year high school graduates.

Teen Summ​​er Reading Club

​Beginning June 6, middle and high school-aged youth can join the annual Summer Reading Club by signing up online or at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk. The Teen Summer Reading Club program is for recent 5th grade finishers to 2017 high school graduates. The program wraps up on Friday, August 18 with a special party for readers who reporting more than 20 hours of reading during the summer.​

​​Teen summer events

​​​In addition to the year-round activities, there are three FREE summer event series beginning in June:​

Teens can kick back in Teen Scene to enjoy free weekly movies at 3 p.m. each Wednesday from June 28-August 30. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.​​

  • ​​​​​Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (PG-13; 127 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, June 28
  • La La Land (PG-13; 128 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, July 5
  • Hidden Figures (PG-13; 127 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13; 133 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, July 19
  • Ella Enchanted (PG; 96 minutes; 2004)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, July 26
  • Captain America: Civil War (PG-13; 147 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, August 2
  • A Monster Calls (PG-13; 108 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, August 9
  • The Jungle Book (PG-13; 106 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, August 16
  • Napoleon Dynamite (PG; 96 minutes; 2004)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, August 23
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13; 133 minutes; 2016)
    3 p.m. Wednesday, August 30​

​​Weekly special events are scheduled on Thursdays from June 22 to August 3. Each special event is free and open to youth from recent 5th grade finishers to 2017 high school graduates. Space is limited for most events so please pre-register! Sign-ups online and at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk.

  • Outdoor Shenanigans & Sixth-Grade Welcome: Teen Summer Reading Club Kick-Off! ‐3-5 p.m. Thursday, June 22 in Peace Plaza. Sign up is not needed for this event.

  • Look to the Skies: Viewing the Great North American Eclipse ‐ 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29 in Anderson Rooms A&B. Sign up for Look to the Skies.

  • Scrap Puppets: A Teen Arts Workshop - 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 6 in Anderson Rooms A&B/Loucks Auditorium. Sign up for Scrap Puppets​.

  • Clue Live! - hosted by the Teen Advisory Board - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13 in Teen Scene. Sign up for Clue Live!

  • Build a Better Taste: Pizza Tasting & Judging - 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 20 in Anderson Rooms A&B. Sign up for Pizza Tasting.

  • Reuse & Create: Book Crafts - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 in Anderson Rooms A&B. Sign up for Book Crafts​.

  • Night of 1,000 Stars: A Teen Talent Showcase - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 3 in Loucks Auditorium. Audience seating for Night of 1,000 Stars is free and open to the public. Auditions for those interested in performing in the talent show are by appointment Saturday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 18. Schedule your audition through the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk, by phone at 503-588-6315 or send a link to a virtual audition (YouTube, Facebook, etc.) to Sonja Somerville by Tuesday, July 18.

Drop in to get creative with hands-on maker projects ranging from low to high-tech. Projects are available begin​​​ning at 3 p.m. each Friday from June 23 to August 11. Each week features a new project!​

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Teen Scene offers a variety of free events for middle and high school-aged youth. Some activities require pre-registration. Check the calendar for details.​ Signup for email notification​ and never miss an event!​​

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What’s happening
Dec. 19
Speak Up! Teen Book Club4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.Teen Scene
Salem Public Library
Dec. 20
Wednesdays with the Stars: Movies in Teen Scene3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.Teen Scene
Salem Public Library
Dec. 21
Last-Minute Gifts for Teens to Make and Give6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.Anderson Rooms A&B
Salem Public Library
Dec. 22
Bucket of Words: Teen Writing Group4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.Teen Scene
Salem Public Library
Dec. 24
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