Bound by boredom (Part III): More than books for teens at libraries

fc1123fcweekend-001So it goes another summer day with plenty of time to wile away. For the teens in your midst, you may want to direct them to the area’s libraries, which are planning an active season of reading, discovery and fun.

This is the third installment in teen activities taking place at area libraries. In this post, I look at the offerings in Fairfield, Bridgeport and Trumbull. In the days to come, look for more programs happening across Fairfield and New Haven counties.

Fairfield Library – As with other libraries in the region, an active summer reading program is well under way at the library, but so too is a “Beneath the Surface” summer challenge for young people in grades 6 to 12. Earn points by completing challenging activities, which increase your chances at winning multiple prizes, such as a MeCam, autographed books, and gift cards. You can register here.

A bunch of programs also are planned that will bring young people (grades 6 and up) together all summer. Registration is required for all.

Here they are:

  • Friday, July 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Play Minecraft “for real” at the main branch and make sure to bring a friend.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – Turn old books into something new at the Fairfield Woods Branch downUNDER teen center.
  • Thursday, July 18, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – Continuing with the theme of reuse, participants will learn how to change household items into wonderful and weird objects. Meet at the Rotary Room at the main branch.
  • Thursday, July 25, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – The “Science of Food” will be explored with experiments and activities. There will be snacks, too. Location: Fairfield Woods Branch.
  • Thursday, Aug. 1, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – Get a good look at yourself as you create an altered self-portrait in art and words. This takes place at the Rotary Room in the main branch.

On Tuesdays, you can check out the “Book Into Movie Club,” which features a screening of such films as “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”

A special event will be local author Paul Ferrante’s visit on July 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when he talks about his new book, “Last Ghost at Gettysburg.”

And, Southport’s Pequot Library also has a summer reading program for teens. Here’s the scoop.

Bridgeport Library – The teen summer reading program will continue through Aug. 30, with programs and events, as well. Learn how to draw comics with graphic artist Lana Andrade, for instance, on Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 29, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Black Rock Branch. Classes are free, but you must register by calling 203-576-7025, or stopping by at the library.

Want to learn how to play chess? Suzanne Kachmer and John Farwell will provide the instruction for all skills on the fourth Friday of the month, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Newfield Branch. 203-576-7828

Here’s a list of some upcoming events:

Thursday, July 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Arts and Crafts: Fun with Duct Tape. Supplies provided. The event is at the Old Mill Green branch.

  • Tuesday, July 30, 3 to 5 p.m. – Teens may learn about henna body art with “Z,” an artist from Madison. Participants will learn about tattoo designs that are natural and non-permanent (1 to 3 weeks). Supplies provided. No registration, but space is limited. It takes place in the North Branch. Permission slips required for those under 18. For more information, call 203-576-7400, Ext 408.
  • Thursday, Aug. 1, 2 to 4 p.m. – If you miss “Z,” you can learn about henna body art with Genevieve Levin. Open to those 10 and older, a permission slip is required for those younger than 18. Space is limited to 30 participants. It takes place at the Old Mill Green Branch. 203-576-7400, Ext. 408.

There are other henna programs, as well. You can find those at the main calendar pages.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 6, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Musician Dan Stevens will conduct a guitar workshop for teens, where the final result will be primitive working guitars built with household materials. A brief music lesson follows. It takes place at the main Burroughs & Saden branch. (He repeats this on Aug. 12)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 4 to 5 p.m. – Local teen author Aaron Thomas-Russell stops by for a talk at the main branch about his new book, “The Dragons of Hiro.”

There are plenty of other events, as well. Make sure to check out the calendar.

Trumbull Library – You better start reading, as the summer reading program will soon be over. But there also are several programs planned to tap teen talents.

Here you go:

  • Saturday, July 13, 3 to 5 p.m. – Find your creativity with Ingrid Schaeffer who will guide participants through all media – music, theater, visual art, movement and writing. Only 16 can participate. Open to grades 6 to 12. Registration required.
  • Wednesday, July 17, 3 to 4 p.m. – Become accomplished at extreme hopscotch, which is described as “NOT your little sister’s hopscotch.” Registration required.
  • Monday, July 22, 4 to 5 p.m. – Learn modular origami with Fran Block. Materials provided, but class limited to 30. Registration required.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 5:30 p.m. – Teen Book Discussion: Delve into “The Secret Life of Bees,” by Sue Monk Kidd.
  • Wednesday, July 31, 3 to 4:30 p.m. – Suminagashi workshop with Suzanne Uznanski will offer participants a chance to learn about Japanese paper marbling. Limited to 20 in grades 6 to 12. Registration is required.

Next chapter: Wilton, Weston and Ridgefield

Christina Hennessy