Teen events, prizes, and more!

Our Summer Library Program is here! What’s the Summer Library Program, you may ask? It’s a free program in which you read and complete easy activities to earn a prize (plus fun events!).

The Basics

  1. Sign up, June 1 – July 16
  2. Read and complete activities
  3. Earn a free book (and entries into the Teen Prize Raffle)

First, SIGN UP to begin tracking your reading and activities. You have three tracking options to choose from: You can use the app Beanstack Tracker; you can use a paper reading record; you can use a pdf copy of a reading record. CHOICES. Beanstack has a reading goal set for you, but you can set your own goal for paper/pdf reading records. And, I want to emphasize this, ADAPT these goals as you need to. Challenge yourself, but don’t make it an impossible challenge.

Second, READ and complete ACTIVITIES. No matter what method you choose to track participation, the most important thing is to keep reading. Read happy books, sad books, fantasy books, comic books, historical books, biographical books, etc. etc. etc. Just remember to get your reading in this summer and keep track of how much you do.

Teens (entering grades 6-12) need to also complete 5 easy activities (e.g. try a new food), and have the option to complete BONUS activities. These bonus activities earn you extra entries into the Teen Prize Raffle. If you’re not interested in the prize raffle, feel free to skip ’em!

Third, earn PRIZES. When you SIGN UP for the reading program, you receive a free book and entries into the Teen Prize Raffle. For signing up! I mean, FREE BOOK and raffle entries for reading whatever you want. Pretty sweet, right? Plus, you could win an awesome raffle prize (book bundle, anyone?).

Want to know more? Go check out the Teen Summer Library Program page to see all the details. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or give us a call 715-839-5007. We’re always happy to help!

P.S. Psst! Also be sure to check out our teen-only events. Teen Late Nights! A bike ride! Introduction to pottery!

Make a difference with Teen Advisory Board!

2020-2021 TAB members at Ramone’s

Join Teen Advisory Board and make a difference at the library!

What is Teen Advisory Board (TAB)?

The Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer-based group comprised of teens that love the library and an adult facilitator. The group works to make the library a better place for their peers in middle and high school.

What do TAB members do?

  • Attend monthly meetings, trainings, or events
  • Suggest books and other materials for the library to purchase
  • Promote the library to peers
  • Assist library staff in creating events, displays, and projects for teens and kids
  • Work with the TAB group to achieve set goals
  • Learn to communicate effectively through email and other tools
  • Help the library grow and improve

Who can join?

Anyone currently in grades 6-12 and 11-18 years old. You must also be a L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library cardholder (Don’t have one? Don’t worry.
They are easy to get and are free!)

How do I join?

Fill out this quick form. Easy peasy!

If you love the library, we’d love to have you on TAB! Still have questions? Send us a quick email at teens@ecpubliclibrary.info to learn all the things!

Winter Activity Recommendations

Looking for something to do over the next two long winter months? Well, the library’s Young Adult Advisory Board (teens for teens) recently put together this little list of fun to-dos for winter 2022. Reading is obviously a top choice. :)

August

I really enjoyed the book Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas! Otherwise a movie I really enjoyed last year was Spiderman: No Way Home and The Conjuring series!

Bridget

My book recommendation is All Eyes on Her by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. You know those books that make you want to stay home with a cup of cocoa and cancel everything and read? This is one of those books. It’s such a good fast paced book from different POVs and lots of character development. Oh and it had murder. What else would you want in a book.

Eva

My recommendation is read a graphic novel. Try the Delilah Dirk series by Tony Cliff or Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks.

Kyra

My go-to suggestions are build a puzzle, make a craft, and drink hot cocoa.

Ollie

Finding a book with good queer representation is hard. This book is not only a book with queer representation (and a queer author not just a straight cis author adding some representation so they don’t get canceled), it is also written by an author of color. This book is Kings Queens and In-betweens by Tanya Boteju. This story follows Nima Kumara-Clark a queer teen who is in love with her bestfriend. She goes to drag shows and meets all sorts of different people. There are people that seem to be horrible then when you look farther they are just trying to find theirself.

This story has great representation for people of color, LGBTQ+, and people trying to figure out what they are and just themselves in general. Finding a book that can represent people without just using standards and stereotypes is difficult, but this book does it beautifully. So, if you are wondering if you should read this book, the answer is, yes and you will be very happy with your decision.

Owen

My January movie recommendation is Red Notice. It’s on Netflix and it is one of my favorite movies. My first book recommendation is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It is quite possibly my favorite book of all time and I highly suggest anyone who hasn’t read it to read it. My second book recommendation is Armada, also by Ernest Cline. In my opinion, it isn’t quite as good as Ready Player One, but it is still by far on of my favorite books.

3 Pieces of Advice

This post is a guest submission from Young Adult Advisory Board member, Kyra B. 

Hey, I’m Kyra! I’m currently a senior in high school so as someone who is, in my opinion, too old I’m here to give you some advice. I may be a very big hypocrite by writing this since many of these things I didn’t start doing till this year or I still haven’t done.

My first piece of advice is do things. Yeah it’s cliché and dumb to say but it’s honestly good advice. There’s a phrase I say often that’s pretty dumb but it’s basically “everything is edible once.” Basically you can and should do everything at least once, just maybe think before you do it and try not to die.

My second piece of advice is do your homework. Yes this seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many people I know don’t religiously do their homework. Yes I’m kind of a nerd and will come home and do homework for hours until I’ve done as much as I can. I’m not saying you should do that. Just get as much done as you can and try your best on it but if you just had a sports game and need sleep go to sleep.

Last piece of advice. This one is kind of cliché too but be yourself. No one cares if you’re popular or not. Just exist in a way that makes you happy as long as you’re not hurting others.

Doodles, Donuts, and Late Night Fun

November is almost here, and it brings with it two fun library events just for teens!

Doodles & Donuts

On Saturday, November 13  at 2:00 pm., join us for a fun drawing and coloring event for teens. (Open grades 6-12.) No artistic experience is necessary—just bring your imagination. All materials and snacks (donuts!!) will be provided. Registration is required and opens November 1.

So grab a friend, and enjoy a sweet treat while doodling to relax and de-stress.

Teen Late Night

Ever wondered what the library is like after everyone has left? Well on Friday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. the most beloved after-hours teen event is BACK. Join other teens in the library (2725 Mall Drive), after all the other customers are gone! Activities include a chip face-off challenge, games, and general shenanigans. Snacks provided. Registration and parent permission slip required. Registration opens November 1.

In alignment with guidance from the CDC and Eau Claire City-County Health Department, masks are required for all in-person, indoor, teen events, regardless of vaccination status.

P.S. Don’t forget to snag your Taco ‘Bout Hilarious Teen BookBox! It features taco-themed goodies and a humorous library book…and is sure to be the taco of the town. The new box drops on November 1.