The Teen Room at Cary Library serves patrons in grades 6-12. Teens are welcome to use the Teen Room to read, study, socialize with friends, play games, do puzzles, or just hang out and think! In addition to lots of books, we have plenty of games and art supplies, four desktop computers, four laptops, phone chargers, and headphones. We even have textbooks used at Lexington High School available for teens who want to use them while studying @Cary.
Every month, the Teen Room hosts several programs designed to encourage teens to make space for creative exploration, social connections, and relaxation. This fall, our regular programming will include:
- Teen Crafternoons
- Afternoon movies (with snacks)
- Bi-weekly wellness and self-care group for tweens and teens organized by Lexington's Office of Youth and Family Services
We also routinely add other activities of special interest to teens. Recent teen events have included workshops in drawing, illustration, painting with watercolors, yoga, poetry, and cooking, as well as Dungeons & Dragon game nights. Check out the Events Calendar to find more information about what is upcoming in the Teen Room!
Teen Book Clubs
We now have four teen book clubs!
Three of these book clubs (BookIt, BookIt (AT NIGHT), and Discuss & Dine) are regularly meeting clubs for middle school-aged teens. Online registration for the winter/spring sessions of these book clubs is currently open. Sign up is available through the events calendar.
The fourth book club (Breaking Boundaries the YA Literature) is a teen-led drop in book club for grades 9-12. This group meets monthly to read YA books exploring themes of social justice, inclusion and equity. Breaking Boundaries is part of our Cary Teens Lead the Way program designed to highlight the interests and expertise of our community's teens.
Teen Room @Cary also offers occasional READ, WATCH & DISCUSS nights. These are single session book club events in which teens meet to watch the movie adaption of a book followed by a discussion of the book AND the movie. The next RWD will be on March 2 at 6:30pm. We will be watching and discussing Nicola Yoon's The Sun is Also a Star. Copies of the book are available at the Teen Desk.
Is there a program or activity you think would be a fun addition to the teen room? Drop the Teen Services Manager an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know your programming ideas!