Text the library to get live summer reading book recommendations from the Teen Librarian and teen volunteers!
Text 860-263-9766 during program hours only or get YA recommendations any time using the library's new BookMatch service.
Book Ranting Club
Monday 8/17 1-2PM
Open to grades 6-12
Join this "structured" book group where teens share their favorite books they have read or are reading. At the end of each meeting, attendees will vote for the most interesting read mentioned, and that book will be awarded a special trophy until a new winner is announced at the next meetup.
Join us in the new West Hartford Libraries Minecraft server to play with other local teens. We will have occasional scavenger hunts, building competitions, and other special events.
If you are a high school student interested in becoming a Minecraft server admin, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to play in the new server and are not yet whitelisted, please fill out an online application here.
The teen room may be closed, but that doesn't mean our games are off-limits! Play party games with us online, including book trivia, Scattergories, Pictionary, and Outburst. Come to one, two, or all sessions (register for each individually). All you need is a device with Zoom to participate.*
This series is taking place virtually. Register with your email and a link will be sent to you within 24 hours before the event.
Think you know your literature? Join us for a Kahoot! style Battle of the Books trivia competition with special questions written by Kids' Lit Quiz just for this event! You can create your own team (up to 4 people) or we will put you in teams on the day of the program.
There is no specific reading list, but the more you and your partners have read, the better your chances!y. Register with your email and a link will be sent to you within 24 hours before the battle.
Teen Summer Writing Contest!
Submissions DUE MONDAY AUGUST 31
Open to grades 6-12
Teens are invited to submit work to our first-ever TEEN SUMMER WRITING CONTEST. Original poems, short stories, and essays will be accepted and must follow the following guidelines:
Entries must be original work submitted by West Hartford students and residents in grades 6-12.
No school assignments will be accepted.
Teens may enter multiple categories.
Poetry - Up to 2 poems may be submitted per author. They my be any style or length.
Short Story - Limit one story per author. It my be any genre, 2500 words or less.
Essay/Memoir - Limit one essay or memoir per author. It may be any theme, 2500 words or less.
Each submission should include a cover sheet with 1) Author Name, 2) Title, 3) Grade, 4) School, and 5) Email. Names should not be included on any other pages, as work is judged anonymously.
Email to email@example.com by midnight on August 31.
Poems, short stories, and essays will be judged by library staff.
When applicable, winners will be selected in the middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) levels for each category.
Winners will be announced in September and will receive a $25 gift card.
Winning entries will be posted on the West Hartford Libraries website under the winner's first name, grade, and school.
QUESTIONS? Please contact the Teen Librarian Kari Karp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minecraft Server Applications Available
Open to grades 3-12
Applications for the West Hartford Libraries Minecraft server are now available for 2019-2020. Teens who would like to be whitelisted are encouraged to submit the following form.