Summer Reading



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Monday 8/10 1-2PM

Open to grades 6-12

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.

This series is taking place virtually. Register with your email and a link will be sent to you within 24 hours before the event.          August 17: Best Summer Reads




Minecraft Meetups

Wednesdays starting July 1st 2-3PM

Open to grades 6-12

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 teenvolunteers@westhartfordlibrary.org. If you would like to play in the new server and are not yet whitelisted, please fill out an online application here.

Server hosting graciously provided by: Apex Hosting.





Tech Tuesdays bit.ly/WHLTechTuesday

Starting July 7th

Every Tuesday Teen Advisory Board member Evan P. (RapidScience) will upload a video that teaches the basics of coding. Check out all 8 episodes to complete your own project using C#.

July 7: How to install and IDE, what is an IDE and the basic principles of C#'s syntax "Hello world"

July 14: What are strings, how do we use strings in our code, what are interpolated strings

July 21: Booleans, what are they, what are the uses (we will make a login system in this class)

July 28: Integers (int), what are they, how are they used, basic properties

August 4: Chars, what are they and what are escape characters

August 11: For loops and while loops (very purposeful applications)

August 18: Commenting, how to make comments in your code

August 25: we build our first program!! Madlibs game, to-do list or a find and replace application!

Tune in weekly to bit.ly/WHLTechTuesday to view episodes.



Zoom Party Games

Thursday 8/13 2-3PM

Open to grades 6-12

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.  

 August 13: Pictionary



Tween Battle of the Books!

Thursday 8/20 2-3PM

Open to grades 5-8

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 teenpoetry@westhartfordlibrary.org 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 teenpoetry@westhartfordlibrary.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.

Server hosting graciously provided by: Apex Hosting.

Questions? Call the Teen Room at 860-561-6990.

Need more information? Visit the teen room or call 860-561-6990.