40 East Simmons Street, Galesburg, Illinois 61401 (309) 343-6118
The Galesburg Public Library Teen Scene is your home for great programs, events, books, and other materials for young adults. Come in and see what we've got to offer!
Teen Scene News
Looking for something fun and rewarding to do this summer? Why not become a summer reading volunteer at Galesburg Public Library! Summer reading volunteers help the library manage the Children's Summer Reading Program by staffing the registration table and signing children up for the program, handing out prizes, helping prepare crafts and activities, helping with children's programs, and more. Summer reading volunteers must be students entering 7th-12th grade or in college, and must be willing to volunteer one 2-hour shift per week from June 3rd-July 27th. Sound like the volunteer opportunity for you? Stop by the Reference Desk, or call 343-6118 and ask for Melinda!
Grab a Teen Book List!
Looking for a book suggestion? Try a title from one of our YA reading lists:
Featured YA Books of the Month
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Saenz)
This is What Happy Looks Like (Jennifer E. Smith)
Check out these new teen titles and more at Galesburg Public Library!
Upcoming Teen Events
Thursday, May 2, 7:00-7:45 pm
Teen Advisory Board: Calling all teens! Join the GPL Teen Advisory Board. We'll meet upstairs at the library at 7:00 on May 2. Come and make your mark on the library by helping us plan upcoming programs for teens. New members always welcome!
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM
Reading at the Crossroads: Slammin' at Your Library: Come hear Galesburg-area middle school students share their original poetry at this fun and informal poetry slam. Churchill and Lombard students will read their work as a part of the Galesburg Public Schools Foundation’s Reading at the Crossroads literacy initiative. (Galesburg middle school students who do not attend a District 205 school are also welcome to participate – speak to Melinda at the Reference Desk for more info.) Prizes will be awarded to top performers. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public; registration is not required to attend as an audience member.
Monday, May 20
Early Sign-up for Teen Summer Reading Begins: Starting on Monday, May 20, teens can visit the Reference Desk to complete early registration for this year’s teen summer reading program, Have Book Will Travel!
Wednesday, May 29, 3:30-4:30 pm
Animanga Mania: Teens, join us for Animanga Mania Afternoons! On May 29 from 3:30-4:30, we’ll be watching an anime series & drawing manga-style. No registration required.
Monday, June 3
Teen Summer Reading Begins: It’s summer reading time again! Teens aged 13 through 18 (or those entering 7th grade and up) are invited to participate in this year’s teen summer reading program, Have Book Will Travel! Read (or listen to) books from the YA or Adult sections and record them for chances to win fun treats and prizes, including this year’s grand prizes: a book lovers’ basket, a Game Stop gift card, and more. To learn all the details and to sign up, please visit the Reference Desk.
Saturday, June 8, 2:00-4:00 PM
The Great Escape: A Photo Scavenger Hunt for Teens: Want to experience downtown Galesburg in a whole new way? Then grab a camera and some friends and join us for The Great Escape! Teens will work in teams and hit the streets of Galesburg with a list of things to find and photograph. The team with the most points wins! Creativity and imagination earn extra points. Teams take off from the library at 2:00 and meet back at the library at 3:30 for snacks, picture viewing, and prizes. At least one member of each team must bring a digital camera or cell phone camera. Open to teens aged 12-18 (or entering 7th grade and up). Registration and permission slip required; call 343-6118 or visit the Reference Desk to sign up.
Wednesday, June 26, 3:30-4:30 pm
Animanga Mania: Teens, join us for Animanga Mania Afternoons! On June 26 from 3:30-4:30, we’ll be watching an anime series & drawing manga-style. No registration required.