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Teen Summer Reading Adventure


June 1 - August 31

Join the Teen Summer Reading Adventure for a chance to win a free 1-year subscription to Disney Plus!

How it works


  1. Sign in to Beanstack to earn your first badge between June 1 and August 31.
  2. Log your reading, do activities, and write book reviews online to earn badges.
  3. If you complete 7 book badges, then you get entered into our raffle for a chance to win a 1-year subscription to Disney Plus. Everyone is eligible for the raffle prize. Menlo Park residents or students who go to school in Menlo Park will get a Kepler’s Books gift card for finishing the Teen Summer Reading Adventure 2020 program!
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Upcoming virtual events

Date   Event           Description
June 1-August 31 Teen Summer Reading Adventure Teens get a chance to win a 1-year subscription to Disney Plus! Ages 12-18 are eligible to win. Sign into Beanstack and start logging your reading!
Every Friday,
Through July
3-4 p.m.                                                                                                   
Creative Writing Club                                                                                                  Express yourself! Write poetry, short stories, and more presented by our Teen Advisory Board. Join other teens in grades 6-12. New writing prompts weekly. Register online
Thursday, July 16
3:30-4:30 p.m.                                                                                                             
Henna Inspired Art Love henna designs? Bay Area teaching artist, Rachel Anne Palacios will teach teens traditional mehndi and practice henna inspired art designs. Grades 4-12 are welcome. Register online
Monday, July 20
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Zines: a Portrait in 6 Panesl Artist Breena Nuñez will guide you in creating a mini-comic all about you--and what makes you who you are. For ages 9-adult. Register online
Friday, July 31 Social DisDancing  Try out out this all-levels hip-hop dance class with JC Caoile, Director of Str8jacket Dance Company. Register online
Saturday, Aug. 1
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Comics-Making Workshop with Khalid Birdsong Especially for ages 8-14: polish your skills with our visiting pro! Register online

Deadline Aug. 12
5 p.m.
Teen Video Contest: My Community During Quarantine Show us in a 2-10 minute video what YOU are doing during quarantine. Grades 6-12 Menlo Park residents and students are eligible for prizes! Tag us @menloparklibrary, or email us.
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Recommendations by teens!

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  • East Side Sushi (Drama) (Rated PG)
  • Loving Vincent (Documentary)
  • The Horse Boy (Documentary)
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Overdrive for ebooks which has a mix of genres of YA books.
  • The Thousandth Floor (Katharine McGee)
  • The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
  • Ten (Gretchen McNeil)
  • Desert Dark (Sonja Stone)
  • P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)
  • The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
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Databases for school are helpful now.

Teens Recommend to Explore!

Fun websites to draw, program, play, and create.
  • Skribbl io is an online drawing game where players try to guess what is being drawn. It can be played with a group of friends or random group.
  • GeoGuessr is an online guessing game that gives the player an image from a place around the world and the player has to guess where the place is using clues in the picture and their knowledge
  • Snap! has basic programming and teens could use it to make a game.
  • Roll20 for character interaction and overall gameplay, I personally use Roll20. It is free and they have their own tutorials on how to use it.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium has live webcams with cute animals.
  • Tetris to play online.
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Teen Advisory Group


Want to earn volunteering hours and be involved in your Menlo Park community? Join other teens ages 13-18 in our Teen Advisory Group (TAG)! TAG shares ideas on our library's teen programs, Teen Zone contests, and more.