APL May teen programs to include ‘Great Stories Club,’ games

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AUBURN — Auburn Public Library has announced its teen programming for May, which will include homework help and technology. Events will take place for ages 12 to 18 at Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., unless otherwise noted.

Maine Job Corps: Teens and new adults ages 16 to 24 will hear about an opportunity to take part in a life-changing experience to get the skills to succeed in today’s job market. This interested may contact Hanya Phillips of the Maine Job Corps, 207-450-0216, to find out more. She will arrange a time to meet at the library.

Tweens in the Teen Space: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17 and 24. Sixth-graders are invited to meet in the Teen Space for crafts or board games available or time to do homework or hang out with friends.

Teen Anime Club: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. Teens can drop in to talk about their favorite (or least favorite) manga, watch the week’s selection of anime and try drawing characters. Snacks will be provided.

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Homework Help: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 4, 11, and 18, in Study Room 223.

Gaming Hour: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, May 10 and 31, in the Androscoggin Community Room. Video games and snacks will be available. There is an XBox and Wii and a small collection of games. Teens are welcome to bring their favorites, but only those rated T and E.

Teens! Safe Voices: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 11. Whitney from Safe Voices will visit the Teen Space to chat about relationships and work on craft projects.

Great Stories Club, “Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide,” Part 1: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Teen Space. Pages 1-181 of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” will be discussed. Heather Carter, director of Prevention and Youth Programs from NAMI Maine, will talk about depression, warning signs and what to do.

Great Stories Club, “Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide,” Part 2: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 26, in the Teen Space. The second half of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” will be discussed. A movie will be shown and local agencies that can help someone who is depressed or suicidal will be researched. A poster will be made to put up in the Teen Space. A survey for the book will be completed and copies of the third book in the series, “Romeo & Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare),” will be distributed. Teens must be available for the discussion on June 9 to receive a copy of the book and, if interested, must contact the library.

Teens! Snack Chat: 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 15, in the Teen Space.There will be a healthy after-school snack and conversation on current events. 

Teens! DIY Takeover: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. The craft workshop this month will feature crafts that have been done before, including quilting or braiding. In the Teen Space.

DIY Teens! Media Club: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. Teens can create movies, music, and graphic arts in the CREATE! Media Lab.

Teens! SAPARS Visit: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Hannah from the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services will drop by the Teen Space for crafts, games and conversation.

Teens at the APL: 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 26, in the Teen Space.Each year, the teen librarian sits down with teens in an effort to come up with activities and programs that they want to do. Teens should bring ideas and be ready to help plan 2017-2018.

Teen Summer Reading Program: The kickoff will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the Androscoggin Community Room. Within this summer’s theme, “Build a Better World,” teens will have a chance to explore environmental and sustainability issues and learn what they can do to help build a better world for their generation — and future generations. The program is for teens ages 12 to 18.

FMI, registe: 207-333-6640, ext. 4; facebook.com/APLTeenSpace/.

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