Teens and Preteens


Teen Read WeekAn annual celebration, this year’s “Teen Read Week” theme encourages libraries to help teens escape from the day to day grind of school, homework, family responsibilities, part time jobs and so on by picking up something to read.

Teens and Preteens may sign up on the Teen/Preteen sign at the circulation desk for hourly (silent) reading shifts in a themed area of the YA Area (after school and on Saturday).  To make it more fun, participants are encouraged to sign up with a friend. Free refreshments will be provided and each participant may enter the prize drawing.

FUN: Bring a friend & read whatever you like as long as it’s for pleasure.

FOOD: You get a bag of chips or an apple & a beverage on your reading shift.

PRIZES: For each hour-long reading shift your name will be entered in a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Phipps’ production of “Into the Woods” (1st prize), a $10 gift card to Knokes’s (2nd prize), or a $10 gift card to Chapter2books (3rd prize) & other small prizes.

EXTRA CREDIT: Ask your English or Language Arts teacher if you can receive extra credit for participating. We will validate that you read.

Teen Read Week! Featuring Live Demonstrations of Teens Reading!


Harry Potter book club


Third Tuesday of October, November December (October 20, November 17, December 15) from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in the children's storyroom

For preteens, ages 10-13

Have first book read before first meeting

We will make wands, play games and make acid pops (suckers).

Sign up at the children's desk or call 715-386-3101




Maker MagicA monthly S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based hands on program for youth in 4th-8th grades.

One Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 in the upstairs Staff Break Room.

Register to guarantee your spot. Walk-ins welcome if program not full.

Sign-up at the Circulation Desk, call 715-386-3101, or click the registration button.






Maker Magic Workshop Schedule:

Tuesday, October 13 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Catapult Launch: What is a Catapult? It’s an ancient throwing machine used in battle. Design and build your own marshmallow catapult launcher. All catapults will be tested and prizes will be given out.

Tuesday, November 10 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Lego Engineering: Do you like Legos? Well here is your chance to become a Lego Engineer. Use your creativity to work with Legos and test the limits of design.

Tuesday, December 29 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: You can play in it, drive in it, shovel it, melt it to drink it or irrigate with it, be killed by it, or dig a cave and survive in it? Learn the science behind the beautiful, white snowflakes.

Tuesday, January 12 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Robotics Challenge: During the Robotics Challenge you will learn to build and program a Lego robot. Youth will teach the robot to perform a number of actions and to replicate sounds.

Tuesday, February 23 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Skyscrapers and Bridges: Use your engineering skills to design and build skyscrapers and bridges. Youth will be challenged to build these objects under height, length, weight, and construction restrictions.

Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Fun with Food: Why do you like some foods and not others? What appeals to your senses? Learn how marking makes a huge impact on your food preferences.

Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Sink or Swim: Learn the science of buoyancy. Youth will design boats, using minimum resources, in the attempt to sink them.  Is your boat strong enough to withstand the challenging waters?

Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Egg Drop: Have you ever wanted to drop something off of the Library's balcony?  Here is your chance! The added challenge is that the egg you drop has to survive!

Tuesday, June 7 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Bubble Blast!: Learn about the exciting world of bubbles. Create giant bubbles, shaped bubbles, and bubble art. It will be a blast!

Tuesday, July 12 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Robotics Challenge: During the Robotics Challenge you will learn to build and program a Lego robot. Youth will teach the robot to perform a number of actions and to replicate sounds.

Tuesday, August 9 from 6:30-7:30

Maker Magic Not Just Cows and Plows: The agriculture industry produces our food, clothing, fuel, housing materials, and pharmaceuticals. Through hands on activities, youth will discover how agriculture affects them all day, every day.


The Hudson Area Joint Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens in 6th – 12th grade committed to helping the Library and the community.  Members meet the second Thursday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. to help with the planning and implementation of teen programs, recommend materials for the library to purchase and talk about ways to make the teen library experience better.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Teen Advisory Board is to provide teens a place to express their opinions, make friends, and connect with the community, while volunteering at the Library.  Teens come together to assist the Library in developing and implementing library youth and teen programs, and create a fun and comfortable atmosphere for teens at the Library.

To join, fill out a TAB application and turn it into the Youth Services desk. For questions, call 715-386-3101.

TAB Application Form: Microsoft Word format | PDF format

Last page update: October 7, 2015