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Teen Zone

You are now entering the Teen Zone: be prepared! …for fun, entertainment, homework help, summer reading, anime, good vampires, bad vampires, zombies, mystery, romance, a peek into history, and anything you can possibly imagine.

Teen browsing the new books in the Teen ZoneWallingford Library wants you! Yes, we are excited to have you arrive in our Teen area where everything is just for you: paperbacks, fiction, graphic novels, manga, tippy chairs, cozy chairs, tables for study, teen computers, and all kinds of cool displays.

We also have fun programs for teens every month. All teen programs are free and open to all in grades 6-12. Please register in advance.


Minecraft: Seven Trials of Herobrine Obstacle Course

Redstone. Lava. Patience. Heights. Water. Gravity.

What's Your Weakness?

Face the Seven Trials obstacle course on the LION Minecraft Server! All Minecraft players who reach the finish line and take a screenshot of their character will have their screenname added to the Winner Board in the library and on the website:

All players who reach the end of the obstacle course by June 30th will also have their names put into a drawing to win a real-life Minecraft sword and pick-axe.

The LION Minecraft Server is a private server for children and teens up to age 17 and monitored by librarians from the LION consortium of libraries. Ask at the Information Desk if you are interested in joining the server.


Teen Cuisine: Kit Kat Crunch Dip
Wednesday, April 26th
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Community Room

Calling all chefs! Learn how to make a delicious, creamy, sweet dip with Kit-Kats. No cooking experience necessary. Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration is required.




Wallingford Reads YA
Thursday, April 27th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Board Room

All teens and adults welcome at this book discussion where we discuss young adult literature. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

This month’s title is A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier.


May the 4th Be With You!
Star Wars Paper Lanterns
Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
OR Thursday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate fandom on Star Wars Day, the official Star Wars holiday. Create your own Star Wars themed paper lantern. This program is being offered on two dates, please only register for one. Open to all in grades 6 and up. Registration is required.

Register May 2



Register May 4




Knit @ WPL
Mondays, May 8th & 22nd, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Tuesdays, May 2nd & 16th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Board Room
Drop in

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and help elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun filled event.


Origami CT
Monday, May 8th
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Origami CT is a group for paper folding enthusiasts. Adults, teens, and children ages 10 and up welcome. No previous origami experience needed. All supplies provided. Drop in on the second and fourth Monday of the month.


Braided Leather Bracelet Workshop
Wednesday, May 10th
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Collins Room

Learn how to make a popular and trendy bracelet. Braid and knot leather, adorn with beads, then finish with a statement closure. Yours will be as unique as you are. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required.




Teen Art Cafe

The Teen Art Cafe is an opportunity for teens to have a discussion with an artist about their art form, what it is like to be an artist, and participate in a hands- on creative project with the artist. Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration for each session is required. This series is made possible by Arts for Learning Connecticut.

iPad Art and Fashion Design with Raheem Nelson
Thursday, May 11th
6:00 p.m.

Learn how to create amazing iPad art using your fingertips or stylus.

Raheem Nelson (Ra!) is an iPad Artist based in New Haven, CT. He went to the School Of Visual Arts and finished with a BA in Cartooning. He works exclusively on his iPad creating masterpieces.




Theatre and Acting with Anthony DePoto
Thursday, May 18th
6:00 p.m.
Community Room

Anthony DePoto of innerAct Theatre will be conducting an improvisation workshop. Participate in improvisational theatre exercises and games that are fun, exciting, and collaborative.

Anthony DePoto is a theatre educator, actor, director and playwright. He has received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Western Connecticut State University and his M.F.A. in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato.




Digital Photography with Craig Nelson
Wednesday, May 24th

Use a point and shoot camera to embark on a compositional scavenger hunt taking pictures around the library. You will be inspired to see the world in a different perspective and take more interesting photos. Use one of our cameras or bring your own. All materials provided. Registration is required.

Craig Norton is the author of "Rock The Shot!", an inspiring instructional book on basic photography. He is an award winning teaching artist with Arts for Learning CT and a professional photography and filmmaker.




Upcycled Thumb Pianos 101
Tuesday, May 23rd
7:00 p.m.

A thumb piano, also known as mbira, is a handheld instrument played by plucking tines with the thumb.

Build your own thumb piano out of upcycled materials under the guidance of local maker Tim Sway. You will use hand and power tools to create your one of a kind thumb piano. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reclaimed materials from home to add a unique pitch to their piano. A milk jug? Cardboard box? Tennis racket? What do you think would sound good? Open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required.

This program is sponsored by Jean Anderson in memory of a lifelong upcycler, Alan McIlveen.




It's Cupcake Wars!
Thursday, May 25th
6:00 p.m.
Community Room

Challenge your peers by decorating the most fabulous cupcake. All materials provided by Mr. D’s, but you may bring your own edible decorations if you wish. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative cupcakes. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required.




Wallingford Reads YA
Thursday, May 25th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Board Room

All teens and adults welcome at this book discussion where we discuss young adult literature. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

This month’s title is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

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