Register Now for Summer Events!

May 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm 5 comments

You can now register online for all of our summer events for teens using our Calendar of Events.  Many programs go with the Summer Reading theme, “A Midsummer Knight’s Read,” including making catapults, floral head garlands, cupcake castles.  We’ve got movies, food, crafts, games and more!

Check out the complete program listings after the jump, or click here to register now!


Blooming Art
Tuesday, June 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Transform plastic bottles into a bouquet of flower decorations with spray paint, then fashion a flower garland crown like you may have seen at the Renaissance Faire.  Wear your garland to our Renaissance-themed Ice Cream Social!  Please wear old clothing you can paint in.  Registration required.

Friday, June 17, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
You’ll never look at office supplies the same way again!  Make a catapult from everyday items, then use marshmallows and candy to demolish your enemies in siege warfare.  Registration required.

A Knight’s Tale (PG-13)
Monday, June 20, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
A peasant squire creates a new identity so he can win glory and money as a knight. Of course, he’s jousting for more than just the thrill of winning: he’s on a quest to defeat evil and to get the girl in the process. Rated PG-13.

Cupcake Castles
Wednesday, June 22, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Construct and decorate your own cupcake castle. Registration required.

The Chicago Swordplay Guild
Thursday, June 23, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Find out the history of sword fighting and the knightly traditions surrounding it with the Chicago Swordplay Guild. See live weapons demonstrations including the medieval long sword, Renaissance rapier, and more!  This program is open to teens and adults and will take place outside on the southwest corner of the library grounds.

Manga Mania
Tuesday, June 28, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Anime and manga fans, join us for our annual event!  We’ll watch four episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 1 and enjoy Pocky and other refreshments.  Take this chance to check out our newest manga.

Bubble Graffiti
Thursday, June 30, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Make two kinds of ‘pop’ art, using bubble wrap and soap bubbles to inspire your designs. Please wear old clothing you can paint in.  Registration required.

The Princess Bride (PG)
Wednesday, July 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped and held against her will in order to marry the nasty Prince Humperdinck, while Westley, her lost love, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts, attempts to save her.  

Iron Chef (Back by Popular Demand!)
Friday, July 8, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Use the secret ingredient to make the best dish and you could be crowned our newest Iron Chef.  Competitors will judge each others’ dishes on creativity, taste, and presentation.  Show us your kitchen creativity – be an Iron Chef!  Registration required. 

Spray Paint a Shirt
Monday, July 11, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Bring in your own t-shirt, jeans or other item of clothing and spray paint it for a graffiti-style look.  Please wear old clothing you can paint in. Registration required. 

ACT Practice Testing & Strategy Workshop
A free two-part program presented by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Registration required for each part. Grades 9-12.
     Part 1: ACT Practice Test
     Tuesday, July 12, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
     Simulates actual ACT test conditions. Bring an approved calculator
     and #2 pencils and make sure to be on time!

     Part 2: ACT Results Returned and Strategy Workshop
     Tuesday, July 26, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
     Review your practice test scores and learn ACT strategies and important
     college admissions information. Parents and students who did not take the
      test are welcome.

Chain Mail Cuff Bracelets
Thursday, July 14, 2:00 – 4: 00 p.m.
The classic technique of weaving metal rings to form armor can also be used to make jewelry!  We’ll use rubber and metal jump rings to create a chain mail cuff bracelet. Registration required.

Dragonheart (PG-13)
Monday, July 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
A classic movie for dragon lovers! Set in the mystical sword and sorcery days of the 10th century, a man of honor and a creature of legend—the last dragon—unite in a heroic battle to save a country from the iron grip of a bloodthirsty ruler.   

Who Killed the Court Jester?
Wednesday, July 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Take the game of Clue to the next level! You’ll be one of the characters trying to figure out the mystery of who killed the court jester.  Go from room to room in the library, guessing the killer, weapon, and real location of the jester’s death.  Registration required. At least 6 participants are needed for this event.

Scrapbook Your Summer
Friday, July 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
You bring the photos; we’ll provide all the papers, embellishments, tools and tips you’ll need to create a set of scrapbook pages in your own unique style. Registration required.


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