The library is a great place for teens to gather. Mesa County Libraries offer teens a variety of activities during April, ranging from a practice ACT exam to an art contest.
Teen ACT prep session:
Teens preparing to enter college can practice taking the ACT test from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Central Library program area.
This session, presented at no charge, will be capped at 30 participants on the day of the test. No pre-registration is available, so arrive early and remember to bring your calculator.
Mosaic art contest:
Feeling artsy? Create a mosaic for temporary display in the soon-to-be expanded and improved Central Library!
The Teen Art Contest’s theme is “Magnificent, Majestic, Marvelous, Memorable Mosaics,” and entrants should try to embody that theme in their work. Judges will give special consideration to art that fits the theme. Deadline for entries is April 26, and winners will be announced April 30.
Artists should think outside the box because art can be created on objects other than paper, and tiles for mosaics can be anything (think paper, candy, buttons, photos, etc.). Entries are limited to two per teen, and art will be judged by members of the library staff.
Complete rules and a printable entry form are available online.
Graphic Novel Club:
The Graphic Novel Club meets at 4 p.m. the first Friday of every month in the Central Library Teen Center. Participants are teens who love graphic novels, comic books, manga, anime, drawing, and writing. Come join us!
Bistro Book Group:
The Bistro Book Group is a book group just for teens, co-hosted by Mesa County Libraries and School District 51. Each week, teens meet at the Central Library Teen Center to share their reviews on new books.
Bistro Book Group meets each Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Central Library.
For parents – Mindful Parenting Series explores issues of parenting children and teens
Three sessions remain in the Mindful Parenting Series, a lineup of informative and thought-provoking programs exploring important issues facing today’s parents. The remaining sessions take place at 6:30 p.m. April 4, April 18, and May 2 at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, First Street and Gunnison Avenue.
The lineup is:
- Thursday, April 4 - Monitoring Behavior: Who, What, When and Where
- Thursday, April 18 - Encouraging Children’s Mastery and Perseverance
- Thursday, May 2 - Summertime: Making it Great!
All programs are open to the public at no charge.
The programs are facilitated by Elizabeth Clark, LPC, a mental health therapist who works with adolescents and writes on the topic of teen sexuality; Nancy Tanner, MSW, a mental health therapist who works mainly with younger children; and Dr. Matthew Burson, a child psychiatrist who works for Colorado West Mental Health.
The Mindful Parenting Series aims to provide information, tips, and discussion about how to help kids navigate the cyberworld, how to keep relationships with kids warm, how to best monitor kids’ activities, and how influential parents’ values are on teens’ decisions.
Visit the library’s event calendar for a complete listing of events!