Teen events

We are not offering in person programming at the moment, but you can join us for many of these programs virtually. We offer great programs for teens, from Anime Club to SAT and ACT preparation. Be sure to check out the calendar for new and upcoming events.

Anime Club

For teens in 7th–12th grade. Anime Club is for teens who want to get together with other fans of anime and manga. Join us to watch your favorite anime, read and discuss manga, create your own artwork, and treat yourself to some Japanese snacks. Meets one Tuesday a month from 4-5 in The Commons. This program is currently meeting through Zoom.

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands kicks off the summer “Friday Nights Live” series at Metropolitan Square. Enjoy live outdoor music from local teen bands from 6-9pm. Two winning bands will be chosen and will receive a cash prize.

Are you a solo musician or in a band? Battle of the Bands is a great opportunity for you to play on stage with a live audience at a great outdoor music event. E-mail me for more information.

Happy Notes

For teens in 7th-12th grade. One Thursday a month from 4-6pm  (or any amount of time you can give) and one Saturday a month during the school year. Make cards for kids in the hospital. We supply the materials and suggested messages—you supply your creativity and energy. Meets in The Commons. This program will return in the future.

Project Linus

Earn service hours by making no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus, a national organization that provides blankets to children and teens in need. All materials provided by the library. For teens in grades 7-12. This program will return in the future.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

For teens in grades 7-12. TAB is where teens come to tell us librarians what the library should be doing for teens like you, all while earning service hours. Meets one Thursday a month from 4-5. TAB members also volunteer at the library as needed. This program is currently meeting through Zoom. You can register HERE.

T@DPPL: Tutoring at Des Plaines Public Library

Drop in and raise your grades. Tutors from Maine West will be available to tutor students in grades 5-12 Mondays from 6-8pm in the 3rd floor Commons. Registration required. This program is currently meeting through Zoom.