Teen Summer Reading Program 2022

Summer Reading Program 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path
July 5 – August 12, 2022

Register July 5th to start earning badges, logging your reading, writing reviews, participating in library programs, and winning fantastic prizes! Our Teen Summer Reading Program (ages 12-17) is online or on paper!  You can pick up your game cards in the Children’s Room or you can register online.

We also have a program for adults! To learn more, visit our Adult Summer Reading Program webpage.

To register for the online program go to: rogersfreelibrary.beanstack.org

How it Works

Step 1: Register for the program online or pick up a game card at the library.

Step 2: Read books, attend library programs, and earn badges.

Step 3: Win prizes.

Teens can win giveaway books, drawstring backpacks and gift cards to local Bristol businesses!

Programs & Events for Teens & Tweens

just roll with it book cover shows a girl in a school hallway holding her backpack straps with other kids and lockers in the backgroundGraphic Novel Book Group – Virtual
Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm
Just Roll With It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie and Veronica Agarwal

Read this month’s graphic novel about a girl named Maggie then chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about the book!

Starting middle school is hard enough when you don’t know anyone; it’s even harder when you’re shy. A contemporary middle-grade graphic novel for fans of Guts and Real Friends about how dealing with anxiety and OCD can affect everyday life. As long as Maggie rolls the right number, nothing can go wrong…right? …

RSVP required. Please register HERE.

ages 8 & up

Location: Zoom

trees with path stamp pad stamp and carving tools for letterboxingLetterboxing 101
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Do you or your family love to hike, make art, participate in treasure hunts, solve puzzles, or all of the above? In this workshop you will learn about the history of letterboxing, what it entails, how to carve a signature stamp, the supplies you’ll need to get started, and how to find clues online. Did you know there are a dozen boxes hidden right here in Bristol and hundreds within a fifteen mile drive?

Limited to 20 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

For individuals and families with children aged 5 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

cartoon bubbles blank comic strip and drawing implementsCartoonagrams with Steve B
Monday, July 11, 2022, 11:00-11:45 am or
Monday, July 18, 2022, 4:00-4:45 pm

Learn how to draw cartoons using the letters of the alphabet from the amazing Steve B. Can you draw a bear with the letters b-e-a-r? Audience participation is part of the fun! Paper and crayons provided.

Limited to 40 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

ages 8-18

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Teen & Tween Board Gamesimages of board games checkers cards dice dominos and a spinner
Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 10:00-2:00 pm

Did you know that we have over 35 board games to play and check out! From newer games like Everdell, Villainous (Disney) and Legends of the Hidden Temple, to classics like Clue, Pictionary, Chess, Checkers, and Tic Tac Toe, there’s something for everyone. Join us for a teen board gaming session! Refreshments will be served.

For teens and tweens ages 11-18

Location: Courtyard Garden (or the Teen Space if it rains)

image of a blue smartphone a brown roll of film and a grey cameraSmartphone Photography Class
Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 5:30-7:30 pm

The smart phone camera is always with us. Learn to unlock its controls and improve the quality of your images in this two-hour class led by Cindy Wilson.  We will learn through in-class explanations combined with outside, in-the-field practice. Please wear comfortable walking shoes! All smart phones and levels of experience are welcome!

Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

Cindy Wilson began teaching photography to local classes and travel groups in 2009. She has led travel photography workshops in various locations in New England and around the world.

For teens and adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room & Outside (weather permitting)

four teens video gamingTeen & Tween Video Games
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come to the library to play new video games in the Teen Space with Kyera! From Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Mario Party, Super Monkey Ball, Big Brain Academy to Splatoon, we have tons of games to choose from. No sign up needed!

For teens and tweens ages 11-18

Location: Teen Space

african american teen examines a dragonfly with a magnifying glass and a guidebookParticipating in Citizen Science Projects
Saturday, July 23, 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Citizen Science allows us all to actively participate in collecting scientific data on our natural world.  That data can then be used and interpreted by trained scientists (who value your contributions)! Would you like to learn how you can contribute to citizen science projects around the globe? The library is launching three new citizen science kits: Observing Pollinators, Exploring Biodiversity and Measuring Light in the Night Sky.  We will discuss how to use these kits, as well as the popular citizen science app, iNaturalist.  Then we will go out into the world and do a little exploring and data gathering! We’ll be joined by local naturalist and bird expert Colleen Donovan, as we walk the nearby bike path to make some nature observations. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your binoculars if you have them!

RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.

all ages

Location: Herreshoff Community Room & Outside (weather permitting)

drawing of two coniferous trees and one deciduous treeTomaquag Museum Talk: Who are the Eastern Woodland People?
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Silvermoon LaRose of Tomaquag Museum is a Narragansett tribal member and cultural educator who will join us to offer a first person perspective on the history, culture and arts of Southern New England Tribal communities. There will be cultural items for viewing and interacting with as well. Audience participation is welcome!

Limited to 45 participants. RSVP Required. Register HERE.

ages 8 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

two green wind turbines and a green solar panelTeen & Tween STEM Workshop: Build a Mini Wind Turbine & Solar Lab
Thursday, July 28, 2022, 6:00 – 7:50 pm

This is a STEM activity! Come to make your own Mini Wind Turbine and Solar Lab! Eight kits are ready to be assembled!

For teens and tweens ages 11-14

Limited to 8 participants. RSVP required. RSVP HERE.

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

hands raised holding up letters spelling the word triviaTeen & Tween Fandom Trivia
Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Looking for nerd cred? Test your knowledge of different fandoms in this fun in-person trivia in the Teen Space. From Harry Potter to Star Wars and Marvel/DC to Percy Jackson – can you answer questions from multiple fandoms?

For teens and tweens ages 11-18

Location: Teen Space

All my rage book coverTeen Book Club
All my Rage by Sabaa Tahir
Monday, August 1, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

Teen fantasy author Sabaa Tahir takes a leap into contemporary fiction with her new bestselling book, All my Rage.  Two teens are struggling to fit in.  Part tragedy and part love story, this is a brilliant tale of an immigrant Pakistani family.  Please pick up a free copy of the book from Charlotte at least a week before the meeting.

Come chat about this book with other teens in person or on Zoom. Please register to get a Zoom link!

Register HERE

For teens ages 12-18

Location: Teen Space & Zoom

camp book cover with cabins in the background and kids in the foreground wavingGraphic Novel Book Group – Virtual
Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm
by Kayla Miller

Read this month’s graphic novel about camp – the perfect theme for our summer reading program! Chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s book!

Olive and Willow are happy campers! Or are they? Olive is sure she’ll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow – but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows – Olive. It’s s’more than Olive can handle! The stress of being Willow’s living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long … the girls aren’t just fighting, they may not even be friends by the time camp is over. Will the two be able to patch things up before the final lights out?

RSVP required. Please register HERE.

ages 8 & up

Location: Zoom

microphone and speech bubble on a yellow and blue circleOpen Mic Night
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Teens and adults come sing, play your music or read your poetry in a relaxed atmosphere! No sign-up needed. Refreshments will be served.

Questions? Call Charlotte at the library or email her at cburnham@rogersfreelibrary.org. Limited to 60 attendees.

For families, teens and adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Kickemuit Middle School Library has suggested summer reading lists and their own recommended (but not required) summer reading program. You can learn more HERE.

*To be eligible for prizes you must be an Ocean State Library library card holder. Rogers Free Library is part of the Ocean State Library system. Prize winners are expected to pick up their prizes in person at the Rogers Free Library.