Teen Events & Programs

Otakus - Anime / Manga ClubOtakus

Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30pm
August 23 - Hubbard Room, 6:00-8:00pm Free Lunch Studios Comic and Manga Workshop
September 13 - Meeting Room 3
September 27 - Hubbard Room Bunraku Puppets

Ages 11 & up
No registration required
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Otakus is Russell Library’s teen group for fans of Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Meeting twice a month, we view anime shorts, discuss our favorite manga series and explore the culture that has produced such art forms. Food, music, costumes, arts and other expressions of Japan are all parts of Otakus. This is a drop-in program, so come and enjoy the fun!

Teen Art Boot CampArt supplies

Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, and 24
6 to 7:30 pm
Hubbard Room
Grades 5 to 12

Join Maddie Geores, a recent Middletown High graduate, to broaden your art horizons! Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of composition and drawing from life, and learn the basics of mixing colors. During the course, students will take a sketch to a finished painting.

Maddie graduated from MHS, where she received the Connecticut Association of Schools Outstanding Arts award and a Middletown Commission on the Arts award.

This is a four-part workshop; please plan to attend all sessions. Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.Free Lunch Studios Comics


Free Lunch Studios Comic and Manga Workshop

Tuesday, August 23
6 to 8 pm
Hubbard Room 

Come join us at the library when Matt Ryan from Free Lunch Studios visits and shares some fun insight to the creation of great comic stories and interesting characters! This hands on, creative experience is perfect for comic storytellers of any age or ability level! Workshop will be followed by a book signing/meet and greet with Matt.

Drop-in DIY Back to School Supplies

Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 and 25 - 2 to 4 pm
Teen Area
Students entering grades 7 to 12

Drop by the teen area to decorate notebooks, tote bags, and phone cases to use for school supplies. Scrapbooking material will also be available to preserve your summer memories, bring your own photos! All materials provided; no registration.

End of Summer Teen Party

Friday, August 26, from 3-4 pm, Teen Area
Students entering grades 7 to 12

Explore unknown parts of the library in the End-of-Summer Scavenger Hunt, filled with puzzles, challenges, and games. Prizes for the Teen Summer Reading Game will be drawn at the party. Pizza will be served!
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Summer ReadingTeen Summer Reading

Ends Friday, August 26, 2016

  • Students entering grades 7 to 12 can sign up for the Summer Reading Game. You will receive a free book just for signing up.

  • Keep track of how many minutes you have read in the Reading Record. You wil receive a raffle ticket for each 200 minutes of reading.

  • The Summer Reading Game also contains optional challenges, such as finishing a bingo and word games. You will receive a raffle ticket for each challenge accomplished.

  • You wil receive a raffle ticket for each Teen Library Program attended.

  • To redemm your tickets; place them in the raffle prize baskets at the reference desk, the week of Monday, August 22 to Friday August 26 or at the Teen End of Summer Party on Friday, August 26 from 3 to 4 PM. The prizes will be drawn at the party. You do not need to be at the party ot win a prize.

Pokemon at the Library

Monday, September 12 - 4 to 5 pm
Activity Room

Are you obsessed with Pokemon? Did you know the library is a Pokestop?? Come go on a Pokemon hunt around the library while eating Pokemon inspired foods!
Grades 5 to 12. Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Teen Advisory Council

Wednesday, September 21, 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Teen Area

Earn community service hours, plan library activities, test out new library technology, and much more. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like to join TAC, please contact Heather at hscussell@russell.lioninc.org.
For students entering grades 7 to 12.   
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Snap Circuits

Monday, September 26, 4:00pm to 5:00 pm, Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Make an alarm clock, radio, or doorbell ring with Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits snap easily together to teach the basics of circuitry. Members of the Teen Advisory Council will be on hand to help out!
Grades 5 to 9.
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Bunraku Puppetry

Tuesday, September 27, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm
Hubbard Room

Bunraku is a form of puppetry practiced in Japan. We will be introduced to the traditions of this ancient art form and learn the basics of manipulating a simple “American Bunraku” style puppet. Otakus is Russell Library’s teen group for fans of Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Meeting twice a month, we view anime shorts, discuss our favorite manga series and explore the culture that has produced such art forms. Food, music, costumes, arts and other expressions of Japan are all parts of Otakus. Ages 11 & up.  
This is a drop-in program, so come and enjoy the fun!