Things to do

Fall 2018 Teen Scene





Joy of the Pen-Teens Welcome!!!

Joy of the Pen is our annual writing competition which is open to year-round Maine residents and sponsored by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library. Teen authors are invited to enter their work of fiction or poetry into the Teen category. Applications will be available on September 1st. Find out more at The deadline for submitting your work is October 6th.


Teen Crafts & Creativity Projects

Stop by the YA room between 10am – 2pm on Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, November 17th for our casual teen crafts program. Each month will have a different craft project. Spend as little or as much time as you like. No registration required. Ages 11-18 only.


FARTS-Fast Arts in the teen room

September –School supply raffle. Guess the number of pieces in the jar – closest guess without going over wins. One guess per visit. Winning name will be drawn on 9/21. Ages 11-18 only.

October – Guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar! The teen that guesses correctly (or is closest without going over) wins the candy! Winner announced on 10/31. One guess per visit! Ages 11-18 only.

November – Food for fines. Did you just find the library book you checked out this summer under your bed? Worried that you owe money on your library account, but really want to check out a book, movie or music CD? No worries! Bring in a donation of food for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and we will waive your fines. 1 donated item = $1 fine forgiven.
Most Needed Items: Peanut butter, white rice, canned tuna or chicken, Hamburger/Tuna Helper, cereal, soup, canned gravy, canned cranberry sauce, and canned tomatoes.



Tween Reads

Calling all 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders! Join us for Tween Talk! We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 5pm, October through May, to discuss great books and eat pizza! Copies of the books are available at the library. Tween Reads is facilitated by Mariah & Cyndi! Registration is required so we know how much pizza to buy! For more information or to register call 725-1727 or email


How did they do?

Book/movie comparison. Starting September 1st teens can check out a book and movie combo pack. Read the book and watch the movie. Fill out the short comparison bookmark and return it to the library for one raffle ticket. The lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card. The winning name will be drawn on December 15th. Ages 11-18 only.



Reading Without Walls Challenge

National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, has issued a challenge to all readers to read without walls in one of the three ways below.

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.