When you picture groups of kids attending a program at the library, do you imagine young children gathered around a librarian at storytime? Storytimes are popular and worthwhile and they are offered at each local branch. But the national Young Adult Library Services Association, YALSA, seeks to spread the word that libraries are here for teens as well! YALSA created TeenTober, a month long celebration of the innovative activities that are offered all year to help teens learn new skills and fuel their passions.
With the return of in-person programming, there is much to celebrate about the free events for teens this October in Adams County. 
     Teens can get moving every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Harbaugh-Thomas Library Teen Choreography & Dance lessons led by Sophia and Christina Gray.
     Feeling more cerebral? Explore the written word at a monthly teen book club. The Trone Memorial Library Flashlight Readers will meet October 14 at 6:30 p.m., the Gettysburg Library Teen Book Club on October 28 at 4:30 p.m., and the Harbaugh-Thomas Library Teen Book Club on October 29 at 3:30 p.m. Or, for teens wanting to hone their creative writing skills, Harbaugh-Thomas Library staff member and award-winning poet Alba Sarria will guide a writing group on Magical Realism/Surrealism on October 4 at 3:30 p.m. and Writing Horror on October 25 at 3:30 p.m.
     Looking for some hands-on maker activities? The Trone Memorial Library offers a monthly Take and Make kit. The Harbaugh-Thomas Library has two STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) drop-in sessions. On October 14 teens can stop by between 3-6 p.m. and craft 3D style with the 3Doodler pen system. On October 18 teens can drop in from 3-6 p.m. to explore paper circuits. Use LED’s, batteries, and conductive tape to create one of a kind designs. Both STEAM activities will utilize a new “Design, Create, Play” tinkering kit funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
While your teens may or may not trick or treat, they can still celebrate the season. The New Oxford Library staff say “This is Halloween, everybody make a scene” encouraging participants to take a scene from a favorite book or show and decorate a pumpkin on Friday, October 8 at 3:30 p.m. The Carroll Valley Library is also offering Pumpkin Painting—join in on Thursday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. Or, drop by the Littlestown Library on Saturday, October 16 from 10-4 for Teens Tricks & Treats to enjoy a selection of Halloween crafts, games, and activities. Finally, for some fun from home, pick up a Spooky Fall Art kit from the Littlestown Library from October 17-October 23, watch the instructional video on demand, and create a piece of tiny art.
     The Teen Center at the Harbaugh-Thomas Library has reopened! Teens in 7th-12th grade can stop by Mondays-Fridays from 2:45 -6:00 p.m. to enjoy the gaming computers, card and board games, crafts, ping-pong, books and more. 
     Register for events at adamslibrary.org or by speaking with a library staff member. For the safety of staff and community members, masks will be required at all programs.

Submitted by Barbara Buckley, Branch Manager of the Harbaugh-Thomas Library