Teen Publishing Camp

Boise Public Library
Boise, Idaho

Idaho teens ages 12-17 can write their way to literary greatness by participating in an ongoing publishing camp at the Boise Public Library. According to the event info, teens can "learn the various routes to publication, including traditional, self-publishing, online writing platforms and zines." And for those who need a little extra help to get started, the library provides prompts and training exercises to get the creative juices flowing.

View the event page here

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Coupon Swap & Hawaiian History

Kahuku Public & School Library
Island of Oahu, Hawaii

On the North Shore of Hawaii, not only can residents can get together to learn how to use coupons to save money, but they can swap with other adults to maximize their coupon collections.

All across the Hawaii State Library system, visitors and residents can learn about Hawaiian legends, meet notable locals, and explore native animal species and plants.

Visit Hawaii State Public Libraries to find out more

North Star Digital Literacy Assessment

Saint Paul Public Library
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Sponsored in part by SPPL,  "the Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in eight main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Word Processing (Word), Social Media, and Excel.

When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments."

Visit Saint Paul Public Library to find out more. 


Warwick Public Library
Warwick, Rhode Island

From the IdeaStudio at WPL: "The IdeaStudio is a shared workspace and tech lab where individuals and groups can experiment, practice, discover, and create together" using tools like button makers, USB turntables, and HD Handycams. 

Create! Collaborate! IdeaStudio!

Visit Warwick Public Library to find out more. 

Discovery Room

Salem Public Library
Salem, Oregon

The library describes the Discovery Room, "The Discovery Room was created through a grant funded by the Salem Rotary Club in 1986. It is an exciting "hands-on" interactive educational activity room for children of all ages. Located on the second floor of Salem Public Library's Central Library , the Discovery Room offers fun opportunities that encourage problem solving, creative thinking, imagination, and understanding. The theme of the Discovery Room changes four times each year, so each interactive experience is available for approximately three months."

Visit Salem Public Library to find out more.

Discussions about Death

Anchorage Public Library
Anchorage, Alaska

A unique discussion group provided by Anchorage Public Library is their Death Café.  "Death Café is a project to begin the Dialogue about death. Death Café was founded in 2011 in England and brought to the U.S. in 2012; thousands have participated worldwide. This is not a support group - rather a space where people can discuss death, its meaning, and ask profound questions."

Visit Anchorage Public Library to find out more.

Jedi Training Camp

Live Oak Public Library
Savannah-area, Georgia

The force is strong in LOPL's patrons who celebrated their first May The Forth event this year.

From LOPL: "May the fourth be with you at our first annual Jedi training camp. Join us for crafts and games designed to train your body and mind to become the greatest Jedi warrior possible. Ages 4+" 

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Reading to Bunnies

Collier County Public Library
Naples, Florida

A twist on another new classic! Instead of reading to trained therapy dogs, practice reading with the help of a rabbit friend. In addition to fostering confidence in literacy and public speaking, Reading to Bunnies is a helpful alternative for those beginning readers who may be shy around larger animals.

Receive the same judgment-free support pups can provide from a fluffy, cuddly bun. 

Visit Collier County Public Library to find out more. 

Limitless Library

Nashville Public Library
Nashville, Tennessee

The Limitless Library program (2009) is a partnership between school and public to provide greater access and a more tailored experience for students with quantifiable evidence of increased success on end-of-year tests.

From School Library Journal

The Limitless Library program was designed to "leverage public library resources to create world-class school libraries and also get more children using Nashville Public’s collections."

Visit Nashville Public Library to find out more.

Make.Do Youth Maker Fair

Farmington Public Library
Farmington, New Mexico

From FPL: 

Make.Do Fairs are held every few months and bring together local makers to showcase their talents while demonstrating a variety of seasonal projects, craft & art, home & garden DIY, upcycling/recycling, technology, food hacking, science, and more.

Make.Do Time can be high tech or low tech.

Learn things like:

Dollar Origami
Ironing 101
Helicopter Launcher
Raspberry Pi
Twine Wine Bottle Decor
3-D Printing

Paper Flowers
Split-willow animals
Chile Ristras

Fire Starters
DIY Glass Block
Chain Maille Jewelry
Creative Picture Frames
Present Balls
Zucchini Appetizers

and more!

Visit Farmington Public Library to find out more.