Teen Programs

Vote for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen can vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 9-15, 2016) on the Teens’ Top Ten site External Link. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

Teen Programs

LexiCON Fanfiction Writing Contest

Do you have a favorite character from a movie, t.v. show, or book? Do you wish that their adventure could continue on? Well, who is better to write their next adventure than YOU?! Write the first chapter of your fanfiction involving any character of your choice. Three age categories will be judged: birth to 10 years old, 11 to 17 years old, and 18+. Prizes will be awarded to 1st through 3rd place winners in each age group, and the 1st place winners will be honored by having their chapter read in front of a live audience at LexiCON (October 1). All entries are due by September 25 and must be 3000 characters or less and family friendly. Enter the writing contest.

Teen Tech Space

Open computer lab use for Teens and Tweens ages 11 – 18. Play Minecraft, Wii, games, computers, and make crafts.  Hang out and bring your friends!

Lexington Park           1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month                4 – 6 p.m.

Conflict Resolution for Teens

These 2 hour workshops will explore different conflict styles, understanding and managing anger, listening and speaking skills, and how to create “win-win” situations.  Recommended for youth in 6th through 12th grade.  Refreshments provided.  Registration required.

Lexington Park          2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month             4 – 6 p.m.
September 27                 Register
October 11                       Register
October 25                      Register
November 8                   Register
November 22                 Register
December 13                  Register

Homeschoolers’ Workshop

Homeschool students and parents, start your school year off right by learning how to get the most from your library’s resources and services. Meet fellow homeschoolers and your friendly library staff!

Leonardtown          Monday, September 12, 2 – 3 p.m.

Southern Maryland Math Circle

The Southern Maryland Math Circle provides fun, fascinating math activities to middle- and high-school students (and their families!) Run by the faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, this monthly gathering is sure to inspire a love of mathematical exploration to everyone who comes. Snacks will be provided.

Lexington Park, 2nd Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10

College Ambassador Connection

Thinking about heading to college, but still have some questions before you take the plunge? Stop by one of our drop-in College Preparedness classes presented by Americorps Vista to get some answers! The college ambassadors will cover a different topic each week ranging from financial aid to how to choose the right major for you, and are sure to shed some light on any of your questions surrounding higher education. No registration required.

Leonardtown, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 30

Ready to Vote? Learn How!

Are you a first-time voter in a Presidential Election? This is your opportunity to register to vote, get a demonstration of the Maryland voting machines, find out what to bring to the polls, learn about voting absentee, as a student, or military member,and learn how to research unbiased and accurate information about the candidates.

Lexington Park     Tuesday, September 13, 4 – 6 p.m.                                  Register
Leonardtown         Tuesday, September 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Pokémon Trainers Club

Do you have what it takes to be the very best?  Bring your games and/or your cards and prepare to battle against other Pokémon trainers! Participate in Pokémon trivia and button making, and maybe make some friends along the way. Complete the pokedex beforehand (Found in the Teen Zone!) and bring in your completed pokedex to receive Gym badges! All Ages.

Leonardtown        Monday, September 19, 5 – 6 p.m.

Minecraft Mania

Share strategies with other Minecrafters, explore new terrain, gather raw materials and create amazing structures!  Ages 10-17. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.

Lexington Park
Friday, September 23, 2 – 3:30 p.m.                Register
Friday, October 21, 2 – 3:30 p.m.                     Register
Tuesday, November 1, 4 – 6 p.m.                     Register

Charlotte Hall
Friday, December 30, 2 – 4 p.m.                     Register


Activities for all ages! Ever been interested in how to get into the comics industry? Learn from a panel of two comic book artists! Come dressed as your favorite movie, anime, or comic book character and participate in our cosplay contest to earn prizes from the secret “library vault.” Visit our LexiCON page for the day’s schedule and special guests!

Lexington Park          Saturday, October 1

UKEtoberFest: Pleased to Meet Uke

Beginner class for ukulele. No music experience? No problem! Musician Nani Lowery will have you strumming in no time. Ukuleles for the class provided by the library. Free. Registration opens 2 weeks before this event. Ages 10-17. See more UKEtoberFest events.

Leonardtown             Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. – 12 noon                   Register

UKEtoberFest: Songwriting Workshop

Song writing expert, author, and musician Mary Amato guides you through the process of expressing yourself through music. No experience needed. Instruments for the class provided by the library. Free. Ages 11-17. Registration opens 2 weeks before this event. See more UKEtoberFest events.

Lexington Park        Saturday, October 15, 2 – 4 p.m.                                Register

UKEtoberFest: Family Jam & Open Mic

Sing and strum along to some of your favorite songs at our all ages celebration of music. Bring an instrument, or play one provided by the library. No registration required. See more UKEtoberFest events.

Charlotte Hall           Saturday, October 29, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Ready to Serve: World War I Nurses’ Unknown Stories

Ready to Serve: World War I Nurses’ Unknown Stories, written and performed by Ellouise Schoettler, is the true story of elite American professional nurses who served in France during WWI. They left a legacy that makes us proud. Recommended for ages 13+.

Lexington Park         Sunday, November 13, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Zombie Apocalypse 

Civilized society has collapsed, and the undead have risen. Will you survive? Join us for zombie fear factor, a survival scavenger hunt, zombie hunting, and more. Costumes welcomed. All ages. No registration required.

Lexington Park          Thursday, November 17, 6 – 7 p.m.

One Maryland, One Book Teen Book Discussion

A book discussion for teens that have read All American Boys by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds. All American Boys was chosen as the One Maryland, One book for the year 2016. “In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.”

Lexington Park           Tuesday, November 15, 4 – 6 p.m.
Leonardtown               Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.             Register


Please note that library staff may be taking photos of any or all events to use for future library publications. Program participants’ photos may be used without notification or compensation. If you do not feel comfortable having your photo taken, please inform library staff when you arrive to a program.