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Teen Programs

Register at the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk, call 630/887-8760 ext. 263 or register online. Teen programs are open to 7-12 grades unless otherwise noted.

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Find information about the Teen Summer Reading Challenge HERE!

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Submit ideas for Teen Programs!

Did you know the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets every month to help plan and implement programs for our teens? they make recommendations for the books, movies and games we buy, and they make suggestions for making the library more "teen friendly." Do you have some ideas for TAB to consider? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Tyler at 630-887-8760 ext. 261.


Stencil T-Shirts

Tue., June 10, 4 p.m.

We will bring the stencils and paint. You bring a t-shirt and together we will make some awesome designs. For the more adventurous, supplies will be available to make your own stencils.

Build Electric Guitars

Tue., June 24, 4 p.m.

We will make an actual electric guitar out of a cigar box, wood, and electrical components.

Zombie Terrariums

Tue., July 8, 4 p.m.

Design your very own little ecosystem out of a glass jar with an undead twist.

EL Wire Design

Tues., July 22, 4 p.m.

What is EL Wire, you ask? Imagine an electric glow stick you can bend into shapes, sew, and/or glue to different things. Bring a hoodie, a backpack, sunglasses, or anything else you can think of and we will attach some EL Wire to it and literally light up your life.

Special Programs

Hackers Coalition

Thursdays June 12-July 24 at 2 p.m.

It's probably not what you think. A hacker is someone who builds, rebuilds, and modifies the world around them; someone who tests limits to see what is possible. This is exactly what we are going to do using tiny computers called Arduino (ar-dwee-no) microcontrollers. We will program them to do cool things using LED lights, motion detectors, DC motors, and maybe even lasers. Limited to 10 people.

Band Book Club for Teens

Wednsedays, June 18th, July 2, July 16, July 30 at 4 p.m.

Make your Wednesdays rock by joining this music-themed summer book club. We will talk about trendy teen books like DJ Rising by Love Maia and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell while listening to hip tunes. Snacks provided!

Video Game Tournaments

This summer will have something for everyone. Sports, strategy, fighting and FPS tournaments all season long. Show the world you aren't just a button masher.

FIFA 14 Tournament

Fri., June 13, 6 p.m.

League of Legends Tournament

Fri., June 27, 5 p.m.

You must have a LoL account. Bring your own laptop or borrow one of ours.

Black Ops 2 Tournament

Fri., July 11, 6 p.m.

Under 17 will require a parental permission slip.

Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Fri., July 25, 6 p.m.

3D Printing Studio

Tuesdays, June 17, July 1, and July 15, 4 p.m.

The library now has a 3D printer. Want to print something out? Feel free to drop by our open studio and we will show you how to design and print your own 3D ideas and manipulate existing objects.

Mix It Up – How to be a DJ

Wed., June 25, 6:30 p.m.

Have you always wanted to learn how to DJ? Now is your chance. DJ Travis Matthews will give you an introduction to the equipment and how it works. Everyone will get some hands-on experience plus a chance show off your dance moves.

Girls Night In

Wed., July 16, 6:30 p.m.

What's better than watching the movie Frozen? How about watching Frozen WHILE making and eating frozen treats provided by Whole Foods with your besties. Bring your LYLAS ("Love Ya Like a Sister," aka your friend) for a fab night IN at the library.

The Great Grilled Cheese Battle of 2014

Sat., July 12, 1 p.m.

IPPL and Whole Foods are partnering to bring to you the first-ever Great Grilled Cheese Battle. Participants will compete either as a team of two or solo in two rounds during which they will craft the most delectable sandwich possible by choosing from a variety of fresh and natural ingredients provided by Whole Foods. Three judges will then choose a winner based on taste and presentation. Registration deadline is July 7. Held at Whole Foods, 201 63rd ST., Willowbrook. Cosponsored by Whole Foods Market Willowbrook.

The Sound

Sat., June 21, 6:30 p.m.

The Sound music competition is back this summer. Local teens will compete for the Best Solo/Duo and Best Band Award in the parking lot of the library. There is even a rumor going around that there will be a snow cone machine this year. Feel free to bring a chair and listen to some great music. Generously sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board, The Gift of Carl Foundation, and the Friends of the Library.

Suggested donation for admission: New school supplies to be donated to local groups.

Performers: Apply by June 7. Great for groups and solo/duo acts of any style. 60% of the group must be between the ages of 12-19. Cash prizes for the best solo/duo and best band. You can download an application from thesound.ippl.info or you can ask for an application at the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk.

Practice ACT, Fri., July 11, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Free practice test with results analysis from Kaplan.

Practice PSAT, Fri., Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free practice test with results analysis from Kaplan.

Humans vs. Zombies – VolunTEEN Event

Sat., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Everyone who completes the Teen Summer Reading Challenge is invited to join us for an after-hours game of Humans vs. Zombies. Groups of "humans" will have to navigate the library in search of resources like food or supplies while avoiding and taking down "zombies" with dart blasters. Plus, there will be pizza. The zombie apocalypse isn't without its comforts!