Tweens & Teens

Click on an icon to get involved at Vail Public Library




Current Events


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November.

Why do it? For 30 crazy, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by 11:59 PM on November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable-but-challenging individual word-count goals.

Novelists can write directly on our website (just click on the YWP icon or go directly to the NaNoWriMo YWP site), find inspiration in our noveling resources, and tap a worldwide community of fellow writers for support.


Special Guests for the Month of November

Ursula Gross, Wednesday November 8th from 5:00-7:00pm

Join us for an Evening of Engagement with Austen Scholar Ursula Gross.  Ursula received her M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and wrote her thesis on how Jane Austen is read and interpreted today.  She has been an active part of Vail Public Library’s Month of Austen for many years.

Tonight will combine our regular Book Club meeting (Northanger Abbey) with a wider discussion of Austen in both her own time, and in ours.


Jackson Emmer, Wednesday November 15th from 5:30-6:30pm

Jackson Emmer’s lyrically playful and intimate Americana style is as gleeful as it is irreverent. Combining an authentic country spirit with an honest and modern perspective, Emmer connects with listeners in the time-honored storytelling tradition.

​His songwriting is often compared to that of John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. He has performed hundreds of shows around the country, sharing the stage with Leon Bridges, The Suitcase Junket, and Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show) and many others. He’s now touring nationally in support of his recently released “Songs for Red Cliff” Emmer lives in Carbondale, CO.


Jerry Barlow, Wednesday November 29th from 5:30-6:30pm

Acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions.

Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village or the misty Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest. In concert, Barlow brings the songs alive by sharing the history, legend and humor behind the music. His expressive arrangements have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.”


Who will win the 2017 Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award?

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the state of Colorado.  Selected by teens, voted on by teens, the Blue Spruce Awards highlight the best young adult literature of the year as chosen by the teens of Colorado! 

Check out the current titles, find them at Vail Public Library, and VOTE!

Online Resources for Young Adults


teen health The award-winning Teen Health & Wellness provides middle and high school students with up-to-date, nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular, and self-help support.  Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ issues, and more.


brainhq2BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that represents the culmination of 30 years of research in neurological science and related medicine.  It takes less than five minutes to do each BrainHQ level, so you can use it in tiny bites or long blocks, depending on your schedule. Plus you can use BrainHQ on almost any computer or mobile device, so you can take it on the go.


What is is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses and 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development, and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.



Recent Events

Harry Potter Party – Saturday, Nov. 4 @ 3:30 pm

Two separate parties will be going on this afternoon: more information will arrive via Owl as the date approaches! WHoo WHoo!  It’s here:

Magical creatures between the ages of 8 and 15 are welcome to come travel through Diagon Alley where they can create their own wand at Olivander’s Wands, play “Harry Potter” Trivial Pursuit or sample Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  At Hogwarts,  they will be sorted by the Sorting Hat into either Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin or Hufflepuff. After the sorting, children can, with their house teammates, participate in a game of quidditch, practice potions or campaign for fair treatment of house elves.

Witches and Wizards in Middle School and up will meet in the Tech Studio to practice advanced charms, manifestations, and wand casting.  No underclassmen allowed!


Annual Scarecrow Building Contest

Sat., Oct 28th @ 10:00  – Free

Form a team of friends or family and come build a scarecrow to decorate the library.

The library will provide frames and art supplies. Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Store will provide clothes. Bring accessories to personalize your scarecrow.  Small parts, glue guns and staple guns will be used.  This creative day is appropriate for children five years old and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Teens may work independently with librarian permission.


Prizes for the most unique and creative scarecrows!

For more information, call 970-479-2179 or visit


Past Programs:

2017 Scarecrow Building Contest

Little Free Library Project

Weather Science

Harry Potter Release Party

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff

Erica Sodos: Psychic Entertainer, Mentalist, & Fortune Teller



Comments are closed.