Tweens & Teens

Harry Potter Book Night Celebration – Rescheduled!!

Friday, March 13th – from 5 – 8 pm

RSVP Always appreciated!

Celebrate everyone’s favorite wizard with a mid winter party and movie! All ages welcome! Vail Public Library hosts our annual celebration of Harry Potter! Pizza generously donated by Blue Moose, activities and a costume contest! So dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and join the fun!  RSVP is always appreciated to ensure that we have enough of everything. and/or  970479-2187.

Thank you Blue Moose Pizza for your continued generosity !




Teen Volunteer Tech Studio Mentors Needed!

Teens and Young Adults are invited to apply for a volunteer position in our Tech Studio.  To apply for one of our volunteer positions, please contact Sandy Rivera.   Skills required for this position include:

  • an interest in technology
  • basic understanding and interest in coding robots
  • interest in 3-D printing & CAD
  • demonstration of responsible care of equipment
  • a willingness to  share your knowledge with others
  • great attitude

If you think you have the skill set to volunteer and help us in our Tech Studio Makerspace, please contact us.

Reading Buddies – Winter 2020

Reading Buddies is a free Vail Public Library program that pairs trained teen volunteers with younger kids for a one-on-one shared reading experience.  Little buddies do not need to be struggling readers to benefit from this program, the intent is to foster a love of reading.  Reading Buddies offers a chance for friendship while providing another set of attentive ears for our young readers.  Little buddies should be in 1st – 3rd  grades   Big buddies should be in 7th – 12th grades.  Please pursue this opportunity to provide help to a little friend and boost your own leadership skills and serve your community.

Contact Cricket Pylman  for an application to be either a Big Buddy or a Little Buddy! We are currently recruiting for our Winter session.  The next session begins Thursday,  January 30 from 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Big buddies need to interview and be trained before they start..  If you are interested , please contact us to be ready for the next session.  .

Looking for an opportunity for leadership?  Join Mountain Youth!  Right here in Eagle County!

Our mission is to continuously and collaboratively improve the lives of youth in the most powerful ways possible.

Our vision is that “All youth in our community thrive.”

click here for more information

Valley’s Voice

This youth-led, adult-supported program encompasses CTC youth advisors and other young people in our community. The focus is on education and community service projects — giving young people a voice in programs that impact them. Youth can be on the board, pitch a project, work with local businesses to provide insight and feedback. The program includes youth ages 10 to 25.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

YALSA has launched the Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners.  Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists.  This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year.  Check out the Top Ten for 2019 here.


Hour of Code!

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code!

Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (Blue Spruce Award) has been recognizing the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado since 1985.

The award is unique in being entirely nominated and voted for by teens. Inclusion on the nominations list does not imply endorsement by any adult as this is a program of entirely student-selected titles. Each year teens in grades 6-12 are free to nominate their favorite titles; a list of 12-15 titles is then compiled by the Blue Spruce Award committee based on number of nominations received.

Students must have read at least three of the titles to vote for a winner. Adults do not nominate or vote for books, and publishers are not allowed to submit their books for consideration.

2020 Nominees

2019 Nominees

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.

Little Free Library Project

If you build it… they will come!

Over the summer, our Teen Reading Group built FIVE little free libraries!  Have a book?  Leave a book!  Want a book?  Take a book!  Always free, the little free libraries are the “town square” of a community and thanks to our amazing teens, Vail has five.

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