Tweens & Teens

Teen Summer Reading –  Can You Read Every Day?

This summer, Vail Public Library (VPL) will be hosting a Middle School Book Club as well as a High School Book Club!

This summer the library will host Book Clubs for Middle and High School students in our backyard.  Plan to read with us as a group or on your own.

July 24th  from 3:30 – 4:30 – Art & Books in the Back Yard

This week – Discover the Challenge and Creativity of Origami

We will meet weekly on Wednesdays beginning June 26, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.   It is not just about the book, all teens are invited to join us weekly for a shared art experience, snacks and a get together .  Teens will be eligible for prizes and incentives too! You must register for Summer Reading in order to be eligible to win prizes and rewards along the way. Registration will be open beginning Sat., Jun. 1. At that time, you may also pick up your reading log from the library’s Service Desk. To register, click the following link:

Middle School Book Club

Students in grades 6-8 are invited to join their other teens in a monthly club to discuss books, enjoy snacks and crafts that may or may not relate to the book.

July’s selection is Posted by John David Anderson

Books will be supplied along with snacks and crafts.  Please join us!

High School Book Club

Students in grades 9 -12 are invited to join their other teens in a monthly club to discuss books, enjoy snacks and crafts that relate to the book.

July’s selection for High School  is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Books will be supplied along with snacks and crafts.  Please join us!

All members will be eligible for prizes and incentives along the way.

Suggest titles for our first book by emailing Cricket –

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 – Volunteers Needed

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 Summer session.  The next session begins Thursday,  June 27 – Aug 8.  We meet from 4:30 to 5:30.

Big buddies need to interview and be trained by the second week of June.  If you are interested , please contact us to be ready for the next session.  .

2019 Teen Video Challenge

Sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), this contest invites teens, 13-18, to create short videos (up to 60 seconds long) that promote reading and using the library to other teens. It’s creative, it’s hands-on, and it’s fun! Click Here for more information


Looking for an opportunity for leadership?  Join Eagle River Youth Coalition.  

click here for more information

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

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.

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!

2018 Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award winner is

The Hate U Give

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!

Explore The Blue Spruce Award here  See who the nominees are for 2019.

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.

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.

Past Programs:

Restore the Gore
Erica Sodos
Alpine Arts
Harry Potter Party
2017 Scarecrow Building Contest
Little Free Library Project


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