Our Teen Programming Guide for Summer 2019 is now available! Click here to check out all the fun activities we have just for Teens this summer. We will also have our Summer Learning Challenge where teens work to read, discover, and create all summer long. As teens record their summer learning, they will earn tickets to put toward prizes. We will have 3 prize drawings just for Teens this year! Sign-up under the section below titled as, "2019 Summer Learning Challenge."
If you have any questions, please call 262-673-8240 or stop by the Youth Desk anytime we're open.
  Upcoming Teen Activities: 
  • Teen Anime Silhouette Quiz (June 17-June 29): Stop by the Youth Desk to grab a guessing sheet and take a look at the silhouettes. Each silhouette is of an anime character. Write down which character you believe each silhouette is. Turn in your hseet at the Youth Desk to see how many you got correct. Teens with the most correct answers will win a prize!
  • Yum Yum Box Tasting (Thursday, June 13 @ 6:30 p.m.): Universal Yums is a company that sends a box filled with snacks and candies from a different country every month. The library has purchased it's own subscription for this event! Stop by to try unique snacks from different countries. Many of these products are difficult, if not impossible to find in the United States.
  • Amazing Race: Library Edition (Thursday, June 20 @ 6:30 p.m.): It's a race to the finish! You'll be grouped into teams to complete this challenge. You'll have a certain number of stops on your race to the finish. At each stop, you'll encounter a tast you must complete as a team. Sometimes you may have to create somthing, other times you may need to finish an activity. Complete all the stops before the other teams in order to be named the Amazing Race Library Winner!


2019 Summer Learning Challenge (Monday, June 3-Saturday, August 3):
Our Summer Program has officially started! Even if you’ve been in the program before, please note we are doing things differently this year. Participants will be logging not only their reading, but also the days they spend discovering and creating. Please review the step-by-step description of the program before signing up.
For Teens, the library provides separate programming from younger children. In addition, for our Summer Learning Challenge, Teens have their own separate set of prizes that they are working toward winning. 
Teen Readers (6th to 12th Grade):
Take Home Summer Learning Challenge Log: Teen Log
Teens will be counting how many minutes they read, how many days they spend discovering something new, and how many days they spend creating. Starting Monday, June 10, Teens can start bringing any learning they have recorded to the Youth Desk at the library. There a staff member will assist you in logging your learning. Please keep in mind, when and how often you stop in the library to log your learning is completely up to you. The only deadline is Saturday, August 3 when the program ends. Also, for Teen Readers, there are multiple prize drawings throughout the summer. If you want specific prizes in that set of prize drawings, we do suggest you get in before the deadline of that drawing to log some learning and put some tickets in toward that prize drawing. 
*Make sure you read over the step-by-step description on how the program works to fully understand what you are logging, when you earn prize tickets, and what type of learning counts for the program.

Teen Battle of the Books (B.O.B.) Program
The Jack Russell Memorial Library will compete with other libraries in the Monarch System to see which library’s team comes out on top! Anyone entering grades 6th-12th may participate in the B.O.B. program.

How Does it Work?
For a full list of rules, please obtain a copy of the B.O.B. Guidelines from the Youth Librarian (Jessica). You’ll be participating as a team for Hartford against other Monarch Library System teens. You’ll be quizzed on the B.O.B. competition books. For example, a question may state, “Which book has a character that finds out he is a wizard?” The team would answer, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.” Questions about all of the books will be asked and will range in difficulty. Teams gain points for every answer they have right. In the end, whichever team has the most points wins!
Before beginning the program, all participants and their parents must sign a permission slip and return it to the Youth Services Librarian. This will ensure that both participants and their parents have received a copy of how the program works, what the rules are, and what books are on the list!
Things to Keep in Mind
  • Before committing to the program, make sure you can attend the final competition date (please see librarian for date & time). The library does not provide transportation there. It is up to you to secure a ride to the competition.
  • To ensure the library has copies for B.O.B. participants, we will hold all Summer B.O.B. books behind the Youth Desk. Just stop at the desk and ask to see the Summer B.O.B. books to check one out!
  • You do not have to read all the books on the list. You’re part of a team, so you can always divvy up the books between your team members.
  • Reading B.O.B. books do count toward the Summer Learning Challenge’s reading portion!
Important Dates:
  • Information Meeting (Choose one date): Thursday, June 13 @ 6 p.m. or Monday, June 17 @ 4 p.m.
  • Final Competition Date & Location: Friday, July 26 @ 1 p.m. at the Lomira Quad/Graphic Community Library (427 S. Water Street, Lomira, WI). *Participants must secure their own transportation for the final competition.
  • Please note, there will be other work days established once B.O.B. participants are signed up. Additionally, there may be a preliminary competition to narrow down the final 5 participants if more than 5 people are interested in the B.O.B. program.
2019 B.O.B. Books:
  • Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
  • The War Outside by Monica Hesse

Teen Movies:
  • The Hate U Give (Monday, June 24 @ 2 p.m.): Runtime 2 hours 13 minutes. Rated PG-13).
  • Ready Player One (Monday, July 1 @ 2 p.m.): Runtime 2 hours 19 minutes. Rated PG-13).
  • Crazy Rich Asians (Monday, July 15 @ 2 p.m.): Runtime 2 hours 1 minute. Rated PG-13).
  • Teen Pizza & A Movie Night (Thursday,  July 25 @ 6 p.m.): You choose the movie! Visit https://tinyurl.com/y5vyzrg7 to vote for your movie choice! Winner will be announced Monday, July 15.