Summer Programs for Teens

Register for the Library's teen programs at the Reference desk, or call: 978-468-5577.  All programs are free of charge. This year the national summer reading theme is "Build a Better World". A few of this summer's programs were chosen with the theme as a guide. The Library's teen advisory board were also consulted for program ideas. Programs are funded by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library
Our teen advisory board won the summer reading teen video challenge for the state of Massachusetts. This is the second year in a row that we have won the Teen Video Challenge. 
Here is this year's winning video:

Please note: M.A.G.E. Club will not be meeting over the summer. 
The Club will be back in September.


Teen Think Tank Meeting  
For ages 11 to 18. Thursday, June 1, 6:30 to 7:55 PM
The TTT is our teen advisory board. They work with the Young Adult Librarian to improve library collections, and to create programs and services designed for teens. Volunteer & share your bright ideas! We meet 11 times a year. To join, contact Kim at:

Bicycle Mechanics with Jeffrey Walsh - Two Sessions
Saturday, June 24 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM -or-
Saturday, June 24, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Discover simple tricks to keep your bicycle in tip top shape. You will learn how to fix a flat tire, & the best ways to avoid a flat tire in the first place. Bring your bike to the workshop. For ages 11 and up, including adults.  Registration required.

Youth Book Sale and Two Movies
Wednesday, June 28 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Stock up for the summer at this one-day-only youth book sale, organized by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library. Credit cards accepted. Two movies will be shown:
Beauty and the Beast (1991 animated, rated G)1PM to 2:25 PM
The LEGO Batman Movie (rated PG) 3PM to 4:45 PM


Play Miniature Golf at the Library!
Saturday, July 8, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Play 10 holes of mini-golf on hills, jumps, bumps, twists,
 and loops on the first floor of the library. For all ages.

Green Art: Itsy Bitsy Beings Workshop
Thursday, July 13, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Make your own insects, microbes, plankton, and tiny sculptures of all kinds in this assemblage workshop. Discover how to turn wire, e-waste, screws, and other odds and ends into real and imaginary creatures. 
For ages 10 to 15. Registration required.

Green Art: 3D Collage Workshop
Thursday, July 13, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Using various paper ephemera learn how to express a significant event, dream, or a critical observation about your surroundings using 3D collage techniques. 
For teens 13+ and adults.  Registration required.

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Be prepared for the solar eclipse on August 21! Children’s craft at 7:30pm, eclipse program at 8:00pm, followed by observation of the night sky through club telescopes on the field behind the library at 8:45pm. Best for ages 10 to adult.

Make, Give, & Take a Paracord Survival Bracelet
Thursday, July 20, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Make a quick release paracord survival bracelet to send to Operation Gratitude for care packages going to deployed troops overseas; to new recruits graduating from Boot Camp; to veterans here at home, and to first responders aiding in emergency situations. And make one to take home. For ages 11 to 18.  Registration required.

Cooking & Gardening with Edible Flowers & Herbs 
with Liz Barbour 
Thursday, July 27, 6:30 to 8:30 PM 
Join chef Liz Barbour for a slide presentation and cooking demonstration of recipes featuring fresh edible flowers. Discover the many flowers and herbs you can use for culinary purposes. Open to teens & adults. Registration required.

Teen Think Tank shopping spree 
to Barnes &Noble
Saturday, July 29, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Choose books & games for our teen collections.
To participate you must be a TTT member and have attended at least one previous Teen Think Tank meeting during 2017.  Parent/guardian permission forms are due by July 8th.  To join the Teen Think Tank, call Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian at: 978-468-5577 x14, or send an email to: kclaire at


Teen Think Tank Meeting
Thursday, August 3, 6:30 to 7:55 PM
Come share your bright ideas! We meet on the first Thursday of the month. Earn your high school required community service hours! 
To join, contact Kim Claire at or call 978-468-5577 x14.

CAD Introductory Workshop with Jeffrey Walsh
Wednesday, August 9, 3:00 to 5:00 PM  
In this introduction to three-dimensional design learn how to use Tinkercad and build your first 3D object. Participants must set up their free Tinkercad account at and bring their own laptop for this workshop.  For ages 11 and up. Registration required.

Museum of Science Rockets:
There and Back Again Workshop   
Thursday, August 17, 3 sessions, 2PM to 5PM
This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Participants will create an air rocket that launches across the room, and engineer a way for a payload to return safely. For ages 11 to 15. Registration required.