Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Summer Clubs & Workshops for Teens at the Library

**We won!** Our teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, created a video, Rock Your Game at the Library, to enter in the Collaborative Summer Library Program's 2016 Teen Video Challenge. The challenge was to create a promotional video about this year's teen summer reading theme: Get in the Game: Read. The TTT's video won for the state of Massachusetts this year.
See the winning videos from other states here:

Summer clubs and workshops for teens are listed below.
All are free. Some of them require advance registration as space is limited. Sign up at the Reference desk or call 978-468-5577.


Teen Think Tank Meeting  
For ages 11 18. Thurs. June 2, 6:30 to 7:55 PM

The TTT is our teen advisory board. The TTT works with the Teen Librarian to improve library collections, and to create programs and services designed for teens. Come share your bright ideas! Earn community service credit for school! We meet 11 times a year. To join, contact Kim at:

Magic the Gathering Club  For ages 10+. 
Saturdays: 2:00 to 4:00 PM,  June 25 to August 27
Magic the Gathering is a strategy based card game, for those who enjoy magical creatures battling each other. It is easy to learn. The club is for all levels, from beginners to people who already enjoy playing the game. Come try out your decks! For more info. contact Ari at: aristotle_massos at

M.A.G.E. (Minecraft and Assorted Games for Everyone) Tuesdays, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, June 28 to Aug. 30 MAGE is run by teens, for all ages who play well with others. Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft membership. Beginners and advance players welcome. One Rule: No griefing. (During the summer months MAGE meets on Tuesday evenings. During the school year they meet on Wednesday afternoon.)

Dungeons & Dragons Club   For ages 14+  
First meeting will be Saturday, June 25, noon to 4PM, to make the schedule for the rest of the summer. D & D is the world’s leading tabletop RPG. Fifth edition rulesets are generally used over a variety of running campaigns. Some experience with roleplaying games is preferred, but not necessary. Beginners welcome. 
For more info. contact Kim at:

Youth Book Sale and Two Movies
Wednesday, June 29 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:
Pixar Shorts 1 & 2,  1:00 to 3:15 PM, (rated G)
Inside Out, 3:30 to 5:10 PM (rated PG)


Frisbee Show and Play with Todd Brodeur 
Thursday, July 7, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Two-time World Class Champion Todd Brodeur will present a brief history of the Frisbee and discuss the aerodynamics of the game. Then, learn how to do tricks, throws, catches and combinations, and see Todd’s collection of rare flying discs. No registration required.

Get in the Game: Sport Story Photography with Toni Carolina  
For ages 11 to 18.  
This is a 2-part workshop:
1st part meets:   Thu., July 14, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
2nd part meets: Tue., August 2, 3:00 to 4:00 PM
On July 14 bring a camera (cell phone camera not acceptable). Learn how to tell a sport story in 3 to 5 images. Return on August 2nd with prints of your shots to create a sport story photography exhibit in the Young Adult area. Register at the Reference desk. Space limited.

Teen Think Tank shopping spree to Barnes &Noble
Saturday, July 9, 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Participants will choose books for the library’s collections. To participate you must have attended at least one previous Teen Think Tank meeting. 
To attend, call Kim Claire at: 978-468-5577 x14.

Martial Arts with Deb Mahoney  For ages 12 and up.
Monday, July 18, 4:00 to 5:00 PM    Join Tashi Deb, a 5th degree black belt from Mark Warner’s Professional Martial Arts Academy.  Learn beginning and more advanced defense techniques depending on needs/wants of the group. No registration required.

Get in the Game Still Life Pastel Painting
with Greg Maichack  For ages 11 to adult.
Thursday, July 21, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Join Greg Maichack for a hands-on pastel painting workshop. Greg will demonstrate how beginners to accomplished artists can easily pastel paint a still life that incorporates game pieces and words. Essential techniques of pastel painting will be demonstrated. Professional grade pastels, paper, and materials are included. Register at the Reference desk. Space limited.

CAD Bring Your Own Ideas with Jeffrey Walsh
For ages 11 and up (including adults).  
Two sessions:
Thursday, July 28, 3:00 to 5:00 PM -or-
Saturday, July 30, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM 
Is there an object you would like to make on our 3-D printer, but need help designing? Bring your idea to this workshop. Jeff will help you create your design using Tinkercad, a free program available online. 
Participants must bring a laptop for this workshop. 
Register at the Reference desk. Space limited.

Teen Think Tank Meeting
Thursday, August 4, 6:30 to 7:55 PM
Come share your bright ideas! Earn community service credit for school! We meet 11 times a year on the first Thursday of the month. To join, contact Kim Claire at or call 978-468-5577 x14.

Interactive Sword Games with Guard Up!
For ages 11 to 16.  Thursday, August 4, 3:00 to 4:00 PM  
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, by 2:45 PM. 
An hour of high energy interactive sword games, using foam swords, with instructors from Guard Up! Participants must wear loose-fitting pants (no shorts!), a t-shirt, and indoor shoes/sneakers (no flip flops or sandals). All attendees must provide a signed Guard Up Waiver filled out by parent or legal guardian.
Register at the Reference desk. Space limited.

Get in the Game: Eat to Win cooking with Liz Barbour  
For ages 11 to 18. Thursday, August 11, 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Chef & cooking instructor Liz Barbour will show you what to eat, when to eat, and how much you need to eat so you can perform at your highest level in this delicious program. Presentation will be followed by  demonstration and tasting of healthy snacks. 
Register at the Reference desk. Space limited.