Category Archives: Teens

Fall Teen Events

Check out our teen calendar for upcoming events! This month, we have a bunch of exciting programs for teens.

Middle School Scene – Monday-Friday at 3:00pm
Every weekday we’ll have an after school program for program for students in grades 5-8 at 3:00pm. Check our website for exact dates.

Anime Club – Monday, October 7 at 7:00pm*
Anime club is back! Discuss your favorite anime, have some snacks, and watch an episode of the anime of the month. Registration is required. For grades 5-12.

Cooking Club – Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00pm*
Learn how to bake different types of cookies! Advanced registration is required and will begin on Monday, October 7th. Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions on the registration form. For grades 5-12.

College Essay Writing Class- Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm*
Learn to write a memorable and impressive college essay.  Show the colleges of your choice who you are in an articulate, original and truthful essay.  Classes will guide you through the process to reveal an accurate and positive written portrait. This program is limited to students in 9th-12th grade. Registration is required and will begin on Monday, October 7.

ACT Practice Test – Saturday, October 26 at 9:15am*
Above Grade Level of Union County will offer a free Proctored ACT Practice Test. The test is being offered as a community service with no obligation or solicitation. Advanced registration is required for this test – space is limited. Please contact Above Grade Level directly at 908-889-6396 or [email protected] to register or for more information.

TAB Meeting – Monday, October 28 at 6:00pm
TAB is the Scotch Plains Teen Volunteer group. During our meetings we’ll discuss upcoming volunteer opportunities, events, and the teens can give their input on what programs and materials they would like in the library. If you are not currently a member of TAB and would like to join, please fill out an application and turn it in to the teen librarian.  For grades 6-12.

Annual Halloween Party – Wednesday, October 30 at 5:30pm*
Join us for the 3rd annual teen Halloween party on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30pm. We’ll watch something festive and eat pizza, candy, and snacks! This program is for students in grades 5-12. Advanced registration is required.

*Advanced registration is required. Visit for more informatoin.

Every weekday we’ll have an after school program for program for students in grades 5-8 at 3:00pm. No registration required. Our first fall cooking class will be on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00pm, registration required.

Teen Summer Reading Programs

Starting July 8, there will be programs for grades 5-8 every Monday and every other Wednesday. We’ll also have programs on select Wednesday nights for students in grades 5-12, such as YA Cooking and Movie & Pizza parties. Check out our calendar for more details!

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff

Register now for our Teen Summer Reading Rainbow Party on Wednesday, June 26th at 6pm. There will be food, drinks, games, and prizes. The first 50 through the door will get a buy one get one free coupon for Chipotle! Click here to register:

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff

Join us on Wednesday, June 26th at 6pm for our Summer Reading Kickoff! Students entering grades 6-12 can come to enjoy food, games, prizes, and more! Registration is required. Sign ups for the Teen Summer Reading Program begin on Saturday, June 1st.

Teen Video Game Tournaments

We’re having our second rounds of video game tournaments! On Wednesday, April 3rd at 6pm we’ll be racing to the finish line in Mario Kart. On Wednesday, May 1st at 6pm we’ll battle it out in Super Smash Bros. Previous participation in tournaments is not necessary. Gr. 5-12. Registration required.

Teen Cooking Programs

Join us for the next in our series of YA cooking programs. On Wednesday, February 20th we’ll be making personal pizzas, and on Wednesday, March 20th we’ll be cooking up fajitas. Registration required. Grades 5-12. See calendar for more details.

January Teen Events

Welcome to the New Year! This month we’ll be hosting a ton of teen programs, including: a Mario Kart Tournament, a College Essay Class, the monthly Cooking Club, and more! Some programs require advanced registration. Please check the calendar for more information.

Remembering Stan Lee (1922-2018)

In honor of one of the most important figure in comic book history, we’ve created a Stan Lee display with a selection of some of our favorite teen and adult Marvel comics. Check out the display to see the inspiration behind some of your favorite superhero movies, and don’t forget to check out the other Marvel comics and DVDs at SPPL.

An Apple A Day! Art Show and Activities

An Apple A Day! Art Show and Activities

Grab the kiddos and join us for a special apple celebration. Artist and author Leeza Hernandez and her 11-year-old daughter Liv share their favorite pieces from what began as a simple mother-daughter activity and quickly turned into a 100-day art project.

The local duo will give their personal take on how they survived the project without driving each other nuts—and will show you and your kids how to make apple prints together. Plus there will be some festive apple-y snacks to enjoy and a special gift to take away.

About “An Apple A Day!”

In June 2016, the challenge was to each create an image of an apple using a different medium every day for as long as they felt like it. From edible art to working with paints, pencil, fiber, aluminum foil and even Lego, the duo discovered a myriad of ways you can make multiple interpretations of one single subject.

“We agreed to just keep going and didn’t commit to any timeframe which eliminated any pressure about deadlines and the need to have to create,” Hernandez says, expecting patience to get the better of them within the first few days but was surprised at the result.

“My daughter woke up early every morning to brainstorm what medium we’d try next, Hernandez adds. “She was truly engaged. When we moved into the second week and were still going strong, I realized this was more than about making art together.”

“I think this was a really good opportunity to spend more time with my mom, especially because we were both doing something that we love: art!” Liv says, “It was cool that we would think of a different style every day. I would love to do it again and see how many more apples we can come up with.”

The project was spent during most of summer break and only ended due to back to school and extra curricular time constraints. On average, daily activities ranged from 10 minutes to an hour, while more involved practices were saved for weekends.

“It was hard to stop at all, but Day 100 felt like a good place,” Hernandez adds. “The majority of the project was spent working side-by-side discussing our observations, critiquing and comparing notes along the way, but we worked on the same apple together for the 100th.

Making apples manifested into special memories for both artists that ultimately strengthened their relationship.

“This project far outweighed time spent with devices which seems to be a constant in her generation,” Hernandez says. “I try to embrace the positives of digital technology whenever I can but teaching my daughter to find balance also taught me new parenting skills. Libby taught me a thing or two about art as well.”

The project was documented on Instagram (@leezaworks, 2016)—where you can view their art shown side-by-side—as a way to share and inspire other parents looking to spend time with their kids using a creative outlet.

Community Apple Art Project

You can be a part of the art show too! Stop by the Scotch Plains Library this week and pick up a piece of the giant apple canvas to participate in a community project. All you have to do is create art on one of the mosaic tiles with your child—remember, you have to work together—and return the artwork and completed form no later than September 18. The mosaic will be constructed and unveiled on the day of the event so bring friends and family for the big reveal!

About The Show

The artists have curated their favorite pieces from the project and will be on display for public viewing from 9/22 through 10/12.