Teens in Arlington

Teens in Arlington have can enjoy teen library spaces and programs. From Teen Time at the Downtown Library to book clubs to the Teen Library Ambassadors, the library wants teens to come to hang out and find something they are interested in. 

Library Youth Ambassadors

The Library Youth Ambassadors of Arlington Public Library began in Fall 2018 as a way for teens to provide input on library programs and services. This group is open to all teens who live or attend school in the City of Arlington. Membership is on a semester basis. Applications for Library Youth Ambassadors are open during September of 2020 and will close on. The application process reopens in January 2021 for new applicants. Members are required to attend at least one meeting a month to remain an active member. Interested teens may apply to become a member through the application. They will be contacted by a Library staff member if they are approved.

Teens are encouraged to register as approved City volunteers (link to volunteer page) so that they may receive volunteer hours from the library. However, they are not required to if they wish to participate in the group. All teens may use the hours they spend as part of community service hours for their schools. Teens who are not approved Library members must provide parent or guardian contact information in the application.

Library Youth Ambassadors meetings generally feature an icebreaker and discussion sessions to brainstorm and work on projects for the library. Currently, meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (excluding holidays) on Zoom. All meetings are virtual through the fall and may continue to be virtual in the spring of 2021.

Past Projects

  • Serving as a focus group for creating library programs aimed at teens.
  • Creating and planning programs for teens, such as during Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week.
  • Suggesting new materials for the library collection.
  • Providing feedback on the teen space in the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.
  • Doing service projects for the community, such as making cards for senior centers or children's hospitals.
Social Media Graphics Designs

Love graphic design or just want to share your favorite reads and movies with people? Teens interested in this opportunity will be added to a Canva team where once a month, they will submit graphics highlighting a book, movie, audiobook, or e-book that they would recommend to other teens. A template is provided.

Surveys

Once every month or two, teen volunteers will receive a survey from Ms. Loretta asking for feedback on how teen services and programs are going. Previous topics have included Summer Reading Challenge, favorite series, potential programs, and more. Answering the surveys will provide one hour of volunteer credit.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Not a Library volunteer but looking for virtual volunteer opportunities?

Help community organizations and City departments who are trying to get information out to teens. Watch a video or presentation, answer a few questions to assess your understanding of the information, and provide feedback on how the information is presented and how we can help connect the community to these resources. Virtual volunteer opportunities will be available through schools and organizations who wish to participate. Each organization will have their own form for members to fill out.

Interested in these opportunities? Please contact Teen Librarian Ms. Loretta at Loretta.Zhang@arlingtontx.gov. Additional volunteer opportunities may be available.

Night Owl Teen Writing Club

Do you love creating new characters and developing new worlds?  Taking original ideas and transforming them into stories? Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Arlington Public Library for its teen creative writing program, Night Owls! We will use prompts and writing techniques to stretch our imaginations and help each other grow into better writers. 

DIYers

This program is part of our DIYers series for teens on Tuesdays at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. DIYers is a come-and-go program, so drop in any time while it's going on and leave with your finished projects when you're done.

Teen Time

Come hang out at the Downtown Library! The Young Adult Area and adjoining study rooms will be reserved for teens only. Staff will be present to assist teens with finding resources.  Study, do homework, play video games, learn a new hobby, geek out, or prepare for the future. Board games and a different activity will be set out each week for the duration of Teen Time. 

TEA Time

TEA Time stands for Teen Empowerment and Advocacy Time. Each session will be led by a faciliator and will feature a different topic accompanied with a craft, while supplies last.

YA, We R Bookworms

YA, We R Bookworms is Arlington Public Library's teen book club! Bring your favorite read or current gush-worthy book and meet an eclectic group of individuals who want to chat, share, and discuss their favorite geeky and nerdy reads.  Light snacks and tea will be provided. 

Calendar of Events
Public Computers

The Arlington Public Library offers access to public computers for teens and adults. Public computers are free to use for all users with a valid library card. Guest passes are available for non-residents for $1 an hour.

Computers are first-come, first-served and may be reserved at a sign-up station. In order to provide accessible services to our patrons, teens are able to use public computers in Adult service areas only. In some library locations, computers are also designated specifically for teen (ages 13-18) use.

Please see our Computer Usage Policy for more details.

Laptops

Windows Operating Systems

At the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, the Northeast Branch, and the East Arlington Branch there are laptops with Microsoft Windows operating systems that Teens can access while in the library. 

Chromebooks

At the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, there are Chromebooks that Teens can check out and use while in the Downtown Library. 

Video Games

Xbox One S

At the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library Tweens can choose to play our Xbox One S gaming system. Xbox One S delivers brilliant graphics with HDR technology and premium audio. All the games in the Teen area are rated E for Everyone and T for Teen. Game controllers must be checked out on a Teen or an Adult Arlington Library Card or an Arlington ISD Student ID Number. 

Nintendo Wii

The Wii console brings interactive gaming to people of all ages. Teen experience intuitive motion controls that deliver a unique social activity. Wii gaming gets Teens up for hours of fun! All the games in the Teen area are rated E for Everyone and T for Teen. Game controllers must be checked out on a Teen or an Adult Arlington Library Card or an Arlington ISD Student ID Number. 

Teen Spaces

The George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, we have specific events and program in an area that teens can come, explore, and be themselves. Click here to learn more about these dedicated spaces for teens.

College and Career Resources

We provide resources to teens to help them get ready for the transition from high school to college, careers, and life, to the future of their choosing. 

Click here to see our list of college and career resources.