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. 

About 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. Teens are encouraged to registered 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.

Library Youth Ambassadors meetings generally feature a 15-minute icebreaker, a 45-minute meeting to brainstorm and work on projects for the library, and a half-hour fun program or service project. Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 4:00PM to 5:30PM (excluding holidays) at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library (100 S. Center St.). Starting in January 2020, there will be a Library Youth Ambassadors meeting at the Southeast Library on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Projects

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.
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.

How to Participate

Hey teens! Not sure what to do this summer and need a sweet incentive? Join the library for some fantastic challenges! Every week, we will be featuring three different challenges for you. Each set of challenges will be tied to a common theme. Complete just ONE of these challenges and be entered for a weekly drawing for a prize pack! Completing your challenge for the week will make you eligible for that week’s drawing.

Summer Reading Challenge Main Page

Week One Challenges