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For tweens and teens who just completed 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.


Be sure to visit your library to pick up a sheet of activity ideas for middle and high schoolers AND a free book for your teen (one per teen, while supplies last)

You’ll also find additional ideas for activities and challenges listed below and updated each week!


Activities to try this week

  • Play a favorite board game.
  • Try the bottle flip challenge. Can you flip a water bottle in the air and land it upright on the table?
  • Do an act of kindness this week: Try saying “yes” more often when your family asks you to lend a hand.

Previous Activities

Week 11 Challenges
  • Reorganize your closet or bedroom for a fresh start for the new school year.
  • Try this “Minute to Win It” challenge. Gather 36 plastic drinking cups. Can you stack them one by one in a pyramid, then dismantle them into a single stack in under one minute?
  • Create a time capsule. Grab a recycled box and fill it with items that will remind you of this summer when you open the box 5 or 10 years from now.
  • What’s your dream job after you graduate from school? You librarian can recommend resources all about careers and jobs.
  • Share a favorite book with someone you think would enjoy it.
Week 10 Challenges
  • Leave it up to fate! Walk up to a shelf at the library and choose a totally random book. You just might find an unexpected favorite.
  • Gather up unneeded clothes or other items in good condition to donate to charity. You’ll give new life to these items and help other people in our community!
  • Create a no-sew blanket from fleece to give as a gift to a friend or to donate to people in need. See How from Project Linus (.pdf)
Week 9 Challenges
  • What are you most thankful for in your life?
  • Take a selfie of yourself doing something great for the environment.
  • Summer vacation is zipping by! Can you think of a book you’ve always wanted to read? Or something that was recommended to you but you haven’t read yet? Now is the time!
  • Learn a new dance!
Week 8 Challenges
  • Organize a sleepover! Grab a few friends, pick a favorite movie to watch, read scary stories out loud, and stay up late.
  • Attend a teen event this month at your library.
  • Is your favorite movie also a book? Read the story and compare to the movie version. Which one do you like more?
  • Challenge yourself to learn a new life skill this week. Do you know how to cook an omelet, run a load of laundry, or check the tire pressure on a car?
Week 7 Challenges
  • Celebrate Independence Day by reading about American history.
  • Visit the beach and go hunting for seashells. How many different kinds can you identify?
  • Go cloudwatching. Grab a beach towel and head outside to view the sky.
  • Curious about our home state? Browse the Florida Collection at your library.
  • Beat the heat and make homemade popsicles.
Week 6 Challenges
  • Do an act of kindness: Smile and say hello to the people you meet today.
  • Get out of a reading rut. Check out something from the library that’s completely different from the books you typically choose.
  • Doodle, color, or draw away the afternoon!
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Ask your librarian to recommend a travel guide and daydream about your future adventure.
Week 5 Challenges
  • Do an act of kindness this week: Say thank you to at least one person each day.
  • Ask your parent or grandparent to tell you a story about when they were in high school. What did they like to do? Where did they live? What did they do for fun on the weekend?
  • Check out some poetry from the library. Your librarian can show you the nonfiction 811 section, which includes all different types of poetry.
  • Plant something! Grab some inexpensive seeds, potting soil, and a recycled container to see what you can grow.
Week 4 Challenges
  • Do an act of kindness this week: Let someone go in front of you while waiting in line.
  • Write a fan letter to your favorite author.
  • Visit a local museum.
  • What is your all-time favorite animal? Your librarian can recommend a book about your favorite critter.
  • Read a book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name.
Week 3 Challenges
  • Do an act of kindness this week: Play a game with someone younger than you.  You will brighten their day with the attention you give.
  • Visit www.freerice.com to help people in need while playing trivia games.  Every correct trivia answer donates rice to help end hunger.
  • What activities can you do this week without electricity or batteries?  Make a list and try one!
  • Get out there and visit a local park.  Check leegov.com/parks for park locations and possible parking fees.
  • Help your parents wash the family car.
Week 2 Challenges
  • Do an act of kindness this week: Play a game with someone younger than you.  You will brighten their day with the attention you give.
  • Visit www.freerice.com to help people in need while playing trivia games.  Every correct trivia answer donates rice to help end hunger.
  • What activities can you do this week without electricity or batteries?  Make a list and try one!
  • Get out there and visit a local park.  Check leegov.com/parks for park locations and possible parking fees.
  • Help your parents wash the family car.
Program Kick-Off Challenges
  • Bring a friend to the library to share the fun.
  • Attend a teen event at your library this summer.
  • Expand your taste buds! Challenge yourself to try a new food this week.
  • Check out a library book you can finish in a single day.
  • Create a new ending for a favorite TV show, movie, or book. How would you change the story?
  • Learn a magic trick! Ask your librarian for a book of magic tricks.
  • Think about your favorite inspiring quote – something that makes you feel hopeful or happy. Share your inspiration with someone special.
  • Create art using just paper! Borrow a book on origami from the library and try some paper folding techniques. What can you make?
  • Create an original comic book with illustrations and words. Who is the hero of your story? Where does it take place?
  • You gotta eat! Check out a cookbook from the library and try a new recipe. Your librarian can show you the nonfiction 641 section.
  • Host a surprise dance party! Move the furniture out of the way, grab your family or friends, blast your favorite songs, and dance.
  • Do an act of kindness: Take a friend to help clean up your neighborhood block.
  • Check out a book about learning a new language. How many new words can you teach yourself in one week?
  • Get unplugged! Turn off your devices and TV for one hour.
  • Kindness matters! Can you think of a simple act of kindness you can do today?

Events

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 Please see event details for information on registration requirements.

Special services like sign language interpretation and assistive listening can be provided at events to patrons upon request. Please give at least up to five business days notice to library staff in order to schedule services at events. Call 239-479-4636 or stop by the reference desk at your local library.