THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!
Our 2023 Summer Reading Program has concluded. You may still redeem any of your remaining rewards while supplies last. Prize drawing winners have all been notified by email. Below is the original Summer Reading information, if you still need to refer to it.
TWEEN & TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM (AGES 10-17*)
*10-year-olds may register for either the Children’s or Tween & Teen program
You’ll “level up” by reading books and using Beanstack to log the minutes you read. Your Beanstack account will allow you to earn badges, rewards, and entries into our prize drawings for the time you spend reading throughout the summer!
HOW BEANSTACK WORKS:
- Visit our Beanstack website or download the app from the app store on your smartphone or tablet and register for an account. You may register individually or as a family. (Prefer to track your reading on paper? You can also visit the library anytime throughout the summer to pick up a paper log instead.)
- Log your time spent reading.
- Any type of reading material (print, e-book, graphic novel, audio-book, etc.) counts toward your goal.
- Make sure to log your reading on Beanstack (or turn your paper log in to Youth Services) by August 4 to be entered into the prize drawings!
- After every 100 minutes read, you will earn a digital badge and move on to the next level. Certain levels will earn you a fun reward you can pick up at the Library! (Beanstack will notify you when this is the case.) Also, levels 8, 9, and 10 automatically enter you in our Tween or Teen prize drawings, respectively.
- Once you’ve reached level 10, you will have completed the program!
Even after you’ve finished, you can keep logging your reading to increase your odds of winning the grand prize for your age group.
TWEEN & TEEN REWARDS AND PRIZE DRAWINGS:
Level 2 reward: Free donut voucher from The Wandering Donut
- Level 4 reward: Miller Park Pool pass good for up to 5 free visits
- Level 6 reward: All Together Now bag and free book to keep
- Level 8 prize drawing (1 winner): $50 Givens Books and Little Dickens gift certificate
- Level 9 prize drawing (1 winner): One Way Out admission voucher for four
- Level 10/Grand Prize drawing (1 winner): Nintendo Switch Lite & $20 eShop gift card
(The more you read, even after reaching level 10, the greater your odds of winning!)
Special thanks to our Summer Reading sponsor, The Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library!
3rd Annual Tween & Teen Art Show Exhibition: July 24-August 5
The Tween & Teen Art Show exhibition has concluded. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Teen 1st place:
Karis G., age 17
Tween 1st place:
Kaleb M., age 12
Dragon in the Night
Teen 2nd place:
Yenina A., age 13
Tween 2nd place:
Mariam M., age 10
Teen 3rd place:
Glorianna Breish, age 14
Gwenpool and Jeff Breaking Out
Tween 3rd place:
Ella D., age 10
About the Judges:
Christina’s passion for expressing her identity led her to become a self-taught artist and teacher. When she isn’t teaching art, hosting a community event, or showing at First Fridays, she loves to create pieces that reflect her voice, color, and individualism. Christina’s work captures the most fleeting moments, and the way she looks at the world. Her process involves starting with a focus–a face or emotion, then improvising during the process, and dark contour lines. In her community, she has created large public art pieces like murals, she teaches art camps, and contributes time/fundraising for groups of younger artists. You may meet her at a First Friday event, Vector Space, a coffee shop, or Academy Center for the Fine Arts. Art is versatile.
Krys Kinsel is a Zine & Creative arts educator based in Altavista. She likes watercolor, illustration and making small zines about gnomes with her Zineville cohost Mr.Chompy at Garden Gnome Zine Art Fair.
Stephen Kissel is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Lynchburg, VA. He makes illustrations, comics, and character work for a variety of clients and has been published previously by Pink Clover Press, Aww Magazine, Milk & Honey and Grilled Cheese Magazine. Stephen currently serves on the Board of Directors for James River Arts as their Marketing Chair. He also organizes The Art Brew LYH, a local monthly artist meetup in Downtown Lynchburg. When not making things, he might be found searching for the perfect bagel, buying too many books, or spending time with his wife and pets.
Ella Morrison is an illustrator and multimedia designer based in Central Virginia. Her art expresses themes of youth, identity, femininity, and love. She loves cats, pink, and apple juice.
Make a difference in your public library!
TAB allows you the opportunity to plan, implement, and promote programs for teens at the Library!
TAB is not enrolling new members at present. Stay tuned for TAB's anticipated return this fall!
TAB is open to ages 13-17. All TAB members must commit to attending one TAB meeting per month. If a member is absent for more than two consecutive TAB meetings (without valid excuse), the member will be dropped from TAB. Each month, members will earn one volunteer hour for attending the TAB meeting. Additionally, members will be required to fulfill one additional volunteer hour each month at the Library, to earn a total of 2 volunteer hours. Members MUST fulfill this additional hour to remain a member of TAB. If a member continues to miss these volunteer hours for more than two months, the member will be dropped from TAB.
Meetings will begin on Sept 6, 2022 and members must commit to a one year membership (Sept 2022 – May 2023).
- Facilitate Teen Tuesdays program (with assistance of Youth Librarian)
- Decorate chalkboards in the teen room
- Offer ideas and insight into planning programs at the library for teens (craft programs, book clubs, etc.)
- Write for the Teen Advisory Board blog, Hill City Teens
- Work with other TAB members to fulfill special projects (i.e. planning a holiday event)
- Offer suggestions for new additions to Middle Grade & YA collections
The Lynchburg Public Library seeks donations for our Zine Collection!
The Zine Collection is for teens and young adults is a growing collection and is located in the teen room at the Main Branch of the Lynchburg Public Library. Zines are available for Library use only, meaning that they cannot be checked out and may be viewed in the teen room only.
Zines appropriate for teens and young adults may be donated to the Library. To donate a zine, contact the Youth Department at 434-455-6320. One copy of each unique zine title may be donated to the Library.
What is a Zine?
Pronounced “zeen,” a zine is a printed form of media that is often handmade and self-published. They’re easily reproduced (usually on photocopiers) and cover a variety of topics such as art, food, music, etc. Zines can come in many different shapes and sizes and include original writing and illustrations.
Zines in our collection:
- 2023 Tween & Teen Art Show, by the participants of the 2023 Tween & Teen Art Show Kickoff; edited by Ella Morrison – "A collaborative zine created at the Lynchburg Public Library."
- Do-It-Yourself Menstrual Zine by Aren and the Menstrual Blog – “A gender inclusive zine about healthy bodies.”
- Ella World: Teen Dreamz by Ella Morrison, Pragati Marks, Conner Absher, and Chloe Sizemore – “Illustrations and poetry expressing the journey through adolescence. All moody and all cute.”
- Gas Mask Poems by Hattie Eshelman and Ashley Roth – “One page which the artists blacked out in a number of different ways.”
- Gastro Quirks Vol. 1 by Stephen Kissel – “Weird combos of food and quirky habits of various people are illustrated in this first volume.”
- A Guide to Respectfully Hitting on People by Casey Pegg, Art by Nicole Mazzeo – “An informative zine with information on how to respectfully let someone know that you are interested in them.”
- I Want to Read This But I Can’t by Lynchburg Group Home – A collection of images, poetry, and comics from teens at the Lynchburg Group Home.
- Lost by Stephen Kissel – “A dog that’s lost its owner finds a way home.”
- A Love Beyond Time & Space a BadaGine Anthology – “A fanzine dedicated to Bardock and Gine.”
- Oh Hello My Friend by Chatham Monk
- A Selection of Certain Unruly Emotions by Hattie Eshelman and Ashley Roth – “An imagined illustration book of our emotions as though we were dissecting and studying organs.”
- Vs. by Stephen Kissel and Krys Kinsel – “Quirky random encounters where characters ‘battle’ in this collaborative zine.”
- You Tell Me by Chatham Monk