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Fun for teens

Posted September 17, 2014 in Ankeny, Community Featured

Teens can experience a world of fun at the Kirkendall Library. Every month the library offers a number of special programs for teens, including Lego Club, Book Club and Writer’s Group. And the excitement doesn’t stop there.

An evening program centered on the video game Minecraft is offered monthly. Participants can play Minecraft on the 12 computers located in the children’s department while working on a pre-arranged quest. Participants often work in teams and enjoy a snack during the fun. In addition, the library hosts Movie Nights when participants can enjoy a snack and popular movie. Both events occur after the library officially closes on Fridays.

The library also holds events to help teens compare a book to its respective movie. On Nov. 21, sixth through 12th graders can attend a midnight showing of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the latest movie in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Those interested can pick up a packet at the library. The packet details tasks related to reading and the library. Once the tasks are finished, teens return to the library to receive their free movie ticket. The library has reserved the Springwood 9 Theatre in Ankeny for a library-only showing of the movie for teens who earned tickets. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library Organization.

Teens and technology go together, too, especially at the library. One year ago, a special area in the library was born or “hatched” to showcase some of the latest technology. The Kirkendall Library’s “Hatch” area includes a 3D printer, green screen, Lego robotic, Little Bits robotics and video and audio editing software. If you’re a teen and want to print an object using 3D printer design or film a movie with the green screen, come to our weekly “Teen Hatch” events. Teens also can sign up at the children’s desk for monthly “Hatch Classes” so they can use and learn any of the stations in the area.

We keep up on the latest trends in young adult literature while offering unique and timely programs. Events and programs geared toward teens are expanding all the time at the library. Come check us out.

Kirkendall Public Library
1210 N.W. Prairie Ridge Drive
Mon. – Thurs.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday:  2-5 p.m.

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