Teen Programs/Events

Teen Programs are developed and run with the assistance of our Teen Advisory Group.

For a complete listing of our programs, including registration deadlines, please pick up a copy of our @ your library guide available at all branches.

Excerpts are available from the @ your library guide for the Spring/Summer Teens Programs.

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Teen 3D Printing Summer

Come create, tinker and explore the world of 3D printing technology. These hands on classes will introduce you to beginner concepts of 3D printing technology and design.
Ages: 12Y-18Y
Cost: $8/1 Class

Iroquois Ridge Branch
Monday, July 13th, 2015 6:30pm-7:30pm
Course Code: 206953

Central Branch
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 2:30pm-3:30pm
Course Code: 206913

Iroquois Ridge Branch
Monday, August 10th, 2015 2:30pm-3:30pm
Course Code: 206912

It’s Back….Teen Photography Contest!

For the second year, we’re holding our Teen Photography Contest! We’ll be accepting digital photographs from students in grades 7-12 in a variety of categories. Entries will be judged by a panel of award-winning photographers.

Contest Dates: Submissions will be accepted from July 2 – Monday, September 7th at 11:59pm.

Important note: ONLY electronic submissions will be accepted. All entrants must submit a fully completed photo consent form to be submitted in person at Teen Photography Contest Awards Night held on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015.

Contest Theme: “Tell Us A Story”

Submission categories:

Category 1: Nature & the Environment
- Animals, plants and landscapes
- Locations, man -made environments (buildings) peoples or activities that convey a sense of place.
- Individuals from all walks of life
- Candid photos

Category 2: Enhanced photos
- Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e. colorizing, toning, collage, etc.)
- Staged photos

Teen Photography Contest – Official Rules & Regulations
Entry limit:
No more than two submissions will be accepted per student.

What’s eligible:
- Any digital photo taken by a student in Gr. 7-12 who is either an Oakville resident or Oakville Public Library cardholder
-any digital photo taken on a mobile device/tablet.
- Cropped photos are eligible in all categories
- Minor adjustments made to photos (i.e sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustments)

What’s ineligible:
- Immediate family members of OPL staff, board members and volunteers are ineligible due to the library’s Contests & Lotteries policy.
- Photos taken over 2 years ago
- Photographs that have won* other contests (*winning is defined as having won grand prize or winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place overall)
- Photos that violate or infringe on another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright. You must obtain written consent from the subject of your photo/story in order for it to be considered. Release form can be found here.
- Photos that portray illegal activity
- If it is determined that a photographer has significantly altered his or her photo, judges have the right to move it to the Enhanced Images category for judging


1. Nature & the Environment – 4 awards total
- Best photo (Gr. 7-9) + runner up
- Best photo (Gr. 10-12) + runner up

2. Enhanced Photos – 4 awards total
- Best photo (Gr. 7-9) + runner up
- Best photo (Gr. 10-12) + runner up

3. Mobile Devices – 2 awards total
- Best photo taken on a smartphone/tablet in any category Gr. 7-9
- Best photo taken on a smartphone/tablet in any category Gr. 10-12

4. People’s Choice Awards – 2 awards total determined on Photography Awards Night
- Gr. 7-9 (either category)
- Gr. 10-12 (either category)

Teen Introduction to Animation

In this three part workshop, participants will be introduced to character design and learn to produce the drawings necessary to then animate as a digital flip book in the third class. Instructor Enzo Avolio is a professor of Animation at Sheridan. He is also a seasoned Animator and Character Designer with studio production credits for both Warner Bros. and Disney.

Ages: 12Y-18Y

Monday, July 20th, 2015 from 12:30pm-4:30pm
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 from 12:30pm-4:30pm
Monday, July 27th, 2015 from 12:30pm-4:30pm

Central Branch Library – Auditorium
$24/3 classes

Register through IRIS using course code 206917

Teen Photography Workshop

In this two part workshop, you learn how to use your camera functions properly, light your images and compose your shots. After a week applying these concepts, everyone will gather to evaluate their work and receive feedback from the instructor. Oakville-based photographer Michael Willems is a renowned educator and coach. He teaches photography at Sheridan, Vistek and via his daily blog at www.speedlighter.ca.

Ages: 12Y-18Y
Thursday, August 6th & Thursday, August 13th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Central Branch – Auditorium
$16/2 classes
Register through IRIS using course code 206919