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 and Fall/Winter Teens Programs.

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Get Help Finding Volunteer Opportunities

We have partnered with Volunteer Halton to help our customers find volunteer opportunities in their communities.

Whether it is for high school students looking to fill their 40 hours, seniors looking to make connections in the community, or anyone else looking to volunteer their time to local organizations, volunteering is a great way to participate in your community, help local organizations, and gain a rewarding experience while gaining useful and marketable skills.

Drop into our Glen Abbey Branch every second Monday, starting January 11th from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, and receive one-on-one personalized help finding the right volunteer experience for you, with a representative of Volunteer Halton.

Intended for: All Ages
When: Every second Monday, starting January 11th, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Where: Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: Free

No registration required. This is a drop in program, first come first served.

Teen 3D Printing Night

Come create and tinker while exploring the world of 3D printing technology. This hands-on class will introduce you to beginner concepts of 3D printing technology and design. We’ll print your designs to pick-up at a later date.
Ages: 12-18Y
Cost: $8/1 class

Iroquois Ridge Branch
Monday, February 8th, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210801

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210803

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm Course Code: 215784

Monday, June 13th, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm Course Code: 215786

Central Branch
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210802

Monday, May 16th, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm Course Code: 215785

Code Your Own Game!

Learn from a pro about the fundamentals of creating your own web based game. Participants will join Justin Vanderheide from Uken Games and will learn game development essentials such as player movements, introducing gravity and collision and much more! No previous programming experience needed.

Ages: 14-18Y
Iroquois Ridge Branch Library
$8/1 Class
Saturday, March 5th, 2015 from 1:00pm-3:00pm Course Code: 210738

Teen 3D Design

Learn about 3D design and work on your very own printable 3D object with instructor Teresa Biagi. With over 30 years in the design field, Teresa is a designer and artist who has incorporated 3D printing technology in her own pieces www.teresabiagi.com. During the workshop you will be guided through the design process starting with your original idea and working towards a final prototype. Applications explored will be 123D Design and Tinkercad. A familiarity with 3D printing is recommended. We’ll print your design to pick-up at a later date.

Ages: 14-18Y
Cost: $8/1 class

Iroquois Ridge Branch
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210800

Thursday, April 27th, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code:215790

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:30pm Course Code: 215850

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:30pm Course Code: 215851

Scholarship Search

ScholarshipsCanada.com is here to offer a session on how to research scholarships and best utilize additional resources to maximize your searches. You will also learn about college and university fees, other types of financial aid available and more.

Ages: 14Y-18Y
Saturday, January 30th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: Free/1 Class

Registration by email to Justine, Teen Services Librarian

Take Action!!

Earn volunteer hours for community involvement and join us for this unique four session series offered in partnership with SAVIS of Halton (www.savisofhalton.org) where teens will discover engaging ways to create positive change in their community.

Topics discussed will be social media for social change, art and activism, identity, and cumulating in a fourth week where ideas are turned into civic action! Activities will include creating your own infographic, 3D printing, button making with a message, and much more.

Ages: 14-18Y
Cost: FREE/ 4 Classes

Central Branch
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 1:00-3:00pm

Classes will be held every other week on the following dates: Saturday, February 6th, February 20th, and March 5th.
To register, please email: publiceducator@savisofhalton.org

OPL’s One Minute Movie Festival

Join us for our first ever One Minute Movie Festival presented by the Teen Advisory Group and featuring works contributed by Oakville youth. Get working on your one minute movie today! Official submissions will be accepted starting on February 1st, 2016 and closing on March 1st, 2016.

A screening and discussion of the films will be held on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Central Branch Auditorium where will be popcorn and refreshments for all teens.

Rules and Regulations:
1. All submissions must be the original work of the entrant and can include animated works.
2. Entries may not be works that have been submitted to be graded in school.
3. Entrants must be in Grades 9-12 and reside in Oakville or attend an Oakville school.
4. Entrants may submit a maximum of two one minute movies.
5. Entries can be no longer than one minute in length. Films not meeting this criteria may be disqualified.
6. For privacy reasons, consent to be videotaped must be received from all those appearing in the film. Click here to download a copy of our consent form. Please contact TeenLibrarian@oakville.ca if you require a hard copy of our consent form.
7. Content and language must be appropriate. The film must be suitable for viewing by a person of any age.

How to Enter: Submit your work online starting on February 1st until March 1st no later than 11:59pm. The festival of all submitted films will take place on Wednesday, March 9th 7pm-8:30pm at Central Branch Library. By entering this festival, you grant Oakville Public Library permission to use your name, image and/or video for promotional purposes, including the library website. Winning entries may be published on the Oakville Public Library Teen Site (www.opl.on.ca/teens), or in any other format as decided by the Library.

Please contact Justine Gerroir, Teen Services Librarian should you have any questions at TeenLibrarian@oakville.ca

Writing with Style with Brian Henry

If you do any kind of creative writing, fiction or nonfiction, this workshop is for you. Working with workshop leader Brian Henry, writers will tackle the nitty-gritty of putting words on paper in a way that will grip the reader’s imagination. You’ll learn how to avoid common errors that drain the life from your prose. You’ll also discover how to make your writing more vivid, more elegant and more powerful.
Age: 16Y and up  Cost: *$46/1 Class  Central Branch Auditorium
Sat/Mar 12 10:00am-4:00pm

To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca and allow 2-3 business days for a response.
No email? Call Elise at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.

*Adults: $46 paid in advance or $49 at the door. Teens 16-18Y: $42 paid in advance or $45 at the door.
Preregistration is required. Space is limited to  60 participants.

Paid parking is available behind the library and along the meters on Water Street.

Be sure to visit Brian Henry’s site, Quick Brown Fox.