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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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 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, September 28th, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210809
Monday, December 14th, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210804
Monday, February 8th, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210801
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210803

Central Branch Library
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210805
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210802

Teen Book Club & Information Night 2015-16

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oakville Public Library, the Teen Book Club will be reading seven incredible titles, voted on by YOU the reader at the Teen Book Club Information Night. Books will be provided for borrowing.

Grades: 9-12
Cost: Free/8 Classes

Register by email to Justine, Teen Services Librarian at TeenLibrarian@oakville.ca

Teen Book Club Information Night
Central Branch Auditorium
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 from 7:30pm-8:30pm

Monthly Teen Book Club Meeting
Central Branch Boardroom, from 7:15pm-8:15pm
Meeting Dates 2nd Wednesday on: Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Apr 13, May 11
Exception: March meeting will be held on Tue/Mar 8

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, October 24th, 2015 from 1:00pm-3:00pm Course Code: 210737
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
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210799
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Course Code: 210800

Think Like An Entrepreneur

Join us for this highly entertaining and informative introduction to the world of entrepreneurship that takes teens through the process of building a start-up team, identifying valuable problems, prototyping, testing, and pitching solutions. Participants will learn by doing and will leave this session with a toolbox of innovative skills and mindsets. Join facilitator Ryan Burwell who currently works as a consultant for education-based startups, and as a facilitator and instructional designer for MaRS Discovery District’s youth entrepreneurship programs.

Age: 14Y-18Y
Saturday, November 21st, 2015 from 1:00pm-4:30pm
Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: $8/1 Class

Register through IRIS using course code 210807

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