teens

Scratch Programming with Fun 2 Learn Code (ages 10-14) (preregistration)

The Round Rock Public Library and Fun 2 Learn Code will host Scratch computer programming classes for kids / teens age 10-14. Participants will build a fun game as they learn to code using Scratch, a visual programming language for kids designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

Please Note: Online preregistration in required. Online preregistration starts Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9 am.  Class size is limited to 10 students.  If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite or call 512-218-3275. 

 

Virtual Storytelling Workshop (ages 12-18) (preregistration)

Down South Word of Mouth will be presenting a virtual interactive storytelling workshop at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Teens, ages 12-18, may preregister for a storytelling workshop intertwined with improv.

Down South Word of Mouth merges the art of storytelling with fun interactive games. By intertwining the creation and performance of stories, we enable friends, families, and neighbors to learn more about one another in a class full of fun and surprises!

Please Note:

Online registration is required and starts Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 9 am.  If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite or call 512-218-3275.

Questions?

Contact the Children’s Reference Desk: 512.218.3275

Virtual Scratch Programming with Fun 2 Learn Code (ages 10-14) (preregistration)

The Round Rock Public Library and Fun 2 Learn Code will host Scratch computer programming classes for kids / teens age 10-14. Participants will build a fun game as they learn to code using Scratch, a visual programming language for kids designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

Please Note: Online preregistration in required. Online preregistration starts Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9 am.  Class size is limited to 10 students.  If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite or call 512-218-3275. 

 

Library Top Chef Contest (ages 6 -18)

The Round Rock Public Library is accepting entries to the Virtual Library Top Chef Contest. Young chefs, ages 6-18, may submit an original book themed recipe. The contest will be open from Monday, June 1, 2020 – Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Contest guidelines:

  • Chefs, ages 6-18, may enter one original recipe.
  • The recipe must be related to, or based on, a book’s characters, title, or plot. 
  • The recipe must be submitted with a picture of the completed dish.
  • Previously published recipes will not be accepted.
  • Entries must be received before Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

How to enter the contest: 

  • Read the contest guidelines. 
  • Create and name your recipe. Take a picture of the finished dish.
  • Save your recipe in a Word or Google document. In the e-mail message please include: chef’s name, parent or guardian’s name, chef’s age, the title of the book the recipe is based on, a picture of the completed recipe and an e-mail address and/or phone number. Attach the file and email it to: Amy German at amygerman@roundrocktexas.gov.

Prizes will be awarded to the top recipe in each age group.  Recipes will be judged by the library’s Teen Advisory Board.

  • ages 6-8: Top recipe maker will receive a $20 Gift Card to HEB
  • ages 9-12: Top recipe maker will receive a $20 Gift Card to HEB
  • ages 13-18: Top recipe maker will receive a $20 Gift Card to HEB

 Questions?

Please contact Amy German at amygerman@roundrocktexas.gov or 512-218-7034

 

Summer Reading Challenge (all ages)

This summer, let’s read together! If our Round Rock Community reaches 1 million points in our READSquared online program, the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library will donate $250 each to the Round Rock Serving Center and to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. Points are achieved by reading and doing missions.

How the Summer Reading Challenge Works

 

Step 1: Register

Register online at www.roundrocktexas.gov/summerreading. Everyone needs a brand-new account. Setting up a family account allows families to update several readers at the same time.

Step 2: Set a personal goal for reading.

The default is set at 1000 points (about 16 hours of reading), but you can set your own goal this summer.

Step 3: Read (or listen to a reader).

Count either minutes or books – – 1 minute=1 point or 1 book=15 points It’s okay to switch back and forth.

Step 4: Record

Log the time spent reading or listening from June 1– August 1. Also, consider doing missions like doing something good for the community or trying one of the library’s online resources. You may also submit a book review in READSquared. (missions and reviews=10 points each)

Step 5: Reward

Starting at 300 points, you are eligible to be entered for drawing prizes for gift certificates to Round Rock Donuts, Palermo’s and more. Our generous Friends group has provided funds to purchase gift certificates to our past supporters. At 1000 points, you’ll receive a Book Nook Buck redeemable for one book in the library. And if we all reach 1 million points together, $500.00 will help our community!

Need more information?

Check out our FAQ online or call our Children’s Reference Desk at 512-218-3275.

Virtual Adulting 101 for Teens – Writing A Winning College Essay (teens, ages 12-18)

Ever wonder what it takes to write a compelling, effective college essay that will make you stand out in the college admissions process? Many great kids write average (even bad) college essays–essays about “Volunteering changed my life” or “how my trip to Europe broadened my cultural horizons.” Better tales are there for the writing!

Welcome to Adulting 101 for Teens, a series of programs to help teens develop life skills to transition to adulthood. Our final presentation in the Winter/Spring series to teach teens how to approach college essays has been canceled, as we have no programs in May due to COVID-19.   Liz Pack from Collegewise who has been a partner with the library for several years, and was going to be our speaker has offered access to this presentation for our student community.  This is not Liz presenting, but a coworker from Collegewise, sharing valuable insight into writing a winning essay!

Essay Video Link:
Click this link: collegewise.com/college-essay-video/
Type this password: accepted

This can be used and accessed anytime.

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Liz Pack’s Bio:

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Liz worked in the UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an admissions counselor and fell in love with information sessions and providing advice about the college process. Looking for more experience in higher education, she traveled to UT Austin to complete her master’s degree in education and spent time as an admissions counselor in UT’s Office of Admissions.

Though she’s located in Austin, Liz is not just a UT Austin expert. While Collegewise Austin students are accepted at UT at five times the national admit rate, they also receive acceptances from universities all over the country! Our students have recently been admitted to the University of Virginia, Barnard, NYU, Rice, and Texas A&M.

For more information please contact Jane Dance, 512.218.7012. 

 

 

 

Teen Writing Group (ages 12-18)

Writing pic

Are you aged 12-18? Do have a  passion for the writing? Are you already working on your first novel, fanfiction or poetry?  Not quite sure where to start, but would like explore your writing skills?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then join the Round Rock Public Library Teen Writing Group.

Attend your first meeting and you will be provided with a notebook/journal for you to work in.  Also you may bring your own laptops/notebooks.

We will meet in the Teen Room on March 10 @ 6:30 pm.

For More Information:

Contact Jane Dance at 512.218.7012

 

Adulting 101 For Teens (ages 12-18) – Buying A Car

Welcome to our series designed to help teens develop life skills and knowledge to transition to adulthood. We will have presenters on many topics the first Tuesday of every month, and our Winter/Spring series will run January – April.

Meet us in March to discuss buying a car. Topics include things to consider before buying a car, buying vs. leasing, new vs. used, researching the car considering buying, selling old car, salesman tactics, and how to bargain on the price. By the end of this presentation you will be ready to buy a car at the best possible price.

Our presenter is Dean Allen who was able to retire six years ago at the age of 51, due to wise financial decisions. He enjoys sharing with young people how it was he was able to accomplish that during presentations, so they can do well with money and retire someday. He speaks at local high schools, colleges, and libraries. He is the author of the book: Make Me Rich: The Path to Financial Freedom for Your High School / College Student which is available to be checked out from the local author collection at The Round Rock Public Library.  

More information on his presentations can be found at his website.

For more information contact Jane Dance, 512.218.7012

 

Teen Book Club (ages 12-18): Penny From Heaven

The Round Rock Public Library Teen Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month. Join us in The Teen Room at 6:30 PM, January 21.

2019 Teen Book Club Selections (selected by teens at the November 2019 book club) We are still deciding on some titles!

Please Note:While book club selections are chosen specifically for teens ages 12-18, parents may still wish to review the content for appropriateness for their child/teen.

For More Information:

Contact Jane Dance at 512.218.7012