Teen Services

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The Rochester Public Library has a variety of activities and clubs for teens. Click here to see what’s new, or scroll below!

Special Events


Teen Tech Week| March 9th through March 13th

Throughout the month of February and the week leading up to Teen Tech Week, teens are invited to participate in the Library’s GoPro Video Challenge “Our Town: What We Make of It”. Two GoPro HERO 3 cameras will be available for teen checkout for a five day rental. The goal of the contest is to film, edit, and compose a two minute POV video that encapsulates the teen experience of living in Rochester, Illinois. Teens will utilize various accessories for filming and will learn how to use editing tools to create their videos.

During Teen Tech Week, the Library will post all teen video entries on the Library’s social media sites. The grand prize winner will be determined by popular vote and will receive a Best Buy gift card. This program is made possible through a YALSA/Best Buy Teen Tech Week Grant.

Also drop by the Library during Teen Tech Week to take a “Shelfie”: a bookshelf selfie!

Project Linus Blanket Party| Wednesday, April 22nd from 3:30 – 5:00p.m.

For ages 12-18.  Do you want to do good for your community? Come to the Library and help create a baby blanket for Project Linus. Blankets will be collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, and anywhere a child might be in need of a big hug!  Registration Required.

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Blackout Poetry| Wednesday, May 6th from 3:30 – 5:00p.m.

For ages 12-18.  Learn how to turn old magazines and newspapers into artistic poems with nothing but a Sharpie and your mind! Blackout poetry is a form of “found” poetry created by erasing or covering up pieces of text to make poems out of the remaining words. No registration required.


Teen Advisory Board | Last Wednesday of the Month from 3:30 – 5:00p.m.
March 25th| April 29th| May 27th

Teen Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of each month.  TAB members provide advice on book purchases, teen programs, and help with library projects.  If you would like to contribute your ideas, please joins us! Ages 12-18 are welcome to attend.

The Note and Pen Society| First Saturday of the Month from 11:00 – 12:00p.m.
March 7th| April 4th| May 2nd

Ages 12-18. Do you love to write? Are you looking for a group to share your writing with and bounce ideas back and forth?  The “brainchild” of a local teen, this new group will focus on key elements of creative writing. We will share and edit our writing projects together, as well as Round-Robin Writing and Painting Inspired Poetry.  All genres of writing styles welcome!

Teen Volunteers

The Rochester Public Library District would love to have teen volunteers to help with various programs this fall and winter! Please contact Rachel Kocis, Youth Services Director, at youth.services@rochesterlibrary.org or call (217) 498-8454 to get started!


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