Teen Programs/Events

Teen programs by category:

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 Fall/Winter Teens Programs.

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Newcomer Youth Tutoring

Free one-on-one tutoring for newcomer youth between 13-18 years old (grades 8-12). Volunteer tutors help students complete homework assignments and assist with essay writing. Subject-specific tutoring (e.g. math, science) is also offered.
Wednesdays from September 13 – December 10, and again from January 10 – March 7
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Glen Abbey Branch
Age: 13-18Y
Cost: Free
To register, call HMC Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 248.

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 and receive one-on-one personalized help finding the right volunteer experience for you, with a representative of Volunteer Halton.
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Glen Abbey Branch
Age: All ages
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Upcoming dates:
– September 25
– October 23
– October 30
– November 13
– November 27
– December 11
No registration required. This is a drop in program, first come first served.

Ask the Blue Shirt Expert

Get hands-on and learn about the latest trends in technology from the experts at this interactive information series, in partnership with Best Buy Canada.
Best Buy’s Blue Shirt Experts will bring along their top-selling gadgets for you to test and experiment with. Come explore your techie side and join in on the fun!
Upcoming topics:
  • Virtual & Augmented Reality – Tuesday, October 3
  • Smart Home Gadgets – Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Drones – Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • VR & Wearable Tech – Tuesday, March 6, 2018
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Iroquois Ridge Branch – Creation Zone
Cost: Free – Drop-in
Ages: All ages

Teen Book Club and Information Night

The Teen Book Club will be reading eight incredible titles, voted on by YOU the reader at the Teen Book Club Information Night. Books will be provided for borrowing.
Book Club Meeting Dates:
Second Tuesday of every month starting on Wednesday, November 8 until Wednesday, May 9, 2018
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Central Branch
Grades: 9-12
Cost: Free
Teen Book Club Information Night
Wednesday, October 11
7:15pm – 8:15pm
Central Branch, Auditorium
Grades: 9-12
Cost: Free
To register for Teen Book Club, please email TeenLibrarian@oakville.ca with your name and grade.

Intro to 3D Printing for Teens

These hands-on classes will introduce you to beginner concepts of 3D printing technology and design. We will print your design for pick-up at a later date.

Central Branch Dates:

  • Monday, October 16
    Register through IRIS using course code 230192.

Iroquois Ridge Branch Dates:

  • Monday December 4
    Register through IRIS using course code 230193
  • Monday, February 12, 2018
    Register through IRIS using course code 230265
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Age: 12-18Y
Cost: $8/1 class

Reading the Rainbow

The Positive Space Network and the Oakville Public Library are partnering in a night to talk about our favourite Teen books that feature LGBTQ+ characters. All teens are welcome to attend and interested volunteer presenters are asked to email teenlibrarian@oakville.ca.
Wednesday, November 22
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Central Branch
Ages: 14-18
Cost: Free/ Drop-in

Hometown Hockey Story Walk

Oakville Public Library (OPL) is excited to celebrate the arrival of the Hometown Hockey tour and to participate in the festivities with fun programs and activities for the community on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

Get in the spirit by travelling along OPL’s Story Walk to read the pages of When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge with illustrations by Matt James– a tale of childhood, Canadian winter, and hockey.

Want to read the whole story? Start at Central Branch and then make your way to each story walk stop:

Stop 1: Central Branch (120 Navy Street)
Stop 2: Dove + Arrow (131 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 3: Jonathans (120 Thomas Street)
Stop 4: Kit & Ace (171 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 5: Murron’s Cabinetree (215 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 6: Village Cigar Co. (315 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 7: Imperial Rugs (346 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 8: Madill Health Aid (290 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 9: Flight Centre (240 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 10: Black Forest Pastry Shop (184 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 11: Tribeca Coffee Co. (174 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 12: Buck’s Hard Goods (174 Lakeshore Road East)
Stop 13: L’Occitane (162 Lakeshore Road East)

Once you’ve found all the pages, head back to the Central Branch to check out our awesome hockey themed displays and ask a staff member about your next great winter read.

A special thank you goes out to our Downtown BIA partners for partnering with us.

When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge and illustrated by Matt James. Text copyright © 2017 by Paul Harbridge. Illustrations copyright © by Matt James. Used by permission of Tundra Books, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited.

Teen 3D Design

Learn to design simple 3D objects from scratch in this hands-on workshop. All objects designed will be printed for pick-up at a later date.

Prerequisite: Intro to 3D printing for Teens

Central Branch Date:

  • Monday, November 27
    Register through IRIS using course code 230218.

Iroquois Ridge Branch Dates:

  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Register through IRIS using course code 230274
  • Monday, March 5, 2018
    Register through IRIS using course code 230275

6:30pm – 8:00pm
Ages: 12-18
Cost: $8/1 class