Teen Summer Reading Programs are for tweens and teens ages 12-18. Twelve-year-olds may join either the Children’s Summer Reading Program or the Teen Summer Reading Program.

Register for Teen Summer Reading

Reading Challenge

Complete 15 of 20 of our Reading Challenges to win a $10 gift card! The challenges can be found on the back of the brochure which you can download below. Pick up a paper copy at the Library.

Download Reading Challenge Brochure

List of books suggestions or PDF

Program Challenge

Attend 5 Library programs during the summer to win a $10 gift card. All programs are drop-in unless otherwise noted.
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Summer Programs

Summer Reading Kick-off Party

Saturday, June 8th at 2 p.m.
Children, teens, and adults are invited to join us for this afternoon celebration. Get excited for the summer ahead with giveaways, crafts, and ice cream! All ages are invited.

Space Slime

Wednesday, June 19th at 1 p.m.
Stop by the Library and create some out-of-this-world slime using a variety of glitters.

Edible Terrariums

Thursday, July 18th at 1 p.m.
If you ever enjoyed the childhood snack “dirt in a cup,” this program s for you. Make an aesthetically pleasing treat that you can eat. No green thumb required, just a sweet tooth.Register

Artemis Fowl Book Discussion

Tuesday, July 23rd at 1 p.m.
Join us to discuss Artemis Fowl before its movie adaptation hits theaters in August. Considered a “new classic,” this sci-fi fantasy about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind will have you on the edge of your seat!

Get to Know Your Inner Cosmic Being

Wednesday, July 31st at 1 p.m.
Astrology, numerology, and tarot readings. Discover your inner self during this guided course through the cosmic universe. Pick up knowledge that you can use to impress your friends and family! This program will meet in the Conference Room.

Candy Planets

Thursday, August 8th at 1 p.m.
Design your own extraterrestrial planet using an assortment of sweets and your imagination.

Adulting 101

Join us Wednesdays in July to learn small but mighty life skills and prepare for college and beyond! Ages 12 to 18


Wednesday, July 10th at 3:30 p.m.

While we can’t actually do laundry in the Library, we can practice all the little things that make laundry easier! You'll learn about sorting, folding, ironing, and fitted sheets.


Wednesday, July 17th at 3:30 p.m.

Being a teenager is stressful! Take a break and learn techniques to manage your emotional load. You'll feel so much better.

Food & Nutrition

Wednesday, July 24th at 3:30 p.m.

Healthy eating can sometimes seem like a challenge, but we’re here to help make it easier! Test your nutrition knowledge and learn how to make some easy snack recipes.


Wednesday, July 31st at 3:30 p.m.

Juggling a busy schedule? Can’t seem to find the things you’re looking for? Learn and share organization tips and set up your own Bullet Journal so you’ll be ready for back-to-school.

Movie Mondays

Join us all summer long for Movie Mondays, where we’ll explore time and space from the comfort of the Teen Lounge. Ages 12 to 18

Apollo 13

"Apollo 13"

Monday, June 17th
at 3 p.m.
Can NASA return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive damage?

The Martian

"The Martian"

Monday, June 24th
at 3 p.m.
An astronaut stranded on Mars must rely on his ingenuity to survive until help comes.

Independence Day

"Independence Day"

Monday, July 1st
at 3 p.m.
Will Smith's flying skills are Earth's best weapon against aliens -- and the will to survive.

Men in Black

"Men in Black"

Monday, July 8th
at 3 p.m.
Watch the original "MIB" before seeing the Hemsworth and Thompson in "MIB: International."

Galaxy Quest

"Galaxy Quest"

Monday, July 15th
at 3 p.m.
Do you like spoofs with "Alien" star Sigourney Weaver alongside Professor Snape?



Monday, July 22nd
at 3 p.m.
Or how about a Star Wars spoof with Bill Paxton playing a han-some, rugged hero?

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

"Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy"

Monday, July 29th
at 3 p.m.
The supercomputer knows the answer to the universe.



Monday, August 5th
at 3 p.m.
You may need a box of tissues to make it through this out-of-this-world journey.

2001: A Space Odyssey

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Monday, July 1st
at 3 p.m.
Let's go back to the future that was to be in this classic film by Stanley Kubrick.

Tween MAKE Week

The Teen Lounge and the Children’s Library join forces to bring a mini-Maker Camp to Darien Library. Tweens can register for any of the afternoon programs, which include DIY projects that focus on STEM building activities. Registered. Ages 11 to 14. All programs will take place in the Conference Room.

LED Origami Flowers

Tuesday, July 9th at 2 p.m.
Combine traditional paper crafting with STEM principles to make lighted LED Origami Flowers. Register

Edible Science

Wednesday, July 10th at 2 p.m.
Foodies and science lovers, unite for this exciting program turning science into tasty treats.

Catapults Away!

Thursday, July 12th at 2 p.m.
Team up to build a projectile launching catapult!

Summer Reading Teen Finale

Tuesday, August 13th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
As summer comes to a close, join us at the Library to celebrate your Summer Reading success! There will be food, music, games, and prizes!

Register for the Summer Reading Teen Finale

Let's go

Escape the Room: Lost in Space

You and your flight team are stuck in a space shuttle in the depths of outer space. Something has gone terribly wrong with your ship’s engines! Can you work together and fix your spaceship in only 30 minutes? This special game, inspired by the Escape the Room challenges, requires creativity, teamwork, and curiosity to win. Registration for these limited spots will begin on Friday, August 2nd.

  • Wednesday, August 21st at 7 p.m. (Ages 14 to 18)
  • Thursday, August 22nd and 7 p.m. (Ages 14 to 18)
  • Friday, August 23rd at 4 p.m. (Ages 10 to 13)

Summer Reading is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library.

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