So, let’s say you’re a teen and you need a place to work on a poster or on a group project. Someplace where you can chat while you work or can take a break to do something else when you just can’t look at your homework one more second. The Marathon County Public Library knows that teens need a place all their own to hang out and be, well, teens!
Enter Teen Time. With our Wausau Headquarters’ current second floor remodel, our TeenZone was relocated and lost a bit of space, but don’t let that stop you from coming to the library! Twice monthly, we’ll offer teens a place to do whatever they need to do – work on homework and projects, socialize, learn new hobbies and skills, and more.
Every two weeks we have a variety of specific crafts as well as craft supplies for you to experiment with and try out. If you need a glue or a scissors for your poster, we’ve got that too. In addition, we also do specific craft projects, like making felt flowers, creating heraldry coasters, fashioning a stamped air dry clay bowls and experimenting with soft circuits.
If arts and crafts aren’t your thing, we’ve got a selection of card and tabletop games including Bananagrams, Gloom and Exploding Kittens. In the past we’ve also had Little Bits Synth Kit available for the creation of fun noises and learning about circuits and sound. Legos will also be available for those of you who just want to unwind and remember what it’s like to be a kid.
Teen Time is from 3-6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month through the school year. From May through August, we will have one Teen Time each month on the fourth Tuesday, with some special summer only activities, including Fandom Tea Blending, Craftivism and other fun stuff.
The parental nitty-gritty: Teen Time is for teens in grades 6-12. It is a drop in time for teens work on homework, hang out, be social and experiment with a variety of different things from tabletop gaming to arts and crafts to working with circuits. There is always an adult present, who is happy to help teens with homework, a new craft, to tinker with circuits or to help build something cool. The library is a cool place to hang out and have a good time, but destructive, mean, unhelpful or dangerous behaviors are not welcome. If a teen causes a problem they may be asked to leave the library for the remainder of the day, banned for a period of time ranging from a week to a year or may be banned from Teen Time altogether. We want to keep the library a safe, fun place for learning and experimenting!