Events for Teens

These programs are open to teens in grades 7-12. All events are free; some events require registration. If you have questions or would like to register for a program, call the library at 262-246-5181. If you would like to support teen programming at PHPL, check out our Amazon Wish List here!


Teen Summer Reading Program

June 1 – August 14

Join us for our annual Summer Reading Program! Register for the reading challenge through the Beanstack Tracker app on your mobile phone or online to track your reading, complete activities, and earn raffle tickets for amazing prizes. Sign up starting June 1!

New to Beanstack? Make an account here!


Rock Art!

3:00pm- Tuesday, June 22
Location: Civic Center Roof Patio

Grab a friend and join us for rock painting outside on the roof patio at the Civic Center! Create a pet rock, learn how to make mesmerizing mandala patterns, and more!

Registration is required for this program. Register online or by contacting the library.


Teen Photography Contest

July 1-31

Capture the best moments of summer and submit your favorites to our photography contest! Categories include People, Architecture, Nature, Still Life, and Macro Photography. Winning photographs will be displayed in the library and along Main Street as weather conditions allow.

Click here to learn how to enter!


DIY Herb Gardens

1:00pm- Thursday, July 8
Location: Outside! (Specific Location TBA)

Spice up your life by growing your own herbs this summer! Join us to plant and learn how to care for your choice of basil, parsley, chives, and mint.

Registration is required and opens June 17. Registration will be available online or by contacting the library.


Solar S’mores

10:30am- Friday, July 23
Location: Outside! (Specific Location TBA)

Harness the power of the sun! Create your own solar oven and use it to make delicious s’mores. All supplies will be provided.

Registration is required and opens July 2. Registration will be available online or by contacting the library.


Fandom Scavenger Hunt

August 2-7
Location: All sites are within walking distance of the library.


Celebrate your love of anime, superheroes, Harry Potter, Star Wars, or whatever fandom you geek out to during our annual teen scavenger hunt! Cosplay is welcome but not required as you navigate Sussex, searching for clues to master the hunt and win a prize.

Registration is not required. Swing by the library starting August 2 to pick up your packet of clues!


Virtual Escape Rooms

Virtual Escape Rooms, round two! The teen librarians in our library system have reunited to create a second series of virtual escape rooms for teens this summer. If you are participating in our Teen Summer Reading Program, make sure to write down the secret code revealed upon completing the escape room. You’ll need to log that code in Beanstack to complete the activity and receive points.

Use the links below to enter the virtual escape rooms!


Teen Volunteering

Grades 8-12

If you are entering 8th grade in the fall or older, you are eligible to volunteer at the library. Teens who love reading and working with children or books are especially encouraged to apply. Visit our Teen Volunteering page for details and application form.