Teen Programs & Events

Teen Advisory Board

Earn community service hours and help the library improve its teen services! Share your ideas about what you’d like the library to offer you, give feedback on the things we’re currently offering, help decorate the teen department, assist in the planning, preparation and set up of programs in the entire youth services department, and much more!

Each meeting counts toward community service requirements for school!

Registration is encouraged, but not required.

*There will be no meetings in July or August*

Summer Kick-Off Tie-Dye Party

Saturday June 29th, 10-11:30am

What better way to start the summer than with TIE-DYE? You’ll have your choice of 2 projects- reverse tie-dye a custom beach towel we provide, or bring in an item of your choosing to dye the traditional way!

*If bringing an item of your own, make sure the item is light colored (ideally white) and pre-washed or the dye won’t stick as well!* 

Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dye or bleach on!

Beach towels and all dyes will be provided, for teens entering grades 6-12. 

Registration is required beginning June 1st.


Wednesday July 10th, 5-7pm

Henna is back for the 3rd year in a row! Jamilah from Jamilah Henna Creations is back to teach us about the history of henna, and give each participant their own henna tattoo.

For teens entering grades 6-12.

Space is limited, so registration is required beginning June 17th.


July 16th 6-7pm

Calling the culinarily curious!

Join Miss Kristen on Wednesday July 17th  from 6-7pm for a summery culinary experiment.

For teens entering grades 6-12. 

Registration is required, and begins July 1st.

No-Sew Recycled T-Shirt Beach Bag

July 30th, 5-6pm

Join Kristen in a lesson on recycling an old t-shirt into a functional bag, with no sewing required! Great for beginners or experienced crafters alike.

Bring an old t-shirt you’re ok with cutting up and transforming.

All other materials will be provided.

For teens entering grades 6-12. 

Registration is required beginning July 16th.

Introduction to Watercolor

August 7th, 5-6:30pm

A basic introduction to the art of watercolor. We’ll be discussing various techniques and painting a simple beach scene.

All materials will be provided.

For teens entering grades 6-12. 

Registration is required beginning July 24th.

Teen Art Kits

Love doing art, but have a hard time getting to the library for our scheduled programs? We’ve got you!

Each month we’ll have a new art kit filled with the instructions and supplies you’ll need to create a beautiful piece of art! Come any time on the designated week to pick up your kit, and do your art whenever you have the time.

For teens entering grades 6-12. 

Registration is required for each project.

End of Summer Black Light Party

August 27th, 5-6pm

Celebrate the end of summer in NEON! We’ll have glow in the dark crafts, games and treats, and is a great way for teens entering a new school to meet some of the other kids in the area! It’s encouraged, but not required, to wear something that will GLOW under a black light!

For teens entering grades 6-12. 

Registration is required beginning August 5th.

Teen Book Box

Fill out the form (https://tinyurl.com/DPLTBB ) to receive a monthly Teen Book Box from the Durham Public Library.

(If you leave the optional questions blank we will just surprise you with a pick)

Inside you’ll find;

  • YA title checked-out to you
  • Surprise(s) 
  • Candy
  • A Sticker

We will email you when your box is ready. Stop by the front desk to pick up your box. When you are finished simply return the book (and the box if you’d like to help us recycle). You may keep the rest of the items in your box!

You will be notified when each month’s Teen Book Box is ready for you. You will have one week to come and pick up your box.

Books will be checked out to you for two months, however, in order to receive the next month’s box you MUST have returned the book to the library!

Miss a month? That’s ok we will be in touch again the following month. If you miss two pick-ups in a row we will just remove you from our list. You are welcome to register again if you want to re-join the program.

Make & Take Crafts

Stop by the teen library each month to make a new craft!

Feel free to leave your creations behind on the craft cart to be displayed around the teen library!

All materials will be provided, while supplies last!

No registration required.