To ensure the safety of our members and staff during COVID-19, most adult and teen fall programs will be delivered through a variety of online platforms or as take-aways from the library. 

We have a variety of programs and activities for teens – some programs are for both teens and adults, while others are specifically created just for teens. Check out our Events Calendar for a full schedule of all library programs. If you have any questions or suggestions for teen programs, please let us know!

Tops of books2021 Reading Challenge

Join our year-long Reading Challenge to help you expand your reading choices. We challenge you to read or listen to one book from 12 categories before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2021. Teens are welcome to complete the challenge and submit entries for prizes. 

Take me to the Reading Challenge

Collaborative Art Project: Celebrate Community 

image of people standing in the shape of puzzle pieceWe're connecting Ptbo, one piece at a time. Celebrate what makes our Community diverse and wonderful by adding your work to our collaborative art project during Ontario Public Library Week.

You can pick up a blank puzzle piece at the Mezz Information desk at the Library starting September 20, while supplies last.

Colour, paint, glue, or bedazzle your puzzle piece to represent what Community means to you, then return your finished art piece to the Library by October 17, to be included in our giant art puzzle.



 Teen Reviewers - Earn Volunteer Hours!

If you love to read and like sharing your opinions, we have a great volunteer opportunity for you! Join our Teen Reviewers and share your insights on books and media by creating reviews in various formats. We'll focus on discussing and writing about books and media for different audiences and how to publish your literary opinions for the world to see. Earn volunteer hours for participating in our monthly discussion and contributing reviews for a variety of media platforms.

When: Monday, September 13, October 4, November 1, December 6
4:00 to 5:00 pm

Ages 13 to 19 years

To register: The fall session of this program is full. Check back for winter session dates in early December.

Month-Long Craft-Along Challenges

This popular crafting program helps you learn new skills through short daily challenges. Follow online tutorials in Creativebug and share your tips and tricks with fellow crafters in our exclusive Craft-Along Facebook Group.

Starter kits will be available one week before the challenge begins. Please look for confirmation and instructions by email.

When: throughout each month, starting on the 1st of the month (at your own pace)
Ages 14+

October: Daily Watercolour Challenge

Begins Friday, October 1

Online registration begins August 30 at 10:00 am and closes on September 15 at midnight.

Whether you're just starting to explore watercolour or are eager to expand what you already know, Creativebug Instructor Sasha Prood will help you unlock a treasure trove of new skills and fresh inspiration. Begin with the basics, like wet-on-dry vs. wet-on-wet, flat washes and colour gradients, and then experiment further with lifting, masking, and layering using an array of mixed media.Throughout the month, you'll alternate between learning one technique at a time and creating a small composition that highlights each new technique. Sasha will also talk you through her process of developing a piece of art, from research to sketch to final painting.

Sashiko embroideryNovember: Daily Japanese Sashiko Challenge

Begins Monday, November 1

Online registration begins September 15 at 10:00 am and closes on October 15 at midnight. 

Creativebug mixed media artist Lisa Solomon shows you 30 designs in the Japanese tradition of sashiko stitching. This beautiful and functional embroidery can be traced back to the thriftiness of 17th century Japanese peasant women. You will learn their traditional patterns, which you can then use to make decorative pieces or mend and patch garments. No matter the method you choose, you'll find that sashiko is a great way to slow down and stitch with intention, creating beauty from simplicity. 

Register Online Starting September 15

December: Daily Creative Lettering Challenge

Begins Wednesday, December 1

Online registration begins October 15 at 10:00 am and closes on November 15 at midnight.

Take your lettering to the next level in this super-creative daily lettering challenge, taught by Creativebug artist and art journaler Pam Garrison. Every day for 31 days, you'll learn a new way to fearlessly approach lettering. Pam will guide you through each prompt with easy-to-follow instruction and inspiring ideas for further exploration, from doodled monograms to a Sumi ink alphabet. Great for card making, journaling, and illustration, this class will help you grow your lettering skills and stretch your idea of what words can look like.

Register Online Starting October 15

 PRIDE Week: September 17-25
Love is in the Air PRIDE Grab & Go Craft Kits for Teens & Adults

Roll, loop, curl and twist a rainbow heart on canvas to celebrate Peterborough PRIDE. Paper quilling kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last (note:  crafters will need to supply their own glue).  

When: available starting Friday, September 17 at 10:00 am
Where: Mezz Information Desk, while supplies last
Ages 14+

Reading with PRIDEPRIDE rainbow colours

Do you have a favourite LBGTQ+ book or movie? Stop by the Library during Peterborough PRIDE Week September 17-25, share your recommendation on a Post-It, and add it to our Heart Wall to celebrate PRIDE in Ptbo!

When: Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 26, 2021
Where: Main Level Lobby
All Ages