Teen Summer Programs

AGES 13-18



All participants will earn 1 community service hour

New members welcome!

For more information email fmlteen@rcls.org
Choose in person or virtual opportunities! Try online coding, help decorate the library for summer reading, make a book playlist for the Teen Room, and more. The application opens May 16th, online at finkelsteinlibrary.org! Volunteers must submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor, or youth group leader and attend an orientation.



In Person


July 12, 19, 26;  August 2, 9, & 16 at 5 pm

If you love reading and trivia, join our Battle of the Books team! you’ll read 8 books across 8

different genres and answer questions in a team trivia contest. We’ll meet weekly over the summer to prepare for the Regional Battle on August 27, where you’ll represent Finkelstein Memorial Library in an online Battle against several local libraries.

Contact fmlteen@rcls.org if you would like to participate.

Here are this year’s titles:

  • The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess (Non-Fiction)
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Mystery)
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Humor)
  • The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Historical)
  • My Hero Academia [Vol. 1 & 2] by Kohei Horikoshi (Graphic Novel)
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Fantasy)
  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Contemporary)
  • The Odyssey  [Graphic Novel] by Gareth Hinds (Classic)

Registration for the programs below, opens 2 weeks prior and is required per person for all programs.
Register online, by phone, or in person. Remaining spots will be filled on a first come basis.

These programs are outdoor only and will be rescheduled or canceled in the event of bad weather.



DIY Jellyfish Lanterns
Wednesday, July 13 at 6pm

Construct a beautiful lantern to decorate your room and help make a few for the Teen Room too!

Escape the Oceanus!
Wednesday, July 20 at 6 pm or 7pm

Team up with your fellow crewmates and work together to follow a trail of clues and puzzles to escape a sinking cruise ship! Loosely based on the true story of the ill-fated ocean liner MTS Oceanus.

Trampoline Trivia: Ocean Conservation:
Wednesday, August 3 at 7pm

Trampoline Trivia is back! Brush up on your knowledge of bottleneck dolphins and answer trivia questions about our oceans on Kahoot while jumping up and down on a trampoline. Prizes awarded to the winning team!

Spray Paint Flatlays:
Wednesday, August 15 at 6 pm

Collect materials from nature to arrange on your canvas. Spray paint over your flatlay to create a unique work of art!



Available for pickup after 3 pm on the date listed. Watch the accompanying video on YouTube to do your craft!

Makerspace@Home:DIY neon Sign
Monday, July 25 at 3pm
Explore the technological possibilities by making a neon sign out of EL wire and canvas for your room!

Water Marbling

Monday, August 8 at 3pm

Create a beautiful water marbling effect on common items when you dip them into a mixture of water and colorful nail polish.