Teen Programs

Programs listed on this page are for middle schoolers and/or high schoolers. We know you're busy, so with the exception of any programs that require registration, all are drop-in programs: come when you can and leave when you want!

Procrastination Party
Procrastination Party for High Schoolers

Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Need a break from studying for finals? High schoolers can drop in for snacks and de-stress activities during finals week--free iced coffee and sodas provided. Did we mention our special guests? THERAPY DOGS! What better way to procrastinate than by petting some pups! (Canine visitors will arrive at 6:00pm.)

Libraries Rock!
Teen Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!

June 1 - July 27, 2018

REGISTER HERE (starting June 1st)

School's out for summer, but tune in to the Marion Public Library for the Teen Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock! We've got cool prizes, events, and fun for 6th - 12th graders. Register online (or stop by the Information Desk) and get your Teen Reading Log. Set a daily reading goal for yourself--the more days you meet your goal, the more opporunities you have to win one of our grand prizes!

Earn even more chances to win by attending our awesome FREE programs. Grab a Teen Events Calendar or keep scrolling to see we've got happening at the library just for teens in June and July!

Rock Painting

Friday, June 1, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Libraries rock--literally, we have rocks. Tap into your creative side and drop in on Friday, June 1st to paint some stones! They make great gifts and decoration, or you can design yours to be part of our #CorridorReads scavenger hunt. Leave your painted rocks wherever you go this summer and make reading a social activity. Click here to find out how you and your friends can get involved.

Learn the Ukulele

every Tuesday in June, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Learn how to play the ukulele this summer! Join our friend Kim Greiner as she teaches you how to play basic chords and songs. All instruments provided.

Rockin' Drop-In Teen Activities

every Thursday in June and July, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Headed to Marion by Moonlight? Hanging out at the Uptown Getdown? Cool off for a bit and stop by the library for a hands-on, teens-only activity. We'll be making candy sushi, playing minute-to-win-it games, coding robots, crafting Harry Potter wands, and more.

This program is for incoming 6th - 12th graders only! For other activities the whole family can enjoy together, check out our weekly Family Time program at the library every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Music Fridays

most Fridays in June and July, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Music is awesome. Come sing, dance, eat, and hang out at these drop-in, teens-only events.

  • June 8: K-Pop Party
  • June 22: Off-Key Karaoke
  • July 6: Everything Hamilton: An American Musical
  • July 13: Vintage Vinyl Craft
  • July 20: YouTube Music Fest
Teen Game Week
Teen Game Week

Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Gear up for some friendly competition at the Marion Public Library! We've got Fortnite, Roblox, Minecraft, Mario Kart--plus a new Nintendo Switch! And we have awesome board games like Betrayal at House on the Hill, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Exploding Kittens, and more. Come ready to play.

Teen Pathfinder Club

every other Wednesday in June and July
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Pathfinder is a roleplay game similar to Dungeons & Dragons! Shape your story through playing a character, rolling dice, and working together with your fellow team members. Join us as Game Master Derek brings the group into the world of Na'baz. No RPG experience necessary. All materials provided.

Meeting Dates:

  • June 13
  • June 27
  • July 11
  • July 25
Roleplay Mondays
Roleplay Mondays
*starts June 18th*

Mondays in June and July, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Get into roleplay gaming with Dungeons & Dragons! Whether you've never played before or have conquered many campaigns, roleplay games are fun, immersive experiences that explore narratives, build teamwork, and shape stories with dice. No RPG experience necessary. All materials provided.

High School Hangout

Wednesday, June 20 and Wednesday, July 18
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Hang with friends at this drop-in space just for high schoolers. Play with Google Cardboard virtual reality goggles, get into gaming or craft some creations, eat pizza and popcorn, and more. This program is for incoming 9th-12th graders only!

Guitar Like A Star
Guitar Like A Star

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Ever wanted to learn how to play guitar? Register for our free “Guitar Like a Star” event for middle and high schoolers! Taught by award-winning musician and educator, Aspen Black, the program introduces you to the basics of playing the guitar in a fun, easy format. All musical instruments will be provided. Registration required.


Teen Read & Feed
Teen Read & Feed

Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

We feed you pizza and snacks, you read in the library after it closes! Bring your own book or get a personal recommendation from a librarian. Pajamas encouraged. Registration and permission form required.



Lego Mindstorms
Lego Mindstorms: Robotics Program for Teens

Tuesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 12, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Try your hand at coding with Lego Mindstorms EV3! Middle and high schoolers will be able to build bots and experiment with beginning programming. All abilities welcome. Registration required.


Anime Treat & Meet

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Love all things anime and manga? Come to the library on Thursday, July 26th from 3-5pm to create and sample delicious Japanese food with a local Hy-Vee dietician, then meet and chat with someone in the anime business. Registration required.


Teen Musical Murder Mystery Lock-In

Friday, July 27, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Put on your detective cap and help solve the mystery: Murder and Mayhem at the Teen Idol Awards! Each participant will be assigned a character for the evening. Costumes are encouraged, and props will be available at the library. No weapons, real or fake, are allowed. Registration and permission form required.





Upcoming Teen Events

May 24 to Jul 27
(All day)
The Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Corridor!
Adults Children Teens
Jun 01 to Jul 27
9:30 AM to 4:45 PM
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Jun 21
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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