This October, Great River Regional Library is participating in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual TeenTober celebration! 

This month-long event, developed by YALSA, strives to raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services available at local libraries and the materials they can provide. Making teens aware of the services local libraries can offer them helps develop new skills and fuel their passions. TeenTober merges YALSA’s successful and long-standing Teen Tech Week™ and Teen Read Week™ initiatives into one program. To celebrate teen services in libraries and enhance relationships with community partners.


The first teens-only event happening during TeenTober, Mark Rivard Skateboard Seminar, will take place on Saturday, October 8, at the Royalton Public Library in the morning and Little Falls Carnegie Library in the afternoon. Minneapolis artist Mike Rivard will be there to lead the teens in designing their own skateboard deck! Instruction and materials will be provided by the Rivard Art Education, an experiential learning platform utilizing art, culture, and the creative spirit. Register for the Royalton event at this link, and register for the Little Falls event at this link


Teens also have their own book clubs. Elk River is starting a Graphic Novel Book Club. Each monthly session will feature a graphic novel depicting a particular event, period, person, or classic piece of literature in history. Attendees will discuss a historical graphic novel, determine future titles for the group, and participate in fun activities and/or games. Check with the library each month for the title of the graphic novel. For our first meeting, bring your favorite graphic novel or comic book and enjoy some pizza! Please call the Elk River Library at 763-441-1641 to register. (Learn more here


Looking for homework help, games, podcasts, book and movie recommendations, and more, visit the GRRL Teen page

Find out more about YALSA and the TeenTober national initiative, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teentober 


(pictured a past Mark Rivard Skateboard event in Monticello)

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