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EXPLORE MEMPHIS Offers Teens a List of Exciting Summer Programs

By: Marcey Wright

Teens put on their thinking caps at Memphis Public Library programs!Teens hoping to stay busy this summer are invited to EXPLORE MEMPHIS from June 2 to July 25, 2014 at any Memphis Public Library location. A summer full of fun, free, and exciting programs are planned for teens ages 12 to 17.

“While teens are exploring Memphis, they should also explore the creative programs at their local Library,” encouraged Teen Services Coordinator Janae Pitts-Murdock. “Each Library has something that will spark their interests!”

Teens visiting the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar) can have a “Robotic Afternoon,” as they “Rainbow Loom” or perform “T-shirt Surgery”. Teens can also “Spark a Reaction and Catch Some Fire,” or why not “Espresso Yourself,” “Get Your Game On,” or “Get Crunk @ the Library”? Each program offers entertainment with an edge of education in one of four major S.T.E.A.M categories – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics.

Bartlett Library (5884 Stage) teens will enjoy everything from “Wolf River Artifacts,” “Art of Zentangles,” “Making Hemp Jewelry,” and “Tie-Dye” to educational lessons on “Heredity” and “DNA”.

Teens at Cherokee Branch Library (3300 Sharpe) will learn “Line Dancing,” while Cordova Library (8457 Trinity) teens “Hang Out, Geek Out,” solve “Murder Mysteries” and “MythBusters,” and enjoy “Cupcake Wars” and “Teen Movie Madness”! Teen customers visiting Cornelia Crenshaw Library (531 Vance) will learn to “Sink or Float” and to “Be a Sport,” as they practice “Marshmallow Engineering” and “Programming with iPads”. Meanwhile, teens at East Shelby Library (7200 E. Shelby) will learn to produce their own music and how to be a teacher.

Frayser Library (3712 Argonne) teens will enjoy the Frayser Teen Book Club and movies galore, as Gaston Park Library (1040 S. Third) entertains with a “Comic Conference,” “Creating a Video,” and teaching teens to “Market a Brand: Design a Personal Logo”.

Teens who like taekwondo should head to Hollywood Library (1530 N. Hollywood) for a free demonstration, along with “Mad Science Experiments,” “Movie Day!,” and a crash-course cooking class on making tortilla wraps. Levi Library (3676 Highway 61S) teens can flex their creative muscles in “Artistic Creativity” class and the “Pinkalicious Cooking” program, or they can explore the world of sports. At North Library (1192 Vollintine), customers will “Rap About It,” compete during “Game Day,” and engage in book clubs.

Parkway Village Library (4655 Knight Arnold) will kick off their summer fun with a “Summer Fest Kick-off Party,” then they’ll “Recipe Swap” and explore technology, similar to teens at Poplar-White Station Library (5094 Poplar) who will embark upon a “Digital Scavenger Hunt,” enjoy “Lego Construction,” “Cupcake Decorating,” and “Making Avatars”.

Customers ages 13 to 17 at Raleigh Library (3157 Powers) will engage in “Robot War,” after conducting a “Zombie Experiment,” an “Egg Drop,” “Art Tech Lab,” and “Game Day”. South Library (1929 S. Third) teens will create “Rainbow Bracelets,” explore “Cupcake Colors,” and then do some “Creative Movement”. And Whitehaven Library (4120 Millbranch) will wow teens with “Wii Gaming Day,” a “Podcast Radio Show,” “Crazy Science Experiments,” “Creative Writing,” “Family Engineering,” “Creating Video Games,” and much more!

From June 2 to July 25, exciting summer programs are happening everywhere teens look in the Memphis Public Library System! For information on specific program dates and times or registration requirements, call each Library location.

“Every one of our Libraries will have something cool this summer for teens to explore!” Pitts-Murdock concluded.