Summer at the Library is a Hit for Teens

By Hannah Axt, Haymarket Gainesville Community Library

Things at the Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) are starting to heat up with the arrival of summer! This year, we’re excited to feature several new programs specifically for teens.

With so many extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and college prep, teens often don’t have much free time during the school year, so we’re hoping to provide plenty of opportunities for them this summer when they’re a little less busy. Our Summer Reading Program spans June 11 – August 11 and will include a game card with fun activities for teens to complete, such as “Read a science fiction book” and “Log into and find an interesting course.” We’ll have smaller prizes to give away when a teen signs up and completes five activities. They’ll get a free book and will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Target gift card after 10 activities, and there will be a bonus grand prize drawing for those that complete all of the activities!

In addition to the traditional Summer Reading Program, Haymarket Gainesville Community Library has a range of special events that focus more on the recreational side of summer. Our goal is to help teens bond with others in their community, engage them in new resources, and provide a source of fun entertainment at no cost. Our summer calendar is filled with “crafternoons” for teens who like artistic projects, trivia, video games, and a few more unique events, such as an ice cream “crawl” and a henna workshop.

Feel free to take a look at just a few of the many teen events being held at Haymarket Gainesville this summer, and make sure to check out the Prince William Public Library’s website at to see the full calendar of events.

  • Tuesday, June 25: Henna Harmony, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 27: Ice Cream Crawl, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 11: Candy Crafternoon, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 18: Tie-Dye Crafternoon, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25: Gaming with Edge Party Trailer, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 1: Doctor Who Trivia, 6:00 p.m.

Beyond providing literary and leisure activities for teens, summer at the Library provides an opportunity for teens to gain work experience by volunteering. With a goal of preparing teens with necessary job skills and spreading awareness of the importance of library services, volunteering during the summer is a great benefit to both teens and the Library. PWPLS is currently accepting applications for summer volunteers at all branches for teens ages twelve and up. Visit your local library branch or for more information and to pick up an application.

We’re so excited for summer to be here, both for the great programs and to see the many new and returning library patrons. We hope to see you soon!

Prince William Public Library Staff
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For more information on the Prince William County Public Library, please visit their website or call 703-792-6000.

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