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Fun activities for teens during April vacation

Abbot Public Library will be hosting a range of fun activities for teens during April school vacation. Photo by Kimberly Grad

Abbot Public Library will be hosting a set of fun activities, craft programs, and tabletop games for teens to enjoy during the April school vacation.

Head of teen services at Abbot Public Library Bianca Hezekiah, along with five teen volunteers, will be hosting a basket weaving program for teens in the Program Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

“Basket weaving has been a program for adults a couple of times, and one of my regular teen visitors lamented it happened during the school day and she couldn’t attend,” said Hezekiah.

“That same patron is now one of my volunteers and has been helping with display and program ideas, so I’ll finally be hosting a version of the basket weaving program for teens! We’ll be using dyed reed for this version of the program to make the baskets more distinct, which will be fun to try out. I’m encouraged by the amount of sign-ups so far, so I’m sure it will be a great program!” Hezekiah added.

Teens will also be able to stop by the Teen Room to pick up a “do it yourself” (DIY) kit that includes Hezekiah’s signature lanyard materials from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

“Next week’s grab-and-go bags, decorated by teen volunteers, will actually include materials for some paper crafts — origami corner bookmarks have been hugely popular with patrons of all ages recently, so each bag will include a few sheets of patterned paper and instructions on how to make your own,” said Hezekiah.

“Small ‘lucky stars’ are another satisfying paper craft, using strips to fold into mini collectible stars, and bags will include this craft as well. Although lanyards won’t be in this round of grab-and-go, there will still be some lanyard bundles available in the teen room for visitors to take! I try to have a mix of small goodies around in the teen room regardless of what might already be planned for the week. Even if you are only stopping by for a book and can’t stay for a program, you’ll still be able to leave with a little something!” she added.

On Thursday, April 20, tabletop games including Exploding Kittens, Sushi Go!, Blokus, Connect Four, and Mancala will be available in the Teen Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“Mancala, Blokus, and Sushi Go! are some of my favorite tabletop games, so I’m excited to introduce them to more people; Blokus already has a couple of new fans! Come by on Thursday to try out this unique game that only has one rule — really,” said Hezekiah.

For more information, please visit abbotlibrary.org/events/category/teens.