Teens Read & Rate!

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The deadline is March 8 to vote. The winner will be announced on March 26 at the KSU Children’s Literature Conference.

The Georgia Peach Book Award works to promote reading and literacy skills in teens. Each year, a committee of school and public librarians reads widely to choose a list of twenty nominated titles. Then young adults choose books from among that list to read and rate. The books that earn the highest number of readers and ratings become the Peach Book and Honor Books. Vote now for books you read from the current nominees: 2014-15 Georgia Peach Book Award.

Teen Night and Other Young Adult Programs

Teen Night at the Auburn Public Library

Open for ages 12-18, Auburn Public Library’s Teen Night meets the second Thursday of each month at 5pm and has activities that rotate between movie nights, game nights, DIY classes, workshops and more! Snacks and drinks provided.

Others YA programs in the region include:

  • At the Auburn Public Library…
    Google Earth Scavenger Hunt on March 12th at 6pm (ages 12 – up) — will include prizes, food, and drinks
  • At the Braselton Library…
    “Teens Duct Tape Wallet Making” – March 19th at 5pm as part of Tech Week and National Craft Month
  • At the Commerce Public Library…
    “Pen & Sword, ” a young writers group meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 6-7:30pm
    Chess Club meets every week from 6-7:30pm
    Teen Advisory Meeting on March 5th at 6pm
  • At the Jefferson Public Library…
    “The Maze Runner” movie night on February 23rd, at 4pm.
    “Manga Madness,” a manga-themed party with cosplay, crafts, themed foods, and anime on March 16th, at 5:00 pm
    “Mockingjay” to be discussed at YA Book Club on March 30th at 4pm, followed by the movie, “Mockingjay: Part 1″ at 4:30pm
    Wall Design Contest for the wall in the YA section, open to young adults ages 11-18. The deadline for submissions is May 30th.
  • Passport to Puppetry at the Library

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    Besides Zoo and Park Passes, the library also has the “Passport to Puppetry” which is valid for up to four free museum admissions to the museum at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Parties with children must include at least one adult.

    The museum provides educational fun with more than 350 puppets from around the world, highlighting the fact that every civilization on our planet has its own unique form of puppetry tradition. By examining and learning more about the cultural traditions of other countries, one gains a greater understanding of our shared histories and values.

    The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays with hours varying upon day and programming. In addition to four free admissions, the “Passport to Puppetry” also entitles library patrons to attend a performance at the Center and/or participate in a Create-a-Puppet Workshop at a 25% discount, when space is available. Complete details, including valid dates, show times, hours of operation, and reservation information are available online at www.puppet.org. Current shows include “RainForest Adventure” and “Anne Frank: Within and Without.”

    Zumba at the Maysville Public Library

    Zumba at the Maysville Public Library

    Work off those extra holiday pounds at the Maysville Public Library. Licensed instructor Jennifer Smith teaches Zumba every Thursday night at 6pm (not Thanksgiving Thursday, Christmas Thursday, or New Years Thursday, of course, but all of those other Thursdays and plenty of Thursdays in 2015). Classes are free and no registration is required. Maysville Public Library (706-652-2323) is located on 9247 Gillsville Road in Maysville, GA.

    Piedmont Regional Library System has programs for all ages, including adults. Besides Zumba, Maysville Public Library
    has their “Bookends” Book Club on 2nd Thursday of the month at 11am, Crocheting Club on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5-7pm, and Knitting Club on 4th Tuesday of the month from 5-7pm.

    Other adult programs…

    • Auburn Public Library (24 5th Street, Auburn, GA, 770-513-2925):
      Sit ‘n’ Knit — every Monday at 1pm
      Cover to Cover Book Club — 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm
    • Braselton Library (15 Brassie Lane, Braselton, GA, 706-654-1992):
      ESOL, English to Speakers of Other Languages — every Wednesday at 1pm
      Citizenship Class — every Thursday at 5pm
    • Commerce Public Library (1344 South Broad Street, Commerce, GA, phone: 706-335-5946):
      Hooks and Needles, Knitting and Crochet — every Mondays at 10:30am
      “Help Me Rhonda,” Adult Computer Class — every Monday at 3pm
      Yoga — every Monday at 6pm
      Spanish Classes/Club — every Tuesday at 4:30pm
      Adult Writers Group — 1st Tuesday of the month at 10:30am
      NEGA Radio Club — 1st Thursday of the month at 6pm
      Book Vine Book Group — 3rd Friday of the month at 1pm
    • Harold S. Swindle Public Library, Nicholson (466 U.S. Highway 441 South, Nicholson, GA, 706-757-3577):
      Yarn Club — every Tuesdays at 6-8pm
      Quilting with Friends at Nicholson Community Center — Tuesday 10-noon and Thursday 7-9pm
    • Jefferson Public Library (1000 Washington St, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-8012):
      Knitting Group — 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon
      Adult Book Club — 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1pm and 2nd Thursday of each month at 6pm
    • Winder Public Library (189 Bellview St., Winder, GA, 770-867-2762):
      Computer Classes — 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
      Mystery Book Club — 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm
      Film Club for Adults — the last Monday of the Month at 5pm
      Advanced Acrylics Studio — most Tuesday and Fridays at 10am


    With the holidays, you may want to call to verify the schedule.