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May 5, 2024| View as Webpage

Schedule Reminders

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

May is here and it is a busy month for teens. With projects, exams, proms, and recitals, there is often a lot going on. It is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and so it is a good time to pause and remember to take care of yourself. We have lots of fun and relaxing activities happening all month - games, crafts, book clubs, art classes plus more. We also have a special guest joining Youth and Family Social Worker Penny Tsiounis on 5/13. Stop by that afternoon to meet Maisey, Lexington's new Comfort Dog. And later in the month, on 5/30, the LLC is holding a Smash Bros. tournament in the Teen Room. Come early to sign up, blow off a little steam, and get a candy prize. It is always a fun time, full of laughter and light hearted competition.

Hope to see you @Cary soon.

Michelle Techler

Teen Services Manager

Teen Programs

What's Next for Teens in May

D & D

Dungeons and Dragons

Tue.. May 7, 14, 21 & 28 @6PM

Teen Room

registration required

(gr 6-12)

people talking

What's on Your Mind?

A Wellness Check-in for Teens

May 13 @ 4PM

The Learning Center

registration NOT required

(gr 6-12)

polymer clay

Crafternoon - Polymer Clay

Tue. May 14 3:30PM

Teen Room

registration required

(gr 6-12)

girls in engineering parity bits

Parity Bits presents Girls in Engineering

May 22 @ 6:30PM

Large Meeting Room

registration required

(gr 4-8)

pop up art cherry tree

PopUp Art School

Pointillism Painting a Cherry Tree

Thur. May 23 @4PM

Large Meeting Room

registration required

(gr 6-12)


LHS Origami Club Comes

to Cary

May 31 @3:45PM

The Learning Center

registration NOT required

(gr K-8)

Book Clubs for Teens

Here is what we are reading this spring (April - June) in our teen books clubs. Our high school book club is FULL but we do have a couple spots remaining in our middle school club. Why not join us to discuss some great books & enjoy some tasty snacks? Contact Michelle at mtechler@minlib.net if you are interested in more information on our teen book clubs.

teen looking over book


(6th-8th Grade Book Club)

April - Lolo's Light by Liz Garten Scanlon

May - Mascot by Charles Waters &

Traci Sorell

June - Summerland by Michael Chabon

Between the Lines - FULL

(9th-12th grade Book Club)

April - Enter the Body by Joy McCullough

May - Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

June - The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

What to Read Next?

We have some new books! You can find them on the shelves right outside the Teen Room.

two people kissing

Fire from the Sky

by Moa Backe Astot

body of young woman with bloody handprint on her chest

My Throat is an Open Grave

by Tori Bovalino

Heartless Hunter

by Kristen Ciccarelli

boy in front of an image of a maze

The Boy Lost in the Maze

by Joseph Coelho

boy girl baseball bats hand with rings

The Girl, the Ring & the Baseball Bat

by Camille Gomera - Tavarez

two boys facing away

Ryan and Avery

by David Levithan

person swimming

You're Breaking My Heart

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

person standing on white hill with planes flying around them

Kingdom of Without

by Andrea Tang


Where There's Smoke

by E.B. Vickers

Justin's Latest Favorite Manga

girl with tank on back

Ghost Roast

by Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs & Emily Cannon

Paranormal Mystery where you're the daughter of a Ghostbuster.

(gr 9+)


The Fox Maidens

by Robin Ha

Queer, feminist, historical fiction reimagining of the Fox Maiden legend from Korean mythology. Great pick for any fan of Almost American Girl.

(gr 8+)

girl pushing

Girl Taking Over:

A Lois Lane Story

by Sarah Kuhn &

Arielle Jovellanos

Fun, slice of life story that is incredibly cute and charming within a DC comics backdrop

(gr 7+)

young man with keyboard

Malcolm Kid and the

Perfect Song

by Austin Paramore, Sarah Bollinger & Marika Cresta

Pixar's Soul, but about a young jazz musician with some light supernatural elements

(gr 7+)

two people with pasta

Voyage de Gourmet

by Paul Tobin &

Jem Milton

Fun and light cooking show, but as a graphic novel (think the Great British Bake Off)

(gr 6+)

girl with baseball bat and books

Bunt Striking Out on 

Financial Aid 

by Ngozi Ukazu &

Mad Rupert

Coming-of-age college story. Fans of her previous work Check, Please! will love it!

(gr 9+)

Notes from the LLC

The Teen Library Leadership Council is open to teens grades 7-12. We meet 1-2 times a month during the school year (September - June) on Wednesdays from 5-6PM. The LLC plans events and serves as an advisory group for the library. This month, LHS junior, Anna L., offers some insight into her LLC experience.

cartoon fish swimming together

I decided to sign up for the LLC after hearing my friends talk about new events they were working on and the fun times they had during meetings. Cary Library is significant to me, and through the LLC I can impact the community I care so much about. During my time, I have found that the LLC empowers teens in the Cary Library community by providing a space for their voices to be heard and bringing to life events designed by teens for teens. My favorite LLC event has to be Open Mic Night. Open Mic Night perfectly exemplifies how the LLC provides space and opportunities for all teens to shine. For the past two years, we have run this event and performers with diverse talents from guitarists to poets to comedians have shown up. I really enjoy seeing an event go from an idea on a whiteboard to a decorated room with performers excited to share their talents. As a group, we have the opportunity to collaborate to bring our ideas to life, and I am looking forward to what we are going to do next!    

Anna L.

Cary Happenings

literary cafe ya

Literary Cafe presents: Writing YA Novels

Wed May 8 @ 7PM

Hybrid - The Living Room @ Cary or via Zoom

Cary Library's next Literary Cafe will spotlight three Boston-area YA authors—Autumn Allen, TM Blanchet & Desmond Hall. We'll explore the different ways each writer interprets and embraces YA storytelling to craft meaningful and moving stories that inspire readers of all ages. The Young Adult genre —which includes fantasy, realistic and historical fiction, thrillers, and much more—is only growing in reach and relevance, and our panelists will address what drew them to writing YA and how their writing careers have developed. Hosted by Cary Library Foundation Board Member Kimberly Hensle Lowrance.

This is a hybrid program - you can attend in person (without registering) or watch via Zoom. If you are attending via Zoom, please register to receive the Zoom link.


Thank you Town Meeting for approving our appropriation article! We'll be releasing more information about our next steps

for the project soon.

Want to learn more about the Children's Room Project?

More details are available at www.carylibrary.org/chirp

About Town for Teens

movie camera and film and text

Free Outdoor Movie

Pitch Perfect

May 10 @8PM

Lexington Community Center

Snacks, too!



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