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Teen Resources

The Belleville Public Library Teen Center

This refuge within the library is just for teens and tweens. The Teen Center provides a place for our kids to be kids in a place dedicated to them. It functions as an oasis at the end of their busy school days that is off the streets where they can socialize, be entertained or even do homework!


Teen Power Hour

After school activities for teens and tweens between 3pm and 5pm.

The Belleville Public Library provides a series of activities for the Teens and Tweens in our Teen Center. Kids can come in and relax, do homework or participate in one of the scheduled activities.

  • BPL STEAMPunk Engineers
    This club takes STEM activities, puts the art back in and uses it for fun rather than straight forward academics. Participants gain supervised access to our 3D printer and will learn a variety of geeky fun activities in the process.
  • Abigail’s Crochet Corner:
    Join Abigail and practice the art of crocheting. Crochet sets and some yarn is availble.
  • BPL eSports (players wanted)
    Red vs. Blue. The library is hosting an eSports team for all grades in the library’s Teen Center. We have all new systems that are built to accomodate gaming. Only team based games are allowed but the team gets to choose the game. Team work is the focus of this activity.
  • Chess Kings and Queens
    Learn chess fundamentals and strategies than can be applied to a variety of situations. All skill levels are invited to attend. Learning this game is not only fun but a useful tool in learning how to face and overcome challenges.
  • Belleville Anime and Manga Club
    Meet weekly with like minded friends and revel in your Anime and Manga fandom. Watch anime, arts and crafts.

Teen Center Computers

Computer Hardware:

The Teen Center’s computers are equipped with i7 processors, 16GB RAM, and AMD Radeon W5500 Graphics cards.

They also are equipped with Wacom Cintiq Pro graphic pen displays for use with graphic and 3D modelling applications. Please note that Teens are prioritized in the Teen Center.

  • 3D printers
  • BlackMagic Studio pro cameras
  • Electronics testing equipment
  • Glowforge Pro (coming soon)
  • Light kits & screens for in-house video production
  • Sewing machine
  • Six-needle embroidery machine

Software:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps: Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, XD, Animate, Dreamweaver, etc.
  • Autodesk Media & Entertainment Collection: Maya, 3ds Max, Arnold, Motionbuilder, and Mudbox
  • AutoCAD Archtectual Design
  • Fusion 360

Teen Advisory Board

The Belleville Public Library has enlisted the services of some very special and devoted Teens who have stepped up to represent their peers in the library.

This group of teens have been tasked with making recommendations on all aspects of the library, ensuring that the Teen Center and the Young Adult collection of books represent their interests.

Participating Teens can count their hours of service toward the requirements for the school system. This also provides them insight into how real boards that represent our community may operate.


Volunteens

The library is aware of the school’s community service requirements and is happy to assist teens with fulfilling this requirement. Some of our programs are designed with that very function in mind.

The Teen Advisory Board and Homework Heroes are an ideal place to lend your time to the community and have some fun in the process. If you lend your time to help run or organize an event then those hours are considered as well.

You can sign up to be a Volunteen by contacting ya@bellepl.org.


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