Tweens & Teens


Tween & Teen Afterschool Programs

These monthly activities are free and available to 5th through 12th graders during the school year. Dates may vary due to holidays and school closures. For more information on what each months' events will be, check the events calendar! Space is limited, so registration is required for most of these events.

  • Heron Lake: third Wednesday of the month at 4 PM
  • Jackson: third Thursday of the month at 4 PM
  • Lakefield: fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:45 PM

Teen Advisory Groups

Get involved with the library! The Jackson Library has Teen Advisory Group meetings on the first Monday of the month at 3:30 PM. In Heron Lake, the Nerdy Birds meet the first Wednesday of the month at 4 PM. Join to participate in special events and help select new items for the teen section of the library!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Want to volunteer at the library? The libraries occasionally have volunteer opportunities available. Volunteering looks great on applications and resumes! Watch this section for volunteer opportunities.

Current Opportunities:

College Prep

Getting ready for the ACT? The library has Test Prep books, but you can also use the LearningExpress database to take a practice test online! Just go to the LearningExpress Library. Then register for a free account as a Minnesota resident. Once you’re signed in, it will take you to your account page where you can click on Tests and then choose the College Admissions Test Preparation to find the practice test you want to take. Happy studying!

Winter Reading Program

All teens in grades 8 through 12 can sign up for the Winter Reading Program at any of the three libraries.  The Winter Reading Program runs from January 1st to March 31st and the theme for 2024 is "Read-a-Latte." It is completely free to participate in and easy to join by signing up at any of the three locations or online. Participants set their own reading goals with a minimum of 3 books. If you reach your goal, you get a prize and are entered into a drawing! Check out the Winter Reading Program page for more information and to register.