by Terry Rogers
Cold weather can make it difficult for teenagers to find fun and exciting things to do but the Milford Public Library offers many programs that are perfect for curing that cabin fever. The programs not only provide educational value but are a great social activity as well.
Every Monday, “Just the Art Club” meets at the library and each month, there is a different theme. Because of the President’s Day holiday, there is no meeting on February 17, but for the rest of the month, the club will focus on birds. Teens and young adults are welcome to express their artistic talents starting at 6 PM.
“If you have a teen who is interested in STEM projects, they will love the Bird’s Nest Challenge,” Robin Lank, Children’s Librarian, said. “They will build one of five nests designed to protect a large egg as it is laid. A test structure mimics a tree branch and the teen designs a nest suspended inside to protect a falling egg. The event is planned on February 4 and 20 starting at 6 PM. Or, if they just want to get out of the house for some fun, Bingo is planned on February 5 from 5 to 6 PM and yes, there are prizes.”
On February 6, from 4 to 6 PM, teens are invited to Games Unplugged. The library will provide board and card games to encourage teens to “unplug” for a little while and enjoy fun-hearted competition the old-fashioned way. For those who prefer the electronic versions, Virtual Reality is held each Thursday from 6 to 7 PM with sign up beginning at 3 PM in the Teen Center. At the program, teens can ride a roller coaster, explore the Earth and much more using virtual reality.
“Every Friday from 6 to 8 PM, we play Dungeons and Dragons, a role playing game where teens can work as a team, develop strategies and find creative ways to get through problems,” Lank said. “They get to create their own character and join in the adventure. On February 10 and 24 from 5 to 6 PM, we have our Teen Crocheting Club where they can learn the basics and create their own projects. We highly recommend bringing their own crochet hook and yarn so they can continue working on the project at home.”
Continuing with the bird theme, on February 11 from 5 to 6 PM, teens are encouraged to come to the library and build a bird house designed for the many migratory birds that travel through Delaware. The feeders are sturdy enough to be hung in the yard once they are completed. On February 14 from 4 to 6 PM, the library will hold a Teen Valentine’s Day party.
“On February 18 from 4:30 to 6 PM, we are promoting another STEM project,” Lank said. “Using the Engineering Design Process, teens can build a miniature ski lift to transport small objects from one place to another, just as a ski lift transports skiers from the bottom of a mountain to the top. Teens can work alone or grab a few friends to make a team. Once the project is finished, teens can submit their score to see how they rank against others in their very own Teen Center Challenge. A cash prize is awarded to the person or team who follows the criteria from an engineering design brief.”
For more information on teen programs at the Milford Public Library, contact Lank at 302-422-8996.