Summer reading did a number on my budget--who would have thought 60 teens would show up for the Disney Movie Marathon? That's a lot of not-budgeted-for pizza! So this fall has been necessarily slooooooow program-wise. Which is how it usually is-the teens need time to get back into the routine of school.
Mostly I've just been doing my regular programs: Pizza and Paperbacks book club, Teen Advisory Council meetings, Dungeons and Dragons nights, Trivia Nights, Anime Club, and a couple of movies. I only had one REALLY exciting program, and that was ROBOT DAY.
A long-time library teen who still hangs out sometimes but has mostly outgrown teen programs approached me about robot day. She's a member of an award winning robotics team that draws teens from a number of local school districts, and they were interested in doing an outreach program at my library. I said YES! before she managed to get the phrase "Can I bring my giant robots to the library?" out of her mouth.
The teens involved in the robotics team were EXCEPTIONAL. They were extremely polite, organized, and enthusiastic. They planned everything--including creating coloring sheets for the little kids who attended. It was a big program--in one of our meeting rooms we had a ton of small robots that the kids and teens who came to Robot Day could drive and play around with.