Annual Events for Teens

April Poetry Contest & May - Poetry Coffeehouse
April is National Poetry Month! The Library Foundation sponsors an annual poetry contest for students in grades 6-12. Prizes are awarded for both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions. Each year, we pick a new poetic form to follow! A PDF of the guidelines and an entry form will be posted to the events page on the first day of the contest. A panel of judges including librarians & teens select winners, who are honored at the Teen Poetry Coffeehouse in early May.

Scene from the Teen Poetry Coffeehouse, May 2014

Image of a Teen at the 2014 Teen Poetry Coffeehouse.

2018 Dates & Times

Contest Begins To Be Announced
Deadline for Entries To Be Announced
Poetry Coffeehouse To Be Announced
Winners posted to the events page To Be Announced
June - August - Teen Summer Reading
The Teen Summer Reading Program runs from June until mid-August during summer break. Teens going into grade 6 through just graduating from high school are encouraged to read for 15 hours to receive prizes. Reviews of books and graphic novels may also be submitted for additional prize drawings online or physically at either Beaverton City Library location. The Beaverton City Library also holds an annual Lawn Party on the main library's front lawn.

2017 Dates

Sign-Ups Begin Thursday, June 1
Prizes Begin Monday, July 10
Field Day (Front Lawn) Friday, July 14, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Sign-Ups End Monday, July 24
Prizes End Sunday, August 20
October - Short Story Contest
Each October, the Library Foundation sponsors a short story contest for students in grades 6-12. Three prizes are awarded for both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions. The length and theme of the stories vary from year-to-year. A PDF of the guidelines and an entry form will be posted to the events page on the first day of the contest. Submissions are accepted at both the main library's Teen Desk and the Murray-Scholls Branch during normal open hours during the contest. A panel of judges including librarians & teens select winners.

2017 Dates & Times

Contest Begins Tuesday, October 24
Deadline for Entries Tuesday, October 17
Winners posted to the events page Friday, November 3
Image of 2016 Teen Art Show Middle School People's Choice Award Winning Art.

2016 Middle School People's Choice Award Winner:


What to Do With a Good Book
Brianna Yu
8th Grade
Conestoga Middle School
Image of 2016 Teen Art Show High School People's Choice Award Winning Art.

2016 High School People's Choice Award Winner:


Favela
Stacey Cheng
12th Grade
Westview High School
The Teen Art Show gives teens in grades 6-12 an opportunity to display their original art for the public. Submissions are accepted at the Teen Desk at the main library in early November. The New Friends of the Beaverton City Library group sponsors People's Choice Awards in the form of $100 gift cards to Blick Art for one middle and one high school artist, as voted on by viewers of the exhibition. There is also a matching $100 Blick gift card for the arts program at the middle and high schools with the most artists submitting. The show kicks off with an opening gala featuring light refreshments, and remains open for public viewing during normal library hours!

2017 Dates & Times

Teacher Submissions To Be Announced
Student & Parent Submissions To Be Announced
Opening Gala Wednesday, November 8, 4 - 5 p.m.
Show is Open Thursday, November 9 - Sunday November 12 (Closed November 11)
Pick up Art To Be Announced
December - Teen Winter Reading Program
Teens may drop in either library location and let us know what book they read or eBook they downloaded for a chance to win gift cards. Two entries per person.

2017 Dates

2017 Dates Saturday, December 23 - Saturday, January 6