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 Saturday, March 24th
Deadline for Entries Saturday, April 21st
Poetry Coffeehouse Friday, May 4th, 4:30 p.m.
Winners posted to the events page Saturday, May 5th

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.

2018 Dates

Sign-Ups Begin Friday, June 1st
Prizes Begin Monday, July 9th
Field Day (Front Lawn) To Be Announced
Sign-Ups End Monday, July 23rd
Prizes End Sunday, August 19th

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.

2018 Dates & Times

Contest Begins Monday, October 1st
Deadline for Entries Tuesday, October 23rd
Winners posted to the events page Friday, November 9th

November - Teen Art Show

An Image of the 2017 Middle School People's Choice Award Winner - Mocking Beauty by Amelia Lee.

2017 Middle School People's Choice Award Winner:


Mocking Beauty
Amelia Lee
6th Grade
ACMA
An Image of the 2017 High School People's Choice Award Winner - Silence by Chloe Kim.

2017 High School People's Choice Award Winner:


Silence
Chloe Kim
11th 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!

2018 Dates & Times

Teacher Submissions TBA
Student & Parent Submissions TBA
Opening Gala Wednesday, November 7, 4 - 5 p.m.
Show is Open Thursday, November 8 - Saturday, November 10 (Closed November 11)
Pick up Art TBA