The library will be closing early at 4 pm on Wednesday 11/24 and will be closed on Thursday 11/25 and Friday 11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open our usual hours on Saturday 11/27.

Ventress Memorial Library

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Tween Programs

All programming and services for older kids in grades 3-6 is designated as "Tween" programs and services. We are excited to offer engaging programming for 3-6 graders, who are too old for our younger children's programming but not ready for our teen programs. As sixth grade is a time of transition, both tween and teen programs include this age group. Please note, all programs are subject to change due to the pandemic. Information will be updated immediately if any changes occur. Click on a program in our virtual library to learn more, or scroll down for plain text links.

Learn More

Tween programs are for folks in grades 3-6. (Loot Bags are for tweens & teens in grades 3-12.) Click on a program to learn more.

  • Special Events - standalone events open to folks in grades 3-6
  • Book Buddies - we read and discuss a book picked by tweens each month; registration required
  • Crafternoons - drop in to make a craft at your own pace; no registration
  • Loot Bags - book subscription boxes are expensive; let us personalize one for you for free!
  • Tween Makers - tinker one-on-one with Erica in The Wave Makerspace; registration required

Special Events

Read about all upcoming special events for or including folks in grades 3-6!

December 18, 10-11 am: Solstice Party

Join us for our first day of winter celebration! This event is for children in grades K-6 and their families. Any children under ten must be accompanied by an adult. There will be snacks, snowflakes, slime making, and other fun! Registration for everyone attending, including adults, is required

December 28, 2-4 pm: Family Movie - Pixar's Wall-E

Looking for something do do while the kids are out of school? Come watch Pixar's Wall-E with us! We'll have fresh popcorn, crafts, and coloring sheets available while we watch the movie! No registration required, sign in at the door. 

December 29, 2-3 pm: Mad Science!

This spectacular show thrills audiences with impressive science experiments. The event includes foggy dry ice storms and demonstrates how giant beach balls can float in the air. Students are amazed by sizzling, shivering scissors and special bubbly showers! Registration for everyone attending, including adults, is required

Tween Book Buddies

You've been asking and now we've delivered! We are excited to offer you a super fun book club just for tweens! This book club is open to all tweens in grades 3-6. Please note that we all read the same book for discussion. Tween Book Buddies meets typically the third Tuesday of each month from 5-6 PM, with some exceptions for holidays.

Tween Book Buddies Fall Dates
  • December 14, 5-6 PM - Kristy's Great Idea, a Baby-Sitter's Club adaptation by Raina Telgemeier - Register Here

How It Works

Registration opens at the beginning of each month, and is requested for each session. Tween participants will have the chance to vote for the next month's book selection. Each month's title will then be available to check out at the library three weeks prior to that month's book club. After attendees introduce themselves, we will all get a chance to share something we liked about the book before launching into a discussion. There will be light snacks.

Children Under 10

Please note that children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For this program, adults are not required to also attend the program but should remain in the building for the duration of the book club for any children under the age of 10.

Help Us Pick Our Next Title

As we get ready for our first book club, we need your help selecting the first title! Please note that this survey is for tweens in grades 3-5. Parents, you are welcome to fill it out on behalf of your tweens, but we ask that the feedback comes from potential participants. Thank you!

Tween Crafternoons

We will be setting up the Children's Program Room with various craft supplies and providing ideas - or you can come with your own ideas and make something with what we've got! This a not a librarian led program. This program is for tweens in grades 3 - 6. No registration required; sign in at the door.

Tween Crafternoon Upcoming Dates
  • December 8, 2-4 PM 





Tween Loot Bags

Loot Bags are open to tweens & teens in grades 3-12. 

a photo of the loot bags

You must register for each month's loot bag separately. Registration for each month's loot bag goes live the first day of each month and closes on the last day of the month.

Have you ever wanted a monthly subscription box, but couldn't buy it? That's where we come in. With Ventress Memorial Library's monthly Loot Bags, you get  goodies to fit each month's theme (supplies may vary) and quick pick reading materials, including a book of your own to keep! Please note that books will be selected to match the registrant's reading interests, and that the theme pertains only to the additional goodies.

Fall Season Monthly Themes:

  • September - Celebrate Banned Books Week with goodies to help you learn about book censorship - Register Here
  • October - Celebrate Inktober with goodies to get you drawing - Register Here
  • November - Celebrate International Games Week with print & play game materials and more! - Register Here
  • December - the Winter Care Package* comes with goodies to set you up for a cozy day in - Register Here

*Please note: due to winter holidays, registration for the December Loot Bag is only open December 1 through December 10, and bags will be filled the week of December 12.

What does a loot bag come with?

Return the two library books and keep everything else!

  • 2 library books (prechecked out to your library card)
  • 1 book to keep
  • Coloring & activity sheets
  • Other goodies to fit the theme

When are Loot Bags available?

All Loot Bags are filled during the last week of each month, after registration for that month closes. We strive to fill these as soon as possible. If you register during the last week of the month, you will receive your Loot Bag, but note that we will fill bags in the order of registration.

You will receive an email when your Loot Bag is ready for pickup

Tween Makers

Tweens in grades 3-6 are welcome to sign up for a half-hour slot to try something new in The Wave Makerspace. Tweens ages 10 and up may attend alone or with a parent or adult caregiver. Below is a list of things you might try:

  • Learn how to 3D Print (many prints take longer than a half hour; participants may start a print then pick it up when it is ready)
  • Learn how to use the Cricut (cut out adhesive vinyl or an iron on to add a personal touch to an item of yours)
  • Try out the Go Pro (practice using the camera and making a video on our iMac)
  • Tinker with our Tech Kits (we have Little Bits, Snap Circuits, Mini Robots, and more!)
  • Get Crafty (we have pearler beads, yarn, crochet needles, bracelet making, and paper crafts)
How It Works

Due to the hands-on nature of this program, registration is required. Please note that advance registration guarantees an available slot. Drop-ins may be allowed if space is available. Tweens may bring a sibling or a friend (also in grades 3-6). Tweens younger than ten must have an adult join them. Ages 10 and up may be in the library without an adult. Parents or caregivers may attend if interested, but are not required to attend. There is a maximum of three participants, including the adult.

Fall Dates