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School is back in session, so your daytime activities are covered. But what about after school? If you are like many teens, you head to your neighborhood library branch to meet up with friends and to use the computers. Next time you find yourself waiting to get online, ask whether the library has any board games. Many of them have a terrific assortment of games for patrons to play. Within the Indianapolis Public Library, there are librarians who are game gurus and who are eager to share unique games with you. A couple even attended and presented at the recent Gen Con Indy 2011 and may have some surprises up their sleeves!

For more organized play, Fountain Square Library offers a “Family Game Night” once a month. The next one is Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. And College Avenue is presenting “Youth Night,” that same evening, at 6:00 p.m. Looking further ahead, add Southport’s “Family Game Day” to your calendar. It is Saturday, October 1st, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

When gaming at the library, just remember not to shout “I WIN!” too loudly.

Back to School

Another summer is coming to a close. What made it so memorable for you?  The Summer Reading Program? Going to the Pool? Summer Camp? No homework? The end of summer means a new school year is just around the corner. Now that you’ve had some time to calm down from last school year, why not start the next one with a new attitude and focus.

How early does your school start?  Did you know that starting later actually helps Teens with better grades, attitudes, and sleeping routines?  Here’s an MSNBC article linking early school hours with teen car crashes, and here’s a piece on Neatorama in support of allowing students to sleep in. What do you think?  Is it really true or beneficial to start later, say at 9 am instead of 7 or 8 am?

Have you checked out your local library branch activities like book clubs, movies or free classes at Central?  Don’t forget to plan for Teen Read Week October 17-23, “Books with Beat”. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the TeenScene blog for further Teen Programs and Reviews.

Check out these Book Titles

Making the Most of High School: Success Secrets for Freshmen

Making the Most of High School: Success Secrets for Freshmen by Carol Carter Teen 373 CAR









  A Strange Day

A Strange Day by Damon Hurd & Tatiana Gill  TEEN 741.5 HUR










Bifocal by Deborah Ellis & Eric Walters  TEEN FIC ELL










 Senioritis by Tate Thompson TEEN FIC T 477s  

The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell  TEEN FIC BUS










  The Karma Club

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody  TEEN FIC BRO










Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto

Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper  TEEN FIC LUP










 Websites for Teens & Back to School

Teens Health from Nemours

Teens Health from Nemours: Back to School 

Back to School @ USA.gov

Teen Read Week

About.com : Teens

Jet Magazine: Back to School Guide for Teens

Families Online Magazine: Back to School Organization Tips

About.com: Teens

Disney Family Fun: Back to School

Teen Free Arcade.com

Back to School

School is starting in just a few days. Why not start the school year out right by using the Homework Help Website that’s linked to the Teen Scene website. Do you have your school shopping done?  What is the new trend of clothing this fall, what is the newest music topic, newest actor or actress, new TV show to keep up on? Please don’t forget to come visit your local library branch to find out about new and exciting activities that are happening this fall. 

Who knows what kind of knowledge or adventure you will run into while visiting the library.  Like BlogBook 2009 by Barbara Larmon Failing, Does your local branch have a Teen Advisory Board (TAB), and don’t forget to check out the First Friday’s Schedule at Central. Looking forward to see some new friends and touching base with some old friends – Why not do it at the library?

 Here are some books to get your school year off to a good start:

A Strange Day

A Strange Day by Damon Hurd   TEEN 741.5 HUR













Bifocal by Deborah Ellis & Eric Walters   TEEN FIC ELL












And three by John Green, all with the call number TEEN FIC GRE:

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska











An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines











Paper Towns

Paper Towns