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The goal of the Rhode Island Teen Book Award is to promote quality literature for teens by highlighting well-written books that will be of interest to those between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age. It is the hope of the committee that by allowing teens to select the winner from each year’s list of nominees, teens will be encouraged to not only read more, but also discuss the books they are reading with their friends and family at school, the local library, and at home.

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February Events


Thursday, February 11th @ 5pm – Electric Valentines
Did you know conductive electric paint is a real thing?  Me neither, until now.  Join us for light up Valentines. Construction paper, lights, batteries and paint supplied!  Snacks too!

Saturday, February 13th @ 3pm

Snacks and optional duct tape crafts provided.


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  • Tuesday, February 16th @ 3pm – Cupcake decorating Yum! – as usual, all materials and refreshments provided.
  • Wednesday, February 17th @ 3pm – Building Challenge – with empty hoodsie cups! Bring your friends for a friendly competition. Prizes awarded for tallest sculpture, most creative and more!
  • Wednesday, February 17th @ 6pm – Come back after the Building Challenge to talk about the book EVERYONE is talking about! We Were Liars will be discussed at our Wednesday Night Book Club – suitable for teens and adults that have read the book, or just want to come see what our book club is all about.
  • Thursday, February 18th @ 3pm – We will be thinking about Spring at this point and will be making our own decorative planters – complete with dirt and seeds for you to grow on your own – or to decorate the Teen Space with upstairs! All materials provided.
  • Friday, February 19th @ 11am – 3D Printing – Meet the printer and the programs or keep working on an existing project.  Most programs are freeware used on-line so feel free to bring your laptop or use a library provided computer. Training available so come whether you’re a newbie or a practiced hand. This will be 3D Printing only.

Watch the teen calendar, the library Facebook page, and Twitter account (@NewportLib) or find our info. on  our Teens only Instagram account for details and timely reminders for all our events. Don’t miss out!