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Stuff for Teens

Celebrate teen programming, services and books (duh) all October long!

FCPL is celebrating TeenTober 2020 with monthlong activities and book recommendations for teens. We'll showcase Fairfax County's young artists, filmmakers, writers, and poets by showcasing their submission to Teen Cover Art Contest, Teen Film Festival and the For Love of Country Essay and Poetry Contest. We'll play book bingo, work together to write bad fanfiction, show you how to get involved with the upcoming election and get in the spirit of spooky season with a creepy book club. Scroll down for more details!

TeenTober Book Bingo

Read for bingo and you'll be entered into a prize drawing sponsored generously by the Friends of Reston Regional Library. This contest will have a single winner. Here's how to play:

  • Read three books in a line to get bingo. Write the title of the book you read in the corresponding box. Bingo can be vertical, horizonal, or diagonal.
  • Send your name and your completed card to to enter the prize drawing.
  • One entry per bingo. Contest deadline is October 31.

Voting Voices (October 5)

Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote!  Read one or two essays or the whole book of Women Making History: the 19th amendment created by the United States National Park Service.  Reserve your copy by placing a hold online or call your local library branch to have them help you!  Please read at least one of the essays in the book so you can share and discuss the journey women took to get the right to vote and how important voting is today. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to registrants one day before the event. 

Click here to register!

Collaborative BadFic Writing (October 7)

A two part Zoom program in which teens are invited to write a really bad fanfic as a group. At the first meeting we will get to know each other and discuss the expectations before we set you loose to wreak havoc upon the fanfic world. Three weeks later at the second meeting, on October 27th, the group will read and discuss the best and worst highlights of our creation.  A Zoom invitation will be emailed to registrants one day before the event. 

Click here to register!

Do you read fan fiction?
No thanks, not my style: 0 votes (0%)
Yes, I'm a big fan: 0 votes (0%)
Yes, because I write it too: 0 votes (0%)
What's fan fiction?: 0 votes (0%)
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Get Involved with the Elections (October 14)

Even if you're not old enough to cast a ballot just yet, there are so many ways you can make an impact and learn about this upcoming election. Follow us on Instagram as we'll take you through some of our favorite resources to make the most of these final 20 days before Election Day. 

Keep your eyes on this site for even more resources!

The first national election I am eligible to vote in will be?
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Teen Film Festival Screening (October 21)

You've lived through lockdown--now see if from the perspective of Fairfax County's emerging filmmakers as we showcase their documentaries for our 3rd annual Teen Film Festival. We'll screen the films live on Zoom and share our thoughts with each other. Afterwards, you'll get to vote on your favorite films and help us choose this year's winners.

Click here to register!

The streaming service I can't live without is?
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My library card: 0 votes (0%)
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Monster Book Club (October 28)

Be afraid, be very afraid. Join us for a virtual discussion of classic horror books, featuring Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Designed for grades 7-12. 

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Which classic monster would you most like to have dinner with?
Dracula: 0 votes (0%)
Frankenstein's Monster: 0 votes (0%)
Godzilla: 0 votes (0%)
Prof. Lupin on a bad hair day: 0 votes (0%)
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