Saturday, December 10, 2016

Check Out the Teen Zone

Check out this video about the Teen Zone made by an amazing Teen Volunteer. Watch the video and then come to the library and see for yourself.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Great Cookie Challenge

Image result for cookie

Calling all teen bakers....we need you and your favorite home-baked cookie. Enter the second annual Great Cookie Challenge. Bake your favorite cookie and bring several dozen to be tasted and rated by library patrons. The baker of the cookie that receives the most "likes" will win a sweet treat!!
Cookie Check-In: 2:00 pm
Voting: 2:10-4:00 pm
Winners Announced: 4:15 pm
** All cookies must be accompanied by a recipe.
**No mixes, frozen dough, or store bought cookies allowed.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Create Candy Sushi: Tuesday, November 29 at 3 pm

Join us in the Teen Zone on Tuesday, November 29 at 3 pm and create some colorful and delectable candy sushi. Sweet prizes will be awarded.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Humans of Westborough

Check out this awesome Facebook page created by members of TAB (Teen Advisory Board.)

Click on me

Monday, October 3, 2016

Teen Read Week: Read For the Fun Of It

Teen Read Week starts on Sunday. The Teen Zone will have a week of fun programs and on-going activities.

Teen Zone Open House.....Drop in on Tuesday, October 11 between 2-4 pm to eat lots of snacks and learn about the upcoming events in the Teen Zone

Cook Up a Book Contest on Wednesday, October 12 at 2pm. Come to the library and decorate cookies. The cookie with the best literary theme will win a gift card. Sign up required:

Read it and Rip Crafts on October 13....drop in between 2-4 pm. We'll take reading material, rip it up and make some pretty great things.

Library Coffee House on  Saturday, October 15. The Teen Zone will have coffee and donuts for any teen that comes in and shares some info about a book (any book, any info...we just want to hear about what you're reading.) Drop in between 3 and 4 pm.

Librarian Challenge: The WPL librarians have challenged Westborough teens to a reading contest. It's pretty simple...just sign up and log the number of minutes you read each day during the week (beginning October 9 and running through October 15.) The side that averages the most minutes read will win ice cream for the every member. Sign up today and start logging minutes on Sunday!!!

 Top Ten book selections will be announced at the conclusion of Teen Read Week. Watch this video to learn more about Yalsa's Top Ten.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mindfulness for High School...Introductory Class on October 4 at 7 pm


High School… has the potential to be exciting and rewarding with the possibilities to engage in new ideas, meet new people, and gain more independence.   But for many of us, for too many moments, what we feel is stress or anxiety.  Challenges or setbacks occur for all of us, but sometimes the mind gets stuck on all the negative things that might happen.                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The good news is that we can all learn skills to have our minds work for us, as an ally, rather than against us. 

Mindfulness – paying attention to what is happening in our minds and bodies in each present moment – can help us to develop those skills.   With practice, we can all learn how to notice early warning signals of troubling emotions and how to best work with them.  We can develop the tools to feel more relaxed, calm, balanced and happy.
This introductory course to Mindfulness for Teens will offer guidance on two foundational practices of mindfulness – the body scan and breath awareness – and will explore how to apply these exercises to the normal challenges of daily life.  Participants will learn techniques to help with stress and generate a more confident calm. 

Mindfulness for Teens will meet on Tuesday, October 4, at 7 pm at the Westborough Library.  There is no charge.   If participants are interested to continue to meet, additional sessions at the Library will be set.  Sign up:

Greg Topakian, Ph.D., is a Westborough resident and a long time educator.  He taught in high school for over ten years, where he introduced dozens of students to mindfulness and yoga.   He now teaches mindfulness to employees of local colleges, town governments, and corporations across the state.  Last Fall and Spring, he offered multi-week Introduction to Mindfulness courses for adults at the Library.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Free Art Class

Super talented Volunteen, Niki, will be offering two free art classes for students in grades 6-8 on August 2 and August 4 from 4-5:30. Space is limited, sign up today!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Harry Potter Marathon

Jump into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 

The Teen Zone is hosting a FULL day of Harry Potter on Wednesday. August 3, 2016. It will be a Harry Potter marathon day starting with the opening of the Library and lasting until closing. You are more than welcome to attend the entire event but we know that's not feasible for everyone. In order for you to make the most of your day, take a list at the marathon schedule posted below and plan accordingly. You do not have to register but it is strongly encouraged. Teens that sign up will be guaranteed to receive event supplies. For those who do not sign up, it will be first come, first served!

Take a look at the schedule and plan which activities you want to join!!!
10:20- 1:00 pm      Interactive viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
                                  Watch the movie that started it all and follow goofy and sometimes tasty
                                   instructions throughout the movie
1:00-2:00 pm         House Sorting & button making, Wand making, Butterbeer tasting
2:00-3:00 pm         Harry Potter Scene It Game, Potions Class
3:00-4:00 pm         Snitch Hunt, Horcrux & Mythical Beasts Scavenger Hunt
4:00-6:30 pm         Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part I (movie viewing)
6:30-8:40 pm         Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II (movie viewing)

We encourage all Harry Potter fans to come dressed in their best wizard outfits. Prizes will be awarded to the teen demonstrating the best Harry Potter spirit. There will also be special dessert (for those that sign up) from Florian Fortiscue's Ice Cream Parlor

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Haunted Library Returns

I know it seems far away, but Halloween will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars and save the date- the Haunted Library will be returning on October 29. I want to start planning now to make sure that this event is even more successful than last year's. If you know you want help, please complete this application.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go at the Westborough Public Library

Here's another great reason to come to the library!

Come on down to the Westborough Public Library to catch some Pokémon! Daily Lures and plenty of friends to compare your catches with! Battle for control of the gym across the street!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Fun Community Service Porject

Come to the library Monday and Tuesday (July 11 and 12) to make plarn blankets. We will be taking those crummy, plastic bags that are no good for the environment and transforming them into something to help the homeless. Drop in any time after 2 pm. Bring your own plastic bags or use ours.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cupcake Wars 2016

July 6, 2016 Cupcake Wars took place in the library meeting room. Teens created tasty and imaginative cupcakes. Check out the fun that was had by all. Don't miss sure to sign up for other fun teen events this summer.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Exciting News

The Teen Zone now has a video game station featuring a brand new Xbox One for teens to use. Thank you to The Friends of Westborough, Inc. who generously gave us the funds needed to purchase all the equipment. Come check it out and play with friends. Just be prepared...only teens (grades 6-12) with a photo id will be allowed to use the Xbox!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Come on Down....The Price is Right April 26 at 6:30

Even if you never watched The Price is Right game show on T.V. and you have no idea how to play, you are guaranteed to have a good time at the Teen Zone edition on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30. There will be games and competition and snacks and don't want to miss out on all the fun. Sign up today to save your spot!!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

2016 Tournament of Books Winner!

March Madness is over and we have a winner in the 2016 Tournament of Books. In a contest between The Legend series by Marie Lu and The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.....the winner is.....Harry Potter. There were 202 votes cast and Harry Potter received about 77% of the votes. Thank you to all the teens who voted and participated in the bracket challenge. The winner of the bracket contest with a total of 115 points- Sakshi! Congratulations!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Healthy Living Website

Be sure to check out this great website about healthy living. It was created by a Westborough teen and has a lot of great information for everyone. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Community Book Swap Hosted by WHS National Honor Society

Here's a message from the Westborough High School Student Council.....

Do you have a pile of children's books that have been sitting unused and looking for a new home? Westborough Student Council is collecting new or gently used children's books for a community book swap on April 30 at the public library. Any children's books that you've grown out of are eligible. They will be collected in the Teen Zone at the public library. They will be redistributed to any kids who visit the library meeting room throughout the day on April 30.There will also be book-themed raffles and giveaways for all ages, so get excited! Proceeds go to the Westborough Public Library and WHS student council.In the spirit of spring cleaning and making your community the BEST it can be, we'd really appreciate all the donations you can bring. Thank you!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Did you know that there are several magazines just for you located in the Teen Zone? In order to help make the magazines more visible, the magazines have been moved to the information stand next to the white board. Additionally, we want to hear from you. Should we keep the subscriptions that we have, should we get different ones, or should we get rid of the magazines altogether??? What do you think? Take this brief survey and let us know your opinions. Everyone who takes the survey will be entered into a raffle for a Dunkin Donuts gift card. Survey will end on March 31 and the winner will be announced on April 4.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Welcome Ambassadors

Teen Tech Week is just around the corner (March 6-12) and the Teen Zone needs your help. We are looking for Welcome Ambassadors who will greet patrons and share information about the technology that is available in the library. Please consider volunteering for an hour or two during this week. You do NOT have to be a technology expert- just  friendly and eager to sing the praises of the library!!! You will receive community service credit for your time and snacks will be available! Use this link to sign up or contact Jen McGrath ( or 508-366-3050 ext 291.)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Love Bites...Chocolate Festival This Friday

Valentine’s Day may or may not be your thing, but you know what’s always worth celebrating? CHOCOLATE. Come to the library on February 12 at 3:30 for our very first Chocolate Festival. There will be lots of chocolate tasting and dipping. There will also be games and contests. Make sure to bring your appetite!!

Friday, January 29, 2016

National Puzzle Day

Today is National Puzzle Day. Come to the Teen Zone to take part in puzzling activities. The adult section has challenged the teens to a "puzzle race." Which room can solve the same 300 piece jigsaw puzzle first?? I say it will be the TEENS!!! Come to the library today and make my prediction come true!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wheel of Fortune: Teen Edition

Tuesday at 12 pm, Pat Sajack and Vanna White will be visiting the Westborough Library Teen Zone...well maybe not the real Pat and Vanna. But there will be real Wheel of Fortune puzzles and lots of fun and prizes. There will also be snacks....lots of FREE snacks! Sign up today:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Exam Cram

Exam Cram will take place in the library on Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21 from 5-11 pm. Bring your brains and your books. We will provide a place to study, Wi-Fi and, SNACKS!!!!