Tweens

WPL Youth Services

The Youth Services Department at WPL develops a variety of classes and events for young people ages 0-18. We offer a diverse collection of materials and services for youth, families, and educators to inspire curiosity, explore creativity, and extend their knowledge of the world around them.

Tween Services serves kids in grades 5-7 and offers a dedicated space for tween fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as classes designed specifically to meet tween interests.

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Tween Advisory Board

Grades 5-7. Members of this advisory group learn and practice teamwork and communication, event planning, and community service. Your input will impact all aspects of library services for tweens.

Participants qualify for community service hours.

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Featured Research Tool

Explore the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, history, literature, and more with Gale in Context: Middle School Edition.

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Write On! Short Story Contest

An annual celebration of Short Story Month in which tweens are invited to write an original short story and submit it for a chance to win a prize and have their story published on the Library's website.

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Homework Help

Educational resources to assist with school projects and assignments.

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Book Boxes

Sign up each month for a new Book Box. Inside you'll find a book selected and checked out just for you, snacks, and other surprises!

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Protecting Our Youth

Websites for caretakers and educators regarding topics such as health, internet safety, and education.

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Local School Links

Find a local public or private school.

Upcoming Events

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Board Game Bonanza

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Preschool, Children, Tween, Teen, Adult
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Community Imagination Room
Age Group: Preschool, Children, Tween, Teen, Adult
Program Type: Technology & Gaming
Details:

Unplug and play at the library during our board game bonanza! Pick from a selection of board games to play with others while enjoying a snack. Drop in while supplies last.

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Age Group: Tween, Teen
Program Type: Stories, Language & Lit
Details:

Grades 5-12. Sign up each month to receive a Book Box containing one surprise book (selected especially for you based on your input) and a selection of snacks and surprises.

This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Design a Diorama

All Day 6/1 - 6/10
Preschool, Children, Tween, Teen, Adult
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Age Group: Preschool, Children, Tween, Teen, Adult
Program Type: Creative Arts
Details:

All ages. Be a part of our "Adventure Begins at Your Library" diorama exhibition. Pick up a diorama box at the second-floor information desk (starting June 1, while supplies last). Design your real or imagined adventure.

This event is in the "Tween" group.

Stop-Motion Movie Workshop

11:30am - 12:30pm
Tween
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Imagination Room
Age Group: Tween
Program Type: Film & Music
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Grades 5-7. Go from writing to storyboarding, filming, voice-over acting, and editing to create a stop-motion movie in this four-week workshop. Enroll in the first session to attend the full series. Partnership with CFCArts.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tween" group.

LEGO Club

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Children, Tween
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Community Imagination Room
Age Group: Children, Tween
Program Type: Technology & Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Grades K-7. Build your imagination and problem-solving abilities with LEGO bricks. 

Please enroll each child and adult.

 

This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tween" group.

Jiggleman Adventures

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Preschool, Children, Tween
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Edyth Bush Theatre
Age Group: Preschool, Children, Tween
Program Type: Creative Arts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Ages 3-9. This jumping, juggling dynamo engages you in awesome music, physical feats with balls of all sizes, leaf blowers, giant suits, invites audience participation and provides lots of side-splitting laughter.

This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Babysitting Basics: Tips & Tricks

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tween, Teen
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Community Imagination Room
Age Group: Tween, Teen
Program Type: Health & Living
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Grades 5-12. Learn how to start and manage a successful babysitting business and provide safe, responsible care for infants and children.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Simple Stitch Society

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Children, Tween, Teen
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Memory Lab
Age Group: Children, Tween, Teen
Program Type: Creative Arts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Age 8 - 17. Would you like to learn to crochet? This class welcomes beginners and intermediate crocheters wanting to start their fiber arts journey! Enroll using the form below or call 407-623-3300 ext. 3.

This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Camp Performance

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Tween, Teen, Adult
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Edyth Bush Theatre
Age Group: Tween, Teen, Adult
Program Type: Film & Music
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 25
Details:

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Camp is returning for their 4th annual performance at the Library.

This event is in the "Tween" group.

Scratch Explorers: Design a Video Game

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tween
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Computer Lab
Age Group: Tween
Program Type: Technology & Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Grades 5-7. Explore, design, invent and share in this video game coding class. Each student will create and share a game they make in Scratch.

This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Access VR: Open Lab

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tween, Teen, Adult
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Dream Room Lab
Age Group: Tween, Teen, Adult
Program Type: Technology & Gaming
Details:

Ages 8 - adult. Drop in and experience Virtual Reality with the Meta Quest 3.

The attached waiver is required to participate.

This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tween" group.

Munchies & a Movie: Up

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Preschool, Children, Tween
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Community Imagination Room
Age Group: Preschool, Children, Tween
Program Type: Film & Music
Details:

Ages 2-12. Bring your lunch and a blanket while you watch "Up." Small munchies provided. This film is rated "PG."

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

This event is in the "Tween" group.

Stop-Motion Movie Workshop

11:30am - 12:30pm
Tween
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: Imagination Room
Age Group: Tween
Program Type: Film & Music
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Grades 5-7. Go from writing to storyboarding, filming, voice-over acting, and editing to create a stop-motion movie in this four-week workshop. Enroll in the first session to attend the full series. Partnership with CFCArts.

This event is in the "Tween" group.

Ravenous Readers Book Club

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tween
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: The Hideout
Age Group: Tween
Program Type: Stories, Language & Lit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Details:

Grades 5-7. Discuss AmuletThe Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi and enjoy book-related games and activities, and pizza!

This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Harry Potter Escape Room

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tween, Teen
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: The Hideout
Age Group: Tween, Teen
Program Type: Stories, Language & Lit, Technology & Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Rising grades 5-12. Test your courage and quick thinking to find clues, solve puzzles and declare “Mischief managed” before time runs out!

This event is in the "Tween" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Harry Potter Escape Room (encore)

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tween, Teen
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Winter Park Library
Room: The Hideout
Age Group: Tween, Teen
Program Type: Stories, Language & Lit, Technology & Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Details:

Rising grades 5-12. Test your courage and quick thinking to find clues, solve puzzles and declare “Mischief managed” before time runs out!

Titles for Tweens