Annual Events for Teens

April Poetry Contest 


April is National Poetry Month! The Library Foundation sponsors an annual poetry contest for students in grades 6-12. Prizes are awarded for both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions. Each year, we pick a new poetic form to follow! A PDF of the guidelines and an entry form will be posted to the events page on the first day of the contest. A panel of judges including librarians & teens select winners.

Scene from the Teen Poetry Coffeehouse, May 2014

Image of a Teen at the 2014 Teen Poetry Coffeehouse.

2019 Dates & Times

Contest Begins TBA
Deadline for Entries TBA
Poetry Coffeehouse TBA
Winners posted to the events page TBA

June - August - Teen Summer Reading


The Teen Summer Reading Program runs from June until mid-August during summer break. Teens going into grade 6 through just graduating from high school are encouraged to read for 15 hours to receive prizes. Reviews of books and graphic novels may also be submitted for additional prize drawings online or physically at either Beaverton City Library location. The Beaverton City Library also holds an annual Lawn Party on the main library's front lawn.

2019 Dates

Sign-Ups Begin Saturday, June 1st
Prizes Begin TBA
Field Day (Front Lawn) TBA
Sign-Ups End TBA
Prizes End TBA

October - Short Story Contest


Each October, the Library Foundation sponsors a short story contest for students in grades 6-12. Three prizes are awarded for both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions. The length and theme of the stories vary from year-to-year. A PDF of the guidelines and an entry form will be posted to the events page on the first day of the contest. Submissions are accepted at both the main library's Teen Desk and the Murray-Scholls Branch during normal open hours during the contest. A panel of judges including librarians & teens select winners.

2019 Dates & Times

Contest Begins Tuesday, October 1st
Deadline for Entries Tuesday, October 22nd
Winners posted to the events page Friday, November 1st

November - Teen Art Show

An image of the Middle School Award Winner - The Sweet Glow of Marmalade by Matthew Lei, Grade 8.

2018 Middle School People's Choice Award Winner:


The Sweet Glow of Marmalade
Matthew Lei
8th Grade
Creative Minds Studio
An image of the High School Award Winner - Peace and Destruction by Michelle Hesek, Grade 12.

2018 High School People's Choice Award Winner:


Peace and Destruction
Michelle Hesek
12th Grade
Southridge High School
The Teen Art Show gives teens in grades 6-12 an opportunity to display their original art for the public. Submissions are accepted at the Teen Desk at the main library in early November. The New Friends of the Beaverton City Library group sponsors People's Choice Awards in the form of $100 gift cards to Blick Art for one middle and one high school artist, as voted on by viewers of the exhibition. There is also a matching $100 Blick gift card for the arts program at the middle and high schools with the most artists submitting. The show kicks off with an opening gala featuring light refreshments, and remains open for public viewing during normal library hours!

2019 Dates & Times

Teacher Submissions Thursday, October 31st
Student & Parent Submissions Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd
Opening Gala Wednesday, November 6, 4 - 5 p.m.
Show is Open Thursday, November 7 - Sunday, November 10
Pick up Art Monday and Tuesday, November 11th and 12th