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
2019 Dates & Times
Deadline for Entries
Winners posted to the events page
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.
Saturday, June 1st
Field Day (Front Lawn)
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.
The Sweet Glow of Marmalade
Creative Minds Studio
2018 High School People's Choice Award Winner:
Peace and Destruction
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!