October 5, 2022

Library’s “TeenTober” Programs Promise Free Fun for Teens

Virginia Beach teens will find more than 60 free programs and activities this month at Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) as part of “TeenTober.” The national observance shines a spotlight on valuable, year-round public library services for teens to help them develop new skills, pursue their passions, and connect with their communities and each other.

“Our TeenTober events help us remind teens that they are always welcome at the public library,” said James Giangregorio, teen services coordinator at VBPL. “We value teens as individuals and provide a variety of resources to support them as they pursue their interests and discover who they are.”

VBPL’s TeenTober programming, for teens in grades six to 12, includes gaming, anime, art, movies, escape rooms, and more. Availability varies by branch. The month’s festivities culminate with the TeenTober Carnival, an after-hours lock-in on Friday, Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Teens can play games, brave the “Cart of Curiosities,” compete in a costume contest, sample snacks and have the chance to win door prizes, all while relaxing with friends and meeting new people. Up to 200 teens are expected to attend. Registration is required for the carnival and most programs. Visit VBPL’s TeenTober calendar to register and find additional details.

VBPL's dedicated teen services team creates programs, reading challenges, year-round and summer volunteer opportunities, and other initiatives designed to help teens build skills and grow into healthy, responsible, and caring adults. Visit VBPL's Teen site for more information.

About Virginia Beach Public Library

Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries, and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines, and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of special collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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