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Teen Services - Programs for Teens
ValCon Year 5 Mascot Contest

ValCon is an annual comic convention at the Valley Cottage Library (VCL) in Valley Cottage, N.Y. ValCon celebrates comics, manga, anime, and fandoms. There are panels and presentations throughout the day, an artist alley, vendors, and a cosplay contest. Each year of ValCon brings something new and unique.

The ValCon mascot is used on all promotional materials and social media related to ValCon. The contest is open to teens in grades 6-12 at the time of the contest. The contest will be open from September 24, 2018 to January 7, 2019. The winning entry will be used to promote ValCon Year 5, to be held in July 2019.

For more information on the rules, criteria, and how to submit a design, click the link below.


Click here for more information.
Anime Club

September 20, October 10, November 14, and December 5 at 7:00 pm



Watch anime shows, eat Japanese snacks, and enjoy the library’s anime collection. This program is a great for big anime fans, and those who are just getting into it.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: SEPTEMBER 20.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 10.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: NOVEMBER 14.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: DECEMBER 5.
SAT/ACT Prep: Grammar No One Ever Taught You

September 26 at 7:00 pm



SAT/ACT coach Trevor Hochman will help you tackle the SAT and ACT. In this program, he will help you with:

Usage, mechanics, and rhetorical skills tested throughout the SAT Writing and ACT English tests but seldom touched on in school, with examples, practice, and recommendations of resources for additional study. Topics include:

• common errors featured on the SAT and ACT
• sentence structure, independent and dependent clauses, compound and complex sentences
• punctuation: commas, semicolons, colons, dashes


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: SEPTEMBER 26.
Banned Books T-Shirts

September 27 at 7:00 pm



Did you know that Harry Potter is a banned book? What about To Kill a Mockingbird? And The Giving Tree? Come to our banned books t-shirt night to design a shirt that shows off your favorite banned book, and your right to read it.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: SEPTEMBER 27.
SAT/ACT Prep: Math for Giant Killers

October 3 at 7:00 pm



SAT/ACT coach Trevor Hochman will help you tackle the SAT and ACT. In this program, he will help you with:

Guidance on tackling the hardest SAT/ACT math problems, including multi-part problems, puzzles, and advanced math topics; for strong math students aiming for perfect SAT and/or ACT math scores. Topics include:
quadratic equations: vertex form, graphing, completing the square, discriminant
• higher-degree polynomials: division, factoring, graphing
• algebraic formulation and reformulation/comparison problems
• matrices, vectors, statistics


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 3.
Choosing the Right Collete

October 4 at 7:00 pm




Joshua Marber, MS.Ed., will advise teens and their families on the college admission process. He will provide helpful information that will get you started on the right road now or give you helpful advice to continue in the process. In this program, participants will learn:
When to start searching for colleges & visiting them

How to fill out the application & write a good essay

If they should take the SAT or the ACT

How to get financial aid & scholarships


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 4.
Nintendo Switch Ultra Streetfighter Tournament

October 15 at 6:00 pm



Come for our monthly video game tournament! See who is the strongest in Ultra Street Fighter. Prizes for the top players, and pizza for all.

Bring your own Nintendo Switch, or play with the library's!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 15.
A Year of Star Wars: Ahsoka

October 16 at 6:00 pm



We are continuing our year long Star Wars celebration at VCL! Throughout the year will talk about a different Star Wars books and watch an episode of The Clone Wars show, and watch the original trilogy.

For the October discussion, read Ahsoka by E.J. Johnston.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 16.
Movie: Young Frankenstein

November 17 at 6:00 pm



Come by and enjoy this comedic classic on the big screen. All ages welcome!

This program does not require registration.
Teen Story Time

October 18 and November 15 at 6:00 pm



Embrace your inner 5-year-old at teen story time! Listen to a story, and then help out the children’s librarians by preparing crafts for upcoming story times. This program is for teens in grades 6-12 and is worth one hour of community service. A small snack will be provided.



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 18.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: NOVEMBER 15.
Paying for College

October 25 at 7:00 pm



Joshua Marber, MS.Ed., will advise teens and their families on the college admission process. He will provide helpful information that will get you started on the right road now or give you helpful advice to continue in the process. In this program, participants will learn:
How to get the most financial aid from the government & colleges

When & How to fill out the FAFSA & other financial aid forms

How to search and apply for scholarships


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 25.
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kits

October 29 at 6:00 pm



Work as a team. Complete challenges and perform tasks to earn equipment for your Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit.

Will you survive?


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: OCTOBER 29.
Teen Arms Tournament

November 12 at 6:00 pm



Sign up for the VCL Arms tournament, and have fun fighting your way to the top. This double elimination tournament will give you a chance to try out the Nintendo Switch, and box with all of the crazy Arms characters. A prize for the top player, and pizza for everyone.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: NOVEMBER 12.
Star Wars Author Talk with Beth Revis

November 13 at 6:00 pm



Our Year of Star Wars continues with a discussion of From A Certain Point of View, and a Skype chat with author Beth Revis!

Beth Revis is author of many YA novels, including Rebel Rising, and wrote one of the 40 short stories in From A Certain Point of View. Come ask her about writing a Star Wars novel, what it's like to be an author, and whatever else you're curious about.

Snacks and lightsabers will be provided.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: NOVEMBER 13.




































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