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Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Fridays, Sept. 16, Oct. 7, Nov. 11, & Dec. 2 at 4-5 pm

 Sept. 23 & Oct. 28 at 5-6 pm

Calling all High School students!! Join TAB to plan and run programs for both high school and middle school. TAB offers scholarships, special projects, and a great opportunity to build leadership skills.

To learn more about TAB, click here!

Want to volunteer at the library? Click here!


Dungeons and Dragons

Mondays, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, & Nov. 14 at 6:30 pm

Thursdays, Sept. 22, & Nov. 17 at 6:30 pm

Get your dice and come join the library for Dungeons and Dragons! We welcome all ages and experience levels, however, kids younger than 8 must have an adult with them. Don’t know how to play? We’ll teach you!


Kids Make it!

Wednesdays, Sept. 14, Oct. 5, & Nov. 2 at 3:30-5:30 pm

Kids Make It! is designed for kids and teens to learn and improve hands-on skills. This fall we will be focusing on using sewing machines. Kids will need to be able to safely operate a sewing machine and wait patiently for their turn. More experienced sewers are welcome to work on their own projects with assistance as needed.


Anime Club

Thursdays, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, & Dec. 1 at 4-5 pm

Tuesdays, Sept. 27, & Oct. 25 at 4-5 pm

Whether you’re a die-hard Otaku or just enjoy the occasional anime clip, drop by for an hour of crafts, snacks, and anime in the Community Room. Staff will choose films that are generally appropriate for middle school and high school audiences, but we cannot guarantee all shows will be appropriate for all viewers.

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Project Explore

Wednesdays, Sept. 21, 28, & Oct. 12 from 3:30-5:30pm

Project Explore offers kids and teens an opportunity to work on projects using the library’s materials and with staff assistance. There will also be a variety of themed projects available that may include fiber arts, painting, sewing, and other activities. Attendees need to be able to work on their own, use materials and tools safely and responsibly, and wait patiently for assistance.


Teen After Hours: Ghosts in the Graveyard

Friday, Sept. 23 at 6-7:30 pm

Join us before the library closes at 6 pm and stay until 7:30 pm. We will play ghosts in the graveyard and other fun games!

For middle school and high school students (ages 11-18).

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TAB’s Haunted House

Friday, Oct. 28 at 6-7 pm

Are you a middle school or high school student?

Have you ever thought that the library just might be… haunted?

The Teen Advisory Board is sponsoring a haunted house in the library, open to middle school and high school students, after library hours on October 28 between 6 and 7 pm.

Strobe lights and simulated fog may be present.

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Teen Cooking/ Baking

Friday, Nov. 11 at 5-6 pm

Do you want to display your cooking or baking skills to friends and family but don’t know where to start? Come to the library for our Teen Advisory Board-sponsored cooking & baking program. For middle school and high school students (ages 11-18).

Registration required.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Fridays, Sept. 16, Oct. 7, Nov. 11, & Dec. 2 at 4-5 pm

 Sept. 23 & Oct. 28 at 5-6 pm

Calling all High School students!! Join TAB to plan and run programs for both high school and middle school. TAB offers scholarships, special projects, and a great opportunity to build leadership skills.

Contact Jessica Dowling at jdowling@elkhorn.lib.wi.us

Want to join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)? Click here!

Mission Statement

The Matheson Memorial Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is an inclusive group of high school students (attending public, private, or home school, ages 14-18) from Elkhorn and the surrounding communities. TAB’s mission is to give teens a place to express their opinions, make friends, build leadership skills, and connect with the community by developing and implementing programs for middle school students and their peers.

As representatives of the library and partners of the local school district (EASD) TAB members are expected to adhere to and espouse the policies and values of those organizations, including, but not limited to, those listed below. In practice, this means that TAB members will be thoughtful in their words and actions, respect each other’s beliefs and identities, and work together to foster an inclusive, welcoming group of teens.

Inclusivity in the Elkhorn Area School District

“Elkhorn Area School District is committed to establishing and sustaining an equitable community that achieves the school district’s equity mission to end the predictive value of race, class, or gender and ensure each individual student’s and staff’s success. The Elkhorn Area School District rejects all forms of racism, sexism, or classism as destructive to their mission, vision, values, and goals.”

Matheson Memorial Library’s Core Values

We believe:

  • That an accessible and free library is fundamental to a free society

  • In literacy and lifelong learning

  • In intellectual freedom and the personal privacy of all our users in accordance with the law

We value:

  • Excellent service

We offer quality service to all users. The staff is friendly, helpful, and strives to enhance user experience with each interaction

  • Respect

We practice courtesy and civility in our actions and attitudes; we value, support, and respect all patrons and staff

  • Teamwork

We celebrate unique talents and work cooperatively towards the library’s goals with trust and enthusiasm

  • Open Access

We value free and open access to all collections and services in a nonjudgmental manner to all individuals and protect the privacy of all users

  • Innovation, imagination, and creativity

We value continuous learning and innovation; we encourage creativity, imagination, and the life of the mind

  • Responsiveness to community needs

We strive to offer materials, programs, and experiences that meet the needs of our community

  • Good Stewardship

We are responsible stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to us and are accountable for the proper use of public funds

  • Diversity

We value the background and culture of our residents and recognize that a diverse community fosters growth and tolerance

Youth Volunteering

The library offers opportunities for middle and high school students to volunteer, give back to the community, and build experiences and leadership abilities for the future.

High school students, ages 14 and up, are eligible to apply for our Teen Advisory Board, which includes leadership opportunities and eligibility for the Library Foundation scholarship.

For more information, read and fill out the appropriate application or contact Jessica Dowling, Teen Services Associate (jdowling@elkhorn.lib.wi.us).

Teen Volunteer: High School (ages 14 & up)

Click here for the Teen Volunteer Application.

Junior Volunteer: Middle School (ages 10 – 13)

Click here for the Junior Volunteer Application.

Virtual Learning

Learning Express

LearningExpress Each of the online Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Learning Center categories include College Preparation and many more.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning gives you access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. With your library card, you can access thousands of informational videos to learn a huge variety of professional and technical skills through Lynda!


Free eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video.

Kanopy

Kanopy is a streaming service where you can watch a huge library of television shows and films for all ages. You can check out up to 5 titles a month for no charge!

Libby

Overdrive/Libby is your source for ebooks, audiobooks, video and music. New to overdrive? Once you are on the Wisconsin’s Digital Library site, click on ‘My Help’ for a step-by-step tutorial. Need more help? Click HERE for our instructions sheet. For Libby help, click HERE.

Check out the Digital Resources page for more, including driver’s education, foreign languages, and crafting instructions.

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