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UnMask! Teen Summer Reading

Check out all the ways that you can spend the summer at the Library!  From anime marathons to laser tag, writing sessions to comic book trivia, we've got you covered.   And, of course, there are lots of things to read! This summer, teens can win prizes, including books and gift cards, by reading and attending programs. 

Teen Summer Reading runs from June 15th to August 15th, with registration starting June 1st. 

All activities are free and open to teens, ages 12 - 19.

Click here to register for the teen summer reading program

Live Action Pac-Man

Wednesday, July 8th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Run the maze! Avoid the ghosts! BE the Pac-Man (or Ms. Pac-Man). Experience the retro fun of running a life-size Pac-Man maze.  No registration required.

PacMan long banner

How to Comic:

Writing & Publishing Your Comics

Wednesday, July 15th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

JBotA cover

Have you ever wondered what it takes to write comics and get published? Greg Smith will speak about the comic industry and his new book, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, a story about a group of boys who return from a camping trip to find that their town is in ruins, mutants are wandering the streets, and their families are missing.  He'll be joined by illustrator Meescha Dare (FlopsVille), who will demonstrate how to get started drawing a comic.  During this workshop, you’ll have a chance to create your own comic story.  No registration required.

You can purchase a copy of  Junior Braves of the Apocalypse or prints of Meescha's artwork after the program.

Women in Comics

Tuesday, July 21st, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

The owner of Fantasium Comics & Games (Federal Way) will present about what makes for a successful comic shop, followed by a discussion about gender and comics and stereotypes.

This program is open to teens and adults, no registration required.

Fantasium logo

Book Trailers 101

Wednesday, July 22nd, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Unmask art for booktrailerA book trailer is a lot like a movie trailer, but for your favorite book! It can be acted out, animated, or use photos and music to convey the story. Learn how to make a book trailer at this hands-on workshop, starting with a basic script, finding free resources, and making a story that will make people want to start reading! 

Registration is required - please call the Library at 253.841.5454 or email us to register.

6 and Sweets: Big Hero 6 & Cake Pops

Wednesday, July 29th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Big Hero 6 posterJoin us and watch Big Hero 6 (PG). When a criminal plot threatens the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro Hamada leaps into action with his tech-savvy friends, and his robot companion Baymax. While we watch, we’ll be making and decorating cake pops!

Registration is required - please call the Library at 253.841.5454 or email us to register.

Wicked Creations

Wednesday, August 5th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

What makes for the most intriguing villain? Why do we love to hate them? Join this discussion about our favorite villains and what makes them so vital to a story. Then decorate your own villain vinyl figure to take home! 

Registration is required - please call the Library at 253.841.5454 or email us to register.

Magical Girl Anime Marathon

Saturday, August 8th, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

If you’re into anime and manga - or would like to learn more about them - join us for an Anime Marathon! This anime event celebrates the magical girl genre and its history. We’ll be showing a variety of classic and current magical girl (and even magical boy) episodes from different series.

While we watch, learn cake piping skills as we try our hand at creating some faux sweet treats in a Japanese craft known as decoden.

Comic Book Smackdown

Wednesday, August 12th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

So you think you know comics? Show off your geeky intellect in this comic book challenge, featuring trivia, superhero and supervillain showdowns, and comic book crafts.

Superhero infographic

Late Night Lock-In

Saturday, August 22nd, 7 pm - Sunday, August 23rd, 7 am

LasersSpend a night in the Library! This is a special after-hours party for teens participating in our summer reading program. We'll be playing games, eating snacks and pizza, and watching movies. Plus… LASER TAG in the Library! This event starts Saturday, August 22nd, at 7:00 PM and ends Sunday, August 23rd, at 7:00 AM.

What do you have to do to attend?

  • Read 30 hours
  • Attend at least two teen programs this summer

Registration and a permission form are required - please check at a staff desk after July15th for further information. Space is limited!

Library Night at Cheney Stadium

Wednesday, August 26th

Read your way to the Ballpark!  Kids and teens who sign-up for the Library's Summer Reading Program and have read 15 hours by August 14th can order a free Tacoma Rainiers ticket for Puyallup Public Library Night at Cheney Stadium!  Gates will open at 6:00 PM for pre-game festivities, including a parade!

Cheney Stadium with logo