Teen Programs

At the Ridgefield Library, we want you not only to find all the information you need and all the books you want to read, but also find some fun. Take a look at the programs we offer for teens - we hope you'll enjoy them! Check our online event calendar for schedule details and updates.

Contact: Erica Gauquier, Teen Services, 203-438-2282 x11004 teenservices@ridgefieldlibrary.org

Immersive Storytelling: Virtual Worlds
(for grades 6-12)

Eight weekly sessions starting Wednesday, February 28, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
in the Donofrio Family Technology Center

Using professional-grade animation software, students in grades 6-12 will develop their own original immersive universe in which they can explore using VR headsets with the world of computer programming. Taught by Alex Gonzalez, Ridgefield Library’s first ever Maker-in-Residence, this is an eight-week immersive workshop.

Registration is required and is for all eight classes. Material is cumulative, so please only register if you are able to attend every session. 

This program is made possible thanks to the Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund and is part of the Library's ongoing Making STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) initiative.

Teen Performance Poetry
(for ages 13-19)

Saturdays through May 12, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
in the Randolph Board Room
No registration

Performance poetry – aka “slam” or spoken-word poetry – combines the creativity of writing life-exploring poems with the chutzpah of performing them! This group of teen poets will perform locally…compete in slams…read at open mics…and audition for the Connecticut Brave New Voices team. Or, just come and share your freshest work with a group of like-minded writers. All poets aged 13-19 are welcome! 

Advisor Barb Jennes is a poet and recently retired Ridgefield English teacher. For over a decade, she facilitated annual slams for her students, many of whom are continuing to hone their competitive performance poetry skills in this group.

Scrabble Club
(for grades 3-12)

Most Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
in the Leir Children's Program Room
No registration - just drop in!

Learn to play competitively with Scrabble master Cornelia Guest.

Lego Robotics

For grades 7-8
Monthly on the third Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
New sessions start March 21

For grades 9-12
Monthly on the third Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
New sessions start February 21

in the Leir Family Children's Program Room
Registration required.

As a robotic LEGO Master Builder you will be called upon to use your robot to gather pieces and assembly them to solve problems spread throughout the LEGO world. Join Ridgefield resident and robotics coach Mike Garguilo in a LEGO Robotics educational program. Students will build and program a LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot to gather LEGO pieces which will then be used to assemble into LEGO creations to aid in helping the LEGO world. Robotic programming and technical Lego engineering design will be covered in depth during the program. No previous robotic/programming skills needed. Students can sign up for one day or each month for continued practice and varied mission types.

National Theatre Performances in HD

Favorite actors in classic roles, on the large screen @ the Ridgefield Playhouse!
Check www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org for full listings.

College students pay only $15 and other students 18 and under attend FREE,
so bring your friends.