Teens and Young Adults

Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults

AniManga Club FlierAnimanga Club

Gather with other teens ages 13-18 to read your favorite Manga and watch Anime, while joining in lively discussions and activities. Participants will receive a copy of the selected graphic novel before each meeting that they will get to keep. Meets first and third Thu. each month at 4 p.m. (Subject to change) Library Meeting Rm. Check the Library Calendar for an up-to-date schedule!

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AniManga Spring Lock-in 

Ages 13-18

Love anime, food, and games? Teens are invited to join the AniManga club after hours in the library for a lock-in. Enter the cosplay contest, enjoy Japanese snacks, and much more! Registration is required and limited to 25 teens. Fri., Apr. 1, 7 p.m.– 10:30 p.m. 

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Dungeons and Dragons ImageDungeons and Dragons

Ages 12 & up 

The library will offer regular playing time and space to meet other teens who have a love of role-playing games. All playing abilities are welcome, whether you’re an avid fan of D&D or want to see what the game is all about. Wednesdays, starting January 5, 4 p.m. 

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TEENS AND TAROT imageTeens and Tarot

Ages 14 & up  

Learn about the history of Tarot and how it is used today. In this session, you will get to play with the deck and discover how you can use it as a tool for introspection and creativity. Bring your own deck or use the library’s! Thu., Feb. 10, 4 p.m. 

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Teen Talk After-Hours Series

Ages 13 & up

This after-hours discussion series is geared toward teens. Topics were selected by teens as a way to encourage engagement on topics that enhance diversity and understanding. Snacks and prizes will be available at each session. Registration is encouraged but not required.

● Exclusion, inclusion and discrimination (teens 13 & up) by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. Learn how peer groups and exclusion and inclusion in schools relates to hurtful discrimination. Fri., Jan. 14, 6–7 p.m., SPPL 

● Intro to LGBTQIA+ Issues (teens 13 & up) from OutFront Minnesota Covers general terms relating to gender and sexuality, best practices with pronouns and how to be an ally to non-conforming people. Fri., Mar. 12, 1 p.m., SPPL 

● Question, Persuade, Refer (teens 16 & up, plus adults) - Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states. This class is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. Open to teens and adults. Fri., May 13, 4:30–5:30 p.m., SPPL

● Ending the Silence (high school students) - Learn about mental illnesses and the signs and symptoms from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota. Also hear the personal story of a young adult who is doing well in recovery. Students receive resources to get help for themselves or for a friend and information on how to end the silence around mental illness in their school. This is a 50-minute class intended for high school students. Fri., May 13, 6–7 p.m., SPPL

Great Stories Club

The Great Stories Book Club was held during the 2019-2020 school year. The books selected for the Great Stories Club (GSC) feature characters and plots that explore questions of identity, race, equity, history, social justice, and institutional change.

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