The Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd. is bringing a season full of engaging activities to its Teen Center, with a series of life skills seminars, an ambitious summer reading challenge, and an exclusive opportunity to meet prominent young adult authors.

Starting in June, the library is introducing Life Skills Monday, where library staff will host enlightening discussions aimed at enriching the essential skills teens need outside of school. These sessions will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on selected dates.

Kicking off on June 5 with sewing skills, subsequent weeks will focus on resume building and volunteering, summer first aid, and an intriguing crafts and chat session on July 3.

Additionally, the library is inviting teens to participate in the exciting Summer Reading Challenge. Registration is now open, and all are welcome to sign up online on the library’s website,

Participants can start tracking their reading minutes from June 1, with every minute of reading equating to one point. The challenge encourages a broad range of reading material including books, comic books, magazines, and even audiobooks.

Further enhancing the reading fun, a specially designed Bingo Board will be available for teens from June 1. Prizes are on offer for participants who fill their boards through a combination of reading, taking part in library activities, and registering for the summer reading program.
In a unique treat for teen book lovers, the library has arranged a “Teen YA Author Visit” on Thursday, July 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Esteemed authors Sonora Reyes, Cody Wagner, and Lee Call will share insights about their books, discuss representation, and share their experiences as authors.

With this rich array of activities, the Tempe Public Library’s Teen Center is set to be a hub of creativity, learning, and engagement this summer.