Teen Programs

Advance registration is required for teen programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Tuesday, January 3 at 10am at the Reference Desk (except where noted).  Participants must be in grades 7-12 (unless otherwise indicated) to register for the following programs. Programs with a seven-digit code (WIYA XXX) can be registered for online (see below). Please bring a library card when registering for programs in person and let us know in advance if you will need an accommodation that will make this event accessible to you.

Register Online
You can register online for select Teen Programs by clicking on the program name if it is a link. You may also search for programs in the catalog by clicking on the Programs menu of the website and then on Online Registration. You can find the program that you want by searching by its name or its 7-character program code (WIYAXXX). Please Note: You must have a valid library card to register for programs online. The librarians at the Reference Desks will be happy to help you.

Enrichment Program for Teens with Special Needs: Music Therapy
Monday, January 30           4pm – 5pm
In this fun ABA-based visual and auditory approach to music, teens will be using music as a way to focus on their non-musical goals.

Enrichment Program for Teens with Special Needs: Magnetic Clipboards
Monday, February 6           4pm – 5pm
Decorate a clipboard that’s as unique as you! The clipboard is already prepainted with magnetic paint, so you’ll also be able to decorate magnets to use with your clipboard. Join Leslie Sattler for this afternoon of fun.

Volunteer Project: Pillow Crafts (WIYA 203)
Tuesday, February 21           4pm – 5pm
We’ll be making pillows for a local nursing home to brighten up residents’ rooms! Join us in making the winter a little brighter for some lucky seniors. One community service hour will be awarded for participation.

Yoga with a Twist (WIYA 201)
Thursday, February 23           4pm – 5pm
Join us here at the library to relax and rejuvenate! Have fun while learning simple yoga poses, meditation, visualization techniques, stress management, mindfulness practices, as well as participating in  teamwork and skill building games. You will also make an affirmation rock, where you can decorate rocks in beautiful colors with meaningful words that are special for you!

Advanced Battle of the Books
Students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to join the West Islip Public Library’s Advanced Battle of the Books team! If you love the competition behind the Battle of the Books, this is the contest for you! You will have to read the three official Battle books and remember as many details as you can to compete in a trivia contest against teens from other Suffolk County Libraries. The competition will take place Friday, March 24, 2017, 6pm – 9pm at Connetquot High School. Talk to Miss Kaplan for more information and to participate.

Check out our Advanced Battle Books:
“Trouble is a Friend of Mineby Stephanie Tromly
After her parents’ divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl which may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago.

“Shadow and Boneby Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegée of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

“Gabe Johnson Takes Overby Geoff Herbac
When the high school cheerleading team takes over a soda vending machine’s funds, which were previously collected by the pep band, Gabe Johnson, an overweight “band geek” tired of being called names and looked down on, declares war.

Volunteer Opportunity: Book Reviews
Read any good books lately? Now, you’ll be able to get volunteer credit whenever you want! Read a book, write a review using the Teen Corner’s book review sheet, and turn it in for one hour of community service credit! Only books that are in the Teen Corner will qualify for community service credit. See Miss Kaplan at the Adult Reference Desk for more information. The review sheets will be in the Teen Corner at all times. Try one of the books on our new shelves!


New York State Pre-licensing
Thursday, January 5              4pm – 9pm
Thursday, February 2              4pm – 9pm
Register as you enter, before class begins, and pay the $40 course fee at that time – in cash.  You must attend this course in order to be eligible to take the road test. Bring your valid Learner’s Permit and a black pen to class.

Defensive Driving Courses
Saturday, January 14            9:30am – 3:30pm
Tues., February 7 & Wed., February 8            6pm – 8:30pm
Pick up applications at the Reference Desk during library hours or download & print an application from our website.  Send your application and your $40 check or money order made out to the auto school at least a week in advance of the course date.