Teen Programs

Advance registration is required for teen programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Thursday, March 1 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 (WIYA XXX). 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: Music Therapy for Teens with Special Needs
Monday, March 5           4pm – 5pm
Monday, April 9          4pm – 5pm
Join us for a fun ABA-based visual and auditory approach to music by SEP­TA music instructor Maria LaMon. Teens will be using music as a way to focus on non – musical goals.

Introduction to Virtual Reality on Your Smart Phone
Friday, March 9          3:30pm – 5:30pm
Teens will learn how to download free Virtual Reality games or applica­tions on their devices. They will learn how to connect their phones to a VR unit, learn all the features of the unit and experience the full world of Virtual Reality. Requirements: Smart Phone and the ability to download Apps to the phone through Google Play Store or the Apple Play Store.

 Teen Tech Week: Introduction to Coding
Saturday, March 10          11am – 1pm
This hands on class is focused on showing teens how coding lan­guages are structured to perform tasks to meet specifications. Teens will learn the fundamentals of basic language using HTML, Hypertext Markup Language, which is the standard makeup language for creat­ing web pages and web applications.

Chalkboard Program
Monday, March 12          7pm
Come join us and learn the art of calligra­phy! Learn new techniques and create a beautiful chalkboard to take home.

Pi Day!
Wednesday, March 14          7pm – 8pm
March 14, often written as 3.14, is Pi Day! Join us in celebrating Pi Day by making your very own pie.

Enrichment Program: Galaxy Art Craft for Teens with Special Needs
Monday, March 26          4pm – 5pm
Join SEPTA instructor Leslie Sattler for a fun evening filled of arts and crafts. Each teen will learn how to create the “galaxy” look with paint, pa­pers, and assorted gems.

Enrichment Program: Yoga for Tweens & Teens with Special Needs
Tuesday, March 27          4:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, April 24          4:30pm – 5:30 pm
Yoga SEPTA instructor Kelly Gildersleeve will guide teens through a series of stretches and relaxation techniques.

Gathering STEAM: Maker Fridays @ WIPL!
Friday, March 30          3:30pm – 4:30pm
Friday, April 20          3:30pm – 4:30pm
Join us for a Friday afternoon full of maker inspired crafts! Each week will feature a STEM or STEAM craft and/or activity as well as other crafts.

SAT Prep Workshop
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25          6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fee: $85.00 payable by check to Chris Murphy
Sign up begins in the Library on Thursday, March 1. Develop skills and strategies to help raise your SAT test scores. This indispensable 4-week course is taught by NYS certified English and Math teachers. Please note: 4/4 and 4/11 will both be hosted at Babylon Public Library.

Peep Mania
Thursday, April 5          6 pm
Join us for a fun – filled night of different peep inspired crafts.

Galaxy in a Jar
Tuesday, April 10          6pm
Celebrate National Library week with a Space inspired craft from Long Island Reads 2018 pick “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.” Teens will create their own universe in a jar.

Museum of Interesting Things
Thursday, April 12          5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling interactive demon­stration/exhibition of antiques and inventions inspiring innovation and creativity – learning from the past to invent a better future. The theme of this exhibit is the Space Race.

Earth Day Tote Bags
Monday, April 16          7pm
Help save the planet by reducing your use of plastic bags. Celebrate Earth Day by making your own customized tote bags!

Stuffed Pretzels
Monday, April 30          7pm – 8pm
Teens will make pretzel dough fill with cheese, chocolate or cinnamon and take home to bake.


DIY Dog Bow Ties
Monday, April 9          7pm – 8pm
Teens will received community service credit for making no-sew bow ties so that shelter cats & dogs can shine at adoption events! Teens will also learn how to measure and use fabric.

Personalized School Supplies
Monday, April 23          7pm – 8pm
Teens will personalize school supplies for the students at low income, underprivileged inner city schools. One hour of community service will be awarded.

Book Sale Volunteers
Teen volunteers are needed to help out with the Friends of the West Islip Public Library’s annual Book Sale. We will have a variety of hours available between Tuesday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 7. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Adult Reference Desk to sign up. Community service credit will be awarded.

Teen Book Reviewer Project
Have you read any good books lately? Teens will be able to get volunteer credit for the books they have read. Read a book, write a review using the Teen Corner’s book review sheet, and turn it in for 2 hours of community service credit! Only books that are in the Teen Corner will qualify for community service credit. See the Young Adult Librarian at the Adult Reference Desk for more information.


New York State Pre-licensing
Thursday, April 5              4pm – 8:30pm
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, April 14            9:30am – 3:30pm
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.