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Tweens and Teens At the Library


For this program, all individuals in grades 4th-12th who are unattended by a parent or guardian in the Library will need to submit a signed permission slip along with a copy of recent student photo to the Butler Area Public Library.  


Individuals who have returned their permission slip and student photo to the library will be required to sign in at the front desk upon arrival and sign out upon departure.  Each individual is only permitted one library visit per day while unattended by a guardian. Trips running in and out of the library will not be permitted.  Anyone displaying inappropriate behavior while in the library will be asked to leave or wait in the lobby until a ride arrives if needed.


All participants will have access to a space designed specifically for teen enjoyment only. In this space, they will have the option to work on homework, participate in activities, crafts or movies as provided by the librarian, or socialize and play games in the teen gaming room. They may also use the reference computers and additional library spaces, but must adhere to normal library rules.


After one notice given by Library staff, anyone without a permission slip will not be permitted into the library without a guardian present. ‘Tweens and Teens at the Library’ has been created to ensure a safe environment for all tween and teen library patrons who choose to visit the Butler Area Public Library.  Permission slips are available at the Library’s front desk. If you have any questions, please call the library at (724) 287-1715.

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

― Logan Pearsall Smith

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Want more information?

Contact Tiffany at

(724) 287-1715 or tharkleroad@bcfls.org

Upcoming Events

Summer Challenge 2021
Tails and Tales (and Quails!)

Summer Challenge kickoff is June 14! Sign up now on Beanstack to track your reading and activities: butlerlibrary.beanstack.org.

Weekly virtual programs each Wednesday at 1:00 on Facebook or Beanstack, new Grab and Go bags, and each week we'll have a different virtual animal-related activity to complete in your summer journal.

June 14: Kickoff Donation Drive

June 23: Upcycled Animals

June 30: Animal Print Casting

July 7: Animal Ear Hats

July 14: Wildflower Seed Bombs

July 21: Who Pooped in the Library? Virtual Escape Room

July 28: Rice Krispy Sculpture Contest

August 8: Owl Pellet Dissection

Contact Tristyn at tparker@bcfls.org for more info.

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Rice Krispie Treat Sculpting Contest

July 26-August 2, Tutorial July 28

Facebook and Beanstack


Show us your sculpting skills! Check Facebook or Beanstack on July 28 for tips and tricks from Miss Tristyn on how to form your perfect creature.

Rules to enter:
1. You must be in grades 4-12

2. You must sculpt an animal (but it can be an imaginary one, i.e. dragon or unicorn)

3. You must submit a picture of your work to Miss Tristyn at tparker@bcfls.org between July 28 and August 2.


Our circulation staff will choose a winner on August 3rd to receive a prize!


Grab-and-Go supply kits for this program will be available starting Monday, July 26 while supplies last.

Contact Tristyn at tparker@bcfls.org for more info.

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Dissecting Owl Pellets

Wednesday, August 4, 1pm
Facebook and Beanstack

With Jennings Environmental Education Center

Did you know that owls cough up hairballs?
Well, kind of...
After an owl eats, they are unable to digest things like hair and bones and so they cough up pellets.
If you cut into one of these, you can find evidence of what the owl has been eating!

We are supplying owl pellets for grades 4-12 starting on August 2. These will be first come, first served and will only be available while supplies last. We ask that you take only one pellet per student. The kit will come with everything you need to perform your dissection.

Check out our Facebook or Beanstack on August 4 for a special video about your pellet presented by Jennings Environmental Education Center! 

Contact Tristyn at tparker@bcfls.org for more info

Donation Drive for
Butler County Humane Society

Ongoing, June 14-August 7

Because Summer Challenge 2021 is all about animals, we want to think about the animals in our community!

Donate any item to support the Butler County Humane Society, and you can vote for this summer's superlatives of current adoptable pets!

Contact Tristyn at tparker@bcfls.org for more info about donation drive.

(See a pet you really like? Contact the Butler County Humane Society at 724-789-1150 to discuss adoption policies.)

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I.D.E.A.L. Book Club

This self-guided book club will cover titles that deal with inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Each month, readers will read the selected title to learn more about an underrepresented group. We encourage participants and their families to engage in discussion surrounding the topics these books cover. 

All books available through Hoopla. August's tween/teen pick is Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga.

Find the book club on Beanstack, butlerlibrary.beanstack.org

Questions? Contact Tiffany at tharkleroad@bcfls.org

Volunteer at the Library!


Would you like to volunteer at the library?

Email Ms. Tiffany at tharkleroad@bcfls.org for more information on how you can!

Teen Zone

Tween programs are for students in grades 4 to 6.


Teen programs are for individuals in grades 7 to 12.

Video Games

The library has an Xbox and Wii, along with many games for each, that only teens are allowed to use.  Contact Ms. Tiffany for information on availability.

Board Games

Play one of our many board games with your friends at the library.

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