Tween & Teen Events & Programs

Catan Club Meet-Ups
Sunday, January 9 and 16 from 1 - 3 PM
All skill levels welcome.
Ages 8+. If needed, two age groups will be created on game day.
Registration required, preferably for both meet-ups.
Contact Nicole at to register.
Masks required. Juice and snacks provided.

Come play Catan (formerly Settlers) at the Gardiner Library! Learn new types of strategy and make new friends. Catan is a game of trading, development, and resource management on the fictional island of Catan. College students, Ariana and Evan, are excited to share their love of the game with others.


The Next Chapter Teen Book Club
Meets 2nd Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM (next meeting January 9)
Contact Carolyn at to register and for more information.

Join other teens for a lively discussion and snacks.
We are preparing for the 2022 Battle of the Books. Be part of the team!

January pick: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
February pick: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
March pick: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
April pick: Good Omens by Neil Gaimen


Gardiner Ink! YA Creative Writing and Visual Art Meet Up
Meets 4th Sunday of the month @ 2:00 PM (next meeting January 30)
Contact Carolyn at to register or for more information.

Showcase your creative writing and artwork in our yearly publication.  Prompts, tips and writing and art share during monthly meetings. This year's Gardiner Ink! will feature entries from a 250-word flash fiction contest*. Artists will have the opportunity to design work that enhances the literature as well as create independent pieces.
Help Wanted for our new Gardiner Ink! Art Department. Be part of the design and editing process.
Currently accepting submissions of original poetry, fiction, and art. Original works of visual art can include paintings, drawings, and photography.

*Flash Fiction Writing Contest (teens to adults)
Can you write a story that takes about a minute to get through? Put your writing and editing chops to the test. Stories should contain a protagonist, conflict, obstacles and complications with a resolution all within no more the 250 words. Entries will be accepted through April 24 and will be featured in the 2022 issue of Gardiner Library's YA literary magazine Gardiner Ink!

1. Use one inch margins all around. Indent each paragraph 3 to 5 spaces.
2. All entries must be printed in Times New Roman, 12 pt. type and double-spaced as a Word Document.
3. The title of the work and a page number should appear on every printed page.
4. Entries must be in good taste, using proper grammar, punctuation and correct spelling.
5. Illustrations or pictures can accompany a manuscript.
6. Italics or alternate fonts can be used when stating characters thoughts.

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the teen (13-19) and adult (20 and up) categories. Manuscripts will be blind-judged. Accepted materials will be published in the 2022 issue of Gardiner Ink!


Battle of the Books 2022 Team
Meets 2nd Sunday of the month beginning February 13
Contact Carolyn at for more information.

Compete against other public libraries in this Jeopardy-style match.
Buzz in. Answer. Victory!
A moderator asks 17 questions per round concerning eight pre-selected books.
Each team member has the opportunity to press a buzzer, confer with team members and attempt to answer the question correctly.

Community Service hours for team members.
Monthly team meet-ups at the library April through June and weekly over the summer.

T-Shirts, prizes and more.
Join now and prepare for the regional battle in September!

This year's chosen books are (read them all or a few):