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T.E.C.H. Lab - Teen Education & Creation Hub

Teen Education Creation HubThe Teen Education & Creation Hub (TECH) Lab is located on the Library's second floor in the Integra Learning Lab and is a space where teens can hang out, explore, design, and create fun projects in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The TECH Lab is equipped with a wide assortment of technology, equipment and software, including PCs, Macs, iPads, cameras, a green screen, a sound booth, drawing tablets, games, art supplies, and more!. Teens ages 13-18 are invited to come and check out this exciting, teen-only space!

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     Tuesday - Thursday: 3 - 7 pm
     Fridays - 3-6 pm
     Saturdays: 10 am - 12 pm and 1-4:30 pm

                              Mentor Focus Days have begun! (Check out the mentor bios below)

                                        Tuesdays: Problem Solving through Programming with Trey
                                        Wednesdays: Make Day with Kobi
                                        Thursdays: Minecraft with Parker
                                        Fridays: Arts & Crafts with Chloe

Teen Read Week

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 Tuesday, October 20th: Literary Trivia
Help us kick off Teen Read Week with an afternoon of trivia! Categories will be focused on literary themes, so bring your knowledge of all things books! Trivia will be from 4-6 pm in the TECH Lab.

Wednesday, October 21: Redesign a Book Jacket
Take a crack at some visual design by trying to redesign the cover of your favorite book!  We'll provide the supplies, you provide the imagination.  Use pencils, photos, computers, or whatever you are interested in! 4-6 pm in the TECH Lab.

Thursday, October 22: Personalized Book Ends
Come paint some book ends on the theme of your favorite books.  4-6 pm in the TECH Lab.

Friday, October 23: Create Book Spine Poetry
Create literary poetry while being limited to the space of a book spine! You'll have to get creative to fit it all on there.  4-6 pm in the TECH Lab.


graphic for board gameBoard at the Library - Every Friday 3-6 pm :  
Every Friday afternoon is Game Day in the TECH Lab!  Stop by to play a fun, quick board game, or stay the whole time and  dig in to a long strategy game.  Come in and learn how to play classic card games like cribbage or test your tactics with a game of chess.  Bring your friends and play all afternoon!  Don’t want to play a game? Just come in and explore the TECH Lab. There’s lots to do and even more to learn.   

Photo from Captain America movieSaturday Movie Matinee - Oct. 17, 2 pm

Enjoy a lazy afternoon, or a scary one! Join us in the TECH Lab as we watch a scary movie to get ready for Halloween.  You help choose the movie we watch, so stop by the TECH Lab before the 17th to vote or suggest a movie!

Image of Minecraft characterMinecraft Challenge Day - Oct. 29, 4-7 pm

Work on a team or individually to complete building challenges or enter a scavenger hunt. The winner will decide next month’s challenge! Call 657-8258 to register.

The time and date for Minecraft Day has changed! It is now on the 29th from 4-7pm.

Image from Mean Girls movieTuesday Trivia Afternoon - Oct. 20, 4-6 pm

Test your knowledge of movies, music, sports, literature, and Harry Potter, among other subjects, at our new monthly trivia afternoon! This month we are doing trivia during Teen Read Week.

Just remember...the limit does not exist.

Mario mushroomMario Maker Tournament and Costume Party - Oct. 31, 1-4:30 pm

Love Mario? Or Costumes? Or BOTH? Come to the TECH Lab on Halloween to build Mario levels on the Wii U and then challenge your friends to play through them, and dress up as your favorite characters!

Teens who are 13 to 19 years of age can apply to be part of our Teen Advisory Group - The TAG.  The TAG advises the library about programs for teens, helps promote services and volunteers at the library. Apply today. 

Meet the Mentors

Photo of TreyTrey was raised in Montana. He enjoys reading, playing video games, programming, and learning new things. He is currently studying Computer Programming at MSUB City College. He didn't have big goals or ambitions (he also dropped out of public schools at a young age), and he didn't think he could afford to go to college since his family has always been poor. But teachers at the Lincoln Center encouraged him to go to college and apply for financial aid. Now he has a 3.9 GPA and many great opportunities afforded to him, including this mentorship!

Trey leads "Problem Solving with Programming" on Tuesdays.

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Kobi grew up in Missoula and moved to Billings in 8th grade. He graduated from Senior High and now attends Rocky Mountain College. He is studying Math, Physics, and Computer Science. He's worked on satellites, self-driving cars, and other things he finds interesting.

Kobi leads "Make Day" on Wednesdays.


Photo of ParkerParker was born and raised in San Diego, California, and is here in Billings to study aviation at Rocky Mountain College. He enjoys flying airplanes and playing video games, especially Minecraft. Parker has big goals for himself when he graduates; he hopes to become an airplane pilot and fly people around the world. He joined the mentor program to gain leadership skills.

Parker leads "Minecraft Thursdays."

Photo of ChloeChloe is a returning mentor. She is majoring in Equestrian Studies with a focus in Therapeutic Riding and Psychology at Rocky Mountain College. She moved to Billings from Austin, Texas, where she lived for ten years. Chloe loves exploring the city, going to the farmer's market, taking photos, and reading. She also enjoys studying micro-invertebrates, a.k.a. water bugs. She joined the mentoring program to help kids like her.

Chloe grew up poor and battled with mental health issues in high school. She received help from a local nonprofit that helped at-risk teens and went on to become a mentor and a student representative on their board of directors. She wants to provide the same support she was given, so that other teens can see that they can always change their situation, even in small ways.

Chloe leads "Arts & Crafts" on Fridays.


 Special Thanks

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Wyo-Ben, a Bentonite clay manufacturing company in Billings, recently made a very generous donation to the Teen Education, and Creation Hub. The T.E.C.H. Lab is able to thrive only because of donations such as these. Thank you Wyo-Ben!

Do you have a suggestion for a workshop? Let us know. 

Submit an application to be an instructor in the TECH Lab.

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