Category Archives: Teens

MPL Scholarship for High School Seniors

Apply for the MPL Trustees ScholarshipCalling all high school seniors! Marlborough Public Library’s Trustees have a scholarship for you! Win up to $1,000 to pay for college! Deadline is Friday, March 18th.

All you have to do is fill out our Library Scholarship Essay Application and write an essay that addresses the following: Tell us about a book that changed your life or perception of the world.

A committee from the Marlborough Public Library Board of Trustees will read all the essays and choose one winner or multiple winners at their discretion.

Teens, win $50 to Amazon!

Teens in grades 6-12, we’re running a special promotion just for you! From now until 5pm, Friday, Feb. 12th, you may earn two chances to win $50 to Amazon! All you have to do is:

  1. SlidersSign up for our e-Newsletter, so you will know monthly about our awesome teen events and get to hear about book recommendations from our Teen Services Staff.


2. Fill out the Teen Room Survey. It is a new year, so we wanted to take a moment to find out what you’d like to see at the Library and how we can better serve our teens. What’s the best use of our awesome new Teen Room?

Any questions or comments, please email our Teen Librarian, Jess Bacon, at jbacon (at) We hope to hear from you!

Judges’ Thoughts on the Winning Submissions

The winners of Marlborough Public Library’s 4th Annual Teen Writing Competition were announced on Thursday night. Lending their expertise to the selection process were two panels of judges in various writing and literature-related fields. With the volume of fantastic submissions, the judges found choosing winners difficult, but were ultimately pleased with the ones recognized at the Teen Writing Competition Spotlight.

Winners of the Teen Writing Competition

Winners of the Teen Writing Competition. Left to right: Lillian Mills, Hailey Escobar, Karsyn Canale, Jacob Suvalskas, Grace Cormier, James Sauger, Chloe Wing, Rhiannon McEachern, Keerthi Balaji, and Xochi Hopwood. Not pictured: Jaelyn Kassoy and KD Zagzoug.

“How Photography Changed My Life” by Karsyn Canale took third place in the 6th-8th grade fiction/memoir category for her “heartfelt, clear writing [that] reveals character of both the writer and parent.” The judges also liked the quote by a famous photographer she used as an epigraph. In second place was Jaelyn Kassoy’s “Angel in the Sky,” about a loyal daughter who accepts magical beans as payment in lieu of $100 to help her struggling family. The judges loved Kassoy’s “reworking of classic tropes, unexpected twists, and original idea.” Taking home first prize was Chloe Wing’s “The Writing’s on the Wall.” Wing’s piece is about a history enthusiast’s lucky brush with a rare piece of Holocaust history written underneath her house’s wallpaper. Judges called the story “intriguing,” and lauded its “dimensional character” and “great details” that “make you want to find out what happened.”

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Successful Frozen in 4D Event!

We had a full house a few weeks ago when the community came out to our special 4D presentation of Frozen! Our teen Event Planners worked hard to enhance the movie with special sound effects, wind, water sprays, and light shows. Check out our video of the event below!


Four Teen Room Designs — by Marlborough’s Teens!

On Tuesday, April 22nd, teens met with Eric Moore, Principal Architect from Lamoureux Pagano & Associates, to learn about the best use of space and basic design elements.  They split into groups and created four different layout plans with furniture, color, and design inspirations of what they’d like to see in the room.  Teens had from Monday, April 28th to Friday, May 9th to vote online for their favorite design.  Click on the designs below for full size images!

Winning Design (by Heather W., Chloe W., and Sandhya S.):
Creation Mural Design

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