Do you want your teen to spend his or her time this summer whiling away the hours blowing money at the mall and commenting on his or her friend’s pictures on Instagram? 

Probably not.

Well, High Point residents are in luck. This summer, the High Point Public Library is hosting a series of virtual events in support of the city’s Teen Summer Reading Program.

Teens from ages 13 to 18 are eligible to register for the programs. 

The links to every event, as well as to the summer reading program, will be on the library’s website and the High Point Public Library’s Teen Garage Facebook page.

Here are some of the highlights scheduled:  

  • Teen Summer Reading Program. Begins Monday, June 7 at 9 a.m.

The High Point library is encouraging kids to read all summer long – so it’s giving out rewards to make that happen.  Those teens who read enough will receive “free books of their choice” at the end of summer.  Also, the top reader as well as a reader chosen at random will receive grand prizes – though the city didn’t say what those grand prizes will be.  They’re probably not $100,000 cash, but who knows?

  • Live-Cam Tuesdays. Held every Tuesday from June 15 to Aug. 10, three times a day – at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On Facebook, the city will share live video feeds of some of the coolest and cutest animals from around the world –with the feeds provided by

  • Screen to Screen Film Class. Every Thursday from June 17 to July 29 at noon. This virtual class will teach kids how to write, film and edit a short film – using only their smart phone.  
  • Crafty Teens. On three Fridays – June 18, July 16 and July 30 – this class will teach kids how to make soap and do other “crafty” things. There will be some Harry Potter-themed crafts for the kids who enjoy that type of thing. (Supplies will be available for pick up at the library the Monday before at the third-floor desk. The library is reminding participants that supplies are limited.)
  • Random Object Art Contest. Launches Friday, July 2.

Teens will make an animal sculpture using various items from around their house, “whether those animals are real or created.”

 Greensboro Science Center Meet the Animals Event.  Monday, July 12, at 2 p.m. Zoom with the Greensboro Science Center as they introduce you to the various animals they have there. Registration is required.

  • Harry Potter Escape Room. Monday, July 26, at noon.

The teens can take part in a virtual Harry Potter Escape Room.  Many parents cringe at the thought of being held captive in a Harry Potter-themed room, but it could be your teen’s cup of tea.

  • Random Object Art Contest Voting. Begins Monday, Aug. 2 at 8 a.m.

Voting will run from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8. The winners will be announced on Aug. 11.

  • Screen to Screen Film Festival. Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the High Point Museum. After the final Screen to Screen Film Class, all the teens who made a short film will be able to view them with their friends and family at the High Point Museum.

End of Summer Programs. Sunday, Aug. 15, at 10 p.m.

The top reader and random reader winners will be notified by Wednesday, Aug. 18.  All of those who have read at least five books throughout the summer will be notified and will get to choose their free books.