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The Young Adult Department:

So much more than books!

Take a look at some of the fun things we have to offer on a regular basis!

Take and Make Crafts

Tweens, Teens, and New Adults can come and grab a “Take and Make” craft in the YA Room. They are here until they are gone. We offer 1-3 crafts a month. More information can be found here on our calendar.

Passive Activities

Come to the YA room to sit and play a game with friends after school on the computers. Play a board game. Do a puzzle! Use our free B&W printing. Make a bookmark. Color. Sit with Rebel the therapy dog. Stay for a movie night. We always have something to do in here!

Diversity Reads Book Club

Each month we offer three selections for our Diversity Read book club. each selection has an offering that is on a related topic for adults, young adults, and children. This is a passive reading group where readers can engage with the books however they choose. Use the questions that come with each book to discuss the work with family and friends. Post online using #diversityreads to engage with others.

Upcoming Events

Frayed Knots Fiber Arts Circle

Every second and last Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

An unserious group of crafters who chat as much as they stitch. Beginners and drop-ins welcome and encouraged. Every second and last Wednesday of the month in the Ellsworth Reading Room. Jak, the Stitch Witch/ YA Librarian can also provide crochet instruction and help during this time.

Peer Led SAT Prep

Fridays, 3:15 pm

Looking for help preparing for the SAT? Join us for peer-led, drop-in study sessions to help you achieve your best score. Drop in on Fridays in the Hopkinton Public Library’s Teen Room from 3:15 – 4:15. There is no need to register. This event is open to all teens (no, you don’t have to live in Hopkinton!) who would like help preparing for the SAT or improving your score. This is a peer led event sponsored by the HPL Young Adult Department. 

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Learn to Play D&D

Starting July 26th, 6:00 pm

Come to learn to play Dungeons and Dragons! The experts from Pete’s Nerd Emporium will teach two series of 3 sessions this summer! No experience needed. Please commit to all of the evenings in a given series.  These sessions are intended for tweens and teens 10 years old through high school. 

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Summer Trail Walks

July 27th, 7:00 pm Hughes Farm

August 27th, 7:30 pm Center School

July 27th, 7:00 pm Pratt Farm

Join the Hopkinton Public Library and the Hopkinton Trails Club for the Summer 2023 trail walks series.  In this series we will take walkers to different trails for a 1 hour leisurely trail walk.  Experts from the Trails Club will  lead walkers through Hopkinton trails and discuss the history, flora, and fauna of the area.  These walks are not strenuous and no one will be left behind.  Families are welcome.  Although the trails are in great condition, be aware that most trails cannot easily accommodate most strollers, but small children in a hiking backpack would be just fine!  Wear sturdy footwear, have bug spray if desired, and bring some water.  Leashed, well behaved dogs are welcome to join us as well, so don’t forget some water for your four-legged hiker as well.

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Beyond the Aether – Virtual Super Dungeon Event

Virtual: June 23rd – August 6th, 6:30 p.m.

Calling all D&D players and DMs! Join players from across the country with a virtual Super Dungeon that runs from June 23rd-August 6th. The Belmont Public Library sponsors this event. Graphics designed by Samrath Kaur.

Click HERE to sign up for this virtual super dungeon event.

Snakes of the World and New England

August 11th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Learn about (and interact with!) 20-25 snakes of New England and the World! “Do you wonder what kind of snakes might be living in the woods near your house? Have you ever caught a glimpse of a snake just as it disappeared into some shrubs and wished for a closer look? Here is your chance to see native and exotic snakes close up. Rick Roth, local snake expert and Director of Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, will share some of his favorite snakes and talk about their lives and habits in this live animal presentation – and he’ll be assisted by our team of volunteers.” 

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Learn to Play Ukulele

August 17th, 2:00 pm

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. No experience necessary. Ukuleles provided. Registration Required.

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D&D Group

Wednesdays starting August 23rd, 6:00 pm

Join Nate, Hopkinton’s resident Dungeon Master for HPL’s weekly Dungeons and Dragons Group.  Players will test their skills and wills through challenging and fun campaigns and character development.  Upper elementary students, teens, tweens, and new adults are welcome to join us for a night of role playing fun. Registration is not required, but highly encouraged to help us plan for the right number of players. D&D is a role playing game that may simulate mythical conflict.  

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Soap Making Workshop

August 16th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for rainbow soap making!

Each participant will make their own fun and quirky swirl soap using a glycerin based soap, colorful soap curls, color, cosmetic glitter and a variety of scents. We will discuss the process of making cold process soap, blending of essential oils and the role of exfoliants in soap making. There is no lye exposure since the process does not involve traditional soap making techniques. Once the concoction has cooled slightly, we will add the glitter, colors, essential oil (optional) and embed the soap curls. At the end of the workshop each participant will take their handmade creation home, it can be removed from the mold the following day and used right away

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Find your next adventure at the library!

From study sessions to gaming, take and make craft to book groups, the HPL has an activity for everyone.