Welcome To The TeenZone Activity Hub

We are glad you are here! We offer a large collection of materials to help you with school. Don’t forget that our library also offers a huge variety of free downloads, including music, movies, and apps for your smartphone. Ready to explore the TeenZone for yourself? Let’s get started.

The Teen Advisory Board

The Hamilton Easy Public Library TeenZone is all about… teens! That means that it’s important to our team to get the opinions of local teens about the library’s programs and services. We have an awesome crew of energetic teens that are helping us make our TeenZone a better place to be! Interested in joining?


Staff Picks

Upcoming Events

Rainbow Reads
Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

An LGBTQIA+ focused, in-person book club exclusively for teens! The Rainbow Reads Book Club meets monthly to discuss queer YA titles. While this is a queer-themed book club, readers across the spectrum are welcome to attend. Participants get to choose future titles to read!

This book was selected from the High School collection. Teens may pick up a free copy of the book of the month once they've registered and chosen a pickup location. Please allow 2 business days after registration for staff to get the book out to the holds shelf. Registration required.

Maker-in-Residence: Intro to Weaving
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 5:30 PM

Learn the basics of weaving on a simple loom in this class for beginners. We'll cover how to set-up your loom, basic weaving techniques, achieving varied textures and how to finish and display your work. Class includes a portable 4-6 inch loom to take home. Ages 13 +


Books Build Bridges: 'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' Virtual Book Discussion
Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library each fall to build community through shared experience, provide diverse reading opportunities and engage our community with noted authors.

Adults and teens are invited to a virtual book discussion of our 2022 Books Build Bridges title Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Chat about the book and discuss main themes before our in-person author visit on Saturday, October 1!

Books Build Bridges: Jamie Ford Author Visit (Virtual)
Saturday, October 01, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library each fall to build community through shared experience, provide diverse reading opportunities and engage our community with noted authors.

Jamie Ford is the award-winning author of the bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was awarded the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature and was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. For more information on Jamie Ford, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship-and innocent love-that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the Western name "Ford," thus confusing countless generations. Ford is an award-winning short-story writer, an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a survivor of Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle's Chinatown, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

Join us via Zoom to hear Jamie Ford's author talk, broadcasting live from the Fishers Library, followed by a Q&A session to conclude this year's Books Build Bridges experience. Pick up a complimentary copy of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet at the Fishers or Noblesville Library beginning August 15, while supplies last. Copies are also available for checkout at the libraries or through HEPL's digital collections....

MIR Community Weaving Project Drop-In
Saturday, October 01, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Check out our Community Weaving Project. First sessions will cover design options ( your input is wanted!!), loom building and the basics of how to weave on large-scale frame looms. Once you have the basics you may stop in during any schedule Drop-In or Open Studio time and work on the community project. All ages, under 13 with adult. 


Do you have ideas or questions about the TeenZone? We’d love to hear.

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