DW Teen Blog

Welcome to the Dalton Teen Blog!
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DW – Murder Mystery, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents a Murder Mystery for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, July 3rd @ 3:00pm

CrimeMurder in the Library: Thursday, July 3rd @ 3:00pm
Come solve a murder! Using Janet Dickey’s A Murder Melodrama murder mystery, teens will need to figure out who killed the main character. There will be evidence to uncover and suspects to interrogate. Teens can work as teams with their friends or investigate on their own. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by silver marquis


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Zombie Survival, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Zombie Survival for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, June 12th @ 3:00pm

ZombiesZombie Survival: Thursday, June 12th @ 3:00pm
Chattanooga’s Zombie Response Team will be coming to the library to talk to teens about preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse and other disasters. Teens will learn about the tools and equipment necessary for survival, check out their Response Vehicle, and make a mini-survival kit. Kit supplies are provided for the first 20 teens to register. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by Adobe of Chaos


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Python Computer Coding, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Python Computer Coding for Spark a Reaction: July 24th @ 3:00pm

PythonPython®: Thursday, July 24th @ 3:00pm
Learn the basics of object-oriented programming with Python®. Teens will receive an introduction to the language and create their first program. Object-oriented programming is the root of other programming languages, including Java. Workstations will be available for the first 20 teens to register.

Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Forensics, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Forensics for Spark a Reaction: July 10th @ 3:00pm

CrimeForensics: Thursday, July 10th @ 3:00pm
Whitfield County’s Sheriff Department will be sending over a crime scene investigator to talk about what he does for a living. Teens will be able to ask questions, see evidence, and learn how crimes are investigated in real life. The investigator will be showing fingerprinting methods and how evidence is collected as well as other hands-on activities. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by silver marquis


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Robots 101, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Robots 101 for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, June 19th @ 3:00pm

RobotRobotics 101: Thursday, June 19th @ 3:00pm
Mr. Holloway from Dalton High school will be here to walk teens through building a simple line-tracking robot and programming it to follow a path. Teens will be paired up for this project, so bring a friend! Robots will remain at the library for future programs and for teens to use while at the library. 10 robot kits will be available, so there may be up to 10 groups of teens.Cropped and edited image CC 3.0 on Wikimedia by D.J. Shin


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Clay Day, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Clay Day for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, July 17th @ 3:00pm

ClayPolymer Clay Day: Thursday, July 17th @ 3:00pm
Artist Tammy Pryce creates beautiful clay sculptures of dragons with steampunk elements. She’ll teach teens the basics of working with polymer clay and then let them loose to create. From sonic screwdrivers to zombies to jewelry, if teens can imagine it, they can try to make it. Projects can be taken home to bake. Clay provided for the first 20 teens to register Image copyright Tammy Pryce and used with permission


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Rocketry, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Rocketry for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, June 5th @ 12:00pm

RocketRocketry: Thursday, June 5th @ 12:00pm
The Southern Area Rocketry (SoAR) Association will be coming out to work with teens. Teens will learn about how rockets work, how to predict the heights they can reach, and more while making a model rocket. Once it’s decorated, teens and parents can head over to Heritage Park where we will be launching the rockets. Teens will get to keep their rockets when they are done! Rockets are provided for the first 30 teens to register. Parents are asked to provide transportation for their teens. Cropped image is CC 2.5 on Wikimedia by Justin Lebar


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Light it Up! Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Light it Up for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, June 26th @ 3:00pm

LEDsLight it Up: Thursday, June 26th @ 3:00pm
Teens have an opportunity to use household supplies to make LEDs light up. Simple things like watch batteries, paper clips, paper fasteners, and cardboard can create a circuit. Circuits can be used to make light up art and cards. There will be supplies for the first 20 teens to register. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by warrenski


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Teens Make it Your Library

Dalton-Whitfield Library hosts Make it Your Library: May 1st @ 5:30pm

Do you want book clubs? Study nights? Crafts every week? Movies on a different day (or different movies!)? Art displays? Minecraft or other video games? Other events?

We want to know so that we can make it happen! Drop by the library on May 1st at 5:30 to tell the library your ideas on how to make the library somewhere you’d like to visit. Also help us name our summer reading programs and learn about our plans for that.

Interested teens may then find out more information about joining the Teen Advisory Group and earning community service.

DW – Teen Writing Workshop

A big thanks to every one of the 21 teens who joined Amber Nagle in our teen writing workshop. Here are a couple of photos from the event–it seems like everyone enjoyed themselves.

In 6th-12th grade and want to have a say in the kind of events the library has for teenagers? Drop by on May 1st at 5:30 to discuss how to Make it Your Library.