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Teen Programs

Castlegar Programs

Registration is required for all programs. Register in person, or call 250-365-6611.

Reading Buddies (grades 8 – 12)

Tuesdays 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Runs from 3 October until 19 December 2023.

A once-a-week after-school program to give children in grades 2 – 4 extra reading practice with a teen volunteer buddy.

Maximum 8 children grades 2 – 4, and 8 teen volunteers (grade 8 – 12). Meet in the basement.

Teen Friends of the Library

Thursdays 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Runs from 5 October until 21 December 2023.

Come and have a say in your library! Help order books, design displays, create and run programs, make craft kits for kids, fundraise for library items and more!

Maximum 10 teens. Meet in the basement.

Kootenay Teen News

The Kootenay Libraries are publishing a Kootenay-wide newspaper created by teens for teens!

The Kootenay Teen News welcomes voices from teens aged 13 –19 living in the east Kootenays, west Kootenays, and Boundary region. We are looking for creative, original, respectful, thought-provoking, diverse, and engaging work. Submissions including hate speech, exclusionary language, or excessively graphic depictions of sexual encounters and violence will not be published. Our goal is to inspire our readers by telling stories that reflect the real lives of youth living in this unique part of the world. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact editor Melodie Rae at

To see past issues of the Kootenay Teen News, click HERE.

To receive the Kootenay Teen News as an email, subscribe HERE.