Calling all bookworms! The Valley of the Tetons Library in Victor is planning some literary-themed events aimed at teens.

“Sometimes teens complain that there are limited opportunities for them to do things in the valley,” said Rasheil Stanger, program coordinator at the library. “We want to provide them a safe place and a fun space where they can hang out with their friends and learn and enjoy getting away and having something to do.”

The Young Adult Book Club, open to ages 12-18, will meet at the Victor library on the first Wednesday of the month (Oct. 7) at 6:00 p.m. The first book on the reading list is novel "Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25," by Richard Paul Evans. The plot is centered around protagonist Michael Vey, an Idaho teenager with special powers who struggles with bullying and other coming-of-age challenges.

“It’s like Hunger Games without the doom and gloom,” Stanger said.

Young adults who have not read the book are still invited to attend the meeting. Stanger hopes to gather input from the kids at the first meeting of the book club to help determine what books they’d like to read, and to gauge if it’d be beneficial to alternate meeting locations to include the library in Driggs.

Stanger is eager for area teenagers to make use of the teen “makerspace” located in the library basement. A community grant enabled the library to purchase robots, a TV, an Xbox, and games for public use in the space.

To celebrate Teen Read Week, a “Zombie Prom” party will be held Oct. 23 between 6-8 p.m. at the library. The party is only open to teenagers, aged 13-18. There will be treats, pizza and games, and party-goers are encouraged to dress up in costume.

“Books to Flicks” kicks off in Alta

Contributed by Teton County Library

Teton County Library’s Alta Branch kicks off a two-month series celebrating books and film, called “Books to Flicks.” In October, a limited number of free books will be available to Alta Branch patrons. In November, the screen adaptations of the books will be showing on Saturday evenings at the library on Alta School Road. See the full schedule below or visit

Eight books will be available on a first come, first served basis, beginning at noon on the following Thursdays:

OCT. 1  "To Kill a Mockingbird"

OCT. 8  "The Maltese Falcon"

OCT. 15 "Winter's Bone"

OCT. 22 "Cold Mountain"

The films will be shown at 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays:

NOV. 7   "To Kill a Mockingbird"

NOV. 14 "The Maltese Falcon"

NOV. 21 "Winter's Bone"

NOV. 28 "Cold Mountain"

Location: Alta Branch Library. Free. Gretchen,, 307-353-2505.

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