National Teen Library Lock-In Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Get your over-it teen excited about books again at a local after-hours National Teen Library Lock-In event at select libraries on July 27, 2018.

Has your teen or tween turned away from books for the allure of a movie theater screen? Entice their imaginations and bring them back to books with the National Teen Library Lock-In – which gets our props as an awesome teen event in southeast Michigan.

This annual nationwide event is celebrated by libraries all over the country –including a few in Macomb, Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties – and brings teens together for book-themed escape rooms, crafts, games and more.

Here, find a list of libraries in the area celebrating the 2018 event on July 27. There are also a few other cool teen library events leading up to and following the big day peppered in. Take a look and find a teen lock-in event near you. Note: Registration is required where noted.

Roseville Public Library

July 25, 2018

  • Address: 29777 Gratiot Ave., Roseville
  • Phone: 586-445-5407
  • Time: 5 p.m.

Teens test their magic knowledge as they try to break an innocent wizard out of Azkaban Prison before it’s too late. Grades 6-12 welcome. Registration required.

Dexter District Library

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July 26, 2018

  • Address: 3255 Alpine St., Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-4477
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Teens will craft fabulous clothing items out of some unconventional materials for the chance to win an Amazon gift card. Grades 7-12. Registration required.

Chesterfield Township Library

July 27, 2018

  • Address: 50560 Patricia Ave., Chesterfield Township
  • Phone: 586-598-7900
  • Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Rufus the Dufus hosts a juggling workshop for teens in grades 6-12. Learn how to wow your friends and family and enter for a chance to win two day passes to Landslide Skate Park.

Shelby Township Library 

July 27, 2018

  • Address: 51680 Van Dyke, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-739-7414
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

The library is throwing it back to the early 2000s with Nickelodeon and Disney Trivia, movies and toys from your teens childhood. Grades 7-12. Registration required.

Ann Arbor District Library

July 27, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-327-4200
  • Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

This unconventional unlock-in offers teens an evening of gaming on a Nintendo Switch in a non-competitive environment.

Commerce Township Community Library

July 27, 2018

  • Address: 180 E. Commerce Road, Commerce Township
  • Phone: 248-669-8108
  • Time: 6-11 p.m.

Enjoy a magical night of Harry Potter-themed fun that includes a murder mystery dinner, movies, games and live magical beasts. Grades 6-12. Registration is required.

Farmington Community Library

July 27, 2018

  • Address: Main Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington
  • Phone: 248-553-0300
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tweens ages 10-14 are invited to battle it out during the Nerf war and then join in a fun glow-in-the-dark party full of games and other activities. Registration required.

Canton Public Library

July 28, 2018

  • Address: 1200 S. Canton Center Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-397-0999
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.

Lumi Shadow printed shirts hold their color where the sun hit them as they dried but not where the shadows did. Learn more and make shirt to take home. Ages 11-18. Registration required.

Baldwin Public Library

July 28, 2018

  • Address: 300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-647-1700
  • Time: 7-8 p.m.

Tweens, teens and even adults are welcome to this after-hours Harry Potter concert, which features music by Tonks & The Aurors. Registration required.

Milford Public Library

Aug. 8, 2018

  • Address: 330 Family Drive, Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-0845
  • Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Three crimes scenes will be set up at the library, and it’s the teens’ job to figure out whodunit. Prizes go to the door prize winner and the best detective. Food provided. Registration required. Grades 7-12.

Oxford Public Library

Aug. 10, 2018

  • Address: 530 Pontiac St., Oxford
  • Phone: 248-628-3034
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.

This “Lumberjanes” lock in is just like summer camp, except it’s only one night. Pick a cabin and participate in some outdoorsy fun. Registration required.

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