The Teen & Young Adult Department of the library works to provide a variety of materials, from books to graphic novels and downloadable audiobooks, available to our community. There are both regular monthly events and special events held each month at the library or within the attached Community Center. During the summer, the library organizes a summer reading program to help protect students from the "summer slide" and to give them a safe environment in which to meet.
Reach out to the librarian with any questions or concerns about the YA program!
The library hosts Chess Club every second and fourth Tuesday (4:30-5:30PM) of every month. Both experienced and learning players are welcome--older teens are welcome to come as volunteers and assist new players. To sign up as a volunteer, fill out this form.
Game On! meets every first and third Wednesday (5:00-7:00PM) in the Raddin Room to play video games, board games, card games, and much more! Join us for a round of Super Mario Kart, or try your hand at an old school game of Battleship. All ability levels welcome!
The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meets on the second Monday (6:00-7:00PM) of every month. Share ideas and talk about ways to improve the Teen Space. Help plan programs, select new materials, and earn community service hours, just for showing up. Bring your friends and make new ones.
Talk it Out is a new monthly program that connects teens with great resources in their communities. Teens can take this opportunity to talk about issues they are struggling with in a safe and confidential space. We will cover topics such as self-esteem, decision making, emotional awareness, dating rights and responsibility, self respect, and personal responsibility. This session meets at a different time every month to accomodate as many teens as possible. See calendar for future dates.
Every month there are many other special events for teens. Keep an eye on our calendar here to stay up to date!
High school and middle school students are encouraged to get in touch with the librarian to learn more about volunteer opportunities. There are both regularly scheduled events and special events that often need help with set-up, running, and clean-up. There are also opportunities for individual helping at the library and at-home projects.
Interested students may bring this interest form to the library to start their volunteering, or may reach out directly to Kate-Lynn.
If the library does not have a book that you are looking for or you know of an upcoming release that you'd like the library to buy, let us know! Fill out the form online and the librarian will see your suggestion immediately.
Any book not selected for purchase can be requested through the library's interlibrary loan system at no charge!
A complete listing of resources is available here. What follows is an abridged list geared toward our middle-school and high-school students.
eLibraryNJ: Ebooks and e-audiobooks available for download to card holders.
hoopla - Hoopla contains nearly half a million titles from six different formats: movies, TV, music albums, e-audiobooks, e-books, and comics/graphic novels.
EbscoHost: A collection of research databases for literature, current events, science, history, and biographies.
Facts on File: Includes extensive history databases, as well as Science Online, Health Reference Center, and Bloom’s Literary Reference Online.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Downloadable resources for all subjects, including history, biography, arts, travel, and religion.
JerseyClicks: Databases for research provided by the State Library of NJ, including literature, legal information, and a Points of View Reference Center.
World Book Online: Online encyclopedia.
Print this ballot and turn it in to the YA Librarian to have your vote for this year's Garden State Teen Book Awards counted!