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 on every-other Tuesday (3:30-5:30PM) 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.
The Open Gaming Club meets every-other Thursday (4:00-9:00PM) at the Community Center to play board games, deck-building games and trading card games. It's the perfect place to learn a new game or share an old favorite.
The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meets on the second Monday (7:00-8:30PM) of every month. Share ideas and talk about ways to improve the Teen Zone. Help plan programs, select new materials, and earn community service hours, just for showing up. Bring your friends and make new ones.
We will be hosting an ACT Practice Test on Saturday, October 14th from 10:30AM to 2:00PM. The test will be proctored by C2 Education of Westfield. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the test and bring two #2 pencils and a calculator. Registration is limited. To register, click here.
Comedian, author, and local Cranford resident Alex Bernstein will be teaching an Intro to Improv course on Wednesday, October 4th at 7PM. Alex has been teaching improvisation and stand-up comedy to hundreds of teens in New Jersey since 2010. In addition to performing stand-up regularly in the NJ area, Alex is a member of the professional improv troupe On the Spot. He frequently teaches comedy and improv at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, and has drawn large crowds for his all-ages summer workshop Hot 'n Schticky! Alex was recently featured at a Cranford library event for his new book, Plrknib, about his experience doing stand-up in high school back in 1980. Registration is required. To register, click here.
Every month there are other special events for teens- movies, snacks, and occasional crafts- which can be found on the library's calendar.
When schools have longer breaks, keep an eye out for extra programming; every summer, expect a Summer Reading Program!
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 Maddy concerning events.
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.
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.