Read, hang out, volunteer and more!

Teens may take a break from school or home and hang out at the library
in the comfort of their own Teen Room. Study together with friends, with a tutor or by yourself.
Teen programs and opportunities for community service are available all-year-round.
Looking for a particular program or material? Let us know!

Upcoming Teen Programs

Aromatherapy for Teens

Monday, November 5, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Highlights the history/health benefits of essential oils. Teens will make Aromatherapy Dream Pillow, Healing Foot Soak, and Deconstructed Soap Cake.

Drones

Wednesday, November 7, 5-7 pm
Teens will learn how drones move and function through an interactive workshop relating technology and robotics.

Prom Dresses

Do you have a prom dress you no longer need? Please donate it to the library. We will be hosting our first Prom Dress Sale, giving area teens a great way to save money. The dresses will be sold at $15 each and proceeds from the event will be used by the Library for teen programming. The sale will take place in May in the Library.

Please bring your prom dress to the Adult Services desk.

Gift Wrapping for the Holidays

Monday, Dec. 17 - Saturday, Dec. 22
Earn community service by volunteering to wrap gifts for our patrons. You must attend one of the Gift Wrapping Workshops to be able to volunteer; Wednesday, December 12 or Thursday, December 13, 5 pm - 6 pm.

Sign up for 2-hour shift today! Note: Up to four people can sign up for one shift.

Inclement Weather Notice

Check announcements made on our phone message at 786-3800, WHUD 1700 FM, WRCR.com, and cancellations.com for the library's late openings and closings this winter season. No fines on snow days!

Click here for NRCSD closings.

Teen Programs for November - December

Choosing the Right College for Parents & Teens
Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm - 8:45 pm
Information on searching for and visiting colleges. Filling out the application and writing a good essay. Getting financial aid, scholarships and grants. Presented by Joshua Marber who has over 20 years experience in admissions and financial aid.

Introduction to Guitar
6 lessons, Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11, 5:30 pm
Ages 13 and up. We have some guitars but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one.

Intermediate Guitar
6 lessons, Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11, 6:30 pm
Ages 13 and up. We have some guitars but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one.

Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write 2019

Attention teens: Want to get published? The Teen Librarian Division of the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) is proud to announce that they will be publishing Scrawl 2019, their fourth collection of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written by teens in Rockland County.

This juried volume will feature published authors as guest editors, be found in libraries throughout Rockland County, and be celebrated with a book launch party in Spring 2019!

⋄ Submissions are open to anyone in grades 6-12 who lives in Rockland County.
⋄ Submissions may no longer than 2500 words. Comic-style pieces may be no more than 5 pages.

A separate contest for Cover Art is open to anyone in grades 6-12 who lives in Rockland County. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Please submit written and hi-res art entries to: rocklandteenswrite@gmail.com. Include the following with your entry: name, phone number, email, grade, school, community, the genre of your piece, and a title. You will receive confirmation and a parental consent form. Good luck to all entrants!

Nintendo Switch

Game On!

Attention Haverstraw Library teens - you may now borrow a Switch console! Drop by the Adult Reference Desk at the Main Library for more information. That's not all! Switch and 3DS games are now available! Grab the video game case you would like to borrow, receive the cartridge at the Circulation Desk and enjoy!

Teen Book Review

Earn Community Service for every Book Review you submit! The book should be at a 6th grade reading level or higher. You will earn 2 hours for each book review you submit. There is a limit of 4 submissions per month/ maximum of 8 hours per month.

Your submission will be read and you will receive an acceptance email. If accepted Reviews will be posted on our website on the Library Teen page. Submit a Book Review here.

Do You Have Any News to Share?

We have a new Community News bulletin board on the mid-level. If you have any good community news you'd like to share please bring it to the Circulation Desk. We would love to hear the accomplishments of our local teens!

Book Preview of the Month

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Top 10 Teen Books

Results Are In! Teens Voted for the Top 10 Books of 2018

  • 1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Real Life)
  • 2. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Mystery)
  • 3. Warcross by Marie Lu (Sci-fi)
  • 4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)
  • 5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Fantasy)
  • 6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Real Life)
  • 7. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Romance)
  • 8. Paper Hearts by Ali Novak (Romance)
  • 9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Supernatural)
  • 10. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (Romance)

Check out the summaries for the books listed above here.

2018 Printz Honor Books

Strange the Dreamer
Strange the Dreamer
By Laini Taylor

Long Way Down
Long Way Down
By Jason Reynolds

The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas

Vincent and Theo
Vincent and Theo
By Deborah Heiligman

And the Printz Award Goes To...

We Are Okay

by Nina LaCour

You go through life thinking there's so much you need.... Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

For other award winning books, check out:

The John Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal was named for the 18th Century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the American Library Association - Association for Library Service to Children, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.

The Alex Award
The Alex Awards, are funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, which are announced annually in conjunction with National Library Week, honor the top 10 adult books for teenagers published during a calendar year.

You may also check out the Top 10 Teen Books as voted by teens for more reading suggestions!

Teen Books

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  • Garnerville, NY 10923
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  • Fax: (845) 786-3791

Village Branch

  • 85 Main Street
  • Haverstraw, NY 10927
  • Telephone: (845) 429-3445
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