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

Teen Art Show

We will be hosting our fist Teen Art Show in December. Artists in grades 7 through 12 are invited to bring us a piece of ready-to-hang artwork for the show. Your choice of any medium.

On the back of your artwork please attach your name, grade, phone number and title of your piece. Please bring all artwork to the Teen Librarian's office by November 27.

An Art Reception will be held in the gallery on December 6, 6 pm - 7 pm.

Babysitting Workshops

Monday & Thursday, November 6 & 9, 5 pm

Learn first aid, safety, child development and more! Participants must be at least 12 years old and attend school in the NRCSD. Registration required. $10 materials fee. Both session must be attended to earn certificate. This program is facilitated by Childcare Resources of Rockland.

24/7 Crisis Text Line

Suffering a crisis?
Get free help by texting HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond and help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment to stay safe and healthy. Visit Crisis Text Line for more information about this service.

Let's Wrap It Up

Monday, December 11 - Saturday, December 23

Earn community service by wrapping presents for our library patrons! We will supply the tape, wrapping paper, and other materials. You must register and commit a time. Don't know how to wrap a gift? Drop by Wednesday, December 13, 6 - 7 pm to learn how!

Enter the Scrawl 2018 contest!

Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write Contest

The Teen Librarian Division of the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) is prouod to announce that they will be publishing Scrawl 2018, their third collection of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written by teens in Rockland County.

This juried volume will feature published authors as guest editors, will be found in libraries throughout Rockland County, and be celebrated with a book launch party in Spring 2018!

  • ⋄ Submissions are open to anyone in grades 6-12 who lives in Rockland County.
  • ⋄ Submissions may be no longer than 2500 words. Graphic novel pieces should be no more than 5 pages.
  • Deadline is January 16, 2018.
  • ⋄ Please submit written and hi-res 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.

A separate contest for Cover Art is open to anyone in grades 6-12 who lives in Rockland County.

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

Warcross by Mary Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game - it's a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships - only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she's going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game's creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year's tournament in order to uncover a security problem... and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika's whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Read a Book Recently? Tell Us What You Think!

Fill out this form and let us know what you think about the books in our Teen collection. Your input is important! Help us decide what to buy for you and your peers.

Top 10 Teen Books

Results Are In! Teens Voted for the Top 10 Books of 2017

  • 1. Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan (Humor)
  • 2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Sci-Fi)
  • 3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Romance)
  • 4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Fantasy)
  • 5. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (Real Life)
  • 6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Fantasy)
  • 7. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (Romance)
  • 8. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (Real Life)
  • 9. Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (Action Adv)
  • 10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Real Life)

Check out the summaries for the books listed above here.

2017 Printz Honor Books

Asking for It
Asking for It
By Louise O'Neill

The Passion of Dolssa
The Passion of Dolssa
By Julie Berry

Scythe
Scythe
By Neal Shusterman

The Sun is Also a Star
The Sun is Also a Star
By Nicola Yoon

And the Printz Award Goes To...

March Book Three
March Book Three

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote."

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.

With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

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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