The Teen Room

The Teen Room holds special events just for teens all year long! Check out the calendar for new and upcoming events. Past programs have included movie days, owl pellet dissection class, DIY emoji pillows, Murder mystery & Zombie nights, college seminars, themed crafts and more.

Scroll down to find helpful and useful websites, book of the month, college admission/financial aid, college prep checklist websites and events.

Programs

April 2018

Keep an eye out for….

Tween/Teen Cooking Club – once a month

NERF Water Gun painting – Coming in May

Make your own ice cream day

DIY projects: Pillows

Annual Owl Dissection class

2018 Tween & Teen Summer Reading Game
June – August 2018 Theme: Libraries Rock!
Programs will include: DIY CD Art, Rock Slime, Rock Painting,
Pop Rocks science (candy!) and more!

 

Monthly Guessing Jar

Each month we will fill up a jar with a mystery item and the five participants that guess the closest to the amount in the jar win a brand new book, of their choice!

Where: The children’s reference desk
What: Guess how many are in the jar
Why: You win a brand new book!
Rules: You may only guess once.

 

Book of the Month

For fans of PostSecret, Humans of New York, and If You Feel Too Much, this collection from suicide-awareness organization Project Semicolon features stories and photos from those struggling with mental illness. 

Project Semicolon began in 2013 to spread a message of hope: No one struggling with a mental illness is alone; you, too, can survive and live a life filled with joy and love. In support of the project and its message, thousands of people all over the world have gotten semicolon tattoos and shared photos of them, often alongside stories of hardship, growth, and rebirth.

Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over reveals dozens of new portraits and stories from people of all ages talking about what they have endured and what they want for their futures. This represents a new step in the movement and a new awareness around those who struggle with mental illness and those who support them. At once heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, and eternally hopeful, this collection tells a story of choice: every day you choose to live and let your story continue on.

Learn more about the project at www.projectsemicolon.com.

Get college ready!

Check out these great links on information for college - how to find one, how to pay for college and more!

** Changes to the FAFSA 2017-2018 : Click here

Bigfuture.collegeboard.org : A great website of handouts, presentations and tons of information about planning for college

College Prep Checklist: a checklist and pamphlet created by the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education.

Get Schooled!  : A GREAT website with current events, college info, resume help, GAMES and so much more!

BigFuture by The College Board : Information on finding colleges, paying for college and exploring careers.

Federal Student Aid : Visit this website for everything financial aid. How to get it, where to get it, who can apply for it, work study jobs and even help filling out a FAFSA(the Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

KnowHow2GO: A website made with teens in mind! Campus tours, college quizes, making a plan and even information on how to talk to an adult.

College Prep Checklists: Checklists for 9th-12th grade on what you need to do in each grade to prepare.

FAFSA Webinar: Learn the how-to’s, get questions answered and get resources.

Keep checking back here for more websites and information!

SmartScholar – a website that helps you find the perfect scholarship for you. Check it out and get some money for college!

Heading to college? Check out our Teen Room!

Prepare for college in ONE stop at the library! The teen room is equipped with information packets on paying for college, choosing the right college and more!

We even have an abundance of college guide books for parents and teens and test prep books.

If you don’t see a test prep or college guide that you are looking for just check with a librarian!

YALSA'S 2017 BEST OF THE BEST

2017 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

  • Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. In thirteenth-century Provence, Dolssa, branded a heretic after claiming to speak with God, flees her hometown.
  • Chee, Traci. The Reader. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, this stunning series opener introduces a world where reading is unheard of and a young orphan struggles to discover her family’s secrets.
  • Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. Harry N. Abrams. 2016. In 1868, Faith’s father is providing expertise at an archaeological dig, and when his body is found, most assume suicide amid the allegations of falsified discoveries. Only Faith suspects murder.
  • McGinnis, Mindy. The Female of the Species. Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. The social hierarchy of a small-town high school is revealed through the voices of Alex, Jack, and Peekay
  • Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. 2016. Nora López graduates from her Queens, New York, high school in the summer of 1977–a summer marked by a heat wave, arson, and the Son of Sam murders.
  • Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. 2016. His dad shot a gun at him, and “Ghost” Crenshaw has been running ever since.
  • Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel Books. 2016. It’s near the end of WWII and four refugees travel on foot during January to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship bound for safety.
  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. In a distant future in which humanity has practically conquered death, the population is controlled by Scythes, the only beings capable of causing death
  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press. 2016. Daniel decides to let fate dictate his life and NaTasha doesn’t believe in fate. But today, NaTasha will believe in anything if it allows her to avoid deportation.
  • Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King. Crown Books for Young Readers. 2016. One is the son of a snake-handling preacher serving time in prison. One is a fashionista with New York dreams.

 

Websites to check out...

100 Best Young Adult books of All Time – By TIME magazine.

SAT DATES FOR 2017-2018: By CollegeBoard

YALSA Book Finder:
Teen Book Finder – don’t know what to read next? Try this site out!

All things STEM : wikis.ala.org
How Stuff Works:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/

All things guys :
www.guysread.com 

Music Composition:
http://www.youngcomposers.com/

Teek Ink, all things teens:
http://www.teenink.com/

ScenariosUSA, for our filmmakers and creators:
https://scenariosusa.org/

Ultimate STEM Guide: 239 cool STEM sites
for kids & teens

YALSA Best Fiction for Teens 2016

The Ultimate Teen Bookshelf

Tween Recommended Reads

ALA Top Ten Young Adult Books

Teen Reads
For a list of way cool websites & things to do online, check out Makeuseof.com : http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-8-things-for-bored-teenagers-to-do-online-nb/

Need to Volunteer?

Need to get volunteer hours done and you’re looking for something unique?

Check out New York Cares – a non-profit based out of New York City. They have plenty of unique volunteer opportunities throughout all five boroughs and some even outside of the city.

Click : Youth Volunteering OR Youth Volunteer Referral Guide

 

Awesome new books, magazines, movies, and games...
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Video Games

Click here for a list of our video game holdings!

Just for Teens

Non-Fiction Books

Ever wondered who invented toilet paper? Or who is the greatest baseball player of all time? We’ve got the books to answer!

Series Books

Divergent, Hunger Games, Alex Rider, Blue Bloods, and Maze Runner are just a few.

Biographies

Learn about the stories behind the names.

Audiobooks

Listen to a book instead!

Xbox360, Wii, PS3, Game Cube and more.

Lots of great titles to choose from. Xbox One and PS4 games will be arriving soon.

Magazines

Girls’ Life Magazine, Game Informer, Seventeen Magazine and coming soon – Teen Vogue.

Computer

Internet access plus Microsoft Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint.