HKDPL - Teen Services

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

Hello Summer! Teen Party

Monday, July 16, 5 - 7 pm
For teens grades 7-12. Kick off your summer with your peers! Eat pizza, watch a performance by Mime Robert Rivest and earn a chance to win prizes.

Let's Get Graphic!

Tuesday, July 17, 6 pm
Learn basic skills needed to create a graphic novel or short story. Intense fun and loads of take home info to help get you on your way!

Wanted: Teen Tech Volunteers

Are you tech savvy? Help patrons with basic tasks such as using a flash drive, creating a Word document, accessing email and email attachments, using the copy machine, printing, social media, uploading a resume, and help using smart devices. Interested?
Sign up today!

Review a Book - Earn Community Service!

Earn 2 hours of Community Service for every Book Review you submit. The book should be at a 6th grade reading level or higher. There is a limit of 4 submissions per month. Submissions will be read and you will receive an acceptance email. Accepted Reviews will be posted here.
Submit a Book Review

Summer Volunteers Needed

This summer Teen Volunteers can earn Community Service by working on projects that will be donated to various organizations. Please pick up an application at the Library beginning June 25. All volunteers must be entering grades 7-12 and live or attend school in the NRCSD.

Summer Reading 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Libraries Rock!

Looking for something to do this summer? Spend some time with us and your peers! Kick off Summer Reading with our Teen Hello Summer Party on Monday, July 16 at 5 pm. You may also volunteer and come to our special Summer Reading programs:

Let's Get Graphic!

Tuesday, July 17, 6 pm
Learn basic skills needed to create a graphic novel or short story. Intense fun and loads of take home info to help get you on your way!

Teen Writing Workshop

Mondays, July 23 - August 13, 6 pm
Teen Writing Workshops with local author JG Faherty. 4 week session. Registration required. You should bring a 1-2 page writing sample to the first session.

Magician's Magic Workshop for Teens

Wednesday, August 15, 6 pm
What do you know about magic, magicians and wizards? Join us for a workshop that introduces teens to the fascinating world of magic and wizardry. Who better to learn from than a real, live wizard?! $4.00 materials fee due at registration. Teens grades 6-12.


Saturday, August 18, 10 am - 4 pm
Express your fandom at our first annual mini-convention! Celebrate your passion be it comics, video games, anime and manga, movies and TV series or book series. Programs include Stage Combat Demonstration, How to Draw Anime & Manga, Cosplay Costume and Makeup 101, game shows and more! Check out the full list of events at our KingCon page. See you there!

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!

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

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Elias is the academy's finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he's ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. When Laia and Elias's paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

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.

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

Reach Out to Us At:

Main Library

  • 10 West Ramapo Road
  • Garnerville, NY 10923
  • Telephone: (845) 786-3800
  • Fax: (845) 786-3791

Village Branch

  • 85 Main Street
  • Haverstraw, NY 10927
  • Telephone: (845) 429-3445
  • Fax: (845) 429-7313