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!

KingCon 2020 Coming Soon!

August 8th, 10 am - 4 pm
We hope you all had a wonderful time at KingCon 2019! For images from last years event and to find out more informatin about KingCon 2020, drop by the KingCon page.

Thank You!

Thank you to all the Teens who volunteered this summer! Library teen volunteers worked on various projects this summer. They made blankets, pillows, toys, hats made with a loom, paracord bracelets for deployed military service people, helped with Children's programs, and more!

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!

Upcoming Teen Programs

Advanced Writing Workshops
Mondays, March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event has been cancelled
Advanced Teen Writing Workshops. Learn from published local author JG Faherty. Workshops are for students who are serious about developing their skills in the areas of genre fiction writing. Workshops will be comprised of four sessions, each requiring a writing assignment. Students for the Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop should be willing to have parts or all of their works read in class for discussion purposes. More details at first class.

Teenage Climate Activist Greta Thunberg


Greta Thunberg called on world leaders to acknowledge the seriousness of global warming and that not enough is being done to curb it. Speaking at a conference in the Austrian capital, Vienna, Thunberg suggested it was wrong to portray the worldwide shift necessary to rein in climate change as "primarily an opportunity to create new green jobs, new businesses, green economic growth," as some political and business leaders have done.

"This is above all an emergency and not just any emergency. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced," she said, adding: "This is not something you can like on Facebook."

A collection of Greta's groundbreaking speeches, including her historic address to the United Nations, are included in her new book. Check out the book and be inspired by Greta, who has become the voice of a generation.

Game On!

Nintendo Switch

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

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.

Book Preview of the Month

Kingdom of Souls

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Top 10 Teen Books

The Results Are In! Teens Voted for the Top 10 Books of 2019

  • 1. #Murder Trending by Gretchen McNeil
  • 2. Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • 3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • 4. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • 5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • 6. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  • 7. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • 8. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
  • 9. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll
  • 10. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Check out the summaries for the books listed above here.

Printz Award Winners 2020

Printz Honor Books

The Beast Player
By Nahoko Uehashi

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
By Mariko Tamaki

Ordinary Hazards, A Memoir
By Nikki Grimes

Where the World Ends
By Geraldine McCaughrean

And the Printz 2020 Award Goes To...


by A. S. King

The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family's maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grand children.

"Because we want them to thrive," Marla always says.

What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby's drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamaica between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a doublewide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest.

As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings precious white suburban respectability begins to spread, the far flung grand children gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.

Check out Goodreads for a summary

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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