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

Summer Teen Party!

For teens grades 7 - 12. Join us for pizza, prizes, a laser light show Wondergy on Tuesday, July 30, 5 - 7 pm!

No registration required; just drop in! See you threre!

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.

Save the Date for KingCon!

Our annual mini-comic convention; King Con; is back! It will be held
Saturday, August 3, 10 am - 4 pm.

For more information about events held during that day and more; check out the King Con page. See you there!

Summer Volunteers

Teens - earn community service hours by working on projects that will be donated to various organizations. Please pick up an application at the Library beginning June 24. All volunteers must be entering grades 7-12 and live in or attend school in the NRCSD. More volunteer opportunities listed below:

Space Station Volunteers
Builders Club Volunters - Mondays
Gaming Hour Volunteers
Creative Crafts Volunteers
Village Creative Crafts Volunteers
Builders Club Volunteers - Wednesday

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.

Upcoming Teen Programs

Home Studio Recording & Audio Engineering
August 5, 6, 13, 14 19 & 20, 6:30 pm
Learn how to edit, mix, fine-tune audio, and more, in this 6-part workshop led by hip hop artist and audio engineer Matt Saxon. For beginners and those who know a little about it! Registration required; begins July 15.

Teen Writing Workshop
Tuesdays, July 9 - 30, 6 - 8 pm
For teens in grades 7-12. Learn from published local author JG Faherty in this 4-week session. Bring a 1-2 page writing sample to first session. Registration required; now open.

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!

Nintendo Switch

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

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A Black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don't bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas.

Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it's time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.

Yet against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris... like loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making.

But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life-along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

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.

2019 Printz Honor Books

Damsel
Damsel
By Elana K. Arnold

A Heart in a Body in the World
A Heart in a Body in the World
By Deb Caletti

I, Claudia
I, Claudia
By Mary McCoy

And the Printz Award Goes To...

The Poet X
The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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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