Summer Programs for Teens – 2022

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2022 Summer Reading Challenge

Teaneck Library’s Annual Summer Reading Challenge for all ages (teens, adults and children) begins on June 13! Log your reading at teanecklibrary.beanstack.org or via the Beanstack Tracker app June 13 through August 12  for a chance to win prizes and raffle tickets. Teaneck residents only.

The Summer Reading program is made possible by generous funding from the Friends of Teaneck Public Library. Photographs taken during summer reading events may be used for publicity.

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Teen Events

Graphic Novel Book Club
Wednesdays June 29 – August 17 at 7pmRegister
Incoming Grades 6-12
Join Teen Librarian, Ms. Jackie, to discuss a different graphic novel each week!


Creative Tech Time
By Appointment, Tuesdays July 5 – August 9 from 3:30-5:30pmRegister
Try your hand at coding, 3D Design, LEGO Mindstorms and more. Get tech help, or explore and learn new skills with one-on-one support. Registration required.


Sew-It Workshop!
Tuesday, July 12 from 5-7pmRegister
Incoming Grades 6-12
Learn to use a real sewing machine and create a unique project to take home!


Teen Paint NightIn-Person!
Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm Register
Incoming grades 6-12
Join us for Teen Paint Night! Chat with friends as you get creative and complete a canvas to keep! Supplies are included!. Registration required, space is limited.


Summer Reading Finale Party
Tuesday 8/16 at 6:30 PM (Rain Date 8/18)
in the Children’s Reading Garden

All are welcome as we celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Challenge (for kids, teens and adults) with DJ Pat Poon aka Dad Punk. Bring the whole family and get ready to dance, participate in some fun activities and enjoy an icy treat. You deserve it!

The Summer Reading program is made possible by generous funding from the Friends of Teaneck Public Library. Photographs taken during this event may be used for publicity.


Back to School Night for Grades 5-12 – Zoom
Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm
Teaneck parents and teens are invited to Teaneck Public Library’s Back to School Night. Youth Librarians will share information about the library’s many helpful (and free) resources for teens and families including online tutoring and study tools, curriculum support, volunteer opportunities, eBooks and audiobooks and programming. Following this brief overview, there will be an open Q&A session. Don’t have a library card? Don’t worry – we’ll cover that too!


Homeschool Back to School Night – Zoom
Thursday, September 15 at 7pm
Teaneck’s homeschooling parents are invited to Teaneck Public Library’s Back to School Night. Youth Librarians will share information about the library’s many helpful (and free) resources for homeschooling families including group visits, study tools, curriculum support, eBooks and audiobooks and programming. Following this brief overview, there will be an open Q&A session.


Banned Books Week
September 18 – 24
Come to the library to learn more about Banned Books Week, check out titles that are frequently challenged, and join our book discussion for middle and high school aged students.


Banned Book Discussion: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Tuesday, September 20 at 7pmRegister
Grades 9+
Persepolis, a graphic novel memoir, is the story of the author’s life as a young woman growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. During our event we will discuss the story and the reasons why this book has been challenged. Reserve a copy at bccls.org to read in advance.


Banned Book Discussion: Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Wednesday, September 21 at 7pmRegister
Grades 5+
Drama is a graphic novel centered around a middle school theater production and the drama of teen life. It is widely challenged for LGBT inclusivity. During our event we will discuss the story and reasons the book has been challenged. Reserve a copy at bccls.org to read in advance.


Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Orientation – Zoom
Thursdays July 7, August 4 & September 8 at 4pmRegister
Come and join us! Teens in grade 7 and up can get involved in the Library and earn community service credit. Attendance in one of our orientations and a complete volunteer application is required for participation.


Volunteer Opportunity: Drop-In Craft Time
Fridays, July 1 – August 26 from 9:30am-3:30pmApply
Assist prepping materials and helping kids create simple crafts in the Children’s Room. Registration required.


Volunteer Opportunity: Book BuddiesApply
For the first time since 2019, Book Buddies is back in-person and better than ever! Our Teen Book Buddies are an essential part of Summer Programming here at Teaneck Library. From reading with kids to helping at craft programs and special events, our Book Buddies volunteer throughout the entire summer, earn valuable community service credit, and gain practical skills. Book Buddies is open to any student or teen resident in middle and high school. To apply, please fill out an application.


Book Buddies / Volunteer Pizza Party!
Thursday, August 11 at 4pm (Rain date: August 18 at 3pm)
Our Book Buddies are an essential part of summer programming. We will honor our Book Buddies with a pizza party and completion certificates. Summer volunteers will receive an invitation by email.


Volunteer Opportunity: All-Ages Summer Finale Party
Tuesday, August 16 4-8 PM (Rain Date: August 18)Apply
Registration required.


Volunteer Opportunity: Book Wrapping Party
Monday, September 12 at 3:30pmApply
Do you love using your hands to wrap gifts? Help the library by wrapping up books for Banned Books Week! Earn volunteer credit and have fun! Registration Required.


Volunteer Opportunity: Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays, September 13 – November 15 at 4pm
Teen Tuesdays is back for a new school year! Join us after school for a different activity each week and help us plan for future programs. Community Service can be offered for assisting in this program. Ask our Teen Librarian for more information.


Volunteer Opportunity: Fall Fest!
Sunday, October 2 (Rain Date: October 23)Apply
Save the date! Registration required.