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CALL FOR Volunteers!

Calling all teens ages 12-18 looking for volunteer service hours! 

The summer is a busy time in the Finkelstein Children's Room.  We count on teen volunteers to help with the Children's Summer Reading Game, as well as other programs being produced by the Children's staff.  

How to apply: Fill out the volunteer application here.  Get a letter of recommendation on letterhead from a teacher, guidance counselor, sports coach, religious leader/teacher, etc.  Bring these items to the Children’s Reference Desk at the Finkelstein Library! 

Jessica, the Teen Services Librarian, will contact you via email to set up an orientation and schedule you for hours.



Looking for something to do this summer?  Come to the library, where the AC is always running!  

Teen Summer Reading

Teens can sign up now for the Summer Reading Program here!  Logging starts July 2nd, 2017!  Just read a book and review it.  The review doesn't have to be the length of a school essay; a few sentences will do.  Just make sure they are your own words and ideas, and prove that you actually read the book.  Did you love it?  Did you hate it?  Did you love it but find the main character completely annoying?  Tell us all about it!

Teens earn a raffle entry for each approved review.  Weekly raffle prizes include: $10 Starbucks giftcard, $10 AMC giftcard, $15 Barnes and Noble giftcard, signed yet-to-be-released books and more!  All raffle tickets get re-entered for the grand prize at the end of the summer -- AN IPAD MINI 4!

Plus, be sure to stop by each week that you log books to choose your weekly prize: books, water bottles, earbuds, and more!


Tween Programming for ages 9-14

Beatbox Workshop

Tuesday, July 25; 6:30-7:15 pm

Learn the basics of beatboxing with Jester Jim!  Learn how to drop a beat to create a song!

Register at the Children's Desk beginning July 11th.      



Wednesday, August 2; 6:30-8:00 pm

Do you love The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline?  Did you know that kind of animation is called "stop motion" and is made by stringing together thousands of still images?  Using tablets and working in groups, tweens will create their own short stop-motion animation film!

Register at the Children's Desk beginning July 19th.  Space is limited.


Graphic Novel Club

Wednesdays, July 12, 26; August 9; 5:00-6:00 pm

Have you read every Raina Telgemeier book?  Do you love comics?  Come talk about them!  No registration required. The dates and books are

                                                                                 July 12th - Amulet Vol. 1 by Kazu Kibuishi;

                                                                                   July 26th - Drama by Raina Telgemeier;

                                                                                      August 9th - El Deafo by Cece Bell

Crafty Creations

Thursdays, July 6, 20; August 3; 6:30-7:30 pm

Get in touch with your creative side at this bi-weekly craft program.  Supplies are first come, first serve.  No registration required.


Teen Programming for ages 12-18

The Art of Henna

Thursday, July 27; 6:30-8:00 pm

Learn about the history and art of Henna!  Teens will learn where Henna comes from, how to draw Henna designs, and will practice with cookies and frosting!  Each teens will receive a Henna design and a cone of Henna to take home for practice.  PLEASE NOTE: Henna is a plant-based non-toxic dye that stains the skin for 1-2 weeks.  A permission for must be signed by the teen's parent or legal guardian.  

Register at the Children's Desk beginning Thursday, July 13th.  Space is limited!

Random Fandom

Wednesdays, July 19; August 23; 6:30-8:30 pm

Watch a movie, make a craft, or just hang out all while eating pizza!  Every month has a different theme!  No registration required.

Teen Book Club

Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 21, 28; 5:00-6:00 pm

Join us as we talk books and prepare for Battle of the Books (see below)!  Each week, we'll discuss a different books, plus some of our old favorites.  Not so competitive? Come enjoy the discussion without partcipating in the Battle.  You can also choose to come to every meeting, or only the ones where the discussion centers around a book you love!

The dates and books are: July 10 - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon; July 17 - Noggin by John Corey Whaley; July 24 - Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury; July 31 - I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest; August 7 - Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; August 21 - Cinder by Marissa Meyer; August 28 - Burn Baby Burn by Med Medina.  No registration required.



                                                                                                                         Battle of the Books 2017!

Battle of the Books is an annual competition between libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), which includes Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan Counties.  Each library forms a team of up to 10 teens in grades 6-12 to duke it out at the Battle on Sunday, September 10th (venue TBA)!  Each teen reads the eight selected titles over the course of the summer.  That's where Teen Book Club comes in handy!  Sure, you can just tell Jessica you're interested in the Battle and then read all of the books on your own, but it's much more fun to discuss them together!      

                                                                           Battle Titles:

                                                       - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

                                                               - Noggin by John Corey Whaley  

                              - Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

                                          - I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

                                - Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

                                             - Cinder by Marissa Meyer

                                       - Burn Baby Burn by Med Medina 

                                  - The Nameless City Book 1 by Faith Erin Hicks



2017 Winner of The Michael L. Printz Award!

March, Book 3 by John Lewish & Andrew Aydin; Illustrated by Nate Powell – Winner of the 2017 Printz Award for excellence in YA literature, March Book 3 is the third volume in the graphic novel series by Civil Rights activist John Lewis.  Known for marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his successful political career, Lewis recounts the events of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement with engaging illustrations. This award is made all the more impressive, because it is rarely given to a graphic novel or to the third book in a series.  March Book 3 also won the 2017 Coretta Scott King Award, an award that recognizes an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.  Check out March at the Finkelstein Library today!

Graphic novels not your thing?  Check out these Printz Honor books instead:

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – After some compromising photo surface of a blurry night, Emma Donovan withdraws into herself as they wondering: did she ask for it?




The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – Tracks the story of Dolssa, a heretic during the Spanish Inquisition who believes Jesus speaks to her.  Told in alternating perspectives by Dolssa, the heretic; Botille, a barmaid; and the monk to is writing Dolssa’s story many years later.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – In a future where disease had been eradicated, scythes are trained to control over population by “gleaning” random members of society.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – On her last day in New York before being deported back to Jamaica, Natasha meets Daniel, a Korean American boy torn between being Korean or American.  There are a million ways their meeting can impact the universe, which one will they choose?  Winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award.

2017 Alex Award Winners!

The Alex Award is given to exceptional books that are intended for an adult audience, but appeal to teens.  If you’re ready to move up the next step in your reading habits, consider giving one of these a try.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst - Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.




The Regional Office is Under Attack! By Manuel Gonzales -  Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero - After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.




Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart - Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.

Arena by Holly Jennings - Virtual gaming: Kali's team is competing to win, not to die.




Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North - Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.

Die Young With Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus - A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.

The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon - Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach - He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.

-- All Alex Award book descriptions from Ala.org

2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award – Sarah Dessen!

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors the lifetime achievement in writing for young adult authors.

Dessen’s books include:

The Truth About Forever  This Lullaby




Dreamland  and More!