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Our Teen Summer Reading begins the first week of July for teens entering 7th - 12th grade in the fall. Log your books on the computer to receive weekly prizes, earn a chance to win weekly raffles for giftcards, and enter our grand prize raffle!


Tuesday | June 4th, 5 PM
Saturday | June 8th, 2 PM
Thursday | June 20th, 6 PM
Thursday | June 27th, 7 PM
Teens in grades 6 -12 who are interested in volunteering this summer can pick up applications at the children's desk.
Teacher's letter recommendation required.
Registration begins May 21st


Battle of the books club

Mondays | 5:00PM - 6:00PM
July: 8th, 15th, 22nd,  29th
Discuss each of the selected titles to prepare for the trvia-based battle against other libraries. Competition not your thing? Just come for all the bookish fun! Volunteers can earn time by writing reviews of each month's book and attending meeting.
No registration required.
July 8th: The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
July 15th: Illegal by Eoin Colfer
July 22nd: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
July 29th: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
August 5th: Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
August 12th: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
August 19th: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
August 26th: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Solar Flair

Wednesday | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
July 10th
Make your own solar-powered lantern using some basic household items. All materials will be provided.
No registration required.

Escape the Robot Apocalypse

Wednesday | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
July 24th
Test your wits in our Escape Room Challenge! Team up with friends to solve a series of clues and puzzles.
Limted to 20. Registration begins July 10th.

Felt Space Rocks

Thursday | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
July 11th
Make your own layered space rock with special guest Christine Adams!
Limited to 13. Registration begins June 27th.

Shared Universe

Wednesdays | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
July 17th | August 14th
Do you love to write science fiction or fantasy? Bring your imagination to our world-building workshop and help create a whole new universe of stories.
MUST attend both sessions. Limited to 15. Registration begins July 3rd.

Random Fandom Goes to the Moon

Thursdaydays | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
July 18th & August 15th
Do you love pizza? What about movies, games and crafts? Then this program is for you! Galaxy crafts and space movies await you. Pizza is first come, first seved, and must be eaten at the program.
No registration required.

Paper Circuits

Wednesday | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
July 31st
Bring your drawings to life with with sound! We'll be testing the lbirary's newest gadget, the Makey Makey, to make some interactive drawings.
Limted to 12. No registration required.


Wednesday | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
August 7th
Play six-person Super Smash Bros. on the WiiU and enjoy a night of Nintendo-themed fun and trivia.
Limited to 16. No registration required.

Stop Motion Animation

Wednesday | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
August 21st
Use the library's iPads or your own cell phone to learn some simple stop motion film techniques.
No registration required.

Universe of Stories End of Summer Party

Wednesday | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
August 21st
Crafts, games, and FOOD! Special guest to be announced. Food must be eaten at the program.
No registration required.


Are you a writer or an artist?  Are you a teen who lives in Rockland County?  Get published in Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write 2019!


                    Teens gather at the 2018 Scrawl book launch party at the Valley Cottage Library.


                    Published Teens talk to guest editors Carolyn MacCullough and JG Faherty

       LARC Teen Division and Scrawl Committee Members (left to right): Jessica, Emily, Joanna, Ruth, and Kristie

2019 Winner of The Michael L. Printz Award!

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother's religion and her own relationship to the world. Drawing from her own background in slam poetry, Elizabeth Acevedo introduces the reader to Xiomara Batista. Xiomara feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood ever since her body grew into curves. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say. YA FICTION AVEVEDO





Check out some of the Printz Honor Books:

Damsel by Eleana K. Arnold – The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.
When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.
However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her. -- Goodreads

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti – A freak encounter sends Annabelle’s mind reeling back to events from last year that she can’t seem to escape.  Annabelle starts running…and doesn’t stop. Before she knows it, she’s on a cross country run from Seattle to Washington, DC.  With the pain of every step, Annebelle relives that day and starts to heal. YA NEW FICTION CALETTI

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy – Disaffected amateur historian Claudia McCarthy never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy, but by accident, design, or scheme, she is pulled into the tumultuous and high-profile world of the Senate and Honor Council. Suddenly, Claudia is wielding power over her fellow students that she never expected to have and isn't sure she wants. -- Goodreads 

2019 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 Black God’s Drums By P. Djèlí Clark

The Book of Essie By Meghan MacLean Weir

Circe By Madeline Miller

Educated: A Memoir By Tara Westover

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After By Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

Green By Sam Graham-Felsen

Home After Dark by David Small

How Long ’Til Black Future Month? By N. K. Jemisin

Lawn Boy By Jonathan Evison

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik