Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write 2018

The Teen Librarian Division of the Library Association of Rockland County is proud to announce that they will be publishing their third collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry written by teens in Rockland County. Submissions are open to anyone in grades 6-12 that lives in Rockland County. Submissions may be no longer than 2500 words in length.  Graphic novel pieces may be no longer than 5 pages. This will be a juried publication featuring published guest editors! The book launch will be at a Rockland County Library (tba) in May 2018.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Please submit entries to



Did you know teens can earn community service hours by volunteering at the library?  Volunteering is a fun way to gain work experience and looks great on future applications!


· Must be between 12-18 years old

· Completed application (pick one up at the

            Children’s Desk!)

· Letter of recommendation on letterhead from a teacher, counselor, coach, etc.

· If you’re in high school and are interested in Homework Help, you must turn in your most recent report card or transcript.  You must have at least an 80 average in your core classes.

· Must attend an orientation with Jessica.


Teen Book Club

Each meeting will feature a chosen book, plus discussion about your favorite books!

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm                                                               Ages: 12-18

Dates and Books:


November 27: The Walls Around Us by Nova Suma   

December 18: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin   

January 29: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion   

February 26: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky   

March 26: Graceling by Kristin Cashore   


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:

  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

  Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson





  - Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

  Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz 

  Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin


Summer Reading At The Library

Throughout the summer, teens logged the books they read for the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Each week, the reader stopped by the Children’s Reference Desk to pick up a book and a prize.  They also received a raffle entry for every book they reviewed, which entered them to win gift cards or signed books!

It all led to the end of summer Grand Prize Raffle!  Congratulations to the four runners up, who each received a $50 gift card to Target!  

How will Nicole and Naomie spend theirs?











And a gigantic congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Hector, who received an iPad mini!


Like what you see?  Consider participating in the Teen Summer Reading Program and teen programming coming to you for Summer 2018.


Summer Programs at the Library

Teens enjoyed a summer of art, technology, and of course, books here at the Finkelstein Memorial Library!  On July 25th, Henna artist Margie Nugent taught us about the plant-based dye that began in the Fertile Crescent and has become a popular expression of art in recent years.  

First, teens practiced their skills on paper hands                                                                       Next, they practiced with frosting on cookies (YUM!)



Finally, everyone got a henna tattoo from Margie herself (glitter optional!) 


Each teen walked away with a beautiful henna design, some of which lasted for two weeks!




On August 2nd, we were joined by Jennifer Treuting who taught us how to make our own stop motion films!  Not sure what stop motion animation is?  Think about movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, or Wallace and Gromet

Working in groups of 2 or 3, tweens ages 9-14 created 3 individual short films!  








Click the links below to watch the finished films!

The Green Goo






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

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!