The library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Welcome to the Teen Page!

Going upstairs to the young adult department is a rite of passage. And for many of you, that means doing homework, researching or simply being with friends after school. The library is open and we welcome you, though with some restrictions due to the COVID-19.  As the Teen Librarian, I’m always interested in learning about your interests, from what you like to read or other hobbies you may enjoy. If you’re stuck on selecting a book, I may ask you, “what’s your literary appetite?” and help you get a book that you’ll enjoy. Yes, there’s something for everyone!

I miss seeing you all here at SOPL. Our programs are still available, but virtually.  Check out the calendar for a complete listing of teen programs. When you decide to come into the library, you’ll also have an opportunity to get a newly designed  Teen Library Card which is fine-free and your gateway to the world. If you need assistance with anything, the library staff is here to help. Above all else, all questions are encouraged – you can call, send me an email, or stop into the library. Continue to inspire those around you and I’ll see you soon!

-Ms. Miller, Teen Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator

Teen Programming

programming is open to students in grades 6-12 unless otherwise indicated.

Winter 2021 Programming

Stay tuned! Teen Programs will resume the week of January 18th.

Young Adult Virtual Author Visit: Renee Watson



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VolunTEEN Program

The VolunTEEN Program is held during the summer months from the end of the South Orange-Maplewood district school year until mid-August, or 6-7 weeks. Started in 2009, this program is open to middle school and high school students. Those interested must complete an application and attend an orientation session to participate. While COVID-19 shifted the process during the summer of 2020, the work didn’t stop!  VolunTEENs rolled up their sleeves to help with community projects and library programming. As a result, they were honored as November’s Villagers of the Month and presented with a proclamation by the Village of South Orange.

Students interested in continuing community service during the school year are encouraged to sign up to be a Teen Library Advocate, where they will engage with other teens sharing ideas on and planning teen programming and more. To participate, click on the tab below to complete an application to become a teen library advocate.


Teen Library Advocate

Suggested Books About Race

A Wreath for Emmett Till

by Marilyn Nelson

Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you

by Ibram X. Kendi



I Am Alfonso Jones

by Tony Medina

Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds


by Walter Dean Myers

Piecing Me Together

by Renee Watson

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Tyler Johnson Was Here

by Jay Coles

X: A Novel

by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon