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Welcome to the Teen Page!

Going upstairs to the young adult department is a right 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 pandemic.  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. If you miss hanging out in the Meeting Room on Thursdays, not to worry, we’re still here – just online. Check out the calendar for a complete listing of after school 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.

Fall Programming

Afterschool Programs

Wednesdays, 4pm – 5pm

Teen Library Advocates (TLA), a service group for students in middle school and high school will meet online on November 4 & 18 and December 2 & 16. Complete a TLA application and email it to: volunteer@sopl.org.

Thursdays, 3pm – 5pm  (ends November 19)

Teen X Change, students in middle school and high school can play games, hang out with friends or get help with homework from SHU students.




View the Calendar


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 i 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 this year, the work didn’t stop! This summer, VolunTEENs rolled up their sleeves to help with community projects and library programming. 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