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The Teen Summer Reading Lists are now available!

Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

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. 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. You can call, send me an email, or stop into the library. Yes, there’s something for everyone!

-Ms. Miller, Teen Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator

Teen Events - open to students in grades 6-12 unless otherwise indicated.

rapStudy: a Special Collaboration

Use the QR code to sign up and follow us @so_library on Instagram to learn more!

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

Asian American Voices: Stories & Authors

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

Frankly in Love

by David Yoon

Almost American Girl

by Robin Ha

When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon

American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

You Bring the Distant Near

by Mitali Perkins


by Jessica Jung


by Mary H.K. Choi

The Best We Could Do

by Thi Bui

Young Adult Titles

The Initial Insult

by Mindy McGinnis

Happily Ever Afters

by Elise Bryant

Home is Not a Country

by Safia Elhillo

Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas

The Girls I've Been

by Tess Sharpe

A Pho Love Story

by Loan Le

The Project

by Courtney Summers

When You Look Like Us

by Pamela Harris

One of the Good Ones

by Maika Moulite