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September is National
Library Card Sign Up Month!

Take a selfie with your SOPL library card and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #GetCarded for a chance to win Apple AirPods. Find out more details here!

Welcome to the Teen Page

Patrons in grades 6-12 are defined as teens. As Head of Youth Services, I oversee programs/events, what materials to have in the collection and more.

The Library is excited to work with Seton Hall University’s D.O.V.E Program to bring back Teen X Change! Get homework help, have group discussions, do arts and crafts, play games, and more. You and your friends are welcome everyday, but we’ll kick off Teen X Change for the Fall on Thursdays beginning September 14, 2023 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, ending on December 14. Follow us on Instagram, @so_library and be sure to check out the calendar for other teen events.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at SOPL!

-Ms. Keisha, Head of Youth Services


New titles are available for you in the  “New YA/Teen” area, along with special displays of books. During your next visit, say hello and introduce yourself – I might ask you what your literary appetite is!


Teen Library Cards are issued to resident patrons in grades 6-12.

Got a question? Do you have an idea for a program? Call the library or send an email to the Youth Services Department and someone will get back to you.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!


by Nadja Spiegelman

Cuban Girls Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

by Laura Taylor Namey

Infinity Son

by Adam Silvera

Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas

I am not your perfect Mexican daughter

by Erika L Sanchez

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This Train is Being Held

by Ismée Williams

Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers!

by Juliet Menéndez

Juliet Takes a Breath

by Gabby Rivera

The New David Espinoza

by Fred Aceves

Mexican Whiteboy

by Matt de la Pena

Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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

Check out these Back to School Titles!


by Alex Gino

A Lesson in Vengeance

by Victoria Lee

David Tung Can't Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College

by Ed Lin


by Raina Telgemeier

The Hate U Give

by A. C. Thomas

Ace of Spades

by Faridah Abike-iyimide


by Alice Oseman


by Rainbow Rowell

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

by Sonora Reyes

The New Guy

by Amy Spalding

School Trip

by Jerry Craft

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander








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 in the last couple of years, 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 (2020) and presented with a proclamation by the Village of South Orange (pictured bottom left).

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 2023-2024

Young Adult Titles

Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh

by Rachael Lippincott

Where is Anne Frank

by Ari Folman

Dear Medusa

by Olivia A. Cole

Fault Lines

by Nora Carpenter

Give Me a Sign

by Anna Sortino

Phoebe's Diary

by Phoebe Wahl

The Brothers Hawthorne

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My Hero Academia, Vol. 32

by Kōhei Horikoshi

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 9: Operation: Entertainment District

by Koyoharu Gotoge

Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed

by Dashka Slater

One of Us Is Back

by Karen M. McManus

House Party

by Justin A. Reynolds (Editor)

Into the light

by Mark Oshiro