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The library is hosting a town hall meeting at main library building (65 Scotland Rd.) on Thursday, 4/18, at 7 p.m., where architect Andrew Berman will present plans for building project. Details here.

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Welcome to the Teen Page. This page has information for anyone in grades 6-12 and is a part of the Youth Services Department.

SOPL is open in temporary location!

The main library is closed for construction, and the library has moved its operations to a new location at 298 Walton Ave.

Hours of Operation
Mondays | 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesdays | 8:30am-8:00pm
Wednesdays | 8:30am-6:00pm
Thursdays | 8:30am-8:00pm
Fridays | 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturdays | 9:00am-5:00pm
Sundays | 1:00pm-5:00pm

Adult, Teen, Children’s Reference
Material circulation for all ages, all formats
BCCLS delivery
Reader’s Advisory
Reserved material pick up
Computer and Internet Access
Printing and Scanning
Notary & proctoring
Community programs: via Zoom until further notice


*A secondary temporary library location is also planned: the Baird Center, anticipated to open in 2024, which will provide space for a small browsing collection and minimal programming. Registration for programming will be required. More information will be provided as available.

Subscribe to the library newsletter, follow us on social media. Learn more about the moving plans here. Anyone with inquires can call the library or email us at: youthservices@sopl.org.


Youth Services Staff

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“What the Guac” with SHU students and teens (Fall 2023)

Teen Library Advocate (TLA) will meet on Wednesday March 20, at 4pm. (For March, a virtual or in-person meeting is TBD).

Please note that due to the library’s relocation of its services, programs and events, registration for all in-person programs will be required. Once we have secured a location, further information on how to register will be provided.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in our temporary location!


Teen Library Advocates (2023)








Teen Events - open to students in grades 6-12 unless otherwise indicated. Stay tuned for upcoming programs!

Young Adult Titles

Layers: a Memoir

by Penelope Bagieu

Artifacts of An Ex

by Jennifer Chen

Two Tribes

by Emily Bowen Cohen

Fault Lines

by Nora Carpenter

The Blackwoods

by Brandy Colbert

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


by L.C. Rosen

Lore Olympus: Volume one

by Rachel Smythe

Foul Heart Huntsman

by Chloe Gong

This Winter

by Alice Oseman

Families of All Kinds

Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding

by Sajni Patel


by Rainbow Rowell

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

by Adiba Jaigirdar

A Snake Falls to Earth

by Darcie Little Badger


by Stephanie Garber

With the Fire on High

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Everything Sad Is Untrue

by Daniel Nayeri


by Kelly Yang

Some Mistakes Were Made

by Kristin Dwyer

Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas

On a Sunbeam

by Tillie Walden








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 few 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, or TLA, 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.

2023-2024 Teen Library Advocates