Fauquier County Public Library

Time For Teens At The Library

Posted by Brandy Smith on

Adults come to the library to check out books or apply for jobs online. Young children attend story times or LEGO club.

Why do teens come to the library?

Libraries provide a safe, non-judgmental place for teens to hang out, meet new friends and get involved in their community. Libraries also offer free access to programs and resources geared specifically for teens and trained reading experts who match the right book with the right teen.

Volunteering

Volunteering at the library is a good way to earn service hours; it also provides the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. During the summer, teen volunteers learn customer service skills by helping patrons register for the summer reading program. They hone their organizational skills while preparing materials and supplies for special events.  Experience as a summer reading program volunteer is helpful when applying for a part-time job and can enhance college applications.

Applications for teen summer volunteers will be accepted April 1 – 30. Teens 13 and older can download a form online or stop by their local library location to apply.  Interviews and training will be conducted in May.

Teens looking to volunteer year-round need look no further than the Warrenton central library. Teens ages 13 – 18 can be part of a year-round volunteer program and assist youth services staff with a variety of library programs.  Contact Jennifer Diamonti at (540) 422-8516 for details.

Planning
Who better to advise librarians about the types of programs and activities teens want at their local library than teens themselves? The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Bealeton branch library allows teens to do just that. At monthly meetings TAG members plan events, help with library programs and do fun activities.  Being a member of TAG is also a great way to meet other teens and earn service hours. To learn more, contact Brandy Smith at (540) 422-8535 or download a TAG application.

Reading

Whether a struggling reader, an English language novice, or developmentally disabled, there is a book for every teen at the library.  Young adults can choose from perennial favorites (think The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton) to new releases (The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo).

Here is a sampling of favorite teen books available at your local Fauquier County Public Library.

Carry On by Rainbow RowellSilhouette of boy and girl in profile. Cover image of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

The Giver by Lois Lowry

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Slayer by Kiersten White

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanUpper half of black face with streaming white hair. Cover of Children of Blood and Bone

Warcross by Marie Lu

For additional suggestions, browse the online catalog or stop by the reference desk at the library nearest you.

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library

*This article first appeared in the March 20, 2019 edition of Fauquier Times

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