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Teens


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Parental Teen Read Week Tips: at home

  • Set aside time each day for the family to read
  • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward
  • Share your favorite book with your teen
  • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors
  • Use the YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
  • Host a book discussion group
  • Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
  • Listen to audiobooks on trips
  • Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
  • Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
  • Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
  • Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

 

For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.

Research Databases:

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the US Newspaper Directory to find information about American newpapers published 1690-present. A great resource for primary historical records!

Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition

Britannica Library for children, young adults and adults. Search encyclopedia articles as well as magazines, web sites, and videos. You can also explore primary sources, a dictionary, and the Year in Review.

Explora Secondary Schools (EBSCO)

Research for middle school and high school students: search for your subject or browse topics such as arts and literature, biography, current issues, health and more. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

Covers today's hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration, includes more than 19,000 pro/con viewpoint essays.

Washington Post, Historical Newspapers 1877-1994 (ProQuest)

Browse and search complete issues; view articles, photos, ads, marriage announcements, obituaries and cartoons; print, download, and share articles and images.


Teen Advisory Boards

Teen Advisory BoardsIf you're a teen looking to get involved, make friends and learn about your community, many of our branches host Teen Advisory Boards. Find out more about these groups by stopping into your local branch!

Pictured here: Surratts-Clinton TAB

Teens events

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Oxon Hill
Join us for a space themed movie as part of our Summer @ Your Library program, A Universe of Stories.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bowie - Auditorium
Design your own spaceship and learn how to create something that can be 3D printed. Part of our Summer @ Your Library program, A Universe of Stories.

Thu, Jun 20, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hyattsville
Teens can earn service hours and help to improve the library. Join us as we work on teen-centered and community-oriented projects and programs at the Hyattsville Library.

Mon, Jun 24, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Oxon Hill - Small Meeting Room
Visit one of these libraries: Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, or Spauldings, for free lunch & fun! For children ages 18 & under. Groups please call ahead.

Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spauldings - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hillcrest Heights
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fairmount Heights - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Mon, Jun 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Greenbelt - Small Meeting Room
Earn service hours while making your local library a great place for teens. Enjoy snacks, meet new people, become a leader!

Mon, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Largo-Kettering
Learn to play or improve your chess game. All ages are welcome!

Mon, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bowie - Conference Room
Learn to play or improve your chess game. All ages are welcome! Presented by Eagle Chess Academy.

Mon, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Oxon Hill
Earn service hours while making your local library a great place for teens. Enjoy snacks, meet new people, become a leader!

Mon, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Oxon Hill
Join us for a scavenger hunt with questions about space. Part of our Summer @ Your Library program, A Universe of Stories.

Tue, Jun 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Oxon Hill - Small Meeting Room
Visit one of these libraries: Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, or Spauldings, for free lunch & fun! For children ages 18 & under. Groups please call ahead.

Tue, Jun 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spauldings - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Tue, Jun 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hillcrest Heights - Conference Room 1
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Tue, Jun 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fairmount Heights - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Tue, Jun 25, 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Beltsville
Learn to play or improve your chess game. All ages are welcome!

Tue, Jun 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Largo-Kettering
Action film based on the Marvel comics superhero and his alter ego, munitions magnate Tony Stark, as they take on villains bent on world domination.

Tue, Jun 25, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
South Bowie - Small Meeting Room
In celebration of Pride Month, watch this 2018 rom-com and coming of age story about a gay high school student who has not yet come out to his family and has fallen for his anonymous online pen pal.

Tue, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Laurel - Large Meeting Room B
Join us for an evening of crocheting and knitting. If possible, please bring your own materials due to limited supplies. No prior experience needed. All ages are welcome!

Wed, Jun 26, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Oxon Hill - Small Meeting Room
Visit one of these libraries: Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, or Spauldings, for free lunch & fun! For children ages 18 & under. Groups please call ahead.

Wed, Jun 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spauldings - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Wed, Jun 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hillcrest Heights - Conference Room 1
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Wed, Jun 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fairmount Heights - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
New Carrollton - Large meeting room 1
Do you love comics? Have you ever wanted to create your own? Come to the Library and learn to draw your very own comic strip. Supplies will be provided.

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bowie - Conference Room
Journey into the Upside Down in the library as we celebrate Summer @ Your Library: A Universe of Stories. Create crafts and watch your favorite episodes with fellow fans.

Thu, Jun 27, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Oxon Hill - Auditorium
Visit one of these libraries: Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, or Spauldings, for free lunch & fun! For children ages 18 & under. Groups please call ahead.

Thu, Jun 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spauldings - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Thu, Jun 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hillcrest Heights - Conference Room 1
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Thu, Jun 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fairmount Heights - Large Meeting Room
Come by one of these neighborhood branch libraries (Beltsville, Fairmount Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Oxon Hill and Spauldings) for free lunch and fun! Children up to the age of 18 while meals last.

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
New Carrollton - Large meeting room 1
Do you love to game? Come to the library and try out lots of gaming from PS4 Wii to PC games and VR.

Thu, Jun 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Bowie
Explore Google Earth and space like never before using virtual reality Oculus Rift.

Thu, Jun 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hyattsville
Embark on a guided journey through space with Google Expedition virtual reality while earning service learning hours!

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