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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


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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

Mon, Oct 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bowie - Conference Room
Join us as we discuss the 2019 One Maryland One Book "What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City."

Mon, Oct 21, 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, Oct 21, 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, Oct 21, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Learn to play or improve your chess game. All ages are welcome!

Tue, Oct 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fairmount Heights - D.R.E.A.M Lab
Learn to record and mix vocals for a clean sound. No prior experience required!

Tue, Oct 22, 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Beltsville - Conference Room
Learn to play or improve your chess game. All ages are welcome!

Tue, Oct 22, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
New Carrollton
A weekly after school program for middle schoolers to learn about STEM careers, participate in design challenges, and develop skills needed to become creative problem solvers in the 21st century. Registration is required.

Tue, Oct 22, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Come play board games at the library! Bring one of your own, or play one of ours.

Tue, Oct 22, 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!

Thu, Oct 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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.

Sat, Oct 26, 10:30am - 12:30pm
In partnership with International Rescue Committee (IRC) English Learners, immigrant youth, can receive free homework, language acquisition, and college preparation assistance.

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