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Teens @ GFJ!

We may not be able to offer in person summer programs, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots of summer fun for you!

Starting June 24th through August 24th

Download the READsqared App or follow the link below to register for the summer learning program. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call the library. A physical copy of the summer learning program will also be available to be picked up at the library! Thanks. -Kenneth Roman, Teen Librarian

Teen Summer Learning Program: Download the App or visit gfjlibrary.ny09.readsquared.com

Teens in grades 7th -12th can sign up for this free learning program to encourage reading habits. The more you read, write, and participate in missions, the more chances you’ll have to win cool prizes.

Missions to look for on READsquared include:

  • Folk and Fairy Tale Workshop – Starts June 24th
  • Fan Fiction Writing Program – Starts June 24th
  • Fairy Tale Art Program – Starts June 24th
  • Lost in Glass Digital Escape Room – Starts July 6th
  • Trapped in Oz Digital Escape Room – Starts July 20th
  • Breakout of Neverland Digital Escape Room – Starts August 3rd
  • Escape Wonderland Digital Escape Room – Starts August 17th
  • More missions and descriptions can be found on READsquared!

The Library Detective Digital Escape Room Series! More Coming Soon!


  • Free Ebooks and audiobooks with the Overdrive/Libby App
    Click here to get to the Overdrive website or download the Libby App to your Phone or Tablet
    All you need is a library card number and pin number!
  • Teen Book Cloud
    Click here to get to Teen Book Cloud


Join us as we launch the library’s podcast “The Shoemaker’s Library”.

Find out what’s new in libraries, innovations libraries are offering their patrons, plus book talks of some of today’s big hits for all ages. “The Shoemaker’s Library” is a monthly podcast hosted by teen librarian, Kenneth Roman, which spotlights activities and resources at the library. During each episode there will be book talks about the newest books as well as occasional special guests to share their love of libraries and talk about events they are running in the community.


Meet your YA Librarian!
iSchool Graduate Student Headshots 2016

Kenneth Roman
  • Graduate of Syracuse University with a Masters in Library and Information Science/School Media Specialist
  • Graduate of Binghamton University Bachelor’s in History and English
  • Favorite Book Series: Harry Potter
  • Interests: Folk and Fairy Tales, Mythology, Musical Theater
What’s Your Librarian Reading?

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  • Reading Rants! Out of the ordinary Teen Booklists A group of booklists for teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there’s life after John Green and JK Rowling.
  • Kids, Code, and Computer Science – A magazine published 6 times a year exploring computer science and software programming.
  • Teen Ink – A teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums.
  • Teen Reads – Reviews and excerpts of new and forthcoming YA books, as well as adult titles that are appropriate for a teen audience. Check out the Ultimate Reading List, a collection of more than 450 titles that they think every teen should read!
  • Epic Reads – Harper Collins Publishers’ site with books, authors, eBook deals, videos, and more!


Interested in volunteering @ the GFJ Library?

If you’re interested in volunteering, check with Kenneth for information. (Contact Kenneth at en.roman@4cls.org.) Teens are welcome to volunteer during our summer programs.

Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Sort books in circulation area.
  • Shelve books in Adult, Young Adult and Children’s departments.
  • Shelf reading, straightening, and shifting of books.
  • Help prepare for story time crafts and other activities.
  • Set up or take down chairs in meeting room for programs.

By Volunteering:

  • You can have an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of job-related skills.
  • You will have an opportunity to meet new people.
  • You can get volunteer experience for college, scholarship and job applications and recommendations by your supervisor.
  • You have access to the staff room. (Free food!)


Young Adult Department Mission Statement

The mission of the George F. Johnson Memorial Library Young Adult/Teen Department is to give teens access to resources and programs that will allow them to explore, discover, and understand themselves and their unique interests, as well as to develop skills in literacy, leadership, STEAM, and digital and social citizenship.


Contact the YA librarian at en.roman@4cls.org.