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Teen News

Tails and Tales Summer Learning Club

For Teens in grades 7 – 12

Registration is Open!!!

Register online at READsquared, Download the READsquared APP, or pick up a paper copy at the adult information desk.

Keep checking back to see what fun activities we have in store for teens this summer or check the calendar below.

Register for these great activities:

Teen Book Discussion Group – Starts Tuesday July 6th from 3:00 – 4:00 and runs every Tuesday through July 27th

Participants in this librarian-moderated group will read one, full-length novel each week and discuss it. The books will be provided free of charge and are registrants to keep. Meet in the downstairs meeting room.  Registration is required and attendance at all four sessions is highly encouraged.

Teen Street Art – Wednesday July 28th from 6:00 – 7:00

Cartoonist/illustrator Eric Maruscak is back for more chalk art fun. Teens entering grades 7 through 12 can learn chalk techniques and create fantastic pictures on the library sidewalk. Registration for this event is required and space is limited.


No Registration Required Events

Teen Digital Escape Room: The Library Detective and the Beast – July 12th

Teen Live Stream – Thursday July 8, July 22nd, and August 5th at 3:00

Join Teen Librarian, Kenneth Roman on Facebook live, through the Library Facebook page, as he discusses Teen Library News and answers teens questions.

Teen Murder Mystery – Clue drop every Monday starting July 26th, “Whodunit” Submission August 16th – August 20th

Teens entering in grades 7th – 12th can play to enter for a chance to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. Others are welcome to try and solve the mystery! This above link will be used to give you character information, statements, and clues to help you solve the murder mystery. Every week, from Monday July 26th to Monday August 16th, check back for new clues and information. Starting Monday August 16th and ending Friday August 20th, you can submit the form with your guesses of who and why. The solution to the mystery and winner of teen prize will be announced Monday August 23rd. Contact the George F. Johnson Memorial Library if you have any questions.

For Teens in grades 7 – 12!
Sign up today!

Interested teens can register for a two (2) box subscription with a box coming every two months. Inside the book box will be a library book selected by the teen librarian and other goodies! The goodies are for you to keep, the book and the box are returned. At the end of your subscription you can reapply for another subscription. There may be time between subscriptions depending on demand for the program. Any questions can be emailed to en.roman@4cls.org. This program is free, but teens and/or parents must have a valid Four County Library card. (If necessary, priority will be given to patrons with George F. Johnson Memorial Library cards.)

How to Apply:

  1. You must be 12 to 18 years old.
  2. Email teen librarian Kenneth Roman at en.roman@4cls.org with your interest in the Teen Book Box Program.
  3. You will be emailed an application asking for information about your reading preferences.
  4. Once accepted, the librarian will let you know when your first box is ready to pick up!

Follow this link to sign up for updates on the teen book Box Program:


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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!)

Teen Department

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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Check out our Teen Resources page!

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.

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

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