Welcome to the GFJ Memorial Library’s Teen Page. All teen programs are in yellow on the calendar below. Check out upcoming programs, new books and interesting stuff.
Questions? Contact the teen librarian at en.roman@4cls.org.


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.


New YA Books for April

YA Library NEWS:

April is Poetry Month

Share Poetry with Spine Poetry

What is spine poetry?

Spine poetry is where you stack spines of books to make a poem.

Create your own spine poetry and share to win prizes!


How to play:

This is a teen program for patrons in grades 7-12.

  1. Create spine poem with books you find around the library, school, home, etc.
  2. Take picture of your spine poem.
  3. Send your picture to gfjteen@gmail.com throughout the month of April.
  4. Your poem could be placed on the library’s teen webpage and the Teen News Bulletin board.
  5. All entries will be put into a raffle to win one of two gift cards to Barnes and Noble.
  6. Raffle will take place on May 1st 2017.


Name: Emily

Grade: 7

School: M-E Middle School






2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees


View nominees here (pdf).

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten


What Your Librarian is Reading:


By David Elliott

“Mommy has a little Calf.

Little Calf.

Little Calf.

Mommy has a little Calf.

His Nose is Black as Tar.”

Experience the myth of the Minotaur in verse!

What Your Librarian is Reading:

Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher

“You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.”

Meet New YA Librarian

Name:  Kenneth Roman

Graduate of Binghamton University / Syracuse University

Bachelor’s in History and English / Masters in Library and Information Science/School Media Specialist

Favorite Book Series: The Harry Potter Series
Interests: Folk and Fairy Tales, Mythology, and Musical Theater

Free Time: Listening and reading books, watching TV, hanging out with friends, and going to see shows.

I am pleased to be working at the George F. Johnson Memorial library as a librarian.  This is not my first experience at the GFJ library.  For the past 9 years I worked as a page and then an intern.  As an intern my job included running open hours and teaching classes in the library’s Tech Center.  I specialize in young adult services and technology support.  I also enjoy presenting programs and teaching classes.  I look forward to working with patrons and helping you with your information needs.

iSchool Graduate Student Headshots 2016


Reading Rants!- Out of the ordinary Teen Booklists

Kids, Code, and Computer Science

Teen Ink

Teen Reads

Teen Links to check out:
Games & Fun
How Do I get my working papers?
Movies & Stuff

Interested In Volunteering @ the GFJ Library?

If you’re interested in volunteering , check with Cathy for information about volunteering at the library! Teens are welcome to volunteer during our summer programs. ( contact Cathy at en.cathy@4cls.org.)
Volunteer Activities:
* Sort books in circulation area
* Shelve books in Adult, Young Adult and Children’s departments
* Shelf reading/straightening/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.
* There is a sign-in sheet so you can keep track of your hours
* You have access to the staff room. (free food!)
Register for all of our programs from home with our new online registration!

Click on any program on the calendar below to get more information or to register online!

Programs with an ® require registration.

Need help? Click here to view registration instructions.

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