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Teens @ GFJ!

Stuck at home, now what?

I am working on creating online activities and digital resources to help teens keep busy while we are encouraged to stay home. Please keep checking back on this webpage or follow us on Facebook to be notified when something new is available. Thanks. -Kenneth Roman, Teen Librarian

Read & Write while Quarantined! Teen learning Program: gfjlibrary.ny09.readsquared.com

Teens in grades 6th -12th can sign up for this free learning program to encourage reading habits. The more you read and write the more chances you’ll have to win cool prizes.


The Phantom of the Library & The Phantom f the Library Returns digital escape rooms! Click the banners below to start your journey, if you dare!


  • 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

Harry Potter Book and Movie Club! Postponed until further notice. Keep reading Harry Potter!

Click on any program in the calendar for more info or to register.

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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.