For Teens

Teen Programs

Teen Reading Challenge


Find out how to reduce your environmental impact in our air, water, and even at home through this resourceful Earth Day challenge designed to educate and inspire. Be a planet protector and earn 8 new badges using our online reading program, Beanstack.

During Earth Month 2021, challenge yourself to learn more about this precious planet we all call "home." Learn about ways to help our environment: "use it up ... wear it out ... make it do ... or do without!" -- World War II Advertising Council, March 1944





Guidelines for the Youth Services Department (11/16/2020)

It is our desire to provide the best learning enviornment possible. In the children and teen section of the library please keep these things in mind:

  • Please remember to always wear masks and maintain social distancing.

  • We ask that there is only one group per table.

  • Due to many students needing space for online learning, we highly recommend headphones whever possible as a way to reduce distractions.

  • Please clean up your seating area before leaving.

  • Please use our Cafe Table when eating.

  • Please make sure to check in and out with both the YS desk and the front desk.  


Due to the limited amount of space we have on the 2nd floor, once we have reached 12 patrons we will open the programming room to others needing a space for learning.

In the programming room:

  • We have space for 5 one-on-one learning spaces (i.e. one student with one adult).

  • If there is a family or group desiring to use the room, you may reserve the room for one-hour time slots.

  • We ask that everyone wear masks while in the programming room.

  • Please do not use anything found in the programming room; instead, if something is needed please ask an employee and we will be glad to assist you.

  • Please clean your seating area before leaving.

Programs for Teens in Grades 6-12


A library card is not required to attend library events.


Be sure to check our calendar and announcements for upcoming events!

Click here to sign up for our monthly Youth Services Department E-newsletter

to stay up-to-date on all of our programs.


Call 724-658-6659 x111 or



Teen Volunteers

If you are under 18 and would like to volunteer,

please download, complete, and return the teen volunteer application to the Youth Services Department.

Teen Volunteer Application

Questions? Call 724-658-6659 x106


Links for Teens


POWER Teens provides online resources including full-text research e-resources, collections of photographs and documents, the statewide catalog of materials held in libraries throughout Pennsylvania, and Chat with a Librarian.

The YALSA Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose from their favorite books of the previous year!

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses free writing resources and instructional material. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Teen Ink is a magazine, blogs, book series and website written entirely by teens. An excellent resource for teen writers and artists.

Merlyn's Pen: fiction, essays, and poems by America's teens.


Teen Issues


Looking for information about...


Applying for College



Abusive Relationships


  • Teens Health- defines healthy and abusive relationships

  • Red Flag Campaign- list of warning signs for potentially abusive relationships

  • Love is Respect- answers questions such as why do people stay in abusive relationships


Drug Addiction/Abuse



Eating Disorders



Library Hours 


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Friday & Saturday         8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday                                           CLOSED

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