For Teens

Teen Programs

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!

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

FANtastic Fandom

Typically first and third Mondays of the month @ 6 p.m.

September 16, October 7, November 4, December 2, December 16

For teens in grades 6-12 ONLY

Celebrating all your favorites. Bring anything you want to discuss or share.

We vote on what to view. Majority rules.

 Beatnik Café

Typically second Monday of the month @ 6 p.m.

September 9, October 21, November 18, December 9

All ages; best for teens and adults

Enjoy local music and entertainment in an open-mic environment.

If you are interested in performing, call Sharon at 724-658-6659 ext. 111.

Blind Cheese Pizza Challenge

Monday, September 23 @ 6 p.m.

For teens in grades 6-12 ONLY

Whose pizza is best in NeCa? Judge your local favorites including... well we can't tell you, can we?! Come taste for yourself!

Thank you to the local pizzerias who are graciously donating a pizza to the cause.

We look forward to sharing the final vote and revealing the tasty favorite.


Monday, October 28 @ 6 p.m.

For teens in grades 6-12 ONLY

Bring in old toys or use what we have here to mix and match pieces and create a new Frankentoy.


Monday, November 25 @ 6 p.m.

For teens in grades 6-12 ONLY

Earn 2 volunteer hours by participating in an activity that will benefit the library and the community.

Oreo Taste Test

Monday, December 23 @ 6 p.m.

For teens in grades 6-12 ONLY

Classic? Birthday Cake? Mint? Taste test different types of Oreos, and vote on your favorite.

Also for Teens

Homeschool Hot Spot
Tuesdays @ 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

September 3 - November 26

Best for homeschool families with kids ages 6+

Homeschool families are invited to this relaxed style co-op where our minds can conquer

language arts projects (such as writing, research, and public speaking) and art (including visual aids and hands-on projects)

in a group setting. No curriculum requirements; bagged lunches welcome!

Tech It Out
Wednesdays @ 6 p.m.

September 4 - November 20

Best for families

We’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty; Dash and Dot robots galore!

Bring the whole family to learn coding basics, race robots, and explore iPad apps that jump off the screen and onto the table.

Adults are encouraged to stay to ensure proper use of all technology.

Pokémon Club
Thursdays @ 6 p.m. *NEW TIME*

September 5 - November 21

For school age kids and teens
Join fellow trainers to talk Pokémon, have card battles, or play on your 3DS.

This is a go-with-the-flow program that's fun for newbies and experts alike.

Paws to Read with Lucy
1st Saturday of the month @ 11 a.m. *NEW DAY AND TIME*

September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7

Limited space; call to register for a 15 minute time slot

For school age kids and teens
Boost your reading skills with the help of a furry friend, Lucy!

Paws to Read with Elvis
1st Saturday of the month @ 12:30 p.m.

October 5, November 2, December 7 (No September program)

Limited space; call to register for a 15 minute time slot

For school age kids and teens
Boost your reading skills with the help of a furry friend, Elvis!

LEGO Build Club 
2nd Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m. *NEW TIME*

August 10, September 14, October, 12, November 9

Best for school age children and teens 
Build a project at home to bring in, or use the bricks we have here! Donations welcome.

3rd Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m.

September 21, October 19, November 16

Best for families
Bring your friends in for card games, board games, or bring your own tabletop game.

Nintendo Club
4th Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m.

September 28, October 26, November 23

For school age kids and teens
Bring your own system and games to share, or play what we have here. Games must be family friendly.


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



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

Sunday                                           CLOSED

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