Sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program and see why your library ROCKS!


Teens entering grades 7-12 in the fall can register here for the summer reading program.  Logging and prizes begin July 1st and run through August 11th.



How to enter:


- Write a book review.  This review must be in your own words and show that you read the book.  Rewording or copying something from the internet is PLAGERISM.  

- For every accepting book review, you'll earn an entry for the weekly raffles: $10 giftcard to popular stores and entertainment venues.

- Didn't win a raffle this week? Stop by the Children's Desk to choose a weekly prize from the bin: books, notebooks, water bottles, and more!

- Every raffle entry you earn will go towards the grand prize raffles at the end of the summer.  You could win: 2 Sunday passes to New York Comic Con, wireless Beats on-ear headphones, or a Fuji Instax Camera with film and a case!



Battle of the Books is an annual competition between libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), which includes Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan Counties.  Each library forms a team of up to 10 teens in grades 6-12 to duke it out at the Battle on Sunday, September 10th (venue TBA)!  Each teen reads the eight selected titles over the course of the summer.  That's where Teen Book Club comes in handy!  Sure, you can just tell Jessica you're interested in the Battle and then read all of the books on your own, but it's much more fun to discuss them together!      

Battle Titles:

  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

  Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson





  - Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

  Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz 

  Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin




Enter the Voices of Youth Advocates' (VOYA) Teen Poetry Contest!  Every spring, VOYA publishes the winning poems, which then get read by librarians across the country.  Visit the VOYA website for more information!



On Thursday, May 10th the LARC Teen Division hosted the 2018 Book Launch Party for the third edition of Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write.  104 people attended the event at which each published teen was presented with a copy of the book.  Guest editors JG Faherty and Carolyn MacCullough were in attendance and signed books for the teens and their families. 

This year, several teen patrons of the Finkelstein Memorial Library were included in the pages of Scrawl!  Find this and past editions in the library’s Teen Collection.


                    Published Teens talk to guest editors Carolyn MacCullough and JG Faherty

       LARC Teen Division and Scrawl Committee Members (left to right): Jessica, Emily, Joanna, Ruth, and Kristie




Did you know teens can earn community service hours by volunteering at the library?  Volunteering is a fun way to gain work experience and looks great on future applications!


· Must be between 12-18 years old and in school

· Completed application (pick one up at the Children’s Desk, or email to request one)

· Letter of recommendation on letterhead from a teacher, counselor, coach, etc.

· If you’re in high school and are interested in Homework Help, you must turn in your most recent report card or transcript.  You must have at least an 80 average in your core classes.

· Must attend an orientation with Jessica.

Summer Orientation Dates:

Monday, June 4th @ 6:00

Sunday, June 10th @ 2:00

Wednesday, June 13th @ 6:00

Saturday, June 16th @ 2:00

Thursday, June 21st @ 6:00


2018 Winner of The Michael L. Printz Award!

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. YA FIC LaCour




Check out some of the Printz Honor Books:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – (Winner of the 2018 William C. Morris Award for first time YA authors) When Starr Thomas witnesses her friend Khalil die in a police-related shooting, she is forced to confront the difference between the way she experiences the world in her home neighborhood and what she sees at her fancy, private (and predominantly white) high school. YA FIC Thomas

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – As Will sets out to avenge his brother’s death, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know. YA FIC Reynolds

 Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – The aftermath of a war between gods and men…a mythic hero…a young librarian…and a girl every bit as dangerous as 

she is in danger…   YA FIC Taylor  

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman – Learn about the deep friendship and connection between Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo. Available as Hoopla digital audiobook


2018 Alex Award Winners!

The Alex Award is given to exceptional books that are intended for an adult audience, but appeal to teens.  If you’re ready to move up the next step in your reading habits, consider giving one of these a try.

 All Systems Red by Martha Wells

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson 

 Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing (Available as Hoopla digital eBook)

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming (nonfiction)

Malagash by Joey Comeau

 Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper 

Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh 

 An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard


Summer Reading At The Library

Throughout the summer, teens logged the books they read for the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Each week, the reader stopped by the Children’s Reference Desk to pick up a book and a prize.  They also received a raffle entry for every book they reviewed, which entered them to win gift cards or signed books!

It all led to the end of summer Grand Prize Raffle!  Congratulations to the four runners up, who each received a $50 gift card to Target!  

How will Nicole and Naomie spend theirs?











And a gigantic congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Hector, who received an iPad mini!


Like what you see?  Consider participating in the Teen Summer Reading Program and teen programming coming to you for Summer 2018.


Summer Programs at the Library

Teens enjoyed a summer of art, technology, and of course, books here at the Finkelstein Memorial Library!  On July 25th, Henna artist Margie Nugent taught us about the plant-based dye that began in the Fertile Crescent and has become a popular expression of art in recent years.  

First, teens practiced their skills on paper hands                                                                       Next, they practiced with frosting on cookies (YUM!)



Finally, everyone got a henna tattoo from Margie herself (glitter optional!) 


Each teen walked away with a beautiful henna design, some of which lasted for two weeks!




On August 2nd, we were joined by Jennifer Treuting who taught us how to make our own stop motion films!  Not sure what stop motion animation is?  Think about movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, or Wallace and Gromet

Working in groups of 2 or 3, tweens ages 9-14 created 3 individual short films!  








Click the links below to watch the finished films!

The Green Goo