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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




 On July 11, 2018, teens at the Finkelstein Memorial Library learn all about the Art of Henna with Margie Nugent of Making Faces Parties!  

Teens learned all about the history of henna and how the dye is made.  


Then they learned henna techniques and designs and practiced their new skills using frosting and cookies!  Yum!


Finally, every teen received a henna design from Margie to remember the evening!



Margie will be at Finkelstein again for the End of Summer Party for teens ages 12-18 on Thursday, August 23rd @ 6:00pm!  She'll be there for the whole party to supply our teens with beautiful designs!



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


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