Calling all teens in grades 9-12 looking for volunteer service hours! 

Homework Help is a program that allows children in grades 1-6 to get daily help with their homework.  The program runs Monday-Thursday, 4:00-5:45pm, on days when there is a full day of school in the East Ramapo School District. 

Teen volunteers team up with library staff to help these children achieve, while earning volunteer service hours that can be used for honors societies, job experience, college applications, and more!

Requirements: Must be a high school students in grades 9-12 with an average of 80 or above in your core classes (science, math, English, and social studies).  Ideally looking for 10+ hours. 

How to apply: Fill out the volunteer application here.  Get a letter of recommendation on letterhead from a teacher, guidance counselor, sports coach, etc.  Find your latest report card, or get an unofficial transcript from your guidance counselor.  Bring all of that to the Children’s Reference Desk at the Finkelstein Library! 

Jessica, the Teen Services Librarian, will contact you via email to set up an orientation and schedule you for hours!


2017 Winner of The Michael L. Printz Award!

March, Book 3 by John Lewish & Andrew Aydin; Illustrated by Nate Powell – Winner of the 2017 Printz Award for excellence in YA literature, March Book 3 is the third volume in the graphic novel series by Civil Rights activist John Lewis.  Known for marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his successful political career, Lewis recounts the events of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement with engaging illustrations. This award is made all the more impressive, because it is rarely given to a graphic novel or to the third book in a series.  March Book 3 also won the 2017 Coretta Scott King Award, an award that recognizes an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.  Check out March at the Finkelstein Library today!

Graphic novels not your thing?  Check out these Printz Honor books instead:

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – After some compromising photo surface of a blurry night, Emma Donovan withdraws into herself as they wondering: did she ask for it?




The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – Tracks the story of Dolssa, a heretic during the Spanish Inquisition who believes Jesus speaks to her.  Told in alternating perspectives by Dolssa, the heretic; Botille, a barmaid; and the monk to is writing Dolssa’s story many years later.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – In a future where disease had been eradicated, scythes are trained to control over population by “gleaning” random members of society.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – On her last day in New York before being deported back to Jamaica, Natasha meets Daniel, a Korean American boy torn between being Korean or American.  There are a million ways their meeting can impact the universe, which one will they choose?  Winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award.

2017 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.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst - Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.




The Regional Office is Under Attack! By Manuel Gonzales -  Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero - After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.




Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart - Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.

Arena by Holly Jennings - Virtual gaming: Kali's team is competing to win, not to die.




Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North - Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.

Die Young With Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus - A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.

The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon - Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach - He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.

-- All Alex Award book descriptions from

2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award – Sarah Dessen!

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors the lifetime achievement in writing for young adult authors.

Dessen’s books include:

The Truth About Forever  This Lullaby




Dreamland  and More!