Teen Services

YA Reading Program

This summer, participate in North Shore Public Library’s online summer reading program, Build a Better World! Earn a prize for every two hours you read, up to 16 hours. Read for an additional four hours to earn a free ticket to our invitation-only Build a Better World Party.

Battle Bistro
Wednesdays, July 19 – August 9, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Do you long for the days when you could compete in Battle of the Books? Good news, you can compete in Battle Bistro, a program specially created for high school aged students. You will read three books, and participate in weekly book discussions in preparation for a trivia contest. Refreshments will be served.
Books we will be reading:
Reality Boy by A. S. King • Boy Toy by Barry Lyga • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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New Item! Check Out A Nook
The Young Adult Department now has 3 Nooks, preloaded with book titles for teens. You must be 18 years old or accompanied by a parent/guardian to check out a NOOK from the Circulation Desk. For more information call 631-929-4488, ext. 1.

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Thursdays, July 6 – August 10, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Registration begins on June 1, online registration on June 2 for students entering grades 6-8.

Battle Guidelines:

• Students must be entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.
• All participants are encouraged to read one book a week and participate in weekly book discussions.
• There will be weekly prizes for all who come to the meetings.
• For the Battle of the Books, individuals will generate a list of questions about the books designed to stump their friends.
• The group with the most correct answers will win the grand prize! Everyone will celebrate with a Build-Your-Own-Sundae event.


Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Summer Social for Parents

Thursdays, July 6 – August 3, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Drop off your kids at Battle of the Books and join us upstairs in the Young Adult room for weekly informational and entertaining programs just for parents. Light refreshments will be served.
July 6 – Step Into Summer with Aromatherapy
July 13 – Herbal Coolers, jazz up your summer drinks with fresh picked herbs from your garden.
July 20 – Making Math Magical for Your Kids: Summer Edition
July 27 – Laotian Food & Culture
August 3 – Long Island Hiking for Families

July/August 2017

In-person registration begins July 1st, online registration on July 2nd, unless otherwise noted. Programs are for students entering grades 6-12 unless otherwise noted.


Technology Clinics
Tuesdays, July 18 & August 15 at 6:00 OR 7:00 PM
Students in grades 6-12 interested in volunteering to instruct adults on how to use a variety of electronic devices are welcome to register for a 1-hour session.

Summer Children’s Programs
Students entering grades 6 through 12 interested in volunteering for summer programs can register in person for a session beginning June 19.

Reading Buddies
Students in grades 6 through 12 can volunteer to read to a child for a ½ hour per week on Thursdays, August 3 & 10 at 10:30 or 11:00 AM

Summer Reading Expo
Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00 PM
Book lovers of all ages are invited to visit our Book Expo event. Browse our displays of suggested reading, enter raffles to win great prizes, and receive a complimentary book bag provided by the Friends of the Library. No registration.

Courtyard Chalk Art Mosaic Festival
Friday, July 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Join us for an evening where you can let the pavement be your canvas. Create beautiful works of art that express your individuality with street chalk. Enjoy music and the outdoors. All ages are welcome to register.

STEM Build a Better World
Saturdays, July 8, 22, 29, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Register for just one program or all three. This series of interactive STEM programs will introduce basic engineering and design principles in fun and engaging ways.

July 8 – Edible Architecture
Working in small groups you will build architectural masterpieces using a variety of different edible material including marshmallows, pretzel sticks, frosting, and cookie wafers.
July 22 – Tower Builders
Teamwork and imagination are essential as students compete in small groups to design and build the tallest structure possible using popsicle sticks and clothespins.
July 29 – Marble Maze
Work together to construct and test unique marble mazes using plastic straws and other household materials.

No Bake Lemon Bars
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Make delicious lemon bars that only need to be chilled in your refrigerator.

Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 – 8:15 PM
Get creative with marshmallows, cookies, pretzels, and different extracts to customize your fudge.

Pizza and Garlic Knots
Tuesday August 22, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Make a pizza and garlic knots from fresh dough. Take them home to bake.

Art Club: Rose Window Stained Glass
Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn the history of rose window stained glass and using acrylic boards and glass paint re-create a centuries old work of art.

Intro to Virtual Reality
Friday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Students will use their smart phone, iPhone or Android, to download free Virtual Reality games or applications and then connect them to a VR box to experience Virtual Reality. Prerequisites: Smart phone (iPhone or Android) and the ability to download apps to the phone through Google Play Store or Apple App Store. (Note: Windows phones do not support this functionality.)

Introduction to Childcare
Monday, July 17, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Do you want to become a babysitter? Then this program is for you! Learn the responsibilities and skills needed for childcare, while having fun and making new friends! Participants will receive a certificate of completion as well as make their very own personalized childcare bag.

Giant Jenga
Wednesday, July 19, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
In this fun program, players will form teams and take turns moving Jenga pieces to the top without making the tower tumble. Players will earn prizes for teamwork, best builders, and trickiest plays.

Wish Flags
Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Flying on Tibetan mountain passes, temple roofs, and base camps, gaily colored flags scatter blessings, wishes, and good luck messages on the winds to be blown around the world. Craft your own wish flags to hang in a special place and let your wishes and messages spread health, peace, and goodwill around the globe.

SAT Prep Course, Grades 10-12
Thursday, July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, & 24, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Program Fee: $95.00. Prepare for the new SAT test date of August 26, 2017. Registration currently open to all.

Summer CSI
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 (excluding July 26) 2:00 – 4:00 PM
This interactive STEM program will teach you aspects of forensic science and crime investigation before putting you to the test in solving a fully functional age-appropriate crime. Students must attend all 4 sessions.

Teens to the Rescue
Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
In this program you will get an overview of our local animal shelter, learn how you can become a volunteer, and how adopting a shelter animal saves lives. You will also make a much needed item to donate to the animal shelter.

Summer Fun with Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Monday, July 31, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn the healing power of Aloe Vera and essential oils, secret ways to keep bugs away, and healing lotions for after your time outdoors. Tara Penske, Certified Aromatherapist, will help you discover how this is done. Make products to take home, recipes included.

Tuesday, August 1, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
In this class you will learn how to use Minecraft. We will cover mining and building with 3D blocks in varying terrains and habitats, gathering materials and tools, and much more.

Cupcake Wars
Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Have fun doing battle in this hands-on cupcake decorating program. Prizes awarded for the best cupcake!

Introduction to a Plant Based Diet
Monday, August 7, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Discover the benefits and basics of eating a more plant based diet. Learn simple steps to transition, as well as food alternatives, and simple recipes. Samples will be available from local vegan/vegetarian eateries. All participants will be entered in a raffle to win a plant-based cookbook.

Computer Animation
Tuesday, August 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Learn how to use your computer to create web-based computer animation. Create and edit animated GIFs, stick figures and much more.

Macrame Madness
Wednesdays, August 9 & 16 August 9, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Beginner Cowrie Shell Bracelet. Learn a few basic knots and get comfortable with basic bead placement, tension and rhythm using hemp and cowrie shells.
August 16, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Intermediate Forever Bracelet. Build on beginner basics, focusing on additional bead placement and form with “E” beads.

Art Club: Recycled Magazine Frame
Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Utilizing recycled magazines, create a stylized magazine frame for your summer photos.

Chopped: Teen Edition
Monday, August 14, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Teen chefs will compete as a team to make unforgettable meals. Rounds consist of an appetizer, entrée, and a dessert using mystery ingredients. Who will be the Chopped Champion? Prizes will be given out to the winning team.

Catch the Eclipse!
Monday, August 21 at 1:30 PM
Suffolk County Community College Professor, Thomas Madigan will prepare us to view the Total Solar Eclipse! Attendees will receive safety glasses prior to a group viewing of this spectacular, rare event.

Cosplay Showcase
Thursday, August 31, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Fans of Science Fiction, Anime, and Manga are invited to come to the library dressed as their favorite fictional character and participate in a fashion show with a reception to follow. Costumes must be appropriate for a library setting (no weapons, no provocative dress).

Brochures from HESC (New York State Higher Education Service Corporation) are now availiable in the Young Adult Room. Learn how to pay for college, repay student loans, and get information on special loans in addition to financial aid, as well as graduate/professional loans. Log onto the HESC website from the link on our web page.

Community Service Opportunities

The following is a list of agencies and organizations in Suffolk County that accept teen volunteers. Age eligibility varies by agency and some organizations do require parental supervision.

American Red Cross,
Doha Ali (516) 747-3500, ext. 218
14 years & older

Atria Senior Living- South Setauket
Karen Farrell (631) 473-8000
16 years & older

Avalon Park S.T.A.T.E Program,
Rebecca Kassay (631) 786-2605
13-18 years old

Bethel Hobbs Community Farm,
Denine (631) 619-7023,
11-18 years old (11-13 with parent)

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind,
Judy Pisner (631) 930-9000
16 years & older

Habitat for Humanity,
Danielle - Outreach Coordinator (631) 924-4966, ext. 0
14 years & older

Long Island Blood Services,
Natalie Barnofsky (516) 478-5108
16 years & older

Long Island Cares,
Alisha Summers (631) 582-3663 ext 119
14 years & older

Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook,
Susan Helmus (631) 444-8590
14-17 years old

Make-A-Wish Foundation,
Concetta Zinerco (631) 585-9474
All ages with parent

Mather Hospital,
Dottie Perricone (631) 476-2749
14 years & older

Peconic Bay Medical Center,
Lynne LaGrua (631)548-6021
15 years & older


Save-A-Pet: Port Jefferson,
Lynne Schoepfer (631) 473-6333
12 years & older

Special Olympics,
Diane Colonna (631) 254-1465, ext. 206
13 - 16 years with parent

St. Charles Hospital,
Connie Hanes (631) 474-6365
14 years & older

Stony Brook Hospital,
Kathleen Kress (631) 444-2610
14 years & older

Boy Scouts of America, Suffolk County Police Explorers,
Lauren Vlachos (631) 924-7000, ext. 137
14 - 20 years

Sunshine Prevention Center,
Carol Carter (631) 476-3099
14 years & older with enrollment in their current program

Town of Brookhaven- Adopt a Spot
Julia Wilson (631) 451-9200
All ages with parent

Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau,
Josephine Lundie (631) 451-8026
11-18 years old

Phil (631) 891-1800 13-16 years old

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