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All programs are open to Teens grades 9-12

Monday-Thursday / 3-9 p.m.
Saturday / 1-5 p.m.
Sunday / noon-3 p.m. (Oct.-May)


SAT/ACT help is available via Brainfuse.


Book Reviews

We are looking for YA book reviews! If you have been reading over the last few weeks and want to earn some hours. Take some time and create a book review.
You can do this in video, audio, or written format. Be sure to include the following guidelines in your review:

  • Title of book
  • Author of book
  • Number of pages
  • Genre (fiction or nonfiction, and type: fantasy, science fiction, realistic, etc.)
  • Is it part of a series? Yes/No
  • Your best guess about reading level (i.e., middle school, high school, grades 7-9, mature, etc.) What grade you are in
  • How you want to be credited (first name, initials, or anonymous)
  • Describe what the book is about (plot, main characters, etc.). Don’t give an entire synopsis, as you would in a book report—this is more like a movie trailer, a teaser to make people want to read it. Especially don’t give away the ending, or any significant spoilers!!!
  • Give your opinion of the book. This part of the review is not fulfilled by saying “It was awesome!” What did you like? What did you dislike? Why? What thoughts or feelings did the book inspire? To whom would you recommend the book? Remember, this isn’t a school assignment— it’s you, talking about a book you chose to read, and recommending it to your friends (or not).

Other things you could choose to comment on:

  • The cover—did you like it or not, and why? Was it an accurate reflection of the contents?
  • Indicate if this book is part of a series and, if so, whether you have read the rest of the series and would recommend it as well. (Again, no spoilers!)
  • How would you rate this book, and why?
    5 Hard to imagine a better book
    4 Better than most
    3 Readable/entertaining
    2 Needs more work—weak plot, poor writing, whatever
    1 HOW did this book get published?

Reviews will be posted on the YA Tumblr page . For each submission, you can earn one hour of volunteering, for up to 3 total hours.

Contact your representatives

Even if you’re not old enough to vote, you can still let your reps know what you think at every level of government.
Here are your representatives
Dick Durbin
Tammy Duckworth
Marie Newman

Not sure what to say? Here are some issues that are trending:

  • Gun control/Gun rights
  • Education
  • Environment
  • LGBT rights
  • Economy
  • Reproductive rights
  • National security
  • Health Care

You can also talk about anything else that is important to You!

Not sure how to contact them? You can:

  • Call (Check out 5calls.org )


  • An email
  • A postcard
  • A Tweet

Please share a copy of your letter/or proof of your call in order to get service hours. You can get 1 hour of service per letter/call for a total of 3 hours.

Winter 2023 Teen Programs

Programs take place in the Teen Room, open Monday-Thursday from 3-9 p.m., Fridays from 3-6 p.m., Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-3 p.m. (Oct.-May)

The Hundreds Club

Starting Friday, Sept. 15
Teens and adults, join our new library club that celebrates reading all year round! Keep track of your books on the free Beanstack app, and we’ll host a quarterly in-person reception to cheer you on. Members will receive prizes or certificates (plus applause) for all the books they read! To sign up, go to olpl.beanstack.org, visit the Adult Services Desk, or call 708-422-4990. Your prize for registration is a ticket to our 100 Cupcake Kickoff!

Monday Night Gaming

Mondays from 5-8 p.m.
Board games and video games await in the Teen Room!

Movie Night Wednesday

Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.
Kick back with friends and enjoy the surprise movie of the week!

Anime/Manga Club

First Thursdays of every month from 7-8 p.m.
Do you like anime or manga? Join our club! Watch anime and have snacks with your fellow fans!

Finals De-stress

Tuesday, Dec. 19-Thursday, Dec. 21 from 3-8 p.m.
Feeling the pressure of finals and need a place to study or unwind? Join us for a variety of events to help you relax during this trying week. See our online calendar or join our Discord for details on what will be offered each day, and for bonus pop-up events!.

Gift Wrapping

Monday, Dec. 11-Thursday, Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m.
The holidays are just around the corner, and everyone could use a hand wrapping all those glorious gifts. Sneak your presents off to the library and we will have festive wrapping supplies available. We’re also looking for teen volunteers to lend a hand. Pro gift wrappers, register for a spot online to help out!

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Thursdays, Dec. 14, Jan. 18 & Feb. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Whether you are brand new to the world of tabletop roleplaying games or a veteran, join us to dive into a world of fantasy and test your luck as an adventurer in a game of D&D 5e. Pre-generated characters and supplies will be provided; no experience required. May the dice favor you. Please register online.

Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes

Thursday, Jan. 15 from 7-8 p.m.
Test your nerves and communication skills in this cooperative game that pits you against the clock as you and your team try to disarm a bomb in time. Will you stay calm enough to relay the right information before it’s too late? Join us to find out!!

Faux Coral

Thursday, Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m.
Enjoy the beauty of a reef at home by sculpting your own coral structure out of salt dough.

Tech Tuesday

Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 3:30-5 p.m.
Sit down with a teen to help you resolve your technology questions.

Live Action Pac-man

Thursday, Feb. 29 from 7-8 p.m.
Join us in this life-size recreation of the classic arcade game, Pac-man! Take your turn as the titular yellow hero to see who can get the high score of the night, or work against Pac-man as the ghosts.

Teen Volunteering Form

Interested in volunteering? Complete the volunteer form below to be notified of upcoming opportunities.