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All programs are open to Teens grades 9-12

After school / 3 p.m.-close
Weekends / 1-5 p.m.


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.

Teen Programs Winter 2022-2023

Teens Read 4 Ice Cream- Calling all ice cream lovers: this new reading challenge is yummy for your brain and tummy! Log your reading to earn free ice cream from Andy’s Frozen Custard. You can keep track of all of your reading using the free Beanstack app!

Ongoing Programs

Anime/Manga Club
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.
Do you like anime or manga? Come join our club! We will meet on the first Thursday of every month.

Monday Night Gaming
Mondays, Dec. 5-Feb. 27 from 5-8 p.m.
Battle head-to-head with friends (new and old!) using our board and video games every Monday night.

Movie Night Wednesdays
Wednesdays, Dec. 7-Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Kick back with some friends and watch a movie in the Teen Room every Wednesday. Call ahead of time to find out what the movie is!

Winter Volunteering

Teen Advisory Board
Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7-8 p.m.
Are you interested in earning volunteer hours? Do you want to have a say in teen library programs? Join the Teen Advisory Board! The TAB will meet on the second Thursday of every month. If you are interested in joining the TAB, please email Teen Librarian Hailey Everett at heverett@olpl.org

For more teen volunteer opportunities, check cal.olpl.org.  Or fill out the Teen Volunteering Form on this page and submit it. Volunteer opportunities are posted on the first of the month.


Practice SAT Test
Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1-4 p.m.
Practice makes perfect! We are offering free SAT practice testing to all students. Pencils, paper and water will be provided. Please bring a graphic calculator. Register online at cal.olpl.org to reserve your spot. Each testing date is limited to 10 students.

Make a Valentine for Someone You Love
Stop by the Teen Room and check out our DIY Valentine Card station throughout the month of February!


Teen Volunteering Form

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