The Teen Room is open to youth in grades 6 through 12 on school day afternoons (2:30 - 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 2:30 - 5 p.m. Fridays) for students to do their homework or otherwise use the library's computers and other resources. The library also offers the following programs for teens.
Great Stories Club
Racial Healing Circle & Closing Ceremony on Friday, September 20, at 3:30 p.m.
The Great Stories Club for Teens ends with a closing ceremony during which Sharon Stroye from the Rutgers-Newark TRHT Center will facilitate a final racial healing circle, and teen participants will receive their certificates. Families of participating teens are welcome! Refreshments will be served.
The Great Stories Club is generously funded by a grant from the American Library Association and the WW Kellogg Foundation.
Mondays, October 7 & 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Children and teens in grades 4 through 12 are invited to join us in the Teen Room to talk about their favorite manga titles and what makes these books so great. On special occasions we will watch anime episodes through the Library’s Crunchyroll account.
Kids’ Community Council
Tuesdays October 1 – December 10, at 4:00 p.m.
Are you in grade 5, 6, 7, or 8? Are you a resident of New Brunswick, and interested in making your community a better place? Are you free on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to attend meetings? If you answered yes to all of these, come join the Kids' Community Council! We are New Brunswick kids who meet once a week to discuss issues important to us and help take care of the library. Snacks provided!
Afternoon Game Time
Wednesdays, September 11 & 25, and October 9 & 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Come test your mettle and challenge your friends with one of the library's video games, or have some fun with another type of game.
Open to tweens and teens.
Hour of Code
Thursdays in the Teen Room during Teen Room hours.
With this passive program, you can learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch. Or explore other possibilities! Just come to the Teen Room during its open hours on Thursdays and sign in with the librarian there to start your Hour of Code!
Open to students in grades 7 through 12.
Friday Afternoon Magic
Fridays, October 11, 18, & 25, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Young adults in grades 6 through college interested in playing Magic the Gathering are invited to meet up in the Teen Room and play a few games.
Teen Conversation Café
Saturdays, October 5 - December 7, at 3:00 p.m.
Teens in grades 8-12 can join this English Conversation Café for free! English-speakers of any level are welcome. To join, please complete a registration form at the library. (You may also download an application here to print and fill out.) For more information, please contact Teen Librarian Trevor Hotalen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20.
This program is possible thanks to a partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Please visit https://nbfpl.org/esl-programs for more information.
This database offers recommended reading lists by genre, sorted by suggested age/grade levels. It lets you search for books by subject, author, title, or keyword, and provides an option for "read-alike" titles.
The Garden State Teen Book Award is a project of the Young Adult Section of the New Jersey Library Association. Its awards committee, representing libraries from throughout the state, selected the nominees based on teen appeal and quality of writing from the previous year's 'Best Books' list.
Teens all across NJ are invited to vote for their favorite book title in any one or all three voting categories.
Teen Ink is "a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums." The library has recently subscribed to the magazine and you can check it out from us with your library card!
A website featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens that has been an online presence since 1998 and is now an interactive blog, where teens can not only respond to the reviews but write their own!
This digital collection is brought to you by the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Here, you will find information on some important events in the history of New Brunswick, from the colonial period up to the present.
The library subscribes to Learning Express Library, which includes more than 1,000 resources. Vist the "School Center" for practice, lessons, and study aids. There's academic skill building (reading, writing, and math), including resources in Spanish. You can even students can practice for Advanced Placement (AP®), college admissions, college placement, and graduate school exams.
This is a portal to multiple databases: Provided by the NJ State Library, patrons can log on with their library card number to access full text articles on Health, Business, Education, History and also magazine and newspaper articles.
"EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies."
"Students can make use of our extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web... Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history."
"SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources."
"Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment... In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer."
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."
Use these sites to explore your options after senior year. Plan and prepare early and often.
An online pre-college program directory highlighting more than 100 Rutgers-affiliated programs available for K-12 students during the academic year and summer. Academic enrichment, for-credit courses, college access programs, arts and athletic programs, and camps are available on campus and at RU-affiliated satellite locations.
A free, customizable online student portal that allows middle and high school students to further connect to various resources and opportunities available at Rutgers. Students can use their portal to learn about majors and career options, view upcoming events on campus, subscribe to Rutgers social media feeds, and gain early access to part of the Rutgers University application for admission.