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2017 Summer Library Program - Build a Better World

SUMMER SCIENCE LEAGUE - MONDAYS, beginning JULY 3rd at 3:00 PM science symbols

Grades 6 - 12; registration required. Join us for weekly meetings that will culminate in a science fair to show off your work! We will help with ideas and resources for your project. You may work in groups or alone.

board games FAMILY GAME DAY - FRIDAY, JULY 7TH at 3:00 PM

All ages welcome! Come and play one of our board games or bring a favorite from home to share! We encourage adults to participate as well so feel free to bring along grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to play as well!

Chess CHESS CLUB - TUESDAYS, beginning JULY 11th at 12:30 PM

Ages 6 and up. Absolute beginners to advanced players welcome! We'll be matching up players for some friendly chess competition! If you have a board at home, please bring it with you so we can be sure to have enough boards to play.

Case Closed anime ANIME CLUB - WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th at 2:00 PM

Ages 10 and up. Come and join us for a screening of Case Closed! PLEASE NOTE: This series contains some animated violence.

Jenga logo LIFE SIZE BOARD GAMES - FRIDAY, JULY 14th at 3:00 PM

Ages 9 and up. Come join us as we play some of your favorite games - just life size versions! Memory, Jenga, Sorry, and more!

Hidden Figures book cover G.R.E.A.T BOOK CLUB - SATURDAYS beginning JULY 15th at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For girls entering 4th - 6th grades; space is limited, registration required. Join our new G.R.E.A.T BOOK CLUB - Girls Reading, Educating, & Achieving Together! We'll be reading and discussing Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space (Young Readers' Edition). You supply the curiosity, we supply the books!

Smash Brothers SUPER SMASH BROS TOURNAMENT - SATURDAY, JULY 22nd from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children & young people of all ages. Think you are the best at Super Smash Brothers? Come prove your skills at the first ever Super Smash Tournament at the South Plainfield Public Library!


Ages 10 and up. We'll be talking about Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. You can pick up a copy of at the Adult reference desk!

styrofoam STYROFOAM CHALLENGE - FRIDAY, JULY 28th at 3:00 PM

Ages 9 and up. Tweens and teens are invited to show off their building skills! We'll have all of the supplies on hand - all you need to bring is the creativity!


Usually (but not always!) showing on Mondays at 6:30 PM. Some shows have an earlier starting time. Check the front page of the library's website for titles, times, & other info. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming movies.


PLEASE NOTE: ZINIO e-magazines and OneClick Digital audiobooks have been discontinued.

Click here to download the free Teen Book Finder app for Android & iOS!

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: New Young Adult Novels

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: All Young Adult Novels UPDATED LINK!

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: All Graphic Novels

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: Teen Fiction (eLibrary NJ) UPDATED LINK!

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: Teen Non-Fiction (eLibrary NJ) UPDATED LINK!

100 Best-Ever Teen Novels & Young Adult Book Reviews & Excerpts (NPR)

Books for Teens by Topic (Hennepin County Library, MN)

Get Graphic: Graphic Novels A - Z

Great Books for Teens by Theme (AdLit.org)

The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads & Teens Top Ten (American Library Association)

LitPick Book Reviews by Students (age 12 and up)

NextReads Book Newsletters (includes Teen Scene & Tween Reads newsletters)

No Flying No Tights: Graphic Novel reviews

Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists

Read Kiddo Read (age 10 and up)

Rich in Color: Diversity in YA Books and We Need Diverse Books: Resources

Teen and Young Adult Literature (New York Public Library)

Teen Book Series & Sequels (Bettendorf Public Library, IA)

Teen Book Suggestions (formerly Teen Scene; Pasadena Public Library, CA)

TeenReads (The Book Report Network)

Websites for Graphic Novels, Comics, Cartoons, & Illustration (Cincinnati Public Library)

YA Books Central Teen Book Reviews NEW!

Young Adult Reading Lists by Topic (Ocean County Library, NJ)

Young Adults' Reading Choices (International Reading Association)

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Artist's Toolkit

Tate: Young People UPDATED LINK!

Art 21: Twenty-First Century Art & Artists

Manga University

Making Mini-Comics

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers: Art & Writing Awards

River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest

The Claremont Review: Submissions

New Moon Girls: Submit Your Work UPDATED LINK!


BBC Music Maker Advice UPDATED LINK! [Archived page]

Gaiada Virtual Audio Loop Machine for DJs, Performers and Musicians

Piano/Keyboard Lessons Online NEW!

Virtual Guitar & Chordbook

Drummer World Drum Clinic

More Musical Instrument links


Art of Storytelling NEW!

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People

Motion Picture Craft

Multimedia Tutorials (audio, video, photography, web, flash, and more)

My Pop Studio for 'Tweens (music, tv, magazines, digital)

Open Broadcaster Software for video recording and live streaming NEW!

Radio Diaries: DIY Radio

Youth Radio Audio/Podcast Resources NEW!


Actorama.com Monologues & Scenes

Arts Alive: Costume Design (National Arts Centre of Canada)

National Theatre: Backstage Videos (Royal National Theatre, UK)

Working in Theatre: American Theatre Wing (AWT), AWT Playlists on YouTube, AWT How It Works videos, & AWT Downstage Center audio podcast archive on Podbay


Write It! Poetry, Essays, Fiction, & more

The Writers' Block Blog: Writing Tips, Technique, & Craft

BookTrust Writing Tips for Teens

Writing Prompts from The Writer Magazine

Figment Writers' Community

NoNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for Young Writers

Cicada: The Slam - Submissions UPDATED LINK!

The Claremont Review

Merlyn's Pen

New Moon Girls UPDATED LINK!

Polyphony H.S. Literary Magazine

New Pages: Young Authors Publishing Guide UPDATED LINK!

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers: Art & Writing Awards

River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest UPDATED LINK!


Copyright Law and Fair Use for Creative & Digital Artists & Filmmakers: Online Comic Book UPDATED LINK!

Intellectual Property Law: Why Should I Care? UPDATED LINK!, Learn about Copyright, & Copyright FAQ NEW!

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The Internet contains many different kinds of resources and its links can carry your children to many places. Some of these places may not be suitable for teens. We have attempted to choose only age-appropriate links for our Teen page, but because websites change frequently, and because they may contain links to many other sites, or may present materials you do not wish your teen to be exposed to, we urge you to supervise your child's exploration of the Web and make sure that the journey is a healthy one. Our inclusion of websites in this directory is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling or advertising. For advice about how to keep your child safe online, we recommend:

If your children will be using the South Plainfield Public Library's computers to access the internet, please be sure to read our Computer Policy.

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