Category Archives: Teens

It’s Harry Potter Month!

For the month of December we’ll be doing various programs in celebration of our new Harry Potter Club starting next year! Join us for a Harry Potter Book Club on Dec. 6, a Harry Potter Trivia Tournament on Dec. 20,  and a Harry Potter Movie Marathon on Dec. 27. No registration is required.

Vote for the Garden State Teen Book Awards

The GSTBA ballots are here! Click on this link   to vote for your favorite books of the year, or come to the library and ask about a paper ballot. You can pick one book from each category. Voting is open until December 31st, so if you haven’t had time to read any of the nominees, now is your chance. Keep an eye out for a display near the reference desk of nominated titles!

Teen Halloween Party

Join us on Wednesday, October 25 at 6pm for our first teen Halloween party! We’ll be making edible dirt and watching something festive. Until then, check out the display for some creepy books to read to get into the Halloween spirit!

Pizza Party, Meet and Greet, and YA Chat Club

Join us this Wednesday, October 11, for the YA Chat Club, our revamped version of a book club. For the first half hour we’ll do a pizza party and meet & greet with the new teen librarian, so you can hear all about what’s coming up for teens at SPPL. Parents are welcome to join for this portion of the program, then during the second half teens can stay and hang out for the club. The theme for October is Supernatural, so get ready to talk about your favorite books, TV shows, movies, and games!

It’s Banned Books Week!

Every year, we take some time to celebrate our “right to read” with the Banned Books Week. We’ve taken some books that have been banned or challenged and put them on display on the shelf behind the reference desk. Take some time to check them out! If you’d like to read more about Banned Books Week, or see lists of books that are frequently banned or challenged in schools, book stores, and libraries, here is a great website. You’ll find information about censorship, which banned books shaped our country, and how the movement began!

Teen Programs in October

Stop in on Mondays and Wednesdays in October from 3:30 to 4:30 for our Middle School Scene. We’ll be doing everything from playing on iPads to trivia and making snacks. Keep an eye on the teen calendar for other events throughout the month and don’t forget to come in and check out some of our new books!

SAT/ACT Essentials Program on

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Princeton Review and logos





The Princeton Review’s SAT/ACT Essentials program is now being offered through the Library’s online service!

Log in to with a Scotch Plains Library barcode number, then create a free account to activate your access to The SAT/ACT Essentials.



Take a full-length, timed practice test – you’ll get a detailed score report showing the areas you need to focus on.

Study with video lessons:

Video lesson on math
Math lessons walk you through the entire problem-solving process.
Video lesson on English grammar
Writing and language lessons explain the reasoning and principles that determine the correct answer.
 Each lesson is followed by a practice drill to test your mastery.

Make a plan and set a goal!

  • Input your upcoming test date and your target score
  • Track your progress towards meeting your goal.  Your best scores on practice tests will be measured as above or below your target.
 The ‘Resources’ section offers guidance with the entire college application process, including:
  • Everything you need to know about your college application
  • How to choose dream, match and safety schools
  • How does financial aid work?
  • 12 Tips for Paying for College
 And of course, the Library also offers a selection of test preparation books for the SAT and the ACT!

Take advantage of this valuable resource that is yours with a Scotch Plains Library barcode!

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Happy studying and good luck!








Just for Teens!

We’ve got lots of activities coming up for teens and middle school students!


Middle School: After-School Scene

Every Monday and Wednesday in January, kids in grades 5-8 are invited to relax, socialize, and have fun after school. From 3:30-4:30, students can complete homework in our gallery space or head into the meeting room for games, maker activities (including our beading and drawing kits) and more!  No registration is required.

Chess Club

Chess Club

On Wednesday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 25 at 6:00 pm, Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders ages 9-16 are invited to participate in our re-ignited chess club.  The program will continue on alternate Wednesdays through March 1.

Online pre-registration is required for the chess club, one week before each session.



Teen Anime Club

Join us to discuss favorite titles, start your bleach spray t-shirt, and watch Your Lie in April. Snacks will be served. Registration is recommended.


Learn to Bead!

Beading ToolsJoin us for a workshop with artist Eva Sienkiewicz, who will teach basic beading techniques using the Library’s new Beading Art Kits.  Make your own unique jewelry!  This program is for anyone middle school-aged or older, and registration is required.

The Beading Art Kit and two Drawing Kits are available for individual teen use in the Adult Room any time the library is open. The kits, along with other STEAM materials and programming, were funded through a Union County Freeholder’s 2016 Union County Library Grant.

Wednesday, December 14 at 3:30pm.