Teens & Young Adults

Find out what’s happening at your library! Get reading recommendations from our librarians, and connect with resources to help with homework. Join us for volunteer and internship opportunities to help build your skills – and your resume.

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Teen Tech Centers

Brand new, interactive learning spaces featuring workstations, tech equipment, collaboration areas and a recording studio.

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BKLYN Future Blog

A teen blog on our favorite books, art and writing, & cool free stuff to do!

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Books Unbanned

For a limited time, individuals ages 13-21 can apply for a free BPL eCard, providing access to our full eBook collection as well as our learning databases.

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Find out what’s happening at your library! Join us for volunteer and internship opportunities to help build your skills–and your resume. Click here to view all internship opportunities. 

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If you want to check out books, movies, and more, you'll need a BPL library card. Teens 13 and older can apply for their own card - all you need is a school ID, a report card (don't worry we won't look at your grades), or working papers. Find out how to get one here . Lose your card? Is yours expired? Get all the info you need with our Library Card Help Page.

Not sure what to read next? Get a personalized booklist based on your interests from our BookMatch Teen team. Fill out this form, or check out our Discord server to discover some new reads approved by fellow teens.

Need help researching an assignment, searching for an ancestor or writing a paper? BPL’s Book a Librarian allows you to reserve a free half hour virtual session with a professional reference librarian.

Looking for some homework help? Brainfuse HelpNow offers personalized academic assistance in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science), a 24/7 Writing Lab, academic content and practice tests for skills-building (including SAT preparation), and much more. Live tutoring from Brainfuse experts is available from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM.

Still not what you need? BPL Online resources have databases and resources that can help discover whatever you need!

Looking to help your community? There are many ways to volunteer at BPL.

Apply to volunteer on our Volunteer Application Page.

 

Upcoming Events

Teen Tech Time

Mon, Jul 15 3:30am
Arlington Library, Program Room

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Do you consider yourself a gamer? 

Are you passionate about the virtual worlds?

Come join us in the wonderful world of video games at the Arlington Library Branch!! Make new friends, create new rivals and have fun in the process!!

Choose your preference between X Box,…

Teen Time @ Midwood Library

Mon, Jul 15 3:00pm
Midwood Library

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Join us for Teen Time at Midwood Library! We may have free snacks! You can also bring your own snacks and your friends (or come alone and make some new friends!). We have a PS5, PS4, X-Box One, Nintendo Switch, and tons of board games! A great place to relax after school. All teens are welcome…

T(w)een Tech Time

Tue, Jul 16 2:30pm
New Utrecht, J Meeting Room

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HEY CHAT YOU READY TO GAME?

Attention middle schoolers! This program is made for YOU. In this program, we will provide video games and iPads and other tech fun. Consoles available include: Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Xbox One. 

 

(Ages 10+)

Librarian Let's Play BPL Gaming Stream

Tue, Jul 16 2:30pm
Ulmer Park, Meeting Room

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Librarian Let's Play is an interactive BPL Incubator gaming stream where I, the magical gaming librarian does a playthrough of a game I love and want to show you.

Join me as I play through various games that I love to play.  Join the…

DevL.I.T.: Developing Literacy in Technology

Tue, Jul 16 3:30pm
East Flatbush, Large Conference Room

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Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside your phone? Or questioned how do video games get made? Then check out Dev L.I.T.! 

Dev L.I.T. is a hands-on, experiential approach to learning computer science and engineering principles for ages 11-18. Over a series of workshops, covering…

Teen Time

Tue, Jul 16 4:00pm
Pacific Library

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Looking for a spot to spend time with your friends? Come to the Pacific Library for Teen Time. We have tons of video games for the PS5 and Switch, from Super Smash Bros to Just Dance! We also have crafts and snacks. Hope to see you there!

Teen Tech Time @ Walt Whitman

Wed, Jul 17 3:00pm
Walt Whitman Library

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Come play video games every Monday!

We have the Playstation 4 and 5 and Nintendo Switch.

A few of our popular games include: NBA 2K23,  FIFA23 and more!!

Your favorite not on the list? Stop by and suggest a game to us. 

For Teens and Young Adults ages 13-18

Teen Tech Time

Wed, Jul 17 3:00pm
Kensington Auditorium

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Do you want to explore new and old games?  No time to make new friends?  Join us at our Teen Tech Time program where you can play various PS5 or Switch games in a friendly, competitive environment, or just hang out. 

 

 

Teen Tech Time

Wed, Jul 17 3:00pm
Eastern Parkway Library

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Teens and kids please join us in an afternoon of video games such as PS5, Switch, and Xbox.

Teen Tech Time

Wed, Jul 17 3:30pm
Jamaica Bay, Meeting Room

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It's on like Donkey Kong!

Teens, stop by and enjoy an hour and half of tech game time with your peers. We have a Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One as well as your favorite games!

Room capacity may be limited.  For teens or tweens only.

Paid Internship Opportunities

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We're Here to Help

Do you have a question that doesn't require a trip to the library? Call 718.YOUR.BPL or 718.968.7275. You can also connect with a librarian via chat, email, or with an in-person appointment.

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Bklyn BookMatch

Our librarians understand the power of matching the perfect book with the right reader. Get a customized book recommendation, or browse our book lists to find the perfect book for any interest and reading level. Happy reading!

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