The Teen Department @ WHPL provides a place for teens (grades 6-12) to read, socialize, study, and hang out.

Our Teen Librarians specialize in services for this age group and are available to help select materials for reading pleasure and school assignments. If teens require materials that we do not have on hand the librarians will utilize inter-library loan to acquire the materials from other Nassau, Suffolk, or out-of-state libraries.

A priority of all Teen staff members is to act as youth advocates, upholding the rights of young people within the Library and throughout the community.

: The Teen librarians select materials (including fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, e-books, and audiobooks) targeted specifically for this age range, through the use of professional reviewing resources. The entire fiction collection is located in the Teen area and a portion of our nonfiction collection are on display. Any books not on display are shelved on the 2nd floor alongside the adult nonfiction. Test preparation (such as Regents, Common Core, SAT, ACT, etc.) and College materials are now shelved on the 1st floor across from the large staircase in the middle of the library.

The Teen area has small separated collections, including:

  • graphic novels
  • science fiction
  • periodicals
  • biographies
  • paperbacks

All teens in grades 6-12 can check out video games, ALL Children’s movies, and movies in the Adult section that are rated G, PG, and PG-13.

Please note: A permission slip must be signed by the teen’s parent/guardian the first time they check any of these out.

Volunteer Opportunities: 
Join our Review Crew and earn community service/volunteer hours by reading a book and submitting a written review. Our Teen Library Council meets at least once a month and performs tasks to better our community.

: The Teen Department offers a variety of programs of interest to teens. Programs are run almost weekly and are open to Tweens in grades 5-8 and Teens in grades 6-12.

Some of the programs we plan are cooking and craft workshops, college information programs, community service opportunities, hands-on science and technology experiments, Yoga and Zumba, and more! Suggestions from teens are always welcome.

Keep an eye out… we are considering the creation of a Coding Club!

The Teen department is responsible for the Teen and Tween sub-page on our website. The site features links (related to homework help, college and careers, reading, and more) that have been reviewed and selected by the Teen librarians.

A number of online databases and resources have been highlighted on our “Homework Help” and “College and Careers” sub-pages.