Youth Services – Teens

Summer Learning Program

Our Summer Learning Program begins on Monday, June 20 and runs for six weeks, through Sunday, July 31. This summer’s theme, Oceans of Possibilities, celebrates marine life and habitats. Get all the details about how the program works on our Summer Learning Program page. Check out summer events for middle school and high school students below.

Sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Summer Events

Thursday Evening Teen Programs

Design, Create, Party.

Space and supplies are limited. Please RSVP (click on each event for more details & to register).

For students entering grade 6-12 in the fall.

  • Teen Tie Dye Party – Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm – Register
  • Art with Anita for Teens: Pirate Ship and Kraken Painting – Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 pm – Register
  • Teen Treasure Hunt – Thursday, July 7 at 7 pm – Register
  • Sand Castle Cake Decorating – Thursday, July 14 at 7 pm – Register
  • Glow in the Dark Ocean Lava Lamps – Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm – Register
  • Teen Closing Party: Interactive Movie Night – Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 pm – Register

Percy Jackson Party

Monday, July 18 at 6:30 pm in the Valley Youth Center – Register
For students entering grade 4-8 in the fall.

Come party like a demigod. Discuss the Percy Jackson series and enjoy book-related activities. Snacks will be provided. Book one, The Lightning Thief, will be available to check out at our Circulation Desk. Other books in the series are available by request. Space is limited.

Game Knights

Come out for an evening of gaming. For each session, there will be multiple options available, both tabletop and online – Jackbox, Among Us, Smash Bros. Ultimate, Magic: The Gathering, board games and more!

For students entering grade 6-12 in the fall.

Register for each session separately. Space is limited.

  • Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm in the Valley Youth Center – Register
  • Wednesday, July 27 at 7 pm in the Valley Youth Center – Register

Coding with Java

Learn computer coding using Java. No experience necessary. Laptops will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

For students entering 8th grade through adult.

  • Friday, July 22 at 10:30 am – Register
  • Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 pm – Register

College Application Prep Series

Prepare for the college application process with these free, virtual workshops.

For students entering grade 9-12 and/or their parents or guardians.

Please register for each program separately. Click on each event for more details and to register.

  • Financial Aid Jumpstart – Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm – Register
  • ACT vs. SAT – Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm – Register
  • Surviving the College Application Process Parent Workshop – Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 pm – Register

Teen Volunteer Program
Teen Advisory Board

For students in grades 9-12.

Please note: The deadline for summer volunteer applications for teens has passed, and the summer volunteer program is full.

The Teen Advisory Board is Huntingdon Valley Library’s group of youth advisors in grades 9-12. T.A.B. meets with library staff once a month to brainstorm ideas, prepare for events, and work on creative projects that improve our library, all while earning service hours! All high school student volunteering during the academic year is organized through the Teen Advisory Board.

To be placed on the T.A.B. wait-list for 2022-2023, please contact Beth at hvlysa@mclinc.org.

Resources for High School Research

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  • POWER Teens – Power Library now has an online resource page just for you! This collection of research databases includes those most useful for high school students for research and writing, including Contemporary AuthorsLitfinder, and Science Reference Center. It also features a 24 hour Chat with A Librarian feature for quick reference help any time of day.
  • Research – For additional resources visit our Research page to access learning tools such as Learning Express Library, Ask Here PA, and Mango Languages.

Other News

Resources for Tough Topics

Please visit our resource page for information and support in educating yourself about difficult topics such as racism, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, and domestic violence. Resources for Tough Topics

Book Recommendations for Teens

YA Book Recommendations – March – Women writers and Female Protagonists

YA Book Recommendations – February – Amazing Fantasy fiction by Black authors.

YA Book Recommendations – January – Need an escape? Travel to new lands with these books featuring amazing maps.

YA Book Recommendations – November – YALSA Top Ten for Teens

YA Book Recommendations – October – Creepy Halloween Reads.

YA Book Recommendations – September – For Talk Like a Pirate Day, this video highlights several great sea-faring adventure books from our young adult collection.

eReading for Teens

Still need a Huntingdon Valley library card so you can access our e-resources? You can apply online.

Libby App for OverDrive eBooks!

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The easiest way to access eBooks from the Montgomery County Library District Digital Collection! Online help

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Hoopla is great for audiobooks, comics and graphic novels, Ebooks, music, movies, and shows. During this time borrows have been increased to 5 per month, so enjoy!

Social Media

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Follow us on Instagram @HVLTeen and Twitter @HvlTeen for project ideas, book recommendations, programs, and updates.