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Mahmood Belov
Mahmood Belov

New York Public Library Books For The Teen

Books cut across a wide range of genres, from picture books, young readers, chapter books, graphic novels, biographies, and more. They were selected by nine committees that each focused on a different age group, genre or format. kids, teens, Spanish-language kids, and books for adults in the categories of literature/non-fiction; comics; horror; mystery, science & thrillers; poetry; and romance.

new york public library books for the teen

The library eCard is good for one year and provides access to 350,000 e-books, 200,000 audiobooks, and over 100 databases, the Brooklyn library said. Normally, there is a $50 cost associated with out-of-state cards but the fee is being temporarily waived.

"There are some books with pornography and pedophilia that should absolutely be removed from K through 12 school libraries," Yael Levin, a spokeswoman for No Left Turn in Education, a national group calling for public schools to be "free from indoctrination and politicization," told the Associated Press in March.

In 2009, Books for the Teen Age became Stuff for the Teen Age, a multimedia, multi-format, targeted, and teen-tested list of the best of the year in teen books, music, graphic novels, movies, games, and more. Now Stuff for the Teen Age is a blog recommending teen books and more.more

Expert librarians have looked through almost 3,000 titles and settled on a fraction of them to make up four lists this year: best new books for adults, best new books for kids, best new books for teens and best books in Spanish for kids.

Attention junior bookworms! The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced its list of the best kids' and teen books in 2022, and they span multiple genres. The books were published in 2022 and selected by committees of expert librarians from the NYPL system, which serves the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. There are books about animals, adventure, social justice, culture, family and more designed for young readers of all ages and levels.

While the library's digital collection, which includes these banned books, has always been available to teens in New York state, now people aged 13-21 nationwide can email the library to get an e-card, which gives them access to half a million e-books and audio books for free.

According to the American Library Association, there were 729 challenges to library, school and university materials last year, which resulted in more than 1,500 individual attempts to remove books. That's the highest number in at least 20 years, when the ALA began compiling this information. And most of these books affected literature meant for teens.

Visitors look at a globe in the map division at the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York. The library announced an effort this week to make commonly banned books available through their app. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

The initiative is called Books for All and allows any reader aged 13 and older to access commonly banned books through the library's app until the end of May. There are no wait times to access the books and no fines, the library said. Typically, access to books at the New York Public Library are only available to New Yorkers with a library card.

The Best Buy Foundation and the Joly Family Foundation committed to opening five Best Buy Teen Tech Centers in public libraries, with one opening this spring at the Grand Concourse Library in the Bronx and expanding to four more sites in the next couple of years. Their initial commitment will be upwards of $3 million through 2025, and will be funded by grants, technology donations, and innovative partnerships that provide career and post-secondary opportunities to teen participants. Best Buy Teen Tech Centers aim to advance tech equity for young people in underserved communities, connecting them with mentorship, training opportunities, and post-secondary and career resources to ensure they thrive in the future. The new sites join a location at Kings Highway Library in Brooklyn that opened in 2019.

To advance this enhanced effort in collaboration with the Adams administration,, the Best Buy Foundation and the Joly Family Foundation, the three library systems are also implementing important initiatives and programs for their teen patrons.

The Riverdale Branch of The New York Public Library was built in 1967 at the request of community residents to replace their small local library. It has book collections for adults, young adults, and children, as well as videos, DVDs, CDs, recorded books for borrowing, and a small collection of material in languages other than English, with an emphasis on Russian books.

Check out NYPL's Educator's Page: This page is full of learning resources to support your daily work. You can also register for an educator card if you work in NYC. Educator cards include more privileges than a personal library card. You can borrow more materials, get a longer loan period, and there are no late fines for books when borrowing materials to use in your classroom. To find out more, visit our info page: NYPL Educator Cards.

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her latest novel, Once and for All, was released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

Kerry Winfrey is the author of Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It and Love and Other Alien Experiences. She grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. Kerry has written for many websites, including HelloGiggles, and she blogs about romantic comedies at She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, their son, and their dog, Merlin.


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