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Hey, I’m Chris the YA Librarian at The Free Library of Monroe Township. Thanks for checking out our teen page!

If you want to know a little bit about me, or want to follow this section on other platforms, please check out “About the Librarian”.

If you came check out some of our great teen resources, just Click Here.

If you are interested in finding out how to volunteer and help out, check out our Volunteering section.

Young Adults SECTION NEWS

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (abbreviated as NaNoWriMo) challenges writers–whether you’ve been writing for a while, or if you’re just starting–to complete a full writing project throughout the month. You can sign up on the official NaNoWriMo website, which will provide you with tons of resources and guide you every step of the way toward finishing a complete novel. You can download a full guide here.


However, it’s also totally fine to take a more laid-back approach and just use the opportunity to experiment with whatever creative writing pursuits you’re interested in. The spirit of NaNoWriMo is to get people to exercise their creativity. Check out some pep talks on writing from published authors, and maybe consider joining an online writing community like Wattpad, where you can post your work, and read other’s work as well.

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About the Librarian

Hey my name is Chris. I’m the teen librarian at the Monroe Township Library. You may have seen me at one of our teen programs, or out working at the reference desk. If you’re looking for info on all the teen-related stuff happening in the library, you’re in the right place. I’ll frequently post updates here about upcoming programs, book recommendations, and other relevant topics throughout the year.

When I’m not librarian-ing, I do other stuff too!

Some of my interests are: video games, game development, hiking, reading, green tea, abstract art, Studio Ghibli movies, and anything spooky.

I love to hear from the teens in our community and I’ll gladly accept any suggestions for books, programs, services, etc.

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions: cdifazio@monroetpl.org

Thanks for reading!

Currently Reading

To-Read List

TEEN RESOURCES

Find something to read!

Goodreads Choice Awards – Best Young Adult Fiction Award

Each year, Goodreads chooses a selection of the best books from several different genres and allows users to vote for their favorites. These were the nominees for Young Adult Fiction.

YALSA Book Finder

Book Finder is an amazing resource with book lists curated by teen librarians. You can search by awards, author, genre and more.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Check this list out if you’re into graphic novels (comics/manga) and you’re looking for more to read. YALSA publishes a new graphic novel list yearly.

Volunteering

The library can help teens and young adult achieve their volunteer community service hour goals. Please note that while we always welcome applications, there are limits to the number of available openings the Library may have at a given time. We will keep your application on file. Thank you for your interest.

To Join the Volunteers:

- Be least 14 years of age.

- Commit to a regular schedule and be available to volunteer at least 1-2 hours a week. (Available hours are often in the late afternoon/early evening).

- Have the ability to work alone or with others. (Feel free to apply in groups. Having two friends work together makes the time go faster!)

Current Volunteer Activities:

- Relabeling project- changing the call numbers by creating new labels and adhering them to the books.

- Applying barcode, call number and location stickers to books.

- Gently peeling off old labels or "new" stickers.

- Placing book carts in order alphabetically or by call number.

- Setting up meeting rooms for various library programs.

- Shifting the collection to make the books fit better on the shelves.

- Shelf reading (making sure the books are in order by using this handy guide HERE, please print and bring along with you.)

Volunteers must be:

- Able to listen to and follow directions.

- Self-starters who are able to work under little supervision (at times) due to the fact the librarian may have to be in and out of the office.

- Able to push a book cart and carry/shift piles of books.

- Good communicators- See something, say something! Not clear on the instructions- say something!

- Detail oriented- Place labels on straight, be on the lookout for mistakes.

- Clear about when they can and cannot make it to the library (please email ssnyder@monroetpl.org if you can't make your arranged time).

Volunteer Form

PleaseCLICK HERE for the Volunteer Form.

PHONE & EMAIL

Phone: 1-856-629-1212

Email: info@monroetpl.org

Circulation Desk: ext. 210 or 211

- For help renewing books, checking your account and library hours.

Reference Desk: ext. 206

- For help with research, reserving private study rooms, locating items in our library, placing holds and program registration.

Children's Reference Desk: ext. 214

- For information on Children's story times, registration for children's programs and scheduling school tours.

Administration: ext. 203

- For business inquiries and meeting room reservations.