Teen Services & Resources

At the library, serving teens in our community means helping them discover impactful works, develop real world skills, and create their own unique voices. Our Teen Room offers a completely remodeled space to reach all of the goals we share with teens.
In our Teen Tomorrow Room, you’ll find lots of comfortable seating and workspaces. You can take a look at the rotating student art displays or try your hand at some magnetic poetry. Our expansive Young Adult collection boasts continuously updated and award winning fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. We also have a curated magazine selection just for teens.
We also engage in weekly and monthly teen programming! Chat about all things anime in our monthly Anime Club, and engage on social media. We also do special events and programming throughout the year.
Upcoming Programs:
SIX NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN. We invite the Young Adult’s of our community to enjoy the spirit of Halloween over the course of 6 nights of stories and movies. 
Throughout October there will be 3 nights of spooky Stories and readings from classic thriller novels at the Library, paired with 3 nights of classic Halloween/thriller movies hosted at the Zelienople Community Park Amphitheater*. Each week pairs the stories and the movies together to maximize enjoyment through the audio and visual entertainment. 
Feel free to attend any or all of the 6 Nights, as each night can be enjoyed on its own or as a part of the series.
Each story night will be held at the Library on Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm and two of the movie Nights will be the Friday of the same week at the Zelienople Community Park Amphitheater. Our last pairing of story and movie will all be at the Library. 
Friends and favorite fall snacks are welcome to accompany all who attend to enhance the experience.
Age for this program series will be 13 years and older. 
Take a look down below at the program flyer for details on the story and movie selections and dates.
For more resources, take a look at our favorites in the list below!

NICHE ACADEMY!  Niche Academy (via the link below) provides online tutorials covering the various online eResources that are available to you 24/7 through the Zelienople Area Public LIbrary website.  Currently there are 38 eResource Databases available via the Zelie Library Website (to see a list, go to https://zelienoplelibrary.org/a-to-z-eresources/).  These eResource databases include downloadable eBook databases, eAudiobook databases, eMagazine and ePeriodical databases, eNewspaper databases.  The content of each eResource is tailored toward broad age groups–adults, teens and children.   Examples of some of the available eResources for children include Bookflix, Trueflix and Tumblebook Library.  For Older students and Adults– Academic OneFile, Gale Databases, Gale eBooks and Greenfile Environmental Database.  You can easily research from home a product with online Consumer Reports.   There are also entertainment resources including Flipster for online magazines, Libby for eBooks and eAudios, and Hoopla for streaming film, television, music, audio and eBooks.   Learn more about each of the resources via a Niche Academy Tutorial–one click will get you started!


Getting involved:
TEEN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (TLC). The Teen Leadership Council is a new and still growing program where Teens get to be involved in their local library and have their voices heard. The program can be as simple as Teen’s helping decide what material is added to the Library’s collection, be it books, graphic novels, music, movies, services, etc. It can also be much more, we encourage our teens to come up with programs and inform Library staff of what interests them and their peers so that our services can be better tailored to them. Participation in the TLC can be used on resumes for volunteer hours or other alternatives depending on the needs and actions of the participants. 
Requirements for joining the TLC are simple: participants should be in the age range of 13-18 years old, be a resident of butler county/use the Zelienople Area Public Library as their home library, and have a good attitude towards working with other teens. 
As this program is still growing and finding its way, meetings are currently irregular and based on the participants’ schedules. Meetings are typically held once a month at the library on Tuesday evenings. 
Interested teens or parents interested for their teens may contact our YA programmer via email, lryan@bcfls.org, or by calling the library and requesting to speak with the YA programmer. 
Printz Award winners and nominees for literary excellence in Young Adult literature
YALSA picks – the Young Adult Library Services Association
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
YARN – Young Adult Review Network
Helpful Websites:
Tutor.com at www.tutor.com/newcld/–  Get help in math, English and a variety of other subjects.  Submit a problem or paper for review, get a one-on-one tutoring session, prep for the SAT and ACT and much more.  Grab your library card and find some help.  A service of the New Castle District Library Center.   Serving Armstrong, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties. 
Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.  – blackfreedom.proquest.com 
ePermittest.com – free permit test. Multiple choice and interactive.  https://www.epermittest.com/pennsylvania/pa-practice-permit-test