Teens and tweens

Find digital resources, reading recommendations, leadership opportunities, and special programs for teens and tweens.  Our Grants Pass and Illinois Valley branches include a dedicated room for teens, which we’ve stocked with specialized collections of young adult titles.

Game On!

Grab a friend, drop in, and Game On! Try your hand at a variety of games, including chess, Pictionary, Uno, cards, and Exploding Kittens. Game On! is held from 4:30–5:30 pm every Wednesday at your preferred branch during the school year.

Parent/guardian resources

We all want our youth to grow up happy, healthy, and feeling understood. The library can help.


Online learning resources

Our librarians have curated a collection of fun and engaging online learning resources for young adults.



Everyday, thousands of YouTube content creators, or BookTubers, share videos about books they love (and hate), literacy, fandom content, and their general love for all things literary. Here are some favorites.

Poland Bananas Books

Join Christine Riccio and discuss the various subgenres of YA and go deep into the fandom of some of the biggest authors and books in the YA world.


Nai’a Kamehanaokala Perkins is a YA fantasy book lover who loves to share her current reads, most anticipated books, and reading habits.

Booked With Jameelah

An aspiring author herself, Jameelah is obsessed with fantasy and keeps her audience up to date on new releases through her popular book haul series.

Volunteer opportunities

Gain the skills and experience needed to boost resumes and college applications all while making friends at the library. Email us at info@josephinelibrary.org to fill out an application or for more information about volunteer opportunities for teens.

Learn more about our volunteer programs for teens/tweens, such as the Teen advisory board (TAB) and our VolunTEEN program. LEARN MORE
VolunTEENS Instagram
High school age VolunTEENS manage content, respond to comments, and get to be creative representing the library running the @jclteensinthestacks Instagram page! visit @jclteensinthestacks

Staff and VolunTEEN picks

Want to know what we're reading? Find some of our library staff and volunTEEN favorites here.

“The House at the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

"It’s a wonderful book, a feel-good story at its core. Even though I’m usually not a fan of those types of book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wonderful characters & lots of LGBTQ+ representation." – Mary

Jujutsu kaisen

"Jujutsu Kaisen" by Gege Akutami

"I really enjoyed the 0 and 1st manga of jujutsu kaizen. I loved the art and two of the characters, Toge inumaki and Yuji itadori. The monsters had really cool designs and I really love all the unique abilities characters have throughout the manga." – Abby

“Five Kingdoms” by Brandon Mull

"I personally LOVE this book. It’s a book about adventure and fantasy. It’s about a completely different world with magic and reestablishing justice. The story line is amazing and to this day it is my favorite series" – Jordan

YouthLine: A teen crisis helpline

YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Call, text, chat, or email them with anything that may be bothering you.

Access for minors

The library supports the intellectual freedom of minors as recommended by the American Library Association and library board of directors. See the library’s policies including the ALA Free Access for Minors policy.