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. These spaces are yours to explore, study, discover, create, and connect.


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.


Find a plethora of entertaining book reviews on all things fantasy and YA. Ellias’s BookTube is a great channel for readers who want a full picture of a book lover within and beyond their passion for reading.



Joel is a Welsh BookTuber who likes to dip into any genre. Some of his favorites are science fiction and fantasy, YA, romance, manga, and Black authors specifically.

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Cindy Pham is booktuber and art director with a channel focused on hilarious fantasy and YA book reviews. She has also reviewed and reacted to music, television, and film, particularly if they are adaptations.

College prep kits

While supplies last, high school juniors and seniors, and recent grads can get a college prep kit with tons of resources to help you survive your first year of higher education. Learn how to successfully complete applications, what to know before you go, and more! The kit includes books, information about financial aid, a planner, and several school supplies.

Funding for College Prep Kits is made possible by the Rotary Club of Grants Pass and Cheney Foundation.

To reserve a kit, email info@josephinelibrary.org.


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
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High school age VolunTEENS manage content, respond to comments, and get to be creative representing the library running the @jclteensinthestacks Instagram page! visit @jclteensinthestacks

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.


September interactive virtual room

Teens and tweens will have fun clicking on items all around this interactive room to explore YA titles, school resources, library activities, and more.

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Staff and VolunTEEN picks

Want to know what we're reading? Find some of our library staff and volunTEEN favorites here.
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“Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas

"In this YA fantasy, Yadriel, Julian, and Maritza are a compelling trio to wander with on the streets of L.A. and around a cemetery full of ghosts. As they work to solve both Julian and Yadriel’s cousin’s murders, their investigations lead around twists and turns that you might predict and others you won’t see coming." – Jessica

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“Good Girl, Bad Blood” & “A Good Girls Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson

"This YA Murder Mystery series is a keep-you-guessing, action-packed page turner. I spent the whole time rooting for our main character, Pip, who has jumped in over her head with all the best intentions of giving a ghost the benefit of the doubt while solving a closed-case, small town murder." – Roberta

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"Gideon the Ninth" by Tamsyn Muir

"Gideon the Ninth is exciting, fun, and oh so flashy. Tamsyn's unique way of describing scenes and dialogue make for a very entertaining read! I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys strong character dynamics- as well as drama, swords, and necromancy!" – Nico

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 operations policies including the ALA Free Access for Minors policy.