Learn more about what the library has to offer teens and how you can participate below.
Create and CraftCrafts and DIY Events
Build and CodeSTEM Events
Game and ChatHangout and Gaming Events
Recommended for Teens
Resources, Programs and Events
There's always something happening at your local library branch. Follow our recommendations below for popular teen programs and resources, or search the full event list.
Discord—Virtual Hangout Space
Join our Teen Discord server—a virtual hangout space where teens ages 11 to 17 can enjoy virtual programming and chat with other teens and our librarians—all in a curated, welcoming and well-moderated environment. Topics include:
- Arts and crafts
- Video games
Discord is free (available as a mobile app, PC program or via web browser) that allows users to communicate via text, voice or video in real time. The server may be public but is constantly monitored by our librarians and has safety measures in place to ensure that the server is always as safe as possible. To learn more, review the Parents' Ultimate Guide to Discord.
There are two ways to join:
- Using your email address, register for an upcoming teen program that is being hosted on Discord. The Discord link will be emailed to you about 30 minutes before the program begins.
- Complete the Teen Discord Server form and the Discord link will be emailed to you within one to three days.
Get help with homework using the library's free online tutoring service, research databases and test prep resources.
Explore this virtual maker space and exchange technology-based ideas, lesson plans and activities with other Maryland libraries and schools.
Student Accounts through BCPS
Baltimore County Public School students, learn how to access your student library account.
Videos for Teens
Watch videos about new books, video games, anime, sports, cooking and more!
Contests and Challenges
Learn more about the following contests for teens.
Summer Reading Challenge
Participate in the library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge from June through August.
Battle of the Books
High School Battle of the Books is a reading challenge for grades 9 through 12 where, with school support, students read and discuss Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award nominated books, then select one book to create a work of expressive art based on their personal interpretation or reflection of the book. Competition details will be available during the fall of each year.
Service Learning Hours
The library has opportunities to get involved, meet new people, and help youth and families while earning service learning hours.
- Become part of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at your local branch. Applications for the school year TAB will be available on or around September 1. Applications for the summer TAB will be available on or around April 1.
- Contact any branch and inquire about other opportunities to earn service learning hours.
- Check out the Teacher's page for classroom and curriculum support.
- Schedule a mobile library visit for your daycare or school.
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