Welcome to our Tween Page! We know you aren’t a kid anymore, and slowly making your way towards and/or through middle school. This is a space just for you!
Please check out our summer reading link, ebook suggestions from Live-brary, activities to keep you busy, teen book reviews and more! These “TAG’ed” book reviews are brought to you by our Junior Teen Advisory Group members (grades 6-8) and other members of our West Babylon community who have volunteered and completed our Read & Review forms. If you love to volunteer and attend West Babylon Junior/ Senior High school, visit our Volunteer page to find out more about helping out at your Library!
Check out what’s going this month!
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities Grades 6-12
Calling all Tweens! We understand that we are living in unpredictable times and that social distancing has become our current status, that’s why our Teen Librarians have developed virtual volunteer opportunities that you can do at home while practicing safe social distancing! All you need is a computer/tablet/smartphone, an email address and access to the internet/wifi to participate in these fun volunteer opportunities. Participation in any or all of these volunteer opportunities can be emailed to our Teen department: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our TEEN VOLUNTEER PAGE today for more info!
New! Weekly DIY Craft Kits!
Simply click HERE to register!
Tweens Keeping Busy!
Creative Writing Prompts!
Writing can be a great way to relieve stress. We created a bunch of writing prompts,
write it, type it, or use it as a way to talk to friends and family!
Check back every week for a new one!
Nature Scavenger Hunt!
Do you love hiking or simply walking through your favorite park? We’ve created a scavenger hunt that you can print out and take with you on your nature journey!
Click HERE for a printable version.
Free Online Games!
Check out Drawize, a free online drawing game where you can compete with others!
Tween Reads from Live-brary
Check out some of these Tween reads (grades 4-7) from Live-brary.com!
Be sure to have your Library card ready to ‘Borrow’ or place a ‘Hold’ on a title.
Simply click on the books to see if it’s available.
Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family magical gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific bewitching talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.
Warning: Do not read before 2126! My Life in Smiley: It’s All Good is meant strictly for people of the future, chronicling the life and times of Max, an average eleven-year-old. Annoying siblings, stage fright, love at first sight—can you believe what kids in the 21st century had to deal with? Follow his illustrated diary as has embarks on a great journey—the first year of middle school in France. Max’s journal entries, humorous drawings, and colorful smileys recount his adventures in making new friends, dealing with bullies, and surviving a ruthless P.E. teacher. Along the way, Max starts to figure out how to interact with his peers, and he realizes that at the end of the day, no matter what life throws at him, it’s all good!
Tween Book Reviews
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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, Review by Natalie T.
Summary: Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along.
Review: “I like this book because it is a graphic novel and I like the story line. My favorite part of the book is when they are eating dinner the night before the long road trip, it has so much I can relate to. I would recommend this book to middle school girls.”
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell, Review by Kaitlyn Z.
Summary: Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind. Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lillias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.
Review: “I loved this book because it kept me reading until the end. The stories that explained some character’s life or in some cases the cause for the loss of their life. The book made you gasp and the whole story was very interesting and spooky. My favorite part was when the main character and her cousins got out of the burning house. I love this part because the build up was so exciting and they were safe, so it makes you feel relieved. I recommend this book for anyone who likes scary books that keep you reading until the very end. People who like a good scary story.”