Teen Advisory Group 09.20.17

All updated Volunteer Activities are now on our SignUp Calendar! Click here to see the full view.


Hannah L. started the meeting with introductions and the project for the night, examples for the DIY Haunted House Contest. Each TAG member decided to make their own example Haunted House and submit them as early entries to the contest.

Old Volunteer Activities:

Volunteer activities already in place are the following:

  • Future TAG Meetings
  • Chess Club on 10/16, 11/13, 12/12
  • Linda’s Maker Programs every other Friday

New Volunteer Activities:

The attending members voted on which volunteer activities to host in the fall and each task’s frequency. Each decision was a unanimous vote.

  • Craft Prep Mondays
    • This is to occur every two weeks from 4-5PM.
  • Teens Teach Kids Tuesdays
    • To occur once a week.
    • This was changed from Fridays to Tuesdays.
    • The time was changed to 3:15-4:00PM because elementary schools do not get out until 3PM.
    • Hannah L. is to send out notifications to volunteers if no children have registered.
  • Adopt-a-Shelf Thursdays
    • This is to occur once a month from 3-6PM.
    • Volunteers must be trained to do this activity.

Outside Updates:

TAG Members informed Hannah L. that the most inconvenient times for programs and volunteer activities are Wednesdays and Fridays. When talking about social media, they said that the most popular apps are Instagram and Snapchat, with Twitter being popular in minor areas and minor Tumblr usage. There was some discussion on if cyber-bullying was still an issue online with the different apps and all agreed it happens on occasion still.

For advertising, all attending agreed that they primarily find out about programs and clubs through flyers at school. Members also said that they think it would be cool if the library partnered with the local volunteering clubs at high school. Hannah L. asked what some of the reasons for certain clubs’ popularity and most said it was the annual trips and incentives that different clubs had.

Members said that one of their favorite things that they’d like to see in the library would be more movie nights and casual ways to hang out with their friends. Holidays are a big incentive for social activities.

Library Updates:

Hannah L. shared some of the upcoming fall programs. She gave out flyers for the upcoming Halloween program, the after-hours library scavenger hunt Ghost Hunters.

Due to questions about volunteer tasks that could be put on a resume, the librarian will now assist with consultations about resume creation. Many of the volunteer tasks at the library, if done regularly, can be considered work background on a resume.


Hannah L. thanked everyone for attending. She informed them that the minutes would be posted and their haunted houses would be shared on Instagram. The group cleaned up after their projects were completed and signed out.


Teen Summer Reading 2017

This summer, get more bank for your books! By registering for Summer Reading and recording at least 1 book starting June 20, you will be entered in a chance to win a $50.00 Visa Gift Card. The more books you read, the more chances you will have to win!

If you read 7 books in 7 weeks over the summer, you will automatically win a prize of a free 3D Print from the library. This can be anything within a 2-hour print limitation, which includes Minecraft swords, customized fidget spinners, and anything else you can dream up.

You must be a West Caldwell or Caldwell Resident going into 6th-12th grade to enter. You can start an account at https://wcplnj.beanstack.org.

Want to Attend Events at West Caldwell Public Library? Register Here.

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Clue in the Library: Harry Potter Edition


Dear Students,

The game is simple.

A mass breakout from Azkaban has left Hogwarts in disarray. Dangerous criminals are stalking the halls and students are disappearing left and right. Seek out the criminals in your Marauder’s Map and find all the clues you can before he or she does any more harm.

Your new app, Zappar, will be essential in seeking out the murderer. Zap the codes for clues. You may need to stand in a particular spot for certain clues, so look out for special markings on the carpet.

Once you have all your evidence, submit your Primary Suspect, Weapon, and Place by tapping on the Hogwarts Crest on your map. There are 20 clues in all!

Best of Luck,


Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster

TAG Updates: July

Next Meeting: TAG Summer Party on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 form 6:30-7:30PM
Goals: FUN

This last Wednesday, July 27, 2016, we started the Teen Advisory Group Meeting at 6:30PM. Over 10 volunteers were in attendance. We completed surveys for the fall program line-up. Hannah brought up a a possible game-lending service that works only on PC and Android, but it was shot down by the survey results.

The Super Smash Bros. Tournament was approved and will occur on August 17. Fall volunteer opportunities will include Teens Teach Kids and technology training at Crane’s Mill.

Big news: Hannah is looking into purchasing Augmented Reality services for the library via the Zappar App! This means we will be able to link resources to an image that can be scanned with the Zappar App, post video reviews directly on a book, and link books to other books just like it.

We filmed a video for the AR. Check out the librarian’s samples below!

Survey Results:

Best Days and Times for Events:

  • Weekdays from 6:30-7:30PM (Wednesday best)
  • Saturday afternoons.

Most Popular September Events:

  • Nerd Night on Wednesday, September 21
  • Coding Club
  • Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony

Most Popular October Events:

  • Tim Burton Movie Night
  • Pokemon/Digimon Binge Day
  • Cosplay Workshop
  • Fantasy Author Visit

Most Popular November Events:

  • Write Nights
  • International Games Day
  • Short Story Competition

Most Popular December Events:

  • Paint the Night
  • DIY Day
  • Star Wars Movie Night

Most Popular January Event:

  • Caldwells Teen Culture Con

August 2016 Events

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Escape the Room under the 1 hour time limit with a group of your friends!

You must have completed the YA Summer Reading Challenge or 1 Learning Track to register. Email ya@westcaldwell.bccls.org to see if you can sign up!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The TAG and Friends of the Library host our 1st Annual Super Smash Bros. Tournament from 6:00-8:00PM. Compete against your friends in the biggest tournament in town for Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

There is a $5.00 entry fee for students ages 12-18. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Library. This is a Bring Your Own Controller Event for the Nintendo Wii. This tournament caps at 20 people.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

All volunteers are invited to our TAG Summer Party from 6:30-7:30PM, complete with LEGO fun, board games, and Wii. Please RSVP with Hannah for pizza. Volunteers can bring 1 friend.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Is writing your college application essay keeping you up at night? Don’t panic, help is right around the corner with Acing the College Essay from 7:00-8:00PM. Liz Moore, a part-time college professor and professional essay coach, will walk you through the steps of writing a killer essay. Students she’s coached have gone on to Vassar College, The College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Montclair State University, the University of Florida, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Complete Your Summer Reading Challenge!

2016 Reading Challenge
Deadline August 5
For grades 6-12. For every 5 books you read and every activity challenge you complete, you will receive a ticket for the prize drawing of your choice.

Prize options include…

  • 1 of 2 signed Rick Riordan Books
  • The “I Just Wanna Go Home” Prize Basket complete with bunny slippers, Starbucks mug, TMNT snuggie, and a Pillow Pet.
  • The “It Takes Two” Basket complete with picnic blanket, free Chipotle meals, giant bubble wand, and assorted games.
  • The “GAME ON” basket which includes a Micro GameBoy Advanced, 4 Gameboy Advanced Pokemon Games, Limited Edition Ancient Mew Card, assorted toy games, and a giant 6-sided die.

All who complete the reading challenge will receive a FREE Chipotle Gift Card. You must complete 5 books to attend our Escape the Room event on August 3, 2016 (or attend with a friend who has!).


Need ideas for books to read? Check out our New Section or reserve a book from our Last Chance Summer Reads.