Teen Cookie Swap

If your teens are interested in baking then this program is perfect for them! We are hosting a Teen Cookie Swap at the West Caldwell Public Library on December 20th at 5:30pm. You can register by calling 973-226-5441 or emailing ya@westcaldwell.bccls.org. Please do not bring any baked goods that contain nuts. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the recipe to share with others! Teen Cookie Swap (1)

Minutes for Teen Advisory Group Meeting – 9/10/2018

Genres for Upcoming Months:

September: Banned Books- THE GREAT GATSBY ON SEPT., 26th at 6PM

October: Horror

November: Family and Relationships

December: Classics

January: Nonfiction

February: Romance


Upcoming Programs:


Tween Crochet Club

For Grades 4-6

9/22 at 2-3:30 PM
 — 10/16 at 5:30-7 PM— 11/27 at 5:30-7 PM

Come to this club and learn how to crochet! We will meet monthly and supplies will be provided.


Wii Gaming Tournament 

For Grades 5-12

10/13 from 11AM to 1PM


Teen Movie: Halloween Town

For Grades 6-12

10/30 at 5:30PM


Wii Gaming Tournament

For Grades 5-12

11/17 from 11AM to 1PM


Teen Book Swap

For Grades 5-12

11/20 at 5:30PM

Attendees may swap one book for any number of available materials. They may also donate a large number of materials as long as they take at least one book away with them.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover:


Stuffed Animal Sleepover Training

For Grades 8-12

9/15 at 1PM

Teens will receive volunteer hours. If you attended a storytime training in the summer then you do not have to attend this session!


Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime

Led by Teens

For Ages 3-6

9/18 at 6:15PM

*Teens will receive volunteer hours for this storytime. Teens must attend training.*


What activities should we do with the children?


Who would like to stay after and take pictures, just do storytime, or do both?


Scavenger Hunt:


Scavenger Hunt

For Grades 5-12

10/20 TIME TBA

In collaboration with the Caldwell Public Library, we will be having a Scavenger Hunt at Grover Cleveland Park.


WE WILL MEET WITH CALDWELL VOLUNTEERS on Thursday, September 20th from 4:30-5:30.


Prizes: Tote bags & Buttons

Create a hashtag for it

Riddles: Kids would have to find.. We would have a total of 15 clues




Challenges would include:

Hoola Hooping challenge

Bean Bag Toss

Balloon Ping Pong

Tin Can Bowling

Find Waldo

Tell Harry Potter a magical spell

Find bigfoot (Cardboard cutout of bigfoot)

Score against a teen-soccer

Find the teen holding ?? book

Make a paper airplane and fly further than volunteer

Art Challenge- Leaf rubbing

Giant Lawn matching game

TIC TAC TOE- Giant size

Final Challenge- can get donut if you finish the challenge


We need a start table volunteer

Volunteer for different challenges


Volunteer Opps:


Volunteer drop in:

For Ages 13 and Up

9/8, 10/6, 11/3 from 10AM-12PM

Looking for volunteer hours? Well stop by on these days, fill out a volunteer application, and start earning those hours!

Chess Club

For Grades 1-12

9/17, 10/15, 11/12 at 3:30PM

This is a teen-led club available for students in grades 1-6. Teens will receive volunteer hours for leading this program.


Teen Advisory Group

For Ages 13 and Up

Selected Tuesdays from 6-7 PM

10/2, 11/6

During the meetings we discuss what programs to establish for teens, what type of crafts for each TeenMaker Mondays, YA books we should purchase, and so much more! Teens will receive volunteer hours for attending TAG meetings.


  1. WCPL is looking for volunteers to write book reviews, community updates, book lists, etc for our blog! Teens must be 14-18 and be able to commit to reading 3 books and writing 3 book reviews/bookslists OR writing 3 community updates with a minimum of 500 words per article.
  2. Crafts to go- We are looking for a volunteer to prep our monthly crafts to go. Volunteers must be committed to prepping 3 crafts.
  3. Adopt-a-Shelf- Imagine this, you’re looking for a book but can’t find it on the shelf… That’s why we shelf read! WCPL needs volunteers to check the shelves and make sure the books are in order. Volunteers are required to go through training.
  4. Miscellaneous tasks- This could include straightening board books, shelf read J DVD, sorting/organizing craft material, etc.