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

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.


Next Meeting: June 29, 2016 from 6:30-7:30PM
Goals: Bookface Instagram challenge, Snapchat starter, updates on furniture, Summer Reading Design Challenge, painting prep

See What’s Happening for Summer Here: Summer Events

This last Wednesday, May 25, 2016, we started the Teen Advisory Group Meeting at 6:30PM. Over 11 volunteers were in attendance. We passed out surveys and Summer Reading Information. Hannah gave updates on the new YA computers (Raspberry Pi 3 with Linux software), furniture (which we completed a survey for), and the results of Mrs. Lincoln’s class projects. We had a representative from Mrs. Lincoln’s class give a brief overview of the project that we chose, starting a Youth Friends of the Library Group to fundraise for programs and renovations.

Surveys were completed and the volunteers finished making the Life-Size Monopoly Board Game for the summer. We chose what would be included in the Summer Reading Prize Baskets. Then we broke for free time, played Superfight and watched clips from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Survey Results:

Decorations for the YA Area
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Furniture for the YA Area
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Future Maker and STEM Programs

Teen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes: April

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30-7:30pm


OMG, What Just Happened

We approved Summer Reading ideas. We cut out awesome Cinco de Mayo take-home crafts for the local kids. We talked advertising. We talked volunteering. We played Pictionary.

Nothing to Do

Summer Reading Challenge

Read 5 books in 5 weeks to be entered to win REALLY PRETTY BASKETS full of free stuff, including movie tickets, DVDs, Video Games, and vouchers for free food from local restaurants. And possibly a FitBit. Double-check with me on that.

Summer Reading Activities

Kick-Off Lock-In: June 30 from 8-10pm
An epic scavenger hunt, library olympics, and minute-to-win-it Banned Olympic Games. Grades 6+

From Fiction to Flavor: Begins July 6. Every Wednesday from 4-5pm.
Read a book a week and make food from the book. What could go wrong? Grades 7-12

Smash-Makers: Begins July 8. Every Friday from 4-5pm.
Make something new every week, from SMASHbooks to radios to live-action Apps. Grades 7-12

Throwback Thursday Movie Night: TBA
We just came up with this idea. Message me on Remind for details. Ages 13 and up.

Books for Brains: Begins July 7. Every Thursday from 3-4pm.
Read a book a week and build something really, really awesome. Like robots. Or ant farms. Grades 4-6

Summer Reading Volunteering

Teens Teach Kids
Training days are May 13 from 4-5pm, May 20 from 4-5pm, and May 27 from 2-3pm. Email me at ya@westcaldwell.bccls.org to register your day.
Program begins June 10 from 3-4pm. Teach kids in grades K-3 to read and write. This will meet every week on a Friday throughout the summer.

Teen Advisory Group
NEW RULE: You must be part of Teen Advisory Group to volunteer this summer. Deadline for Volunteer Applications is June 30. Complete Your Application Here.