The RFL Teen Services Department strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all teens within the greater Riverhead Community, with special programming that is designed for youth entering grades 7 through 12. We recognize that teens can be drawn to libraries to access the library’s Internet or computers, use the library’s research resources, study, read, write, discuss books, socialize, participate in programming, and just “hang out.”
To meet, support and vitalize these needs, our "Teen Loft" provides a neutral, safe space where we provide opportunities where adolescents can grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially in a caring, nurturing and respectful environment; where they can develop new literacies for learning and expression; and gain workplace preparedness through engagement in various community service projects. We are dedicated to serving the Teens of our community with compassion and understanding.
Lauren, Ken, Annette, Alexis, and Rony your Teen Department Team
Community Service Opportunities in May and June (Register using code RVY120)
Crafts for a Cause: Wednesday, March 2 & June 6, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Come give back to our local community by doing different crafts. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Teen Art Club: Thursday, May 31, 5:30-6:30 pm. (Grades 7-12) Be creative and help decorate the windows in the Teen Loft for the new season. Earn 1 hour of Community Service.
Teen Advisory Crew: Tuesday, May 1 & June 5 , 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Come to the Teen Loft and talk with the Teen Librarians about new books, movies, and video games teens are interested in. Help brainstorm and plan new and exciting programs! Earn 1 hour of community service.
Coupons for the Troops: Wednesday March 16, 3:30-4:30 pm & Wednesday, June 20, 3:30-4:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Cut, sort, and tally donated coupons for military families. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Suffolk County Rocks: Monday July 9, 4:00-5:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Write positive sayings and decorate rocks to place around Suffolk County. Teens will earn 1 hour of community service for attending the program and an additional hour if they take a picture placing their rock somewhere around Suffolk County. The picture must be shared with the Teen Department.
Crafts for a Cause: Wednesday, July 11 & August 8, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Come give back to our local community by doing different crafts. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Coupons for the Troops: Wednesday July 19, 3:30-5:30 pm & Wednesday, August 16, 3:30-5:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Cut, sort, and tally donated coupons for military families. Earn 2 hours of community service.
Teen Book Reviewers
Looking for more Community Service hours? The Teen Department is looking for teens in Grades 7-12 that are willing to read and review award winning books. Stop by the Teen Services desk in the Teen Loft and ask to speak to a Librarian. Earn 3 hours of Community Service.
Teen Artist of the Month
The Teen Department at the Riverhead Library is looking for teens in Grades 7-12 that are interested in drawing, painting, photography, and Photoshop. Stop by the Teen Services desk in the Teen Loft and ask to speak to a Librarian. Earn 4 hours of Community Service.
We are looking for teen volunteers in grades 7-12 to assist elementary school students in grades K-6 with homework assignments in math, science social studies, and English. Stop by the Teen Services desk in the Teen Loft and ask to speak with a Librarian. Earn 2 hours of Community Service.
Are you someone that loves to read? The Teen Department is looking for teens that are entering grade 6-9 in September to join the Riverhead Free Library's team for the Suffolk County Battle of the Books. Read 8 pre-selected titles, come to our weekly meetings where we will work on book trivia, and compete to be 1 of 6 players to represent the Library. Titles for this year will be announced on Monday, May 14th.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
The Riverhead Free Library offers a variety of volunteer programs for teens in grades 7-12 where they are able to earn community service hours. The teens will be given a certificate of completion at the end of each program which states the number of hours that were completed.