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, Mark, Kristen, and Alison, your Teen Department Team
Community Service Opportunities in September and October (Register using code RVY120)
Crafts for a Cause: Wednesday, September 6 and October 4, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Get creative and create cards for sick kids that are suffering from serious illnesses. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Teen Art Club: Thursday, September 14, 3:30-4:30 OR 5:30-6:30 pm. Teens can only register for ONE session. (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, October 10, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Grades 7-12) Stop in and give us your ideas about what YOU want to see and do in the Teen Loft. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Coupons for the Troops: Wednesday September 13, 3:30-4:30 pm OR Monday, September 18, AND Wednesday, October 18, 3:30-4:30 pm OR Monday, October 23, 5:30 - 6:30 (Grades 7-12) Cut coupons; U.S. military families overseas can use coupons up to six months past their expiration date. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Sphere My Story: Wednesday, October 11, 5:00 - 6:30 pm Teens will have the chance to create decorative paper orbs made up of strands with text they've written about their own personal life stories. The orbs will hang in the Teen Loft for all to read. Earn 1 ½ of Community Service.
The Great Give Back: Saturday, October 14, 11:00 - 1:00 pm OR 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Teens can only register for ONE session. The Teen Department is looking for volunteers to help give back to the local community during this family fun library event. 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.
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 hours. The teens will be given a certificate of compleation at the end of each program which states the number of hours that were completed.