Great Stories Book Club List

  • Teen Events

    The Teen Room is open to youth in grades 6 through 12 on school day afternoons (2:30 - 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 2:30 - 5 p.m. Fridays) for students to do their homework or otherwise use the library's computers and other resources. The library also offers the following programs for teens.

    Great Stories Club

    Tuesdays, July 2 - September 3 at 2:00 p.m., then Mondays September 9 & 16 at 3 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
    Racial Healing Circle & Closing Ceremony on Friday, September 20, at 3:30 p.m.

    You can still join the "Great Stories Club - Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation" book club even if you missed the kick-off on June 22! This is for teens in grades 9-12.

    We will read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, Dreaming in Indian edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, and Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez. Visit this page for more information.

    The Great Stories Club for Teens ends with a closing ceremony. Sharon Stroye from the Rutgers-Newark TRHT Center will facilitate a final racial healing circle, and teen participants will receive their certificates. Families of participating teens are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

    The Great Stories Club is generously funded by a grant from the American Library Association and the WW Kellogg Foundation.

    Afternoon Game Time

    Wednesdays, September 11 & 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Come test your mettle and challenge your friends with one of the library's video games, or have some fun with another type of game.

    Open to tweens and teens.

    Hour of Code

    Thursdays in the Teen Room during Teen Room hours.

    With this passive program, you can learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch. Or explore other possibilities! Just come to the Teen Room during its open hours on Thursdays and sign in with the librarian there to start your Hour of Code!

    Open to students in grades 7 through 12.

    You may also check the Google calendar which lists all library events.

  • THE List of Lists

    We like books so much, we made this list for finding some good ones.


    This database offers recommended reading lists by genre, sorted by suggested age/grade levels. It lets you search for books by subject, author, title, or keyword, and provides an option for "read-alike" titles.

    (Access limited to in library use, or accessed through

    New Additions

    This online list shows what has recently been added to the library's Teen collection. You can also use the catalog to search for specific books, in this library or in other nearby libraries!

    Garden State Teen Book Awards

    The Garden State Teen Book Award is a project of the Young Adult Section of the New Jersey Library Association. Its awards committee, representing libraries from throughout the state, selected the nominees based on teen appeal and quality of writing from the previous year's 'Best Books' list.

    Teens all across NJ are invited to vote for their favorite book title in any one or all three voting categories.

    Alex Award Winners

    Ten books published for adults that have potential appeal for teens.

    Best Fiction for Young Adults

    Fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.

    Printz Award Winners

    First given in January 2000, the award honors the young adult book that best exemplifies literary excellence.

    Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

    This list is for young adults who, for whatever reason, do not like to read.

    Teen Ink

    Teen Ink is "a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums." The library has recently subscribed to the magazine and you can check it out from us with your library card!

    Guys Read

    This website has book recommendations for the guys. You want action, adventure, or survival? This site's got it.

    Reading Rants

    A website featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens that has been an online presence since 1998 and is now an interactive blog, where teens can not only respond to the reviews but write their own!

    Teen Reads

    This site is part of the Book Report Network and strives to "bring teens info and features about their favorite authors, books, series and characters."

  • Study Hall

    Tutors from Rutgers are here at the library during much of the school year. Visit this page for more details.

    Here are some resources that might help you with your homework and learning:

    Black History in New Brunswick

    This digital collection is brought to you by the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Here, you will find information on some important events in the history of New Brunswick, from the colonial period up to the present.

    Learning Express Library

    The library subscribes to Learning Express Library, which includes more than 1,000 resources. Vist the "School Center" for practice, lessons, and study aids. There's academic skill building (reading, writing, and math), including resources in Spanish. You can even students can practice for Advanced Placement (AP®), college admissions, college placement, and graduate school exams.


    This is a portal to multiple databases: Provided by the NJ State Library, patrons can log on with their library card number to access full text articles on Health, Business, Education, History and also magazine and newspaper articles.

    B.J Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

    “Since 1996, BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper has been the curator of the best free education and homework resources for students, teachers and parents.”


    "EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies."

    Fact Monster

    A homework-help resource from Information Please.

    Khan Academy

    "Students can make use of our extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web... Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history."

    Sweet Search

    "SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources."

    Encyclopedia Mythica

    "Please enter the award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between."


    "Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment... In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer."

    World Factbook

    "The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."

  • Post-Graduation

    Use these sites to explore your options after senior year. Plan and prepare early and often.

    Best Online Colleges

    This site is designed to guide you "toward challenging, satisfying academic programs that will propel your career into the future."

    College Board

    This is a “mission-driven not-for- profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.”

    Learning Express Center

    Visit the College Prep Center page for "practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks to help you prepare for college success."

    Online Courses

    This site is a host for free and open courses for students. Their courses are searchable with an in-built search function.

    Rutgers Pre-College Programs

    An online pre-college program directory highlighting more than 100 Rutgers-affiliated programs available for K-12 students during the academic year and summer. Academic enrichment, for-credit courses, college access programs, arts and athletic programs, and camps are available on campus and at RU-affiliated satellite locations.

    My Rutgers Future

    A free, customizable online student portal that allows middle and high school students to further connect to various resources and opportunities available at Rutgers. Students can use their portal to learn about majors and career options, view upcoming events on campus, subscribe to Rutgers social media feeds, and gain early access to part of the Rutgers University application for admission.

    My College Guide

    This site is a "go-to resource for helping degree seekers find the best colleges and programs to meet their career and personal goals."