Youth and Teens

VPL’s talented and knowledgeable Youth Services library staff develops programs, services, and collections to support our mission and are happy to assist with reading selections.

Youth Services and Collections

Through our diverse collection of picture books, readers, ready-for-chapters, popular series, graphic novels, magazines, audiobooks, fiction, nonfiction, and preloaded eReaders, we support the ongoing literacy and reading interests of children from prereaders to beginning readers to independent readers. Digital titles are provided for youth through Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy

The Parenting Collection includes books on a variety of current topics and issues.

The library stretches the family entertainment budget by providing a variety of music CDs, DVDs, pre-loaded Launchpad tablets, and video games to borrow.  Our expanding Library of Things includes board games, lawn games, fishing poles, and American Girl™ dolls in addition to other exciting and always expanding offerings for youth. Hoopla and Kanopy offer digital music and movies. 

The public library works closely with the school library to provide remote access to databases that will help with student research at all stages. We collaborate with the elementary school librarian to support the needs of the curriculum through public library materials and with the middle/high school librarian to bring a wide selection of books up to the school when needed for class selection.

Teens have their own collections in the library, stocked with manga, graphic novels, video games, magazines, a diverse fiction collection, and engaging nonfiction.  In addition to the collection of print materials, there are eReaders pre-loaded with fiction and nonfiction and digital titles on Libby specifically for teens to borrow.  Public computers are available for teens to complete homework and explore their interests.  The new Library of Things includes items of interest to teens, including board games, GoPros and cake pans.

Youth Programming

Programs for youth from newborn to high school teen focus on literacy, arts, science, history, diversity, social-emotional development, and technology in a fun and social environment.

The library promotes the development of early literacy skills for newborn through preschoolers at our regular storytimes, library tots, and family programs.  For dates and times, check the online calendar or contact the library.  The Voorheesville Library has joined the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” national initiative, rewarding parents and caregivers for sharing the joy of reading with their preschoolers with incentives given at important milestones.

The library offers a variety of school-aged and family programs – at the library, out in the community, and at the schools – for different grade levels.  Some of the program offerings include school/library partnerships, STEAM, book groups, family book discussions, in-person and virtual author visits, maker and crafts, and community service projects. There are special programs and activities during school vacations and during our Summer Learning Program.  Check the calendar to see upcoming programs.

The Voorheesville Public Library hosts events for Middle and High School students throughout the year.  Teen Time allows you to use our technology and makerspace tools to explore your interests, or hang out and play games with friends. Teens Care programs provide fun activities that earn community service time, or you can join our Teen Advisory Group.  The Middle School Book Club is a collaboration with the Middle/High School librarian, and currently meets after school at the public library, usually the last Friday of the month. There are also occasional special programs at the library for older teens, like Manga Madness. Try something new with us.  Check the calendar to see what is on the schedule. 

If the Voorheesville schools are closed or delayed by 2 hours, morning library programs will be cancelled; registrants for afternoon and evening programs will be notified by email if cancellation is necessary