Youth and Teens

Youth Services and Collections

VPL’s talented Youth Services library staff develops programs and collections to support our mission.

The Children’s Area is stocked with creative toys to encourage play and support literacy and learning with your child.  Tech tools include an Early Literacy Station loaded with educational games, an iPad with carefully selected apps for young users, and additional iPads available for children and tweens to use in the library.  The children’s catalog interface allows readers to easily search for their own materials.

Through our collection of picture books, readers, ready-for-chapters, popular series, magazines, audiobooks, fiction and nonfiction, we support the ongoing literacy and individual reading interests of children from prereaders to beginning readers and to those who are independent readers.  We also loan eReaders pre-loaded with lots of books selected by our librarians.  Digital titles are provided for youth through Overdrive and Libby.  Our knowledgeable Youth Services librarians are happy to assist your child with reading selections.

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 and lawn games for youth, among other things.

Located in the Children’s Area, the Parenting Collection includes books on a variety of topics such as health, education, and baby care.

The public library works closely with the school library to provide remote access to databases that will help with student research at all stages.

Teens have their own corner of the library, with colorful furniture, near the teen magazines, graphic novels, 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 Overdrive and 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 GoPros and cake pans.

Youth Programming

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

We promote development of early literacy skills for newborn through preschoolers at our regular storytime and playtimes.  For dates and times check the online calendar or contact the library.  The Voorheesville Library has also joined the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” national initiative, rewarding parents and caregivers for sharing the joy of reading with their preschoolers.

We offer 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 STEAM, book groups, family book discussions, in-person and virtual author visits, maker and crafts, and community service projects.  There are special programs 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 nearly every Friday.  Teens Care programs provide fun activities that earn community service time, or you can join our Teen Volunteers.  Locked in the Library is an after-hours book club for grades 8 and up.  We also collaborate with the Middle/High School librarian to offer programs held right at the school, like the Middle School Book Club.  Try something new with us.  Check the calendar to see what is on the schedule. 

Please be aware that if Voorheesville schools are closed or delayed by 2 hours, morning library programs will be cancelled.