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Learn about fun things to do for teens to do at the library! We have a space dedicated to teens in grades 6-12 with video games, study rooms, and books. Come by for crafts, games, book discussions, and other fun activities.

The Teen collection focuses on teen fiction, graphic novels, and manga. If you are looking for some new titles our teen librarians will talk with you to get an idea of your taste and make a recommendation.

The library is interested in your input – suggest a book series that you really love, or give us an idea for a fun program. You can also bring your ideas and enthusiasm about your library to a monthly meeting of TAG (Teen Advisory group) where you get to be the boss of all things “Teen.”

There are rules to follow in the Teen Room, which were created in cooperation with DeKalb teens. We offer one warning for misbehavior. The decision to act appropriately is up to you. Consequences for misbehavior include being asked to leave the library–whether for the rest of the day or for a longer period of time. Everyone is expected to treat each other and the space with respect.

Poetry Contest for Teens

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate you can enter a poem of your own creation, any poetry style accepted, and compete for prizes.


Who can enter?  Students in 6th-12th grades.  You must live in DeKalb to enter.

When can I enter?  Monday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. – Monday, April 29, 9:00 p.m.

Any restrictions on what kind of poem? Yes. 1) The poem should be considered PG13, so please replace any graphic words with *****  2) You MUST have written the poem yourself.

How do I enter?  Share your entries at any service desk in the library, or send it to Include your name and phone number. Entries should be limited to one page per poem.

Can I submit more than one poem?  Yes, you can submit up to 3.

When are the winners announced? Winners’ first names and initial of last names will be announced on Tuesday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m., in the Teen Room, and right here, on our “Just for Teens” page.

Will I get my poem back? No. All poems will be on display for several weeks.

What do the winners get? First place $20.00 gift card, Second place $10.00 gift card, Third place $5.00 gift card, to either Target or McDonald’s, you choose.

For more information contact Susan at or 815-756-9568 ext. 3401.




Featured Events for Teens

Computers 101: Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Wednesday, May 22
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Make a 3D Eiffel Tower (Bilingual)

Wednesday, May 22
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Open Maker Lab

Thursday, May 23
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM