Get Published in Teen Voices Magazine!
Submissions Open June 5
We want to hear how you Express Yourself! NYPL’s teen magazine includes writing and art by and for teens. Creators of the 25 pieces selected for publication will each be awarded a $100 gift card. Having your work published is also a great addition to your resume or college application!
Free Events and Programs
Join us in branches all summer long for free programs exploring who you are, what you care about, and how you can make a difference through photography, zine-making, poetry, and more. Plus—find inspiration for your magazine submissions!
Coming Up! Anti-Prom 2023
Fri, June 9 & Fri, June 23, 2023
Calling all teens! The Library's yearly summer party welcomes and celebrates young people of all sexualities and gender identities and expressions. Join us for snacks, dancing, and special free book giveaways at this year's royalty-themed events at Grand Concourse Library in the Bronx on June 9, and at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in Manhattan on June 23!
Free! For ages 12–18 only. Proof of age required. All bags must be checked.
Introducing! NYPL's Teen Voices Festival
Fri, Aug 25, 2023, 11 AM–4 PM | Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Register for our first-ever Teen Voices Festival! Meet exciting YA authors, connect with organizations where you can get your work published, take part in free arts workshops, and browse artwork by NYC teens. Plus! Free giveaways and the announcement of our Teen Voices magazine contest winners.
Coming Soon: Apply to be a Teen Reading Ambassador!
Applications Open July 10
The New York Public Library’s Teen Reading Ambassadors program offers internships to teens to help develop job readiness and leadership skills. Participating teens will have the opportunity to act as leaders and role models to younger kids, ambassadors for the Library's mission to inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning, and writers and editors of their very own magazine. Plus—you get paid!
Explore NYPL’s Newly Expanded Teen Centers
Our Teen Centers are fully equipped spaces just for you, including areas for exploring technology and art, finding academic support, or just hanging out. Game, realize your movie-making dreams, 3-D print your latest invention, discover resources, and more.
Summer Staff Picks
Our expert librarians have curated a wide array of fun, thought-provoking, and inspiring books for all ages to read this summer! Check out these books for teens, including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and libros en español! Many are also available in accessible formats.
50 Years of Hip-Hop
2023 marks 50 years since the dawn of hip-hop at a South Bronx house party. Join the Library this summer as we celebrate the legacy and influence of hip-hop with programs, reading recommendations, and more, culminating in a celebration in August.
More Book Recommendations for Teens
Discover books for teens by and about a diverse array of people and communities, handpicked by the expert librarians and staff at The New York Public Library.
TeenLIVE Author Talks
Explore programs featuring authors from our annual Best Books for Teens list, plus thought-provoking conversations, real debates, and exciting performances with your favorite writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, fashionistas, and more.
STEAM Discovery Kits
Build, code, and stargaze with NYPL’s amazing STEAM Discovery Kits, available to borrow from 40 branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Explore robotics, astronomy, engineering, coding, and more.
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The New York Public Library welcomes speakers and readers of a wide range of languages. We are committed to helping everyone navigate our free services and resources for all ages. Get a library card, learn about Library offerings, search the catalog, and more in select world languages.
The Library offers free major exhibitions and special displays at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, plus community showcases at many branch locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. See what’s on view this summer!
Explore Summer at the Library
Get creative and express yourself all summer long at The New York Public Library with free events for all ages, programs for kids and teens, reading recommendations, exhibitions, and much more!
Explore Summer at the Library for all ages in español (Spanish), 中文 (Chinese), বাংলা (Bengali), Русский (Russian), and English.
Major support is provided by the New York Life Foundation, the 2023 city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading and Learning Programs.
Additional support is provided by The Rona Jaffe Foundation; New York Yankees Foundation; anonymous donors; and the continuing major support of the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences.
These programs and initiatives are part of the Library’s overall commitment to our branch patrons and education programs, led by the Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education. Major support for educational programming is provided by Merryl H. and James S. Tisch.