About the Young Adult Department

What is YA?  “YA” is an acronym  for Young Adult, and at the library, YA refers to those customers in grades 7 through 12. We recognize that teens represent a special group of library customers, and we encourage them to visit us and help identify the kinds of programs and materials that will be most helpful to them.

The library welcomes our junior and senior high school students and strives to keep them interested in reading throughout their high school career. A special Teen Area has been set up on the library’s main level, right outside the Reference Room. This area contains YA fiction and audio books on CD, graphic novels, magazines, and video games for the Wii and DS as well as music CDs. Non-fiction YA materials are shelved with the adult material, but are designated as YA in the catalog, and each item has a yellow sticker so it can be recognized on the non-fiction shelves. Young adults can check out all materials except for DVDs:  those borrowing DVDs must be over 18 years of age.

The teen area is complimented by comfortable seating and two personal computers, which can be used for shared assignments and group work.


Young Adult Programs and Community Service

Young adult services include book discussions, a summer reading program, Wii programs and movies on the library’s big screen, and other programs designed around their interests. You can find out about YA programs by reading the bulletin board in the YA department, or by checking this web site. Through the young adult department, the library also helps students who have to perform community service requirements.  Our teens help the library staff at many programs for the younger children as well as at large adult programs being held at the library. Teens should register with Young Adult Librarian Omar Khan for community service work.


Personal Computers

The library offers personal computers for use by the public.  Young adults can work in groups, if necessary, on the two computers in the young adult area. Young adults are welcome to use the public computers in the reference area, but they must work independently and quietly on those computers. We  encourage young adults to save their documents on flash drives because nothing is saved on the library’s computers. Our personal computers offer access to the Internet, as well as Microsoft Word 10, Microsoft Excel 10, Microsoft Publisher 10, and Microsoft Power Point 10.

There is no charge for using the library’s personal computers, but those wishing to print materials are charged 10 cents per page for black and white and 35 cents per page for color copies.


Teen Book Group

Our YA book club meets one Monday a month (from September through June) at 7 p.m., for book talk, socializing, games, and snacks. Let Mr. Khan know that you are interested in participating, and she will lend you a copy of the current month’s book. (You need your library card to borrow the book.)


YA Summer at the Library

The weekly Talk It Out Book Club is the highlight of our YA Summer Program; you can borrow the books at the front desk and come to as many or as few meetings as you like. We also offer weekly gaming sessions on the Wii, movies, and special events. Check the bulletin board in the YA area for a complete list of activities.


The BCCLS Page

Ridgefield Park Public Library is a member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), so teens with a valid library card and a pin number can take advantage of all that BCCLS offers. (Get your pin number by stopping at the circulation desk with your library card.) Go to http://www.bccls.org/  A particular interest for teens are the databases that contain newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. The databases can be accessed by clicking “eSources” on the BCCLS page; this will connect you with thousands of articles.


Learning Express

You can access Learning Express on the bottom of the Library’s home page; you need a valid library card to use this service. Once connected, you will find a wealth of helpful information for use with your studies or career planning. Learning Express contains review and practice for many standardized tests, including the ACT, CLEP, GED, and SAT.


Helpful Links

Need help with a bibliography?  http://www.bibme.org/


Have health questions?  http://kidshealth.org/  (Click on “For Teens”)


Looking for a good book? Check out these lists of award-winning books!

  • The Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature


  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults


  • Teenreads


  • Reading Rants



Getting ready for college?

  • Peterson’s College Search


  • College Board


  • American Association of Community Colleges


  • Savingforcollege.com


  • Fast Web: Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans and Colleges


  • Financial Aid, College Scholarships and Student Loans



Have questions about careers?

  • Careers and Colleges


  • Career One Stop


  • Princeton Review Choose Your Career




Teen Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldparkteenzone
Teen Twitter https://twitter.com/RFPK_YA

Teen Instagram http://instagram.com/ridgefieldpark_ya


Please remember that young adults are always welcome in our library! You can stop by Mr. Khan’s desk for assistance at any time, or you can reach him at 201-641-0689 or omar.khan@bccls.org