Welcome to the Teen section of the NHFPL website! This is where you can find information about all the teen events going on at NHFPL. You can also find resources like homework help, book suggestions and college prep information here.

If you are in grades 7-12, come down to the Ives Main Branch and visit the Teen Center- we have everything from books to video games to chess, so if you have time stop in and say hello! All we ask is that you bring your library card to sign into the room with. Don’t have a library card? Follow these instructions then stop by the Circulation desk on your way to the Teen Center, and they will get you all set up. Or, talk to Margaret when you come in and she can help you, too.

Teen Summer Learning Challenge

For Teens Entering Grades 7-12 (and teens who just finished high school too!)

JUNE 17th-AUGUST 31st!

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The Summer Learning Challenge for Teens is to have fun while reading, learning, and doing your summer assignments (You’re supposed to do them anyway, why not earn some cool prizes while you’re at it?).

Summer is for relaxing and having a good time! But that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning new things! Try out a new craft, experiment with technology, learn about a new hobby… stop by any branch of the New Haven Free Public Library to see what new and interesting things we have for you!

This year’s challenge is fun and easy, so why not join it?


This year’s challenge is two parts: one part is “activities” and the other is reading. You can do both parts, or just one part to earn prizes!


Sign up online or participate with a paper log, available at every NHFPL library!


1) Participants must be teenagers (entering grade 7 in fall 2017 – Seniors graduating in Summer 2017). No one older than 19 permitted to participate.

2) Challenge starts June 17th and runs through August 31st. Challenge submissions must be entered during this time period.


Complete 3 Activity Challenges for a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE!

Complete 3 MORE Activity challenges for a second chance at a GRAND PRIZE AND a FREE T-shirt.

COMPLETE the Reading Challenge for a FREE BOOK and another chance to win a GRAND PRIZE!


Four (4) $50 Gift Certificates (locations TBD) will be awarded in an end of summer drawing.

Note: only one gift certificate may be won by any participant!


You can sign up online and track your reading using any computer, smartphone or tablet by visiting https://wandooreader.com/nhfpl/2017teens or come in to your local branch to pick up a paper form!


Not finding what you need? Contact the gatekeeper of the teen center with any questions!

Margaret Girgis: 203-946-8130 ext. 383, mgirgis@nhfpl.org