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Explore books, programs, volunteer opportunities, resources and more for teens!

A Space Just for Teens 

You will find a space just for teens at our Capilano, Lynn Valley and Parkgate locations – all branches have tables for studying, along with teen books, graphic novels, manga, video games and more. At Parkgate, there is even a study room dedicated for teens. At Lions Gate, we have a small selection of teen books but staff are happy to bring over books from our other branches! 


Digital Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines on the Libby App 

Did you know that there are certain titles from NVDPL that can only be found as digital materials? Especially audiobooks, manga, and graphic novels! Download the free Libby app to your Apple or Android mobile device or read on your Kobo. Find out more about Libby or get started searching for your next favourite digital read right from our catalogue.


Free Online Arts & Crafts Courses

If you enjoy arts & crafts, Creativebug is your online gateway to a new hobby. Learn through thousands of video classes with activities for all ages and new content added daily. Instructional videos on sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, drawing, painting, paper crafts, jewelry, food & home, holiday & party, and more.

Teen Activities & Volunteering

Teen Digital & Homework Resources

Teen Summer Programs

Teen Reading Recommendations

Group picture of the Teen Advisory Council and a staff member. Some faces are hidden behind different coloured smiley faces.

Get Involved

Teen Advisory Group

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a group of high school students interested in being involved with the library. We want to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions! We meet once a month during the school year at Capilano, Lynn Valley and Parkgate branches to talk about teen services and programs and do fun stuff—make buttons, buy books, create activities for younger kids, be in parades, host photo contest receptions, etc. Always new & different—and there’s snacks.  


Contact for more info, and check Programs & Events for the next meeting.

Teen Volunteering and Other Free Library Programs at NVDPL

The library provides opportunities for students in grades 8–12 who want volunteer/work experience or to participate in programs at the library just for fun.  Programs offered are:

  • Book Buddies is one-to-one reading mentoring with younger children. Teen volunteers meet once a week with 3 or 4 younger children for individual ½ hour sessions. It usually means a commitment of 20+ hours over 8 weeks. 

  • Tech Tutoring is one-to-one technology help for adults. Teen volunteers meet once a week with 3 or 4 adults for individual ½ hour sessions. It usually means a commitment of 20+ hours over 8 weeks. You don’t have to be a tech wizard, just willing to help walk through the steps of a variety of tech-related issues. 


Contact to find out more information about these programs, or to be added to our volunteer callout list.

To get more ideas for volunteer opportunities outside the library, look at the North Shore Youth Volunteer Directory.

Programs & Events for Teens

Explore teen events at your local NVDPL, or join online from anywhere!

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Teen Summer Programs

Teen Summer Reading Challenge

The 2024 Teen Summer Reading Challenge theme is "Déjà vu." From June 10 to September 3, complete challenges and win prizes as you go.

Teen Summer Writing Contest

The 2024 Teen Summer Writing Contest theme is "Echoes from the Past." The submission deadline is September 8.

2023 winners:


Visit your local NVDPL or place a hold to read the titles from all past winners

Teen Summer Book Box

Sign up to get your own personalized book box from the library. Register between Friday, June 28–Tuesday, July 2, 2024 (or until spaces are full).

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Teen Reading Recommendations

Find your next favourite read with recommendations from teens and NVDPL librarians!

Teen Fantasy

Adeyemi, Tomi.

Children of Blood and Bone

Lim, Elizabeth.

Six Crimson Cranes

Dabos, Christelle, 1980-

A winter's promise

Hatzopoulou, Kika

Threads That Bind