Teen Services

Sync - Free Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC is a summer reading program targeted at teens aged 13 and older (though anyone can participate). This year’s edition will run for 16 weeks, providing two thematically paired audiobooks for check out each week, for free, to every registered listener. This equals 32 free books!

Learn more about how to get the Sora app and get started.

Summer Reading 2022

Don't forget to sign up for summer reading! All teens who sign up on Beanstack will be able to pick up a free book at the main desk just for registering. If you complete the 10-book challenge, you can get another free book. Learn more about what we have going on this summer and the challenge from our summer reading page.

Teen Zone

This is a special area on the library's second floor that's only for teens. We've got tons of fiction, graphic novels, manga, and nonfiction for to you browse and check out. We also provide some supplies and seating in the area for teens to use. Newly added to the teen zone is a dry erase table and magnetic poetry on displays. Don't forget to check out the new young adult fiction and nonfiction displays for new reads!

School Visit

If you'd like our librarian to visit, please email us.

Volunteering

Teens can volunteer to help on a weekly basis at the Library, as space allows. These volunteers will learn some basic procedures and tasks associated with the Library's day-to-day operations. We accept volunteers from ages 14 and up.

For teens ages 14 - 17, please download and complete the Teen Volunteer Application (PDF) and return it to the Library. If you wish to apply and you are 18 years or older, please fill out an Adult Volunteer Application. Adults will be asked to complete a Washington State Patrol background check, which will require a signature and a copy of your current identification. Both forms are also available at the main desk.

Teen Book Reviews

Puyallup Public Library offers volunteer hours for teens who read and review books from our collection.    

These reviews will be collected from our submission form and posted on the Teen Book Reviews page with your first name and grade. The reviews may also be posted on social media by library staff and used for in-house displays.

Guidelines

  • You must be signed up as a teen volunteer (ages 14 to 17).  
  • The book must have been published within the last two years and be in the print collection. 
  • YA fiction and non-fiction reviews are worth 3 hours of volunteer time. 
  • YA graphic novels and manga reviews are worth 1 hour of volunteer time. 
  • Reviews need to be between 150 and 350 words. 
  • No more than 2 book reviews per week.

How to Write a Book Review

You can follow the basic template found in the article  How to Write a Book Review by Joanna Cutrara

Write a few sentences describing what the book is about (plot, main characters, genre, etc.). Don’t give an entire synopsis. The review should be more like a teaser to make people interested. Don’t include any spoilers or give away the ending.  

Write a few sentences giving your opinion of the book. Describe what you liked and disliked and why. What thoughts or feelings did the book inspire? To whom would you recommend the book?

You can also comment on the cover and indicate if the book is part of a series in your review. 

Always be sure to rate the book.

Get Started

If you’re interested in submitting reviews for volunteer hours, please fill out our Teen Volunteer Application and put book reviews for the question about interests.

Teens who participate will be emailed by the YA/Adult Service Librarian with a link to the submission form. After submissions, the librarian will respond within ten days with confirmation, and if necessary, suggested edits for the review.