TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October. It aims to celebrate teens and promote year-round teen services and literacies. Hampshire County Public Library has worked hard to curate an incredibly broad range of fiction and non-fiction geared directly towards high school students so please stop in to talk to a librarian about finding that perfect read. Especially for TEENtober, we will have special activities in the young adult section all month.

October 1-9: Create your own bookmark
October 12: Graphic novelists, Aeric McBride and Arianna Pownall, book signing
October 17-23: Book spine poetry
October 26: Make your own tie-dye mask

Did you Know?

  • Approximately 14 million middle and high school students are on their own after school. 
  • 8 in 10 Americans want all children and teens to have some type of organized activity or safe place to go after school. 
  • The hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.
  • There are more public libraries in the U.S. than McDonald’s restaurants or Starbucks.
  • Students make 1.3 billion visits to school libraries in a given year, about the same as nationwide attendance at movie theaters.
  • Research shows that as an age group teens (ages 12 – 18) receive the least financial support. Government, philanthropic and non-profit spending directed at teens lags far behind what is invested in children (birth through 11 years) and young adults (19 and up)