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Montgomery County Public Library's Teensite: For Teens and By Teens and Librarians Who Love Teens
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What Is TAG?

Teen Advisory GroupBecome a member of the Montgomery County Public Libraries' Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Apply online

  • Recruitment begins Friday, August 1
  • Applications are due by Friday, September 5
  • Interviews will be held in September at the Rockville Memorial Library

TAG is a teen advisory group that represents Montgomery County teens and works under the leadership of Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). 

Approximately 30 Montgomery County high school teens (ages 14-18) comprise the Teen Advisory Group.  New members are interviewed and selected at the beginning of the school year. 

The Teen Advisory Group:

  • Writes reviews of books, movies, websites, and music for the library’s teen webpage—Teensite and Facebook
  • Interviews authors, artists, and musicians for Teensite
  • Recommends to library staff about what programs and services teens would like the library to have
  • Assists library staff with programming
  • Recommends furnishings, decorations, and the over-all design in library teen spaces to MCPL
  • Updates and improves the format and design of Teensite and Facebook page
  • Works with MCPL to develops teen art displays in libraries
  • Assists MCPL in the development of library booklists
  • Assists MCPL with making promotional videos for the libraries
  • Promotes the library in schools and among peers

TAG meets monthly (October through May) at the Rockville Memorial Library.  In between meetings, members work on projects in small groups in mutually convenient locations and/or at home.

The meetings take place the first Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m.


Become a Teen Tech Volunteer

Become a Teen Tech Volunteer - SSL Approved


Apply online

Who: 7th - 12th grade students interested in technology and digital media

When: 3-7:30 pm Weekdays and 1-5 pm Saturdays. Sign up for 2 hour time slots on a weekly basis.

Where: Digital Media Lab at the Long Branch Library

Earn SSL hours to help maintain and organize digital lab equipment and materials, assist others with the use of MAC computers and software, and work on special projects.


Summer Reading


Great Teen Events @ MCPL!

teens enjoying library

September 4:  Meet a Trio of Teen Authors (Sarah Maas - Throne of Glass series, Leah Cypress - Mistwood, and Jennifer Armentrout - Don't Look Back) @ Bethesda Library, 7 p.m.

September 5:  Magic - The Gathering Club @ Little Falls Library, 3 p.m. (weekly)

September 9:  Demystifiying College Selection @ Olney Library, 6 p.m.

September 13:  Teen Book Club for Middle Schoolers @ Chevy Chase Library, 12 noon

September 12:  Voter Registration @ Chevy Chase Library, 1 p.m.

September 16:  Poetry Club @ Quince Orchard Library, 4 p.m.

September 20:  Demystifiying College Selection @ Olney Library, 1:30 p.m.



To celebrate reading this summer MCPL invites you to share with us your favorite "shelfies."  A shelfie is simply a picture of a bookshelf. Your picture maybe included on the MCPL Twitter and Teen Facebook pages.

  • On Twitter, tweet your shelfie picture to @MCPL_Libraries and mention #shelfiesummer.
  • On Teen Facebook, send us your shelfie picture in a message to us. 

We can't wait to see your shelfies and happy #ShelfieSummer!


Teens' Top Ten

Vote for your favorite three books from the 2014 Teens' Top Ten list of nominees!  Voting is from  August 15 - October 18.  The winning books will be annouced on October 20.   Have fun reading and voting!


The Many Reasons Why the Library Is Great for Teens

Videos created by Shannon Farney, Office of Cable and Broadband Services, in collaboration with MCPL's Teen Advisory Group.


Teensite Connections


The LAST Science Fiction Question of the Week

The answer to last week's poll:  James Earl Jones provided the voice of Darth Vader in the first Star Wars films.

NEW POLL -  In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, what is the answer to "the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything"?

SF Question


TAG Poetry Contest Winners

Shakespeare sonnet

Congrats to our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Poetry Contest Winners!

Tied for First Place: 
Emily B., "All of That"                     
Joanna M., "Gardening Lessons"

Second Place Finalist:
Leo K., "The Rising Low" and "Said and Unsaid"

Third Place Finalist: 
Alexis B., "Strange Fruit"


Teensite Poll

The top vote-getter of the "which rule was an actual rule that Jonas had to follow when he is named Receiver of Memory in The Giver poll was "You may lie" which was the correct answer.

NEW POLL:  How was your first day of school?


Teen Writing Clubs

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Love to write?  Want to meet other teens that share your passion?  Come to our Teen Writing Clubs!

Read about Melanie Batchelor, a member of the Teen Writing Club at the Marilyn J. Praisner branch, who got her novel published.


Zinio E-Magazines

zinio e-magazine

Zinio is a free collection of 100 full color, interactive digital magazines. You can read current issues and back issues without holds, checkout periods, or a limit on the number you can download. All you need is your library card to get started!


Download 5 Free Songs a Week!


Download 5 MP3 songs each week.  They're free and legal to download.

Choose from over 3,000,000 recordings on Sony and independent record labels.

Freegal works with any computer, any portable music player, and iTunes.  The music is yours to keep.

Download limits are reset early Monday mornings at 12:01 a.m. 

Freegal also has apps for Apple and Android portable devices

FAQ about Freegal


Recommendations from Teens

BooksCheck out the book and movie recommendations from teens and let us know what you have enjoyed.


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