We have moved the shelves in the Teen Space.  Please let us know what you think.  Stop by the Teen Librarian’s office on the second floor or send us an email at library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov.


If you’re a teenager in grades 7 – 12, Teen Services at the Erie County Library has you covered.  We have programs created just for teens. Whether you’re into games, poetry, crafts, anime, or more, there’s something for you!

The Teen Space is located on the 2nd floor at the Blasco Library.   We welcome and value your input and ideas. Please stop by with program suggestions, research questions, book recommendations or just to introduce yourself.

Or contact us at: library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov

Summer Reading Program Challenge

The Teen Summer “Program Challenge” is a great way to learn new things, meet friends, and join in on all the summer fun! Along with the summer reading challenge, teens are encouraged to join in an activity or two. Teens who are going into 7th grade through graduated seniors are welcome to participate. Teens will get one entry for the end of summer prize drawing for every program they attend. Prizes include a 4 pack of Splash Lagoon tickets, new books, an art kit and more!

There are lots of great programs for teens this summer! The Book vs Movie Club will meet five times to watch a “book turned movie” on the big screen and share their thoughts with an activity and a snack. In July, we will read Shadow Behind the Stars, see a play and meet the performers. On Thursday nights, we will host workshops on a variety of topics including baking, finding a job, and getting social. Crafternoons will be held in the Teen Space throughout the summer and we will make beach glass jewelry, paint, draw and craft. There are so many programs to choose from to help you build a better world.

Summer reading is summer learning. All events are free and most do not require registration. Check out the online events calendar for more information on teen programs. You can also contact the Teen Services Librarian at library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov.

You can view and print out a copy of all the summer programs here

TAB  Teen Advisory Board Meeting
June 3,  2-4 PM, Blasco Room 219

Teens, we want to hear from you!  What do you want from your library?  Join our Teen Advisory Board to share your opinion about new titles you’d like to see in our collection, programs you’d like to plan or see offered, and more. Your time at TAB meetings and programs can count as community service hours, and we always offer snacks!  Email library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov for more information or or call Teen Services at 814-451-6904.  New members (in grades 7-12) are always welcome!

Teen “How To” Series

All classes are free.  Registration required.  Receive an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for each event or class you attend this summer. You could win Splash Lagoon tickets, books, an art kit, a robot or other cool prizes! 

Register at library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov or call 451-6904 or 451-6927.

June 29- Let’s Get Baking  6-7:30 PM, Room 219

Do you love to bake or eat treats? Come learn the basics of baking. You will get tips on how to bake your own delicious pastries to impress your family and friends. There will be a few decorating challenges and some tasting! Registration is required and space is limited.

July 6– Let’s Get Working 6-7:30 PM, Room 219

Learn strategies to make the application process seamless. We will discuss the basics of filling out job applications, making a good first impression, interviewing, resume tips, and more! This is a general class that will help get you job ready. Registration is required.

  July 13- Let’s Get Dancing 6-7:30 PM, Hirt Auditorium

We will explore storytelling and movement through dance. This class will combine movement, structured improvisation and simple dance moves to create our very own choreography. Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to have fun! Registration is required.

 July 20- Let’s Get Social 6-7:30 PM, Room 219

Let’s talk about making friends, first dates, first kisses and more! This program is for teens by teens. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will facilitate a panel discussion about the things you want to talk about it. Come share what you know and find out what you might not know about getting social. Registration is required.

 July 27- Let’s Get Acting 6-8:00 PM, Hirt Auditorium

Are you interested in acting or improv and want to find out if it is the thing for you? Jeff Rodland is a local theater celebrity and will lead this general session on acting and improv. He studied improv with Second City in Chicago, IL and will lead activities and acting exercises to get you started. Registration is required and space is limited.

 August 3- Let’s Get Cooking 6-7:30 PM, Room 219

Do you want to learn how to make easy, nutritious, and budget-friendly meals with little or no cooking skills? We will talk about kitchen safety, proper cutting techniques and food handling. This is a cook and eat class so come hungry! Registration is required and space is limited.


Tuck Everlasting – June 21

Nancy Drew – July 5

Golden Compass – July 19

If I Stay – August 2

Lovely Bones – August 16

We will show each free movie on the big screen at 1:30 PM in the Hirt Auditorium. The after movie program includes discussion, a snack, and game or activity. We invite you to read or listen to the book before the screening but it is not required. You will also get one entry to win Splash Lagoon passes for every teen summer  program you attend.

This program is free for Teens age 12-18. (Age 12  must be in 7th grade and have a permission slip signed to attend PG-13 movies.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Contact library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov for more information.


Homestuck Cosplay Meet-Up

During spring break, the teens got together to celebrate Homestuck.  They wore awesome costumes, made cool character buttons,  took photo booth pics and played Homestuck trivia.  Did we mention the Faygo and Doritos?

TAB Teens Volunteer at Frozen Fun Day



Thank you to our TAB volunteers who helped make Frozen Fun Day a super fun day! They each gave 4 hours of their time and lots of smiles for a fun filled afternoon.  TAB teens ran the games at the Winter Carnival and showed over 600 young children what a great place the library is for all ages of kids!

Interested in finding out how you can get involved? Attend a TAB meeting and learn more.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)


Who can join? Teens, age 13- 17, from any school district in Erie County, are eligible to join the ECPL TAB.

What will teens do on the TAB? Help the library stay current with teen trends and hot topics. Advise the library on collections, programs and services. Suggest, plan, execute and attend programs.  Publicize and promote programs.

Why should I join? Make new friends and have fun while building teamwork and leadership skills. Earn community service hours which make a REAL difference in your community and get a free TAB t-shirt.

When does TAB meet? TAB meetings and events vary. Check the events calendar at www.erielibrary.org or call Teen Services at 814-451-6904 for more information.

How do you join? Attend a meeting and complete the application to get started.

EXAMPLES of TAB Activities:  Movie Events, Book Clubs, Anime Events, Open Mike Poetry Events, Graphic Novel/Manga recommendations, Teen Book Reviewers, Teen Focus Groups, Advising on Teen Spaces, Fundraisers, Read –A –Thons, Gaming Tournaments, Author Events and more!

New Young Adult Non Fiction Titles

Do you know where you can find nonfiction books covering topics written just for teens?  The Teen Space!

Our latest titles cover overcoming procrastination, igniting your passions, secret history of the Vietnam War, the last great march of the civil rights movement, awful events in American history, farm workers fight for their rights, breaking out in the fight for gay rights, feminism of the real world, teenage trauma, internet celebrities, traveling photo journal, true stories behind science fiction, teenage girls and coding, constellations, animal behavior, and the courageous life of a legendary nurse!


We have 4 new titles in the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series and over 150 titles available. This series offers a diversity of opinions by experts, policy makers, and concerned citizens. It is a great place to learn about a current topic. Each book includes organizations to contact and a full bibliography to continue your research. Check one out today. There are located in the Teen Space.


The Teen Space is located on the 2nd floor at the Blasco Library.   We welcome and value your input and ideas. Please stop by with program suggestions, research questions, book recommendations or just to introduce yourself.

Or contact us at: library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov