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PHONE:  (540) 375-3089|FAX:  (540) 389-7054|HOURS:  Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm

Teen Resources

E-MAIL:|LOCATION:  28 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153
PHONE:  (540) 375-3089|FAX:  (540) 389-7054|HOURS:  Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm


Our department

The Teen Department at the Salem Public Library strives to provide middle and high school students with print and electronic resources that help them succeed in school, prepare them for college and employment, and enrich their lives with new and exciting ideas and concepts.

The Salem Public Library Teen Web is designed especially for teenagers and provides easy access to the library’s most useful online resources for middle and high school students as well as teen-oriented web links and homework help sites. Many teens are into coding. If you like coding please try these websites. Check out the teen programs at our program calendar! We hope to see you soon!.

Our staff

Our Teen Librarian, David Butler, is dedicated to selecting age-appropriate resources and planning programming that will increase knowledge and expand horizons.


Be a part of the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Download our Reading Log and when you have read for 10 hours bring it to the Salem Public Library.  When you bring in your completed reading log you will receive a free book and your name will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes.  The Prizes include a $75 gift card from Barnes and Noble, Book of the Month Club Certificate, Vouchers for Launching Pad, Thunder Valley, Lee Hi Lanes and Explorer Park.  We will also have a $25 gift card to Chick-Fil-A, a studio set of colored pencils and coloring books.  Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity!

Our programs & Online Programs

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+,  SYNC 2020 will usue Sora, the student reading app from Overdrive.  Click here for the SYNC website.

Our building may be closed but we are still open online. Try out this Harry Potter Escape Room Adventure!

Here are a few other escape rooms!!  Have fun!!

If you are looking for something fun and creative, try some of the sights below!  These are sights where you can develop coding skills and have lots of fun!!


Are you a gamer? Many indie game developers have made their games free on! Check them out here! If you’re more into tabletop games than video games, you could round up some friends and play remotely using – and you can create Dungeons and Dragons characters for free at! If you miss our Magic: The Gathering programming, you can download and play Magic: The Gathering Arena for free, too.

Learn to play Chess at https://www.chess./com

Are you a fan of cooking? Chef Michael Symon is doing live cooking demos at 5 pm using common pantry ingredients! We also recommend Binging with BabishFood Wishes, and Gourmet Makes!

Want to make sweet music? Moog and Korg have both made their synthesizers free! The Minimoog app for iOS is available here, and the KORG Kaossilator is available here for iOS and here for Android!

Ever wanted to learn how to animate? Retired Disney animator Aaron Blaise is making his Fundamentals of Animation course free for the next few weeks! You can check it out here.

We are excited to offer programming that emphasizes STEM, creativity, and literacy. During the school year, our programs include a Teen Tech Maker Space that gives our teens an opportunity to work with LEGO Mindstorms and coding, occasional teen mystery nights, and craft programs. Please email our teen librarian  if you would like to suggest a title, resource, or program for our library.


PRH and Amanda Gorman Launch Creative Writing Award for Poetry

Penguin Random House has announced its partnership with Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, to launch the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry, a new creative writing award focused on poetry for public high school students. With a first-place prize of $10,000, the award will recognize a student for an original literary composition in English for poetry. Submissions for the award open on October 1, 2021, and close on February 1, 2022.

The Amanda Gorman Poetry Award is one of five creative writing awards given by Penguin Random House, including fiction/drama; personal essay/memoir; and the Maya Angelou Award for spoken word. The competition will also award an additional first-place prize to the top entrant from the N.Y.C. area in recognition of the Creative Writing Awards previously being centered in New York City. Those who are currently in their senior year of high school who attend public school in the United States, the District of Columbia, all U.S. territories, and are planning to attend college–either a two-year or four-year institution–in the fall of 2022 are encouraged to apply.

Gorman is an advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. Her debut picture book, Change Sings, will be published in September, and her poetry collection, Call Us What We Carrywill release this December.

“As Amanda Gorman’s publisher, we see first-hand the incredible impact her poetry has on readers,” Jen Loja, president of Penguin Young Readers, said in a statement. “We are thrilled that her work will now be a further inspiration to student poets across America through the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards’ newly established annual Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry scholarship competition.”

Gorman stated, “I’m honored to be partnering with Penguin Random House on their poetry award for high school students. As someone who found my love of writing at a young age, I want to continue to foster that same love in the next generation of great poets.”

To apply and to read more about eligibility and rules, click here.

Winners will be announced and posted on the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards website in June 2022.

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