Teen Services

Volunteering at TADL

The Traverse Area District Library has many volunteer opportunities for teens. We strive to offer tasks that are accessible to a wide range of teens. Whether you need volunteer hours for school or are just looking to be more active in your community, the library would be pleased to benefit from your time. Explore our teen volunteer options here.

Opportunities for Teens!



Date:  Wednesday, December 8, 2021    Time:  7-8 p.m. ET

Format:  Traverse Area District Library, Thirlby Room

Class Size:  15

Grade Level: High School

(Planned to be in person at the Traverse Area District Library Main Branch, Thirlby Room. If gathering restrictions change, the class will move to a virtual format and students will be sent log-in information.)

Angeline Boulley is one of today’s most popular young adult authors. Her novel Firekeeper’s Daughter was an instant bestseller and is being developed for both film and television. She’s now headed to Traverse City to talk with Front Street Writers about the craft of fiction.

Register Here Please note, this workshop is open only to fully vaccinated participants.

Registration closes when the maximum number of students (15) register, or by December 7, 2021. A wait list may be available. Registration is open to students throughout northern Michigan.


Date:  Thursday, December , 2021    Time:  7 p.m. ET

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper’s Daughter is her debut novel.


Virtual tickets are available through the National Writers Series website, while in-person tickets can be purchased here through the City Opera House.

The library has a limited number of free books available for teens wishing to attend these programs. Please stop at the Main Traverse City location and talk with staff in Teen Services. These books were donated by the National Writers Series.

Reading Challenges

New for 2021 – Year-Round Reading Challenges! Can you read 25 books a year? Middle School students, challenge yourself to read 75 books before High School. High School students, set your goal to read 100 books before graduation. Are you reader enough to pass this challenge?

Enroll in the program here (link

After enrolling online you can record your reading in the online program or stop by Teen Services at the Main Woodmere location to pick up a bullet journal for a more creative way to track your reading. 


New craft kits are available each week during our Summer Reading Club!  Pick them up in Teen Services or ask for one at curbside when you call to pick up your books.

This month’s craft video —

Check out TADL’s Youtube channel for more fun craft tutorials!

Teen Blind Book Boxes!

Image includes books and an octopus and links to Blind Book Box sign up form.

What are these Blind Book Boxes (AKA Teen Book Boxes) you ask?

You tell us what you like to read and we put together a package for you that includes a surprise library book, snacks and trinkets. You can receive a new Teen Book Box every other month.

Teen Book Boxes will be ready to pick up the third Friday of the month for all requests received within the first two weeks of that month. Requests received the third or fourth week of the month will have to wait for the following month. You will then receive a Teen Book Box every other month provided you mark on the survey that you would like another one. Surveys will come inside the box and should be returned with the box.

How do we choose your book?

A librarian will use what you put in your registration and any additional information from the surveys to choose a book for you. If you don’t like what we choose for you please let us know. That way your next Teen Book Box will be more suited to your reading tastes. Both the book and the box are checked out on your account. The box must be returned within four weeks but the book may be renewed up to four times. The candy and other items are yours to keep!

This program is for teens.

Contact Us

If you need research or homework assistance we’re here! Just email a Librarian (ask@tadl.org), live chat, or call the library (231-832-8500).