Teen Services

Introducing a New Service for Teens!

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.

Suggested For You

Our Racial & Social Equity page has some great information and targeted book suggestions. For further reading, try some #ownvoices books from the Black Voices list we compiled. Time to find yourself in a good book.


Craft kits are available via our curbside service!  Just ask for one when you pick up your books if you can’t come inside the building.

Cookie cutter bird feeder craft video–

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

National Writer Series

Attention Student Writers: Register now for a Free Masterclass with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Class Description: Bestselling author Robin Wall Kimmerer will offer a FREE one-hour class about the art of environmental writing and crafting powerful personal essays. The class will have a moderated talk from the author, followed by Q&A from the students.

Age Group: 9th grade and up recommended

Date and Time: May 18, 2021, at 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST via Zoom webinar (a link will be distributed to registrants on the day of the event).

Special Note: This webinar will be recorded and posted to the National Writers Series YouTube channel after the event.

Click here to register – class space is limited!

Essay Contest


The Economic Club of Traverse City is accepting entries for its annual essay contest. This year’s essay question is: Should the government, at any level, spend taxpayer dollars for early childhood (birth to kindergarten) programs? Discuss the costs & benefits to society of such programs as Head Start, early child development, home visitation, nutrition counseling, etc. First place award is $1,500; second place is $1,000. The contest is open to all high school juniors & seniors in the five-county Grand Traverse region. Deadline to enter is May 1. Essays should be a minimum of 750 words; maximum 1,000 words.

Student Programs

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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).