Description & History

TeenTober™ is a nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library.



Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


Professional Learning Resources

TeenTober Tool kit from YALSA
The toolkit includes a press kit with samples of press releases, social media posts, and community partner letters. Also included is a checklist/timeline, advocacy tools and sample programming ideas.


Learner Engagement Resources 

US Dept of Labor Youth Programs and Services
Teens can explore career and future jobs at https://www.careeronestop.org/GetMyFuture.

This is a non-profit youth-activism hub that encourages young people to take action to improve their communities. Teens can find projects that appeal to them and get started on a campaign to make the world a better place right away.

Change to Chill
This website provides teens with free mental health resources to encourage mindfulness and provide stress relief.

Smithsonian Fun Stuff For Kids and Teens
The Smithsonian has free, fun activities such as coloring pages, animal cams, and science activities.

Yoga with Adriene
Teens can enjoy free yoga videos for every situation.

Free Online Courses
Teens have access to 1,700 free online courses from the top universities and colleges. This page includes Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). To enroll in a free version of a MOOC, select the “Full Course, No Certificate” (edX) or “Audit” (Coursera) option.


Book Lists

thumbnail of graphic including teen booksNonfiction and fiction YA book lists. Books selected include recent and popular publications.