Teen Services

We Need Your Help!

We need your help determining what types of programs and kits to provide for you. All adults and teens are invited to fill out our programming survey

Black History Month Book Bonanza

Starting February 1, Puyallup Public Library is celebrating Black History Month by giving away a variety of books by black authors. Choose from 14 different titles that range from poetry to fantasy. Featuring authors such as Maya Angelou, Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds, Zadie Smith, and more. One book per person, while supplies last. For adults and teens.  

Teen Zone
This is a special area on the second floor of the library that's only for teens. We've got tons of fiction, graphic novels, manga, and nonfiction for to you browse and check out. We also provide some supplies and seating in the area for teens to use.
School Visit
If you'd like our librarian to visit, please email us

Teen Group

Volunteering

Teens can volunteer to help on a weekly basis at the Library, as space allows. These volunteers will learn some basic procedures and tasks associated with the Library's day-to-day operations. We accept volunteers from ages 14 and up.

For teens ages 14 - 17, please download and complete the Teen Volunteer Application (PDF) and return it to the Library. If you wish to apply and you are 18 years or older, please fill out an Adult Volunteer Application. Adults will be asked to complete a Washington State Patrol background check, which will require a signature and a copy of your current identification. Both forms are also available at the main desk.

Teen Book Reviews

Puyallup Public Library offers volunteer hours for teens who read and review books from our collection.    

These reviews will be collected from our submission form and posted on the website with your first name and grade. The reviews may also be posted on social media by library staff and used for in-house displays.

Guidelines

  • You must be signed up as a teen volunteer (ages 14 to 17).  
  • The book must have been published within the last two years and be in the print collection. 
  • YA fiction and non-fiction reviews are worth 3 hours of volunteer time. 
  • YA graphic novels and manga reviews are worth 1 hour of volunteer time. 
  • Reviews need to be between 150 and 350 words. 
  • No more than 2 book reviews per week.

How to Write a Book Review

You can follow the basic template found in the article How to Write a Book Review by Joanna Cutrara.  

Write a few sentences describing what the book is about (plot, main characters, genre, etc.). Don’t give an entire synopsis. The review should be more like a teaser to make people interested. Don’t include any spoilers or give away the ending.  

Write a few sentences giving your opinion of the book. Describe what you liked and disliked and why. What thoughts or feelings did the book inspire? To whom would you recommend the book?  

You can also comment on the cover and indicate if the book is part of a series in your review. 

Always be sure to rate the book.  

Get Started

If you’re interested in submitting reviews for volunteer hours, please fill out our Teen Volunteer Application and put book reviews for the question about interests.  

Teens who participate will be emailed by the YA/Adult Service Librarian with a link to the submission form. After submissions, the librarian will respond within ten days with confirmation, and if necessary, suggested edits for the review.