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The Teen Department at Johnson Public Library is happy to serve students in Grades 7-12 (though people of all ages are welcome to check out our collection!).  We have a weekly Teen Tuesday program during the school year and an exciting series of Summer Reading events each year!  Check our event calendar for all the details.  All of our programs are completely FREE!

Please direct any questions, comments or book recommendation requests to Keri, our teen librarian at keri.adams@hackensack.bccls.org or ask for her at the Reference Desk.  Keri loves to help teens find books they will enjoy reading.

Events (Check out our event list to the right for specific dates and more information)

Prom Dress Giveaway

Prom Dress Drive and Giveaway!

Attention, High School Seniors: You are invited to pick out one FREE prom dress at our Prom Dress Giveaway event on Saturday, April 14 from 1-4 PM.

You must bring proof of grade level (ie. school ID that lists grade level or report card). Hackensack residency is not required; this event is open to all high school seniors! Dresses are available first come, first served. No advanced sign up is necessary!

Note: Dresses may be tried on over clothes only.  Please wear appropriate clothing.

This event is cosponsored by Operation Prom.

Do you have an old prom dress lying around?  The Johnson Public Library is collecting new and gently used:

Prom/Party Dresses (All Sizes Accepted)
Evening Gowns
Dress Shoes
Accessories (including shawls, clutches, etc.)
Clothes Hangers

Items must be clean and should be age appropriate for teenagers.

Donations can be dropped off in the Periodicals Deparmtne in the lower level of the library and are welcome through Friday, April 13.  Donations will be distributed during our Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, April 14. Any dresses remaining with be donated to Operation Prom for future events.

Many thanks to our partner libraries for their help in collecting dress donations: Closter Public Library, Demarest Public Library, Glen Rock Public Library, Old Tappan Public Library, Ramsey Public Library, Township of Washington Public Library, Waldwick Public Library and Wyckoff Public Library.

Teen Tuesday

Every Tuesday after school, we have a FREE program for students in Grades 7-12.  The topic rotates weekly but often includes video games, crafts, movies, active events, trivia, food programs and more.  You do not have to sign up in advance to attend these programs and you do not have to attend every week.


STEM Games

At this monthly FREE program, you’ll work as a team to solve a scientific problem efficiently and effectively.   Our last event for the year is in April so don’t miss out!  We’ll be building bridges.  A small prize will be given to the winning team.

Coding Club

We will meet once a month to learn basic coding concepts on different topics. Beginners can learn Scratch using Google CS First’s tutorials.  If you have some coding knowledge or want to move beyond Scratch, you can start with TechRocket and learn some coding languages.
Coding Classes are FREE to attend. Advanced sign up is not required.
 For more information, email Liz at elisabet.paredes@hackensack.bccls.org or call her at 201-343-4169 x22.


During the summer, we accept volunteers who are entering Grades 9-12 to assist with our teen summer reading program and help with other projects at the library.  An application will be available on this page in May for our 2018 Summer Volunteer Program.

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