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Scary Story Contest

Tri Cities kids aged 11-14 and teens aged 15-18 can write a terrifying tale, and submit it to our panel of gruesome judges. Judges will award first, second and third place prizes to the three best entries in each category.

• Each entry must be no longer than 500 words. The title and byline do not count towards the 
• Each entry must be an original story written by a resident of Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port
   Coquitlam, Anmore or Belcarra.
• Writers who submit entries must be no younger than 11 and no older than 18 as of the
   deadline date of Sunday Oct. 19, 2014.
• Writers must include the following three words in their stories: berserk, gibbering and
  cavernous. Stories that do not include these words will be disqualified. If you do not know
  what they mean, please look them up in a dictionary!
• Each writer must include his or her name, age, phone number and city of residence with their
• Writers must e-mail their entries to no later than
  Sunday, October 19. Entries sent after midnight -- early in the morning of the 20th, in other
  words -- will not be accepted.

1st prize - $50.00 Coquitlam Mall gift card
2nd prize - $30.00 Coquitlam Mall gift card
3rd prize - $20.00 Coquitlam Mall gift card.

Winning entries will be published in the Tri City News.  For more information contact:

Volunteer opportunities for teens

Book Buddies

Teens aged 14 years and older can volunteer to be a mentor to a young reader and help them improve their reading skills. Our Book Buddies program pairs trained teen mentors with students in grades 2 to 4. Teens encourage kids to read using great books, fun literacy games and activities in a relaxed and safe group environment.

Fall 2014 session: Full!
Submit your application for the January 2015 session.
»  Book Buddies volunteer information handout 
»  Teen volunteer application form

Tech Café

Teens aged 16 and up can earn volunteer hours helping adults gain confidence with a variety of technologies such as tablets and computers. Teens will work one-to-one with individuals in a group setting to teach basic use of these technologies and troubleshoot simple technology issues. All volunteers receive training, and learn customer services and instructional skills in a safe, supervised group setting.

Fall 2014 session: Full!
Submit your application for the January 2015 session.
»  Tech Cafe volunteer information handout
»  Teen volunteer application form

Homework help

Looking for online help in a particular subject?
•  Our Teen eResources page has lots of great databases and recommended websites to help you find answers.

Ask a librarian
•  Librarians can assist with school assignments and homework questions.
•  Whenever the library is open, there is a librarian at the Information Desk who can help you in person.
•  Or, try our online Ask a librarian service. Make sure to tell us: your grade; subject area; assignment question
   (exact wording is helpful); and places you have already looked for an answer.

BC key study guides
The library has copies of the BC key study guides for all grades and subjects in the teen non-fiction section.

Study space
Cramming for a test? Writing a paper? We have quiet and group study space with access to computer outlets.  

Find a good book

Browse our collection
Graphic novels, fiction, music, audiobooks, non-fiction – we have it all. Are we missing something? Let us know! Suggest a purchase. We value your feedback.

Teen booklists
Our top recommendations conveniently organized by grade level and genre.
»  Grade 6 & 7 booklist
»  Grade 8 & 9 booklist
»  Grades 10 to 12 booklist

Online book reviews

Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists! 
With lists like “Historical Fiction for Hipsters,” “Nailbiters” and “Slacker Fiction,” you’re guaranteed to find a one-of-a-kind read.
Reviews, author interviews and polls. You can also apply to write reviews for this site.

Read online

Fiction, classics and Shakespeare plays to read or listen to on your computer.

Library to Go
A great selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks you can download to your computer, eReader, MP3 player, or mobile device. And it includes new releases! Find more information on our eBook page.


Last updated: 03/10/2014 1:57:40 PM