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Teen Center’s Mission

Jersey City Free Public Library is delighted to provide a space for the teens of Jersey City to grow, express themselves, and exchange ideas in a safe environment at our Miller Branch Library Teen Center. The Miller Branch Library Teen Center exists to enrich the lives of Jersey City teens by offering comprehensive programs that include social and educational services in the form of both drop-in and organized activities. Beyond simply offering a haven, the Teen Center will offer youth opportunities to learn new skills such as conflict resolution, book clubs and STEM activities. 

Hours of Operation

Our center is open to all teenagers aged 13-19 years old. Participants must have a valid library card.

School Year Hours
DayHours
Monday3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday3:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Friday3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Saturday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Summer Hours
DayHours
Monday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM,
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
3:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Saturday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Programs and Activities

We offer a diverse range of programs and activities designed to cater to various interests:

  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB): Teens help plan and run events, and suggest improvements.
  • Afterschool Homework Help: Dedicated assistance for academic success.
  • Clubs: Chess, book, video game, dance, and poetry clubs.
  • STEM Activities: Engaging science, technology, engineering, and math programs.
  • Social Skills Activities: Group chats and social skills workshops.
  • Fun Friday Activities: Weekly fun and engaging events.
  • Workout Sessions: Regular fitness activities.
  • Upcoming Music Program: Stay tuned for our new music initiative.

Staff and Contact Information

FAQs
How old do you have to be to patronize the Teen Center?

13-19 years old.

What are the Teen Center hours?

See Hours of Operation section.

Can I have snacks inside the Teen Center?

Yes, snacks are allowed but not meals. Please clean up after yourself.

Can I get community service hours through the Teen Center?

Yes, community service hours can be obtained through the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

History and Achievements

Thanks to Renee Moody, Head Librarian of the Miller Branch, our Teen Center has become the first in New Jersey in the public library setting, enriching Jersey City teens with educational, recreational, and safe spaces. Since its inception, it has been a hub for youth engagement, boasting successful after-school programs, summer activities, and community service initiatives. Our teens have thrived, making a positive impact on their community.

Partnerships and Support

We proudly partner with local organizations to enhance our programs:

Current Partners:
  • NJPAC
Past Partners:
  • Capital One Bank (West District)
  • Boys’ & Girls Club of Hudson County

The Learning Center will be closed from Wednesday, May 29 through Friday, May 31. Thank you for your understanding.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo desde JCFPL! Celebrate with us and explore our Spanish-language collections at Biblioteca Criolla.

Due to unexpected circumstances, the Marion Branch Library will temporarily close Today, 6/4/2024, from 12:00pm-1:00pm. The Marion Branch will reopen at 1:00pm.

Bookmobile Services Temporarily Unavailable from May 8th to May 10th. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

The Five Corners Library will open at 11am on Wednesday, June 12th. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding.

All Library Locations Will Be Closed on Friday, April 19, for Staff Development. The Library Will Open for Services on Saturday, April 20. We Apologize for Any Inconvenience.

Today for Hudson Gives, there will be a $5k match minute at 2:01 p.m. and later at 5:51 p.m.. All giving will end at 11:59PM on May 17th.

Please note that the Bonetti Department will be closed from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024, for the SLP Kickoff Party ,which will take place in the Fourth Floor Multipurpose Room. Thank you for your understanding.

The Priscilla Gardner Main Library will open at 12:00 pm on 05/24/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Pavonia Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 05/28/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Five Corners Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 05/30/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The West Bergen Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/05/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Cunningham Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/06/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Morgan Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/13/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Miller Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/18/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Marion Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/20/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Heights Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/21/2024 due to a delayed opening.

In observance of Memorial Day, all branches of the library will be closed on Monday, May 27th, 2024. The library will be open for service on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024. Thank you for your understanding.

West Bergen Branch Is Temporarily Closed Today 5/23/2024 due to flooding. We Anticipate Reopening on or Before Fri., May 24.

Please be advised that Priscilla Gardner Main Library will be closing at 5pm today, April 11th, 2024.

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