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Poems and short storiesteen writing contest
Russell and Embrun branch

For teens in grade 7 to 12.
Entries accepted from March 1 to April 15.
Contest guidelines »
Contest entry form »
A chance to win $100!
Prizes donated by the Friends of the Library. 

teen writing contest

Russell Branch

Thursday, May 2   6:30 PM  – Bilingual event.
No cost.
Contest winners will read their work and receive their prizes.
Pizza and beverages will be served.
Everyone welcome!

board game night

Russell Branch

Every Monday   6 to 8 PM
Starting January 7th
Let your inner geek out! Learn a new game every week with our host or simply play from the available games at the Library. You can also bring your own games!

Youth Book Clubyouth book club
Russell Branch

For grades 6 to 8.
First Tuesday of the month
4 – 4:45 PM
January 8 (2nd Tuesday):
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
February 5: Payback by Gordon Korman
March 5: The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
April 2: The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielson
May 7: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

No cost. Places are limited.

Teen Programs in English

Love it or shove it? Teen Reviews

Short or long—doesn’t matter. Let us know what you think about a favorite or not so favorite book you read. Send us your review and see it published on our website for everyone to read.

Interested in reviewing a book? Just complete our online form below!

Teen Book Club

Want to discuss your favourite books and meet other teens? Our staff at the Library can help you get your own monthly book club started. Get your friends together and drop by the library or email us.

3D printing

Learn how to use our new 3D printers. Once you get your certification, you can come use the 3D printers to print your own projects!

Contact us for more info »

Homework and Research

Need homework help? We can help you find the resources you need. Below you will find a selection of online resources. In addition, we have a great collection of documentary books (of course, you knew that!) that you can use in the library or borrow. Search the catalogue to find what you need.

You came always come and talk to us in person or email us with your questions.

We offer a quiet space for studying individually or in small groups. And of course, you can come use of our free Wi-Fi.

An attractive database of over 25,000 biographies on historical and contemporary figures from all over the world.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
An authoritative source of information about people who played an important role in the formation of what is now Canada.
A coalition of memory institutions dedicated to providing broad access to Canada’s documentary heritage.

Ontario and Canada
Access to digital collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, government agencies, and private collections in Ontario.
The Canadian Encylopedia
History, politics, arts, science & more: the Canadian Encyclopedia is your reference on Canada.

The Mint
Learn about money: earning it, saving it, spending it, investing it, tracking it and safeguarding it.
Khan Academy Math
Watch videos and practice your skills for almost any math subject.

Dictionaries and other encyclopaedias has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.
Termium Plus
The Government of Canada Terminology and Linguistics Database
One Look Dictionary Search
Search engine for words and phrases
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
From the image to the word and its definition, the Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference.


Overdrive for teensHave you tried Overdrive for Teens?

Choose from over 1000 eBooks to download to your computer, iPad, or phone.

New titles are added every month and it’s all free with your library card!



High School Community Involvement

Volunteering at the Library can count as the Ontario Ministry of Education requirement of community involvement for high school students. As a volunteer at the Library you would help with filing, shelf-reading, crafts and special projects. As student volunteering opportunities are limited, placement is not guaranteed and will depend on the Library’s needs.

How can I qualify?

Volunteering requires enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to help others.
To volunteer at the Library:

  • you must be at least 14 years old;
  • you must contact the Branch Head to arrange for a short interview;
  • you should be available for a training session, if necessary.

Love it or shove it? Teen Reviews

Interested in reviewing a book? Just complete our online form!

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