Young Adult Department


Diana Preece is the library's first Young Adult Librarian, here to help ‘tweens & teens in grades 6-12 with all the awesome choices the library offers. Send her an email or stop in to say hi!

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Info for Middle School and High School Students


Summer Reading Banner Libraries Rock


Monday June 11 to Monday August 27, 2018


Students entering grades 6 - 12 can participate in young adult (YA/teen) summer reading online or in the library. You've been challenged to track how many minutes you are reading this summer so that we'll collect over 40,000 minutes! This year's reading challenge will support Music Haven, an organization that connects young musicians with tuition-free music education and performance opportunities in New Haven. Every minute helps!


REMINDER: Do not use your school email to sign up. Thanks!



Special Events Coming Up:


Wed, June 20 at 2:30 pm: "School of Rock" Free movie and snacks event! This movie stars Jack Black as a substitute teacher who tries to turn his class into a rock band. (for students entering grades 6-12)


Tues, July 10 at 10:30 am: “Retro Mash-up” Retro crafts, games, and more! (for students entering grades 6-12)


Wed, August 8 at 6 pm: “Silent Library” Don’t laugh as you compete in ridiculous challenges! (for students entering grades 6-12)


Ongoing Programs:

CRUNCHYROLL ANIME CLUB (for middle school students)

Meets: 1st Thursday every month at 6-7:30pm
Fans in grades 6-8 are invited to watch anime streaming from Crunchyroll (ad-free!) and geek out over everything anime, manga, and Japan while having snacks. Register by calling 203-783-3292 (Reference Desk).

ONIGIRI ANIME CLUB (for high school students)
Meets: 3rd Thursday every month at 6-7:30
The Young Adult Department is hosting an anime club just for high schoolers. Come show us your love of anime and hang out with other fans. Must be in grades 9-12 to attend. Register by calling 203-783-3292 (Reference Desk).

TAG, you’re it! Are you interested in being a positive influence on your library? We’re inviting teens in grades 9-12 to join our Teen Advisory Group. Members of TAG may earn volunteer hours helping the YA librarian with programs, planning, displays, and more! Apply by filling out an application available here and at the checkout desks. (Questions? email Diana)

Past Events:
Onigiri Anime Club - General Interest Meeting
We held a general interest meeting to see if any high school students would be interested in starting a monthly anime club. There was also time to watched Erased ep. 1 and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ep. 1! 1/11/18

Spooky & Fun Afternoon
Author Hal Johnson, who wrote Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods and Immortal Lycanthropes, was here to autograph books. We also had games, spooky photos, and snacks! 10/25/17

Summer Reading: Build a Better World
You read over 40,000 minutes during our summer challenge. A gift of honeybees will be made through Heifer International from the Friends of the Milford Library!
This challenge has ended, but check back next summer for more! 8/12/17

We had snacks, crafts, and giveaways for this end of summer reading eco-friendly party. Teens read a total of 40,459 minutes during our reading challenge this summer! 8/16/17

Crunchyroll Anime Club
Anime was watched and Japanese snacks were enjoyed by all. 8/3/17

Take the Stage
We explored acting and played improv games in this theater workshop. 7/15/17

Art Journaling
Artist and Instructor Megan Jeffery demonstrated how to start an art journal, and provided tips and supplies to get everyone going. We hope everyone is capturing summer memories! 6/26/17

Crunchyroll Anime Club
Anime was watched and Japanese snacks were enjoyed by all. 7/6/17, 6/5/17 & 5/22/17

Zap Ka-Pow Create!
This was a special OCOS event for the YA Department and the Brain Station. Attendees explored their own stories through comics. 4/10/17

Crunchyroll Anime Club
Anime was watched and Japanese snacks were enjoyed by all. 3/6/17, 2/27/17 & 1/30/17

Teen Advisory Group-2 Events
Members of TAG hosted "Buddy Reading" in the Children's Department to encourage young readers. They also were available during "Get Smart Using Your Smart Devices" in the Brain Station to help those in need of tablet and smartphone tech support. 1/21/17

Crunchyroll Anime Club
Anime was watched and Japanese snacks were enjoyed by all. 3/6/17, 2/27/17, 1/30/17, 1/9/17 & 12/12/2016

Harborside Middle School STEAM Club Art Exhibit
S.T.E.A.M. brings together science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. MPL exhibited the STEAM Club’s latest art project, highlighted the library's STEAM materials for checkout, and had a demo of our 3D printer! 11/29/2016

James Maroney from
First Choice College Placement was here for a two-part program to help college-bound students and parents file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 10/26/16 info session, 10/29/16 filing assistance

Teen Advisory Group - 1st Meetings
Two general interest meetings were held for the new TAG! Members also made decorations for the YA area's spooky book display and colored bookmarks. 9/12/16 & 10/1/16

Summer Reading: Get in the Game - Read!
We challenged you to read 40,000 minutes and to keep track of them on library logs and
online! We are happy to announce a total of 63,788! Thanks to our FOML sponsors, a cheetah has been "adopted" through the World Wildlife Fund. Great job, everyone! 8/19/16

Crack the Code
Presenter Mrs. Mulhall led an opportunity to participate in the
"Decoding the Civil War" project, and set us up to transcribe actual telegram messages from the Civil War. 8/10/16

Olympic Minute to Win It
Teams competed in trivia, athletic, and minute-to-win-it challenges! 7/25/16

B-Fest: Teen Book Festival at Barnes & Noble Milford
We set up our literary-themed photo booth and all of the fun props that go with it! Visitors who stopped by got to take pics in Wonderland, Middle Earth, and more! 6/11/16

Mathnasium and STEM4CT brought another amazing robotics program for grades 3-8. Thank you for showing us how to code Sphero robots! 6/4/16

Grades 3-8 enjoyed drawing coded patterns for Ozobot robots to follow. 5/7/16

Hangout Time Part 2
Free snacks, crafts, and of course Adventure Time. It was totally mathematical! 3/24/16

Hangout Time
An hour of Finn, Jake, and activities after school! Drop in for more Adventure Time, fun, and snacks coming next month! 2/11/16

James Maroney and Mark Ahrens of First Choice College Placement presented a two-part program for those looking to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Best of luck to all those attending college next year! Check them out at to see how they can help you prepare for exams, and more! 1/16/16

Epic Paper Airplanes
Some flew, some soared...some crashed. The classic dart was by far the most popular plane and triumphed over more complicated patterns that looked cool but in the end "fell flat." 12/30/2015

Sticky Doodles
A window in our Young Adult area has been decorated by your doodles this month. There are such creative teens in Milford! I hope you found it to be relaxing and fun! 11/30/2015

Back to the Future Day Celebration
We had popcorn and watched Marty and Doc in the film Back to the Future Part II. Today was the day they visited from 1985! After the movie we had a discussion about which technology and events came true. Hoverboards, anyone? 10/22/2015

Lights, Camera, Action!
A huge THANK YOU to Dave Chameides, local two-time Emmy Award winning cameraman and DGA director, for being available during our Lights, Camera, Action! program. Check out his
IMDB page to see how totally awesome he is. 10/8/15

Changes to the S.A.T.
We learned a lot about new changes to the S.A.T.'s structure and scoring from presenters James Maroney and Mark Ahrens of First Choice College Placement. If you missed the program, check them out at  to see how they can help you prepare for your SAT, ACT, or PSAT! 9/22/15

Every Hero Has a Story:
Adult and Teen Summer Reading Program

We would like to thank our sponsors for another successful summer reading program! Prizes were courtesy of The Milford Bank, Scratch Baking, Subway, and FOML. Congratulations to our winners! 8/31/15