Young adults are invited to come in and find a cozy spot to read on the Teen Mezzanine or to join in one of our many activities for ages 12-18. Teens and their families are encouraged to make use of our large print and audio-visual collections, as well as the many readings, programs and workshops offered for young people year round.

Unless otherwise stated, teens attending Library programs must have their own library card, or be covered by a household membership. Non-members may attend Teen Nights and workshops to see if they enjoy these activities, however a day fee will apply.

What kind of young adult books, programs, and research help would you like to see at the Library? Are you looking for internships or volunteer opportunities? Please feel free to email your ideas, or to drop by and chat. We’re always open to your requests and suggestions. If you have a request or would like to find out more about our programs, contact Celeste, the children’s and teens’ services manager.

What the YA Services Department Offers

  • Full access to a collection of over 10,000 volumes for young people ages 12-18, including seminal classics, contemporary favorites and award winners for every age range as well as new and noteworthy material in a variety of forms
  • Magazine subscriptions for children and teens (including Muse, I Love English and Seventeen…)
  • Audiobooks
  • Seasonal celebrations, holiday parties and musical events
  • The Library’s Summer Reading Program
  • Teen clubs: the Teen Writing Group, Teen Advisory Group, Master Shot Film Club and the Youth Leadership Program (a public speaking program provided in partnership with Toastmasters France)
  • Monthly Teen Nights – after-hours programming exclusively for ages 12-18, including: yoga classes, Poetry Cafés, movie nights, acting and photography workshops, as well as soda, snacks and teen conviviality
  • The Teen Mezzanine – a comfortable space to work and study

How You Can Get Involved

  • Attend one of our many teen nights
  • Join a book group
  • Volunteer (and rack up community service hours!)
  • Write a book review for the teen page on the Library’s blog
  • Have a special skill – get in touch with the young adults’ services manager and talk about sharing that skill with kids in the community
  • Help spread the word about reading and the Library by following us on Instagram or joining The American Library in Paris For Teens community on Facebook

Research and Reference Materials

Bibliographic indexes, digital databases, as well as hard copies of journals and magazines (some rare texts and some of which date back to the 19th century) are available for students doing research.

Ask a Librarian!

The children’s and young adults’ services department is staffed by full-time children’s and teen services manager and an assistant teen librarian who are able to provide reference and research help for young people, as well as recommended reading material for all age levels and interests. The Library provides full reference services on-site from Tuesday through Sunday. Members and users of the Library can receive general reference assistance. They may also arrange in-depth research conferences with a specific librarian by appointment.