300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

For Teens

The Library offers teens much more than just a place to study.
We give young people opportunities to learn, gain leadership skills, fulfill community-service commitments — and have fun, too.
Check out our useful programs below.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with our monthly teen events, sign up for our e-newsletter. We send out emails on the first of each month.

Registration for Summer Programs (June-August) now open! Register here

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009


Monday to Thursday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Teen Advisory Board

Have some ideas for the library? Share your opinions on teen programs, prizes, displays, and other library matters at these fun-filled meetings; all while eating pizza and making friends.
These meetings can be used for volunteer hours!
No registration required.

Meeting at Groves High School
Tuesday, September 10 during A and B lunches

Meeting at the library for grades 6-12
Thursday, September 12 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Meeting at Seaholm High School
Friday, September 13 during A and B lunches


The Library is always looking for eager helpers. If you’re looking for service hours — or if you just like the Library environment — we could use your help! Fill out and submit your volunteer application here.

Pizza and Pages

Eat pizza and discuss a book. The first 10 people to register get a free book, generously provided by the Friends of Baldwin Public Library! Pizza and Pages is co-sponsored by Jet’s Pizza.
Grades 7-12, registration requested, drop-ins welcome.

The first Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

September 5 The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

October 3 Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

November 7 This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel


Teen Hangout Night

Play Nintendo Switch or PS4, watch a movie, eat some pizza, make a craft, or just hang out with your friends.
Grades 6-12, registration required.

Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

September 19

October 17

November 14

Teens’ Top Ten Contest

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Online voting will be open from August 15 through October 12 at www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten. The Top Ten titles will be announced the following week, so be sure to check back for the list of winners! 
Think you can figure out what the Top Ten will be? Visit Baldwin’s Teen Scene to enter our contest.
Whoever guesses the most books correctly, will win a $25 gift card to Books-A-Million in October!

The Following 25 Books are the Nominees:

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

American Panda by Gloria Chao

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, Emily Carroll 

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown

Wildcard by Marie Lu


Special Teen Programs

Watercolor Painting Workshop
Saturday, September 21 from 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Grades 6-12
In this workshop, you will learn to paint a colorful, floral watercolor wreath. Artist Nina Urbonya will lead the class. All supplies will be provided.
Registration required. 

Escape the 1980s
Thursday, September 26 from 7:00-7:45 P.M.
Grades 6-12
Welcome back to 1986! Work together to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to crack the combinations and break the locks. If you don’t succeed, you might just be stuck in the past forever.
Registration required.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Thursday, October 10 from 6:00-8:30 P.M.
Grades 6-12
Watch Harry Potter like you never have before! Each attendee will get a script and a goody bag to help you experience the magic right alongside Harry. One lucky audience member’s gift bag will contain the golden snitch and will get a special prize!
Registration required.

Annual Halloween Lock-In
Friday, October 25 from 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Grades 7-12
The library is turning into a haunted house and it needs spooky teen actors. After a live animal presentation by Leslie Science and Nature Center, we will hide around the library and scare the tweens! Please wear dark clothes or a creepy costume. The library has some costumes/masks available to borrow. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
Registration and signed permission slip required. 

Nailed It! Cupcake Decorating Challenge
Thursday, November 21 from 7:00-8:00 P.M.
Grades 6-12
Bring your decorating skills and a sense of humor. 
Food products will be used and ingested, including wheat and dairy. The library is not a nut-free facility. Please be aware of potential allergens.
Registration required.

Exam Cram with Therapy Dogs
Saturday, November 23 from 5:30-8:30 P.M.
Grades 9-12
Are finals stressing you out? PAWS from studying and pet a therapy dog. After the library closes to the public, high school students will have the whole library to themselves! Pizza will be provided.
Registration is not required.

Electronic Resources

Enjoy great resources from the comfort of home: Download books, music and movies directly to your eReader, tablet or mobile device through these easy Library apps:

Teen ebooks and eAudiobooks

Freegal Music


When it comes to learning, sometimes you just need a little extra help. That’s why we’ve partnered with Brainfuse to offer patrons valuable live online tutoring in the fields of math, science, writing and much more. Chat with a tutor, share content and solve problems easily in the convenience and calm of the library environment.

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Baldwin Library Idea Lab


Explore. Tinker. And learn! The Idea Lab is our newest space where big ideas come to life and where people of all ages and tech levels are welcome. Drop in or sign up for a skill- or project-based class or make an appointment today to learn how to use our 3D printer or laser engraver. We also have a variety of tools available, including an embroidery machine, soldering equipment, design software, and more.

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Free Parking on Sundays


300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009


Library Hours

Monday to Thursday

9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday

9:30 am - 5:30 pm


12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Library Closed

August 31 - September 2: Labor Day Weekend

September 6: Staff Development Day

November 27: Closing at 5:30 p.m.

November 28: Thanksgiving





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