Welcome to the McAllen Public Library Teen Department! Area 3918 has 3,918 square feet of space just for teens! Open exclusively for teens in grades 6th-12th, you can enjoy our social lounge, where you can borrow video game consoles, watch a movie, play games, or hang out with your friends. Need time to study? Then feel free to use our homework area for study groups, projects, reading and research. The Teen Department also has a set of 12 computers and a printer that is readily available for Teens to use. Whether you need a place to relax with your friends or get homework done, the Teen Department is the place to be!
Don’t forget to visit our pages!
You'll be able to browse through our photos, take a look at upcoming events, and keep up with what's trending in MPL's teen space.
Did you know that with just a McAllen library card, you can get e-books, audiobooks, movies, tutoring, and more, all on your mobile device? Check it out on our E-branch page.
Check out our Events Calendars for upcoming teen programs at all three library locations!
Why should you join the Teen Advisory Committee?
Looking for community service hours for school, clubs, or just for fun? Join our Teen Advisory Committee (T.A.C.) here at McAllen Public Library. Along with other teens, you will have an opportunity to meet and decide what you want your Teen Department to represent and what types of programs you would like to see for you and your community. Also, be a part of volunteering for special events such as South Texas Comic Con, Fiesta de Palmas, the South Texas Book Festival, and much more!
Take a look at the 5 main goals for the TAC:
1. To provide an opportunity for Teens to increase their leadership skills all while gaining community service hours.
2. For Teens to have a voice in the library, encouraging them and others to use the library as a resource.
3. Make social connections with fellow teens that have the same interest.
4. For members to have a safe and comfortable environment to help shape our organization and learn new skills.
5. Provide an opportunity for Teens to assist in library programming, increasing their responsibility in the organization and encouraging fellow teens to join in with their programming ideas.
Do you like acting, singing, dancing, or want to create sets and work behind the scenes? Join our Teen Theatre program offered during the Summer! Learn about writing a script, acting techniques, and building sets/props all while working with creative minds that think alike. Teens will work together to produce an original play.
Check out our videos:
“Whatever Happens, Happens”
"Twisted: When Fairy Tales Collide"
Calling all Teens! Book to Screen Summer Project
Try out your filmmaking skills and join us for our Book to Screen Summer Project. Learn how to film, act, produce and direct your own movie! All you need to bring is your creativity, and we will provide the rest. Work along other great teens to create your own film. Learn different filmmaking techniques and just have fun! Check out our online calendar and social media pages for more info!
Book to Screen Films:
MPL Batman: A court of owls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVOvJPQxEDc
MPL Walk Two Moons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=XhMmw_VGHPo
MPL The Outsiders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXTqKgqe5kQ
MPL The Hunger Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EispmB_7Zcw