Youth Services

A note from Shannon Pauley, Head of Youth Services


The Youth Services Department at Peters Township Public Library offers something special for babies through teenagers and their families.  We always have a staff member available to greet and assist you with any library needs.  Make sure you join us for a special library program!

Be sure to check out our PTPL Youth Services Facebook page for all the latest news about the department, cool gossip, and awesome programs!

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Our Department

One of the most fun places to bring your children in Peters Township is the Youth Services Section of the library.  Our recently remodeled space offers something every child will enjoy.  Our Family Activity Center features an EverBright board, LEGO and block tables, playhouse, and puzzle center.  Our Play K table (located at the entrance to the department) displays rotating toys that encourage family engagement and promote kindergarten readiness.

Our friendly and knowledgeable Youth Services staff are always available to help with book recommendations or explain the many features the department offers. We believe it is important to read daily to children as soon as they are born and encourage all little ones to participate in our 1000 Books before Kindergarten program.  We are honored to partner with author Jackie Urbanovic for this program! Each child that completes the program will receive a special book autographed by Jackie!

Materials Available in the Youth Services Department

  • Leveled Sections: Toddler, Picture books, Early Readers, Chapter books, Juvenile, & Young Adult
  • Special Types of Books: Big books, Board Books, Concept books, Folktales, Picture books for Older Readers, Award Winnders, Paperback Series, Graphic Novels, Holiday Collections, International/Bilingual, & Nonfiction
  • Audiobooks: Playaways, CDs, and Book/Audio sets
  • Book/Puppet sets
  • DVDs
  • LeapPad Tablets and LeapPad Games
  • Learning Materials: Parent/Teacher resources, Reference books, Textbooks, and Parent/Teacher kits.
  • Magazines for kids and families
  • Music CDs
  • Playaway Views and Playaway Launchpads

Looking to prepare your child for kindergarten and have no idea where to start?  Use our online form to indicate the topics you would like to work on with your child and we will pull the resources for you!

Book Bundles (1)

Let us find a bundle of books for your young reader based on their reading level and interests. Complete our online form and we will pull up to 10 books for your reader and place them on hold for you.

Using the Children's Department


Your family will love their visits to bright, colorful, and bustling portion of the library! Library staff is always on hand to help with book recommendations or to explain the many features their department offers. Ask them about our new “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” Program, and be sure to pick up a brochure or two showing all the upcoming events for your children. Book baskets are provided to help transport your selections to and from the library and can be checked out for 2 weeks.

Our Family Activity Center provides child-friendly furniture, soft toys, and a playhouse for hours of library fun. There are two preschool computers available that are preloaded with fun and educational games, including earphones and a tiny mouse for small hands.

Programs for infants through 6th grade

  • Weekly Storytimes for Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
  • Weekly Storytimes for active play including Bodies in Motion and Tiny Tunes
  • Monthly partnership programs with WQED of Pittsburgh
  • Programs for Special Themes & Holidays
  • Annual Summer Reading Programs

Using the Tween Department


The Youth Services Department is currently developing a special Tween Corner located right outside the teen room.  This space will feature displays of books and graphic novels that are great for tween readers.  The area will also feature a special studying and work area.

Programs for Tweens

  • Tween Book Club
  • Maker Monday
  • SPARK Science for Tweens
  • Tween Crafternoon
  • Annual Summer Reading Program

Using the Teen Department

Teens in grades 6 and above must come in and check out our teen room that is JUST FOR YOU!  Whether you love to read, play video games, or simply hang out, the Teen Room is a great place to go!  We have four TVS with various gaming systems set up, a board game collection available for free play, a craft cabinet with materials always available for creating and making, study/work tables, as well as our entire Young Adult collection.


Materials Available in the Teen Room

  • Young Adult Fiction collection
  • Graphic novels and manga
  • Anime DVDs
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • PS3 and PS4
  • Xbox 360
  • Nintendo Game Cube
  • N64
  • Video Games for Nintendo Switch, Wii, Nintendo DS and 3DS, Ebox ONe, PS3, and PS4

Programs for Teens

  • Youth Advisory Council
  • Gaming Tournaments
  • Crafternoons
  • Pop-Culture Themed Trivia or Escape Room Nights
  • Movie Nights
  • Holiday and other special events
  • Book Clubs

Scarlett's Sunshine Section

Scarlett's Sunshine Section

Coping with Loss

In 2017 the Youth Services department started Scarlett’s Sunshine Section.  This section is a special area of our library that offers resources for children and families who are coping with loss.  We started the section in honor and memory of Scarlett Pauley, who brought sunshine into the lives of everyone who knew her.  The Scarlett’s Sunshine Section is proud to partner with The Still Remembered Project and WQED of Pittsburgh.