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TeenSpace: Book Boxes

Your guide to all things teen at the Huntington Beach Public Library!

Teen & Tween Book Boxes are taking a break!

The Book Boxes due for pickup in November will be our final boxes for 2021. We will be reevaluating the program and hope to bring back a new and improved version in 2022. Stay tuned!

Teen & Tween Book Boxes from 2020 through 2021 have been generously funded by HBPL's Friends of the Children's Library. If you loved this program and are eager to see it return, please consider donating to FOTCL! Your support helps us continue to provide excellent programs for children and young adults! :)

Book Box FAQ:

Q: Why is 8th grade included twice?

A: Although our "tween" box was created with upper elementary & middle school students in mind, we don't want to overlook the fact that some of our 8th grade readers are indeed teens! We leave the choice of selecting a "teen" box or a "tween" box up to our readers & their parents - it might depend on your maturity level, your age, or whether you're already reading YA books. Please keep in mind that the "teen" boxes may include books from the YA section, and the content in these books are typically geared toward an older audience.

Q: I lost my review sheet! / My box didn't have a review sheet! Where can I get one?

A: Not to worry! You can download the Teen Review Sheet and the Tween Review Sheet by clicking on the links, and email your responses to Christany, our Teen Librarian.

Q: What happens if I don't return the numbered cardboard box to the library? Or if I forgot to pick up my Book Box this month?

A: If we don't get the numbered cardboard box back (the one you received all your great goodies and library books in) by the final date listed on your Book Box pickup email, you will not be eligible to receive next month's book box. Similarly, if you did not pick up your box this month, you will not be eligible to recieve next month's book box either.

For example: if you didn't return your August book box, or you didn't pick up your August book box from the library, you will not be eligible to receive a September box.

Why is this a rule? Because we re-use our cardboard boxes for this program, and we have a limited number of them - we need all of our boxes back so we can continue making awesome book boxes every month just for you! We also want to ensure that each book box we put together is being picked up and enjoyed, so if we notice someone stops picking up their boxes, we'll give someone else on the waitlist a chance to get a box instead. :)

Q: I signed up for a box, but it says I'm on the "Waitlist." What does that mean?

A: The waitlist is a new feature we're using once registrations for each month's book boxes are totally full. Being on the waitlist means you will not be receiving a box this month. But being on the waitlist is actually a great thing! If someone doesn't return or pick up their previous book box, then we'll pull from our waitlist to fill in those empty spots. If you're moved off the waitlist, we'll send you an email to let you know and you'll receive your link to fill out the reading preferences survey!

Huntington Beach Public Library
7111 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone 714-842-4481