Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

SPL’s Teen Advisory Group is an opportunity for teens to contribute to their public library by sharing their ideas and helping to develop services and programs for teens. Meet other teens, gain new skills and earn community involvement hours too!

Open to teens ages 13-18.

Monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at rotating library locations.

Next meeting Thursday, April 27, 6-7:30pm @ SPL Makerspace

Register for TAG

Teen Reviews

Earn community service hours by reviewing books and movies in our collection! Discover new titles and improve your writing and critical thinking skills too! For every approved review submitted you will earn one hour of community service with a limit of 2 per month.

For more information, email Sarah Jones, Ennismore Librarian.

Teen Reviewer Qualifications: 

  • Ages 13-18
  • Live in Peterborough County

Submit a Teen Review


May 2023 Teen Reviews


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Reviewed by: Anonymous, Grade 12

Rating: 3/5 stars


"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a magical film directed by Chris Columbus based on the first book in J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter series. The film takes us on a journey with young Harry Potter, who discovers he is a wizard and attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The film does an excellent job of bringing the magical world of Hogwarts to life, with stunning visual effects and imaginative set designs. The cast, led by Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, are all outstanding in their roles, bringing the beloved characters to life in a way that feels both authentic and engaging.


The story follows Harry as he learns about the wizarding world and his place in it. Along the way, he encounters friends and foes, including the dark wizard Voldemort, who killed his parents. The film balances its darker themes with humor and heartwarming moments, making it a family-friendly adventure that appeals to audiences of all ages.


The film's score, composed by the legendary John Williams, is a standout element of the film, adding an additional layer of magic and excitement to the already enchanting story. Overall, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a fantastic film that captures the wonder and magic of the book series, making it a must-see for fans and newcomers alike.



The Shining

Written by: Stephen King

Reviewed by: Anonymous, Grade 12

Rating: 4/5 stars


Stephen King's novel "The Shining" is a gripping and atmospheric horror story that is sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats. The book follows the story of Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic and struggling writer, who takes a job as the winter caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado with his wife Wendy and young son Danny.


As winter sets in and the family settles into their new home, it becomes clear that the hotel has a dark and haunted past. Danny, who possesses a psychic ability known as "the shining," begins to see visions of the hotel's sinister history, including the ghosts of former guests and staff members who met untimely ends. Meanwhile, Jack's own demons begin to resurface, as he struggles to overcome his addiction and the pressures of his failing writing career.


King expertly builds the tension throughout the novel, with eerie and unsettling scenes that will keep readers up late into the night. The characters are well-drawn and complex, particularly Jack, who is both sympathetic and deeply flawed. King also touches on themes of addiction, family dysfunction, and the legacy of trauma. Overall, "The Shining" is a masterful work of horror that is sure to haunt readers long after they've turned the final page. It's a must-read for fans of the genre and a great introduction to King's body of work for those who are new to his writing.

Mystery Book Bags (Ages 13 - 19)

Tell us the themes you like and we’ll make up a bag of books! 
You can also choose the types of books you receive (eg. Chapter Book, Non-Fiction) and more. 
Pick up the bag via curbside pickup at your local branch. 

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