This page is just for you…we’re really glad you’re here.
You probably already know about our glorious young adult collection downstairs in the library – fiction, graphic novels, audio books, magazines, nonfiction…we’ve got a little of everything, and something just for you.
A. K. Smiley Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program:
Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover, Now-August 9
Register here: akspl.beanstack.org/
While you’re here, explore some of the virtual resources the library has to offer…
Teens, how can I convince you to click this link? There are SO MANY amazing Young Adult titles on the OverDrive/Libby App that you can check out IMMEDIATELY FROM YOUR PHONE OR OTHER DIGITAL DEVICE. Titles like Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Karen M. McManus’ One of Us is Lying, Jack Heath’s The Truth App, and more, more, more. There’s horror, fantasy, nonfiction, historical fiction, thrillers, sci-fi, romance, humor, graphic novels, audio books…you WILL find something you want to read, guaranteed or your money back (did I mention this is totally free with your library card?).
Do you love reading magazines but don’t have the ten million dollars it takes to buy one?? Then read them virtually here! Magazines like Rolling Stone, Glamour, Essence, People, Marie Claire, Sports Illustrated and more can be found through this link…click it and get your (free) magazine fix.
Are you looking for trustworthy information about your own health or that of someone you love? Teen Rosen Health & Wellness is here for you. Learn more about your physical and mental health, relationships, nutrition, eating disorders, sexuality, grief and loss, drugs and alcohol, diseases and infections, and more.
July recommended reading…
Julia’s older sister was every parent’s dream. But after she dies in a tragic accident, Julia begins to unravel secret parts of her sister’s life that make Julia realize there was a lot more to her sister than she knew. Part mystery, part coming-of-age story, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a perfect summer read…especially if you’ve ever felt like you’ll never live up to your parents’ expectations. Order it through the Books-to-Go program today.
Bored? Look no further…
As with all of the media you consume (books, movies, music, websites, podcasts…you get the point), we encourage you to talk to your parents and families about what’s right for you.
Teen Filmmakers Wanted.
The Collaborative Summer Library Program wants to see your directorial, acting, writing, and videography talents in action! Create a video that reflects the 2020 theme “Imagine Your Story” for your chance to be one of five national video contest winners. Entries are due August 7, 2020. Click here for the details!
Code Switch Podcast (NPR)
Fearless conversations about race hosted by journalists of color. From Code Switch: “This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.”
Song Exploder Podcast
For music lovers…a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and share the stories behind how they were made.
Bullet Journaling, Anyone?
Have you ever thought about starting a Bullet Journal? Now may be the perfect time to do it. Watch the clip above to see how it’s done (spoiler alert: there are no rules).
Ciao! Hola! Salut!
Learning another language is cool! Try Duolingo! Japanese, Greek, Hindi, Swedish, Vietnamese and MORE!
Make your own music.
Have you ever wanted to learn to play an instrument? Let the JoyTunes Blog help you get started.
I dare you…go ahead, click this link. From visual illusions to language and logic brain teasers, this site is sure to make you a genius.
Crack the code.
For escape room lovers…head to Breakout EDU’s Fun at Home page where you will be tasked with stopping a Zombie Outbreak, surviving a Haunted Park, and more (scroll to the bottom of the page for Grades 9-12).
Seeing White Podcast
This podcast takes a deep dive into the notion of “whiteness” and its enduring effects — including racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice and hiring — on American life.
Tell your story.
Calling all writers! Hang out with Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and try your hand at an electric series of creative writing prompts…from explaining love to a magical pet to writing your own shower song.
Mental Music Podcast
A mental health podcast made for teens, by teens. Episodes cover all kinds of topics, from social media to insomnia to disassociation to social anxiety to masculinity and MORE.
Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast
If you’re into the weirder parts of history they don’t always share with you in the classroom, this podcast is for you.
Some Good News
Need some good news right about now? If you loved The Office, check out John Krasinki’s YouTube Channel…
Be together while we’re apart.
Connect with the people you love through Google Hangouts. Free video calls, messaging and more.
Take care of your mental health.
Strategies for protecting your mental health during the COVID-19 crises, specifically for teens.
Book tasting, anyone?
Read samples of yummy middle grade titles from Penguin publishers.
Debby Irving’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.
Change is hard. If you care about making social justice issues a priority in your life, Debby Irving’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge can help.
From contemporary world leaders to singers and scientists, Gale in Context: Biography has you covered. Reliable information about personalities from the past and present is just a click away.
Great research begins here. Access newspapers, periodicals, images, videos and more to add reliable scholarship and depth to your school research projects.
Explore hot-button issues from multiple perspectives and form your own conclusions. From energy and the environment to culture and politics, find reliable statistics, viewpoints, primary sources, infographics and more.
This database has a little something for everyone. From SAT and A.P. prep and practice tests to career advice and work-related exams (cosmetology, firefighting, nursing, military and more!), Gale Testing and Education Reference Center has it all. Need help writing a resume? Yep, that too.