Teen Library Resources

Enjoy 24/7 access to these FREE online resources with your library card!

PCL Teens, your library card grants you access to more than just books. Your library can provide you with special access and services! We have computer rentals, streaming services, online tutoring, practice tests for school and driving, and much more all for free.

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Teens might also benefit from many other databases on our list, covering history, genealogy, science, world languages, engine repair, literature, career guidance, and more. We have currently added a few new items to our database list! Check them out below!

Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips are fantastic for building background knowledge around novels. The trips are primarily focused on the canon, with a variety of modern and diverse titles including Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. There is also a mechanism to request that a trip be created, which could build a more representative body of titles. Google Lit Trips also offers an opportunity for students to create their own trips in response to readings. They are sorted by grade level, and the database is searchable. The interface is a little complex to navigate, so younger students may require some help from an adult.

*Trips available for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants

This site offers a variety of field trips live via YouTube Live, and students can ask questions of featured speakers via the comment bar. Sign up in advance to be a featured classroom and learn about all types of exploration professionals, from astrophysicists to shipwreck explorers.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy offers free virtual field trips through a variety of landscapes. Closely tied to curricular standards, these field trips use academic language when touring sites including coastal temperate rainforest, coral reefs, and West Virginia wind farms. Teacher guides that include graphic organizers, rubrics, and extension materials for a variety of standards and grades are also available.

American Jazz Museum

Available through the enormous collection at Google Arts and Culture, the American Jazz Museum centers on the neighborhood of 18th and Vine in Kansas City, MO, the center of black culture during the eras of reconstruction and segregation. The virtual field trip walks you through the history of jazz in Kansas City with objects of interest including original maps of the area, jazz programs, Bettye Abel’s stunning cloche hat, and even Bill Clinton’s saxophone. The collection also features an immersive 360-degree tour of the museum proper. There is also a chance to discover different forms of art from the website.

Learn A New Skill

Mental Health Matters. Guidance and help IS available.

Mental Health For Teens:

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Mental Health For Teens:

AADAA: Founded in 1979, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. With more than 1,800 professional mental health members (many of whom contribute blog posts, host webinars, review website content and more) ADAA is a leader in education, training, and research. More than 11 million people from around the world visit the ADAA website annually (and click on more than 38,000,000 pages)  to find current treatment and evidence-based research information and to access free resources and support. Together we are changing lives.

Teen line: Due to concerns about the coronavirus and to protect the health of our volunteers, our phone lines will temporarily close starting Friday, March 13th. Please note that our emails are answered by both our teen and adult volunteers. If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If you are feeling suicidal and need to speak to someone right away, please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Talknow by email.

Teen Alcoholism

AlcoholRehabGuide.org, which is an organization dedicated to providing extensive and reliable information on the various aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction. As you know, adolescents who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent at some point in their lives.

Warning Signs and Effects Of Alcohol

Although there are many warning signs for alcoholism, some can be hard to identify.

Treating and Understanding Alcoholism Treatment

Those struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), may feel as though there’s no end in sight. There are many treatment options available today that will help recover from alcoholism and get back to living a healthy and fulfilling life.