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Teens

Events for Teens
Sat, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Virtual
Registration is now closed

Mon, Mar 01, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual Via Zoom

Tue, Mar 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual - Discord

Wed, Mar 03, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Santori Library - APLD Santori Adult/Teen Programming

Thu, Mar 04, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Santori Library

Thu, Mar 04, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual--Discord

Thu, Mar 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Discord / Kahoot

Fri, Mar 12, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Virtual

Tue, Mar 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Virtual - Zoom

Wed, Mar 17, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Santori Library - APLD Santori Adult/Teen Programming

Thu, Mar 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual--Discord

Tue, Mar 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Discord

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Month in Highlight

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Recommendations for Teens

June 2020
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Teen Recommendations

Have you read a really good book lately? Write a recommendation for other teens to know about it!

Things Worth Doing

Discord

Join our discord server for virtual events and a fun place to chat and hang out online. Chats are always open. Don’t see a channel you want? Just ask us to add it! 

Freegal 

Offers access to 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalogue of legendary artists.  In total, collection of 10,000+ labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. No software required to download DRM free Music.

Hoopla 

Instantly borrow up to ten (10) titles per month of your choice from movies, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks, TV series, or comics.

Board Games (currently unavailable)

Explore the collection of board games at all of our locations. Just grab a game and play with your friends for a fun way to hang out at the library!

eSports (currently unavailable)

Come play on our special e-sports computers at the Eola Road and West locations. Registered library card holders can use the e-sports machines for 90 minutes with two 15-minute extensions (if no one else is waiting).

Hours

West Branch:
Unavailable due to state and CDC regulations.
Eola Road Branch:

Unavailable due to state and CDC regulations.

Teen Book Boxes

A subscription box with 2 books specially picked for your and some other fun goodies prepared every 2 months. 

Want more info about Teen Book Boxes? It's all right here!

  • Currently, we are limited to 10 subscribers per library location.
  • Boxes will be ready for pick-up every other month, so for 2021 that will be January, March, May, July, September, and November.
  • Your library books will be pre-checked out to your library card, and the due date will be extended so that you have extra time.
  • You will have one week to come pick up your book box. If you need extra time, please contact us at teens@aurorapubliclibrary.org.
  • If you don't pick up your box and we don't hear from you, you'll get the same box during the next round. If you miss pickup a second time, you'll be contacted and removed as a subscriber.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Do you love the library? Think it could be better? Have events you wish the library would host? Join the Teen Advisory Board to help make the library a better place for teens. Perks include snacks at meetings, opportunities for free advance copies of books, and volunteer hours.

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Resources for Teens

Check out our databases!

Click on the blue tabs to view a drop-down with more options.

College & Career
America's Career Infonet
America’s Career Infonet explores various careers, industries, and occupations with video examples of workplaces, educational requirements, and possible funding sources.
College Board
Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed.
FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the official website.
Fastweb
A free resource that provides information and links to scholarships, nationwide.
ISAC
Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides assistance with financial aid and the college process.
Open Gears
A local teen- led organization! This organization provides webinars to promote STEM careers.
Health
Above the Influence
A movement empowering young people to recognize and face the influences around us, including pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Bedsider
The free birth control support network committed to helping you find a doctor and birth control method that meets your individual needs.
Mix It Up
Teaching tolerance-based international campaign encouraging students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries.
Planned Parenthood
A nonprofit organization committed to providing sexual health care throughout the united states.
Scarleteen
Sex ed for the real world, specifically for teens and young adults.
English & Writing
EasyBib
Automatically creates a bibliography for you in MLA, APA, or Chicago style.
Free Audiobooks
Free audiobooks to download all summer long, no library card required.
Lincoln List
Association of Illinois School Library Educators Lincoln Award books.
OWL Purdue
Provides the guidelines for MLA, APA, and Chicago style including the works cited, in text citations, paper formatting, and more.
Teen Top Ten
Young Adult Library Services Association award books, nominated by teens.
Social Studies & History
CIA Factbook
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications and more for over 250 world entities.
EyeWitness to History
Find first hand accounts, illustrated with vintage photos, original radio broadcasts, and more.
History Channel
Explore thousands of historical articles and videos.
National Archives
Explore our nation’s history through documents, photos, and records.
The American Experience
Select or search for a president to find biographical information.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games.
Science
Encyclopedia of Earth
Explore information about the Earth, its natural environments, and interaction with society.
Khan Academy
Free tutorials and videos to help increase understand of math and science.
NASA
News, images, videos, and more from America’s space agency, pioneering the future in space exploration and scientific discovery.
Biography In Context
Learn about the challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of historical and contemporary persons.
Study Help & Test Prep
4Tests
Free practice tests for high school, college, and professionals as well as standardized tests and exams.
Brainfuse - HelpNow
Offers a comprehensive suite of eLearning tools, including live tutoring, expert writing assistance, collaborative learning, targeted skills building, test prep, and self-study options. Live tutors available after school hours, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Gale eBooks
A database of encyclopedias, digital books, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
LearningExpress Library
Provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help customers, teen students, and adult learners alike succeed in required academic or professional exams.
Masterfile premiere
Searches 1000+ newspapers, magazines, and journals. The Consumer Reports can be found using this database.
Test Prep Review
Free test prep questions and exams for a variety of career situations.
Teen-Led Resources
ALIVE
Teen Initiate is an innovative Teen-Led Teen-Driven™ (TLTD) program that provides teens with support and a space to innovate and lead while empowering younger teens and tweens in the process.

Biography in Context

Learn about the challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of historical and contemporary persons.

Learn more!

Brainfuse - HelpNow

Offers a comprehensive suite of eLearning tools, including live tutoring, expert writing assistance, collaborative learning, targeted skills building, test prep, and self-study options.  Live tutors available after school hours, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Learn more!

Gale eBooks

A database of encyclopedias, digital books, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Learn more!

LearningExpress Library

Provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help customers, teen students, and adult learners alike succeed in required academic or professional exams.

Learn more!

Masterfile Premiere

Searches 1000+ newspapers, magazines, and journals. The Consumer Reports can be found using this database.Click here.

Learn more!

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games.

Learn more!

Meet the Staff

Cesar

About me:

Cesar went from being the Library Kid at school to an actual Librarian. Competes against Flannery for the title of “cool” librarian. Spends his days reading manga and comics along with playing video games and keeping up with movies and shows. Ask him about his manga collection if you want to see him nerd out, he also has a vast knowledge of movies and shows if you ever need any recommendations. Cesar will always listen and try to help in any way possible so feel free to ask him for any help if you see him at the West Branch.

Flannery

About me:

Flannery isn't a regular librarian, she's a "cool" librarian. Whether she's recommending the freshest graphic novels & manga, telling cautionary tales about her own teen years, debating which cryptid would win in a fist-fight, or purposefully misquoting memes in order to make you cringe, she's always ready for action! You can find her at the Eola Road Branch or hanging out on the library's Discord server. No question is too big, small, or silly for Flannery, so seek her out for all your information needs! 

Phoebe

About me:

Phoebe just became a librarian to get back into the teen space of the library (by far the coolest section). She has always been a super-hero and fantasy fan and has recently been converted to anime and manga. She loves to hear about the book/movie/tv show/ music/ hobby you like and will probably try it if you recommend it. Phoebe is always happy to talk to you (it’s the best part of any day) so feel free to ask about anything, the sillier or more obscure the question the better.