Teens

Teens

For Grades 7-12

MY READS - Great reading options for teens

MY HOMEWORK - Educational resources for kids in grades 7-12.

MY LIFE - Additional resources picked just for you!

Hanging out at the Library

Looking for something to do? Come and hang out at the library! Join a gaming tournament or take part in our pop-culture themed trivia, escape room nights, movie nights, or sit back and do some crafts.

Resources

PTPL/WAGGIN Resources

WAGGIN Catalog

WAGGIN Catalog

Explore the WAGGIN catalog for books, movies, music, and more from the twenty libraries in the WAGGIN network. The catalog contains over 850,000 materials, most of which can be requested and sent to the WAGGIN library of your choice

OverDrive Catalog for Teens

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Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks for free—anytime, anywhere—with your Peters Township (WAGGIN) library card. The OverDrive for TeenseReading Room is a section of OverDrive specifically devoted to what teenslike to read

Flipster

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Read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. You will find top magazines covering business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, and more. New issues often added before they appear in stores. To access, enter your Peters Township library card number.

NoveList Plus

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NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource. You can find titles, articles, and read-alike lists for both fiction and nonfiction, and for all age and reading levels. You’ll never be without a good read again! To access, enter your Peters Townshiplibrary card number.

POWER Resources

Books & Authors

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Powered by Gale’s popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors connects readers from every reading level to fiction and non-fiction books that match their interests. Explore books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.

Contemporary Authors

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Contemporary Authors

Discover biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today’s most influential authors, including novelists,poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, print & broadcast journalists, editors, photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, script and screen writers, and more.

EBSCO eBooks

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EBSCO eBooks

Select from over 16,000 eBooks from the world’s leading publishers, across all major subject areas. Read books online, perform full-text searches of a single book or across thousands of books, or browse categories to find what you’re looking for. Selected eBooks can be downloaded to portable devices.

LitFinder

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LitFinder

International in scope, LitFinder covers all time periods and genres. Users can access full-text works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities, as well as biographies, speeches, photographs, plays, summaries, and glossaries covering the 16th through 20th centuries.

Additional Resources

Alex Award Books

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Alex Award Books

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18, and have been published during the previousyear. It is awarded annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Books That Guys Read

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Books That Guys Read

Welcome to the Guys Read Virtual Vault of Good Books. This is the place to come if you’re looking for something to get a guy reading. We’ve collected recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents, and guys themselves

Edwards Award Books

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Edwards Award Books

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by Young Adult Library Services Association,a division of the American Library Association, and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine.

Printz Award Books

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Printz Award Books

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a bookthat exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. The annual award is administered by Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, and sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

Teen Reads

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Teen Reads

Teenreads.com offers readers aged 12-17 reviews and excerpts of YA books, as well as adult titles that are appropriate for a teen audience. Features include CoolNew Books, Word of Mouth forum, author interviews, biographies, and more.

Teens’ Top Ten

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Teens’ Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choosetheir favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Award Books

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YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Award Books

YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 –Oct. 31 publishing year. The annual award is administered by Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

My Homework

Educational resources for kids in grades 7-12.

PTPL/WAGGIN Resources

A to Z: The World

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A to Z: The World

A to Z –The Worldis a comprehensive database covering world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more. It covers 175 countries and covers topics such as business, culture, society, language, education, history, points of interest, national symbols, and more.

Chat with a Librarian

Chat with a Librarian

Chat with a Librarian is designed to provide fast answers to your questions, using information found on the Internet and in proprietary databases funded by libraries. In most cases, Chat Librarians will provide an answer online in 15 minutes or less! 

Gale Courses

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Whether you’re looking for professional development or personal enrichment, these six-week, instructor-led, courses are the perfect way to learn new skills or enhance existing ones.  New sessions start every month. To access, create an account with your WAGGIN library card number. 

Mango Languages

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Mango is a language-learning system teaching conversation skills for over 70 languages. You’ll learn more than grammar and vocabulary, you’ll learn how to communicate. Create an account OR login as a Guest with your Peters Township library card number. Also available as an app. 

Niche Academy Tutorials for Research


Authoring Research Questions
Better Search Techniques
Finding the Right Sources
In-Text Citations
Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Provided by Niche Academy, these tutorials can help you perfect your research skills.

PA DOT Practice Tests

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PA DOT Practice Tests 

With free PA DMV practice tests from Driving-Tests.org, you can take a variety of tests based specifically on Pennsylvania’s DMV materials.  Driver’s handbooks are also available for download or online reading, covering standard, motorcycle or commercial licenses. 

Salem Online

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Salem Online  

Salem Online offers web access to a variety of reference materials, including the Careers In series.  The database features a linked table of contents and full-text searching. To access, select Library Card Number and enter your Peters Township library card number, then navigate to Careers. 

World Book Online

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Learn how to be a safe, responsible, and smart citizen with these eBooks that teach you how to avoid predators, play games safely online, protect your privacy, and use social networks. CyberSmarts is geared towards kids aged 3-6 and contains a series of 5 eBooks.

POWER Resources

POWER Library for Teens

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POWER Library for Teens 

POWER Teens, part of PA POWER Library, provides online resources including full-text research e-resources, collections of photographs and documents, the statewide catalog of materials held in libraries throughout Pennsylvania, and Chat with a Librarian. 

POWER Library

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POWER Library  

POWER Library is a collection of databases and resources provided by the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  

For an alphabetical list of POWER Library databases, click here.  

For a subject list of POWER Library databases, click here.  

Academic OneFile

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Academic OneFile provides students with peer-reviewed, full-text articles covering the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and more.  Users can expand and refine search results through the Topic Finder and citation tools are built in. 

Academic Search Main Edition

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Academic Search Main Edition   

Discover full-text scholarly content for major college courses. Designed for academic institutions, Academic Search Main Edition provides articles from nearly 1,900 full-text journals and nearly 1,300 full-text peer-reviewed journals, covering biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, and more.

AP Images

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AP Images

View the greatest events in world history with the Associated Press’s extensive collection of photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics, covering the last 185 years.  Over 3,000 photos, images, sound bites, and graphics are added to the collection daily. 

Contemporary Authors

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Contemporary Authors

Discover biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today’s most influential authors, including novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, print & broadcast journalists, editors, photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, script and screen writers, and more. 

EBSCO eBooks

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EBSCO eBooks

Select from over 16,000 eBooks from the world’s leading publishers, across all major subject areas. Read books online, perform full-text searches of a single book or across thousands of books, or browse categories to find what you’re looking for.  Selected eBooks can be downloaded to portable devices. 

Gale OneFile High School Edition

Gale OneFile High School Edition

Secondary school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies. 

Gale OneFile News

Gale OneFile News

Browse and read full-text newspapers from more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, plus leading titles from around the world, or search articles by publication, title, author, date, or other fields.  Newsstand also includes images, radio/TV broadcasts, and transcripts. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Explore encyclopedias, reference books, and primary sources on a variety of topics from history, government, technology, the environment, math, law, multicultural studies, physical and social sciences, and more.  Titles can be searched individually and contain built-in tools. 

General OneFile

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General OneFile

General OneFile is a general-interest periodical resource, with access to more than 15,000 titles, 8,800 of which are available in full-text. With millions of articles available in PDF and HTML full-text, the collection is also supplemented by reference, news, and audio content. 

GreenFILE

GreenFILE

GreenFILE is a database covering the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and governments, with records from scholarly, government and general sources.

GREENR

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GREENR

Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) focuses on the study of sustainability and environment.  It provides news, background information, video, primary source documents and statistics in areas such as energy systems, food, climate change, and population. 

Health & Wellness Resource Center

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Health & Wellness Resource Center  

Discover reliable health information through access to full-text articles of nursing and allied health journals, pamphlets, newsletters, periodicals, newspapers, encyclopedias, and more. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides accurate, authoritative information on a full range of issues.   

Lit Finder

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Lit Finder

International in scope, LitFinder covers all time periods and genres.  Users can access full-text works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities, as well as biographies, speeches, photographs, plays, summaries, and glossaries covering the 16th through 20th centuries. 

PA Photo and Documents

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PA Photo and Documents  

Explore thousands of digitized documents, photographs, audio and video recordings, and more from unique collections in libraries and cultural institutions across Pennsylvania. Resources can be searched by institution, collection, or topic, and each individual resource. 

Science Reference Center

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Perform research from hundreds of full text science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. View more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library. 

Additional Resources

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Discover over 40,000 hours of clips (both video and audio) from public broadcasting programs, covering the last 60 years. The AAPB site features an easy to use search function, as well as special topical collections and exhibits.

Biography.com

Biography.com

Biography.com captures the most gripping, surprising and fascinating stories about famous people. With biographies and daily features that highlight newsworthy, compelling and surprising points-of-view, we are the digital source for true stories about people that matter. 

CIA World Fact Book

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CIA World Fact Book 

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The resources include maps of the major world regions, physical maps, political maps, and more.   

Khan Academy

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Khan Academy  

Khan Academy’s mission is “to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.”  Courses include topics in math, science, history, computing, and economics, as well as test preparation for exams such as the SAT, GMAT, NCLEX-RN, and college and career skills. 

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The collection includes photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary    

The dictionary by Merriam-Webster is one of America's most trusted online dictionaries for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation.  Each month, the Merriam-Webster site offer guidance to more than 40 million visitors. 

Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus

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Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus   

Search more than 275,000 synonyms, antonyms, related words, and idiomatic phrases. The thesaurus is more than just a list of synonyms; it is your guide to more precise and effective use of language. 

Perdue Online Writing Lab

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Perdue Online Writing Lab     

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material to help you craft a better paper. 

For MLA Citation information, click here. 

For APA Citation information, click here. 

For Chicago Manual of Style Citation information, click here.  

Wolfram Alpha Math & Science

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Wolfram Alpha Math & Science      

Wolfram|Alpha is a free online computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base. Subject areas include math, science, society & culture, and everyday life. 

My Life

Additional resources picked just for you!

PTPL/WAGGIN Resources

CreativeBug

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CreativeBug offers arts and crafts workshops and techniques, featuring over 1000 online art and craft classes and videos. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more. Watch classes anytime, anywhere; and since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace.

Flipster

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Read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. You will find top magazines covering business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, and more. New issues often added before they appear in stores.  To access, enter your Peters Township library card number.

Freegal

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Freegal offers access to 15 million+ songs and music videos–with new music added daily.  What you download is yours to keep, there are no DRM restrictions. To access, enter your Peters Township library card number.  (You must be a registered PTPL member to use this service.)

Kanopy

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Stream new and popular films, classics, and documentaries on your computer or device–with new content added weekly. There is even a section just for kids! To access, create an account using your Peters Township library card number. (You must be a registered PTPL member to use this service.)

POWER Resources

Auto Repair Source

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Auto Repair Source has accurate, Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

PA DOT Practive Tests

PA DOT Practice Tests

With free PA DMV practice tests from Driving-Tests.org, you can take a variety of tests based specifically on Pennsylvania’s DMV materials.  Driver’s handbooks are also available for download or online reading, covering standard, motorcycle or commercial licenses.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides detailed repair guides for all types of small engines and resources that support routine maintenance and extensive repairs.

Additional Resources - Get Creative!

Canva

Canva

Canva is a free graphic design program for creating any type of visual documents, such as flyers, bookmarks, cards and more!   It is used by non-designers as well as professionals, and with it's drag-and-drop approach, can be used to create both web and print media design and graphics.

Thingiverse

Thingiverse

Thingiverse is the world's largest 3D printing community with millions of free downloadable 3D models. Browse through other people's designs and modify them to suit your needs.  You can even upload your own modifications or new designs to share with others.

TinkerCAD

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Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn an idea into a CAD model and easily export the file for use on a 3D printer.  Create a free account today.  If you're new to 3D, try the built-in lessons to get started!  If you're an old-hand, just jump right in and start drafting!

Additional Resources - Crisis

Above The Influence

Above The Influence

Fact is that while you’re a teen, you’re still growing and developing, and drug abuse during these years can have a lasting impact. The more aware you are, the better prepared you will be to face the influences.

Crisis Text Line

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Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Visit the Crisis Text Line website for more information or to volunteer.

National Runaway Safeline

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National Runaway Safeline

Youth and family members can connect to the 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline or 1800RUNAWAY.org online crisis services to work through problems and find local help. Reach out to us—we are here to listen and here to help.

Net Addiction

Net Addiction

What is Internet addiction and how much time online is too much? What can you do to better manage your technology use in your daily life? Find out where you fall with the NetAddiction Internet Addiction Test.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens

Designed for teens, teachers, and parents, the purpose of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens website is to facilitate learning about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and lives of teens.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Prevent Suicide PA

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Prevent Suicide PA

Prevent Suicide PA is an organization devoted to supporting those who are affected by suicide, providing education, awareness, and understanding by collaborating with the community to prevent suicide, and reducing the stigma associated with suicide.

Teens Health

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Teens Health

TeensHealth has doctor-reviewed info to help you be your best in body and mind. Get facts and advice on nutrition, moods, sex, infections, body image, and more, with easy-to-follow articles, videos and health tools.

You Matter

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You Matter

You Matter is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness. You Matter is a movement to spread the word that your problems, worries, fears, and above all you—unique and real you—matter.