Resources for Teens

Urbana Free Library logoHave you looked at the For Teens section on the Library’s website lately? Did you know there was one? It can be found by hovering over the “Service Areas” menu on the Library’s home page and clicking “About” under the “Teens” heading.
Here’s a quick run-down of everything the Library has to offer for Teens on our website.

If you’re looking for Reviews for YA Books, Book Lists, and more, check out the Teen Services Blog. It’s updated weekly.

Do you need help planning for college? The Library has a page devoted to helping you plan for college. There are links for sites that will help you select a college, information about filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and much more. If you need help preparing for standardized tests (e.g. ACTs, SATs, or AP Exams), we have test prep books on the second floor in the non-fiction section. Their call number is 378.1664. The Library has prep books for a variety of AP Subject tests, including English, French, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, and AP US History.

Do you want to find a new online game to play, or maybe something else that’s creative? Visit the Fun Stuff page on the Library’s website. Here, the Library recommends everything from online role-playing games such as Adventure Quest and Runescape to film review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes. If you want to read online comics, we recommend you visit Web Donuts. Web Donuts highlights ten popular comics, including Speed Bump, Bizarro, and Pearls Before Swine.

What if you don’t have time to play fun online games because you need help with your homework? The Library can help with that too!  Visit the Homework Help page on the Library’s website. The Reference Desk’s contact information is at the top of the page, and there are several links to other websites that might be useful, such as a dictionary, Chemicool for help with your chemistry homework, FactMonster, and much more. Of note is both Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) and Citing Your Sources from University of Illinois’ Writers workshop. These are sites that give instructions for creating source citations using a variety of formats (MLA, APA, Chicago style). A link to the Urbana Free Library’s online databases is also listed on this page, though you do need a UFL library card to access them. 

Did you use to love attending Children’s programs at the Library and you wish you could attend more? Come to the Library’s Teen Programs! There are three regular programs:

  • Manga Club meets the first Friday of the month from 4-5 in the Lewis Auditorium on the ground floor.
  • There are Board Games from 2-6pm in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (first floor, next to the New Books room) on the second Saturday of most months.
  • Teen Open Lab is almost every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons year round from 3-5:30pm in the Lewis Auditorium. There are 3D Printers, Silhouette vinyl cutters, and Artist's drawing tablets, as well as sewing machines, video games and board games, and arts and crafts. Learn more about Teen Open Lab here.

Check the Library’s Events Calendar to see what other fun events are coming up for Teens.

If you need help finding information about a sensitive topic—health, sex, money, relationships, etc.—visit the Useful Stuff page on the Library’s Website. Here you will find links for information about health, money, sex, relationships, and politics. If you feel comfortable asking for books, stop by the reference desk on the second floor and staff can direct you to materials about your chosen topic. Additionally, you may search for books on these topics yourself using the Library’s Online Catalog and find call numbers for relevant materials.

- Joella T