For Teens from Home

Our Teen Staff hopes that everyone is staying safe and healthy during our closure. Below are various digital resources including homework help, tips for managing stress, and boredom busters that are free and accessible from home.
Keep checking back for updates!

Homework Help DIY eBooks & More
Health & Wellness Boredom Busters Career & College Prep
Events Calendar Teen Volunteers LGBTQ+ & Covid-19


The Need for Pride
Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m
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Open to Adults and High-Schoolers (Grades 9-12)
*Registration required
Join us on Zoom for a brief overview of LGBTQ Identities and why it is so important to celebrate them, not only in the month of June but year round with inclusive books, stories, history, and education. Participants will leave knowing more about LGBTQ basics in addition to the wellness benefits surrounding inclusion, perfect for our LGBTQ community and allies to educate and celebrate their Pride this month. Presented by Cole Callahan from Garden State Equality.

After you register for this event here, you will receive the link for the Zoom meeting via email on the day before the meetup.


Homework Help

Research Databases
Our databases cover a variety of subjects including history, science, and literature. Make sure you have your library card handy for access.

Harvard University Online Courses
Harvard offers a variety of online courses both for free and at a certain prices. Course lengths range from 2 to 6 weeks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, computer science, opera by century, religion and more!

Khan Academy
Free online courses covering a wide range of subjects including AP and SAT/ACT test prep. Narrow down courses by grade and subject. 

TED-Ed Lessons
All of these mini TED talks are less than 10 minutes and full of interesting and trivial information. Narrow down videos by area of interest (the arts, science and technology, psychology and more). Find out who the world's first author was or contemplate the meaning of life.

Virtual High School
Live classes. AI-powered assessments. Invaluable resources. All for free.

WebMath
Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks "solve." In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.

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DIY

Creativebug!
This amazing new database offers thousands of award-winning instructional video tutorials on arts and crafts that you can watch from home for free with your CHPL library card! Whether you're a beginner doodler or long-time needleworker, there is an abundance of exciting and engaging creative endeavors here for you to discover.

Scratch Coding
Teach yourself how to code with Scratch. You can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

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eBooks & More

Secondary Digital Bookshelf (Grades 5-12)
Free access until June 30, 2020.

Audible Stories
Free for a limited time.
While schools are out, Audible is hosting a selection of free audiobooks for teens. Instantly stream to your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Start listening!

Free through August, 31, 2020.
The AudioBookCloud's growing collection features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more!

Free Comics & Graphic Novel E-Books for Children and Teens in New Jersey
In response to COVID-19 and library closures, the NJ State Library has partnered with BiblioBoard to launch a free e-book library of 172 graphic novels and comics available for children and teens in New Jersey. This limited collection includes simultaneous use e-books from leading children’s comics and graphic novel publishers and the San Jose Public Library Graphic Novel Archive from their Graphic Novel Writing Contests. No library card required and no waiting lists. If you are physically located in NJ, you're in!​

OverDrive, Hoopla, RBDigital, oh my!
With your CHPL library card, you have access to all of our digital collections. Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics and so much more to your smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

In each episode of this podcast, listeners rediscover one classic children's book, uncovering the unique story behind the story. Books explored so far include Charlotte's Web, Bridge to Terabithia, and Scary Stories we tell in the dark. Start listening on the Remember Reading Website or subscribe on Spotify, Apply Podcasts, or SoundCloud.​


Free through August, 31, 2020.
The TeenBookCloud growing collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

The New York Times
Remote access: redeem code provided and create an account/sign in with an existing account for 3 days access; process may be repeated.

Shonen Jump Magazine for Manga
Over 100 chapters of various manga series available free from Shonen Jump Magazine.​

You've heard from young adult authors on social, now hear what they really have to say! Writer and journalist Anna Borges talks with the diverse authors that make up the modern YA community on We Are YA, presented by Penguin Teen. So far, you can hear from Marie Lu, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ruta Sepetys and more. Start listening!

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Health & Wellness

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and  the community you live in. (Source)

Take the following steps to cope with a disaster:

  • Take care of your body– Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Connect with others– Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.
  • Take breaks– Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
  • Stay informed– When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.
  • Avoid too much exposure to news– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks. (Source)

Have you been wanting to learn how to do something new, start a new book or spend time practicing a musical instrument? Now is the time to do that. Focusing on yourself and finding ways to use your new-found time is a productive way to look after your mental health. (Source)

Dealing with School Closures and Keeping Busy
Some creative and relaxing ideas and activities to try out when you're at home and looking for something to do.

GirlsHealth.gov
Health-related information for teen and tween girls.

Mental Health Resource Guide
Check out our compilation of reputable mental health resources including websites and help lines.

Young Men's Health (Boston Children's Hospital)
A website for teen guys and young men featuring up-to-date health information.

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Boredom Busters

BuzzFeed Quizzes

CHPL Virtual Puzzle Table
Check out our online collection of puzzles that you can relax with and complete from home.

Culture in Quarantine (BBC Arts)

Digital Escape Rooms

Habbo Hotel
Each teen receives a personal room to decorate with virtual objects. They can also customize their avatars by dressing them in virtual clothes or create games to play with friends. The room might have music, be set up like a classroom, or have other features so the different avatars can visit one another.

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

How Stuff Works
An award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works.

Sporcle Trivia & Quizzes

The New York Times Mini Crossword Puzzle

Virtual Tours
Visit these amazing museums and other great locations from the comfort of your own home! Explore history and watch animals on camera through these virtual tours for free.

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Career & College Prep

College Admissions Test Prep Resources from EBSCO LearningExpress
Free access through June 30, 2020.

New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator
A free web-based career navigation system, funded by the New Jersey Department of Education, that provides comprehensive information for middle and high school students to develop well informed college and career plans. It includes tools that encourage self-assessment, career and post-secondary education exploration, goal setting, and decision making. The site helps students make informed decisions about their future based on relevant actionable information. View this NJCAN Brochure for details.

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