Teen Resources

You don't have to come into the the library to check out books! Learn how to access our ebooks and eaudio here:

The library offers hoopla, a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone - and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

And make sure you take a look at all of our favorite things on our staff picks page!


Nothing is more important during a time like this than your mental and physical health. Find some trustworthy resources here:

  • MedlinePlus The Teen Health page of Medline Plus, an online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine.
  • Lifespan The adolescent's page of Lifespan, Rhode Island’s first health system. A comprehensive, integrated, academic health system affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
  • MHARI Mental Health Association of Rhode Island.

General Learning

  • Khan Academy A nonprofit whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Create your own personalized schedule and curriculum.  
  • How Stuff Works General knowledge website bursting with interesting articles about every topic you can think of. And check out their amazing podcasts
  • Crash Course Fun YouTube series on a ton of different topics, and John Green hosts some! I love the philosophy ones.
  • Smithsonian Teen Tribute Great articles from the Smithsonian Institute, selected specifically for teens. 
  • TED Talks These TED Talks, which actually started during a 1984 conference where Technology, Education, and Design converged, are all from speakers under the age of 20.
  • Kurzgesagt Wonderfully animated videos on a wide variety of topics. Learn why finding alien life would be our doom!


  • Discovery #MINDBLOWN A downloadable app from the Discovery Channel. 
  • NASA STEM Resources from NASA for students gr 9-12.
  • Amazing Space Another site by NASA, this one filled with info on what they know best, space! 
  • Interested in citizen science? Find a ton of ways you can help further scientific research at scistarter.


  • Duolingo Learning a new language is easy when it's this fun!


  • Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools. Try a fun hour of code!
  • W3Schools is an educational website for learning web technologies online. Learn everything from basic HTML to programming languages like Python.

Test Prep

  • Find free GED pratice tests from Test-Guide here.
  • Kaplan, a for-profit corporation that offers test preparation and student support services, has some free online PSAT and SAT tests available. 
  • Find more SAT practice from the College Board.

Virtual Tours

  • Virtual Visit Visit a virtual tour or live presentation from the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA. Make sure you check out Sy Montgomery reading from her book How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals. She is a naturalist and author with the ability to bring the animals from her books to life.
  • Mental Floss the wonderful general trivia and knowledge site, has shared these two tours of excavated homes in Pompeii.

Nature Cams

  • What is a better stress reliever than watching kittens play? Check out a ton of live nature cams here from explore.
  • Animal Cams From Adventure Journal, a list of live animal cams.

Coloring Sheets

Because sometimes all you want to do is color. These artists have released free coloring sheets for you to enjoy!

  • Colour My Quarantine from Camilla d'Errico. Gorgeous illustrations with a manga-like aesthetic.
  • Audrey Kawaski, a Japanese American artist known for her drawings of mystical females, influenced by her passion for Japanese Manga and Art Nouveau, shared this drawing.
  • Susie Ghahremani, a popular children's picturebook artist, is sharing a coloring sheet a day on her instagram account. 
  • Author and artist Liz Climo shared an entire coloring book filled with adorable, funny critters via her Tumblr here
  • Or what about free coloring pages of the collections from over a hundred museums and libraries? Check out the New York Academy of Medicine’s #ColorOurCollections!
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