UPDATE 3/24: DATE CHANGE: All Library locations are closed until Monday, April 27. As we receive new information, we will update you on our website and social media. Please hold onto all library materials as staff will not be in the building. There will be no overdue fees incurred during this time. See our COVID-19 information page for links to current health information. We encourage you to use our ebooks CloudLibrary or explore our many and varied eResources for all ages under the eLibrary tab. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email us at lending@portlib.org .
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PPL: Highlighted Teen eResources

Free Online Resources for Teens

Compiled by the Teen Services Staff of Portland Public Library.

A note from Ms. Blue:

The library is closed during this time for the same reasons City Hall, Portland Public Schools, and many other organizations are closed. We’re all doing our part to protect our employees, patrons and YOU by taking precautions in the face of COVID-19; “flattening the curve.” While this situation may be new, overwhelming and scary, we will do our best to keep you well informed, educated and even entertained, while preventing misinformation and paranoia!

We miss seeing you all every day at the Teen Library! You can always stay in touch through email or Instagram. Message us if you have questions, need information or just to say “hi”. Ms. Blue, Megan & Sarah are now working from home!

Working from Home


Books & Reading

Teen Book Cloud: an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers teens all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. Just click on the link – no library card needed!

cloudLibrary: download new, popular and bestselling audiobooks and eBooks with your library card! Download the cloudLibrary app to your device for free, enter your library card number and go! PPS students and teachers, here is a guide Ms. Blue put together for how to use cloudLibrary with your SEED #.

The Telling Room has stories, essays, poetry and more written my young people from across Maine, including many of you!

Need help finding a good book to read? PPL Teen staff have created and maintained book lists on every teen topic under the sun! Check out our Staff Picks page and look for Teens. Questions? Email us or DM us on Instagram and we’re happy to make personal recommendations based on your interests.


Education & Jobs

Portland Public SEED Numbers: don’t forget your SEED Number! All Portland Public Middle and High School students have a special Portland Public library number that gives them access to all of our digital online content listed here and more. To make your SEED Number, combine the prefix 21220980 + your unique school lunch number. For more information about this program, visit our SEED Number page.

Digital Maine Library & High School Teen:  a curated collection of educational and informational databases for high school students from the Maine State Library. Easy to access via geolocation or, in some cases, your library card or SEED number.

Learning Express School Center: tutorials, homework help and practice tests for Elementary, Middle and High School level mathematics, English language arts, social studies, science and more. Create an account with an email address to keep track of your progress. Maybe you’re interested in Career Exploration, SAT/ACT or TOEFL Test Prep, or even College Level Courses? Learning Express has those options as well! Learning Express also offers a whole series of classes, homework help, and practice exams in Spanish.

Learn a New Language! Or practice one you already know. Check out Mango Languages or Pronunciator.

Do you need information about qualifying and applying for unemployment benefits? Our Business & Government librarian has created this page to help.

Tour hundreds of college campuses virtually at youvisit.com/collegesearch
If you want a glimpse into the colleges on your application list but can’t visit in person, these 360-degree online tours can help give you a feel for the campus.

Entertainment

Kafari

Explore new ideas and perspectives with TEDx Talks. The TEDx Talks Youtube channel features tons of compelling talks, available in many languages, about lots of different topics, presented by all types of folks– including teens (TEDxYouth)! And don’t forget Maine’s TEDxDirigo … you may even spot someone you know!

Enjoy the outdoors from home with these livecams! Observe animals and their habitats all over the world with live nature cams! And check back later in the spring for puffins on Seal Island in Maine.
Meet some unique animals with daily live videos from Mr. Drew and His Animals Too! Mr. Drew’s rescued reptiles and insects – including an iguana, water dragons, tortoises, and more – come out once a day for introductions! Get an up close look and hear inside knowledge from the reptile expert daily. Videos are live at 11 AM or always available afterwards on Facebook.
And don’t forget our local musicians. PPL Teen collaborator and friend Kafari has some new tracks up on SoundCloud, and we’re looking forward to working with Just Plain Jones in the months to come. And did you know that R.A.P. Ferreira lives here?

Health

Check out PPL Health Librarian Becca’s page on COVID-19; updated regularly with news and information you can trust.

Visit our Teen Health page for local resources you may need for any and all health topics/concerns.

Medline Plus Teen presents high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish. A service of the National Library of Medicine.

Teen Health & Wellness provides middle and high school students with up-to-date, nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular, and self-help support. Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.

Exercise is going to be important for our physical, mental and emotional health right now. Put on your favorite music and have your own dance party, or delve into the trove of free exercise videos on YouTube, if you dare. You can never go wrong with Yoga with Adriene, IMO. Ride your bike, rollerblade or skateboard; shoot some hoops or go for a run. Just keep a safe distance from others and get that fresh air we all need.

AND DON’T FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS FOR 20 SECONDS WITH SOAP AND WATER! You can even turn your favorite song into a hand washing meme over at washyourlyrics.com or watch the now famous Tik Tok hamster (though that is only 15 seconds but you should still watch it).


Don’t forget to follow @ppl_teen on Instagram!

We’ll be updating this page often so check back later for more!

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