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