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PROGRAMS @ YOUR LIBRARY

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MARCH Kids' Newsletter

Printable March Kids' Calendar

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS (for teens & parents) - Thursday, February 29 at 6:30 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

READ ACROSS AMERICA STORYTIME (all ages) - Friday, March 1 at 3:30 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

STEAM TROOP (all ages) - Monday, March 4 at 3:30 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

ARTS & CRA(p)FTS: WATERCOLOR PAINTING (ages 11+) - Tuesday, March 5 at 3:00 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

CROCHET CLUB FOR KIDS (ages 10 - 13) - Wednesdays, March 6, 13 & 20 at 3:30 PM

Spaces limited; registration required. Click here to register.

TEA, FOOD & FASHION: FROM JANE AUSTEN TO QUEEN VICTORIA (ages 13+) - Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 PM

Spaces limited; registration required. Click here to register.

STEAM TROOP (all ages) - Monday, March 11 at 3:30 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

TEEN PONY BEAD CRAFT (ages 11+) - Tuesday, March 12 at 3:00 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

MAKER'S DAY (all ages) - Friday, March 15 from 3:00 - 5:30 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required.

ZUMBA KIDS (ages 6 - 12) - Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 PM

Spaces limited; registration required. Click here to register.

BEAN BOOZLED JELLY BEAN GAMES (age 11+) - Tuesday, March 19 at 3:00 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

ZUMBA KIDS (ages 6 - 12) - Wednesday, March 20 at 5:00 PM

Spaces limited; registration required. Click here to register.

SENSORY SOCIAL HOUR (all ages & abilities) - Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required!

HOLI STORYTIME (all ages) - Friday, March 22 at 3:00 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required.

AIR DRY CLAY CRA(p)FT with NJ4S (ages 11+) - Tuesday, March 26 at 3:00 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required.

SPECIAL EASTER BUNNY STORYTIME (all ages) - Wednesday, March 27 at 6:00 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required.

RAMADAN SUNCATCHERS (ages 7 - 12) - Thursday, March 28 at 3:00 PM

Drop-in program; registration is not required.

NOTE: See LMxAC Events List for additional ONLINE programs (select Category: Virtual)

BOOKS & eLIBRARY

Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks   Next Reads newsletters - recommended reading for teens!   Find new books based on books you like!   Hoopla books, movies, music & more Freegal music downloads   Indieflix Kanopy streaming video eMagazines Libby app for Overdrive ebooks, audiobooks & extras

Click here to download the free Teen Book Finder app for Android & iOS!

«««« SEARCH THE LIBRARY CATALOG ... Get the mobile app »»»»

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: Young Adult Novels

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: Young Adult Graphic Novels

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: Young Adult Fiction (eLibrary NJ / Overdrive)

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: Young Adult Non-Fiction (eLibrary NJ / Overdrive)

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: Hoopla [NOTE: First you'll need to set up a Hoopla account]

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: eLibraryNJ [NOTE: RB Digital Audiobooks and ebooks have moved to eLibraryNJ. They are also available on the Libby app]

Book Club for Kids podcast (middle grade books reviewed by middle grade readers) NEW AUDIO

Books for Teens by Topic (Hennepin County Library, MN)

Comics on Hoopla [NOTE: First you'll need to set up a Hoopla account]

Global Webcomics Archive

Diversity in YA Books: Rich in Color (young adult books by & about BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color])

We Need Diverse Books: Resources

Great Books for Teens by Theme (AdLit.org)

The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads (American Library Association)

Teen Book Finder (American Library Association)

Teens Top Ten (American Library Association)

LitPick Book Reviews by Students (age 12 and up) UPDATED LINK

Magazines: eLibraryNJ [NOTE: RB Digital Magazines have moved to eLibraryNJ. They are also available on the Libby app]

No Flying No Tights: Graphic Novel reviews

NPR Best Young Adult Books of the Year (2013 - 2021)

NPR 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels (2012)

Planet eBook: Free classic literature for your device (EPUB, PDF, MOBI)

Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists

Read Kiddo Read (age 10 and up)

Recommended Reading Lists for Teens & 'Tweens (South Plainfield Public Library)

Select Reads Newsletters
(personalized recommendations of books, audiobooks, dvds, and music)

Teen and Young Adult Literature (New York Public Library)

Teen Book Series & Sequels (Bettendorf Public Library, IA)

Teen Book Suggestions (Pasadena Public Library, CA)

YA Books Central Teen Book Reviews

Young Adult Reading Lists by Topic (Ocean County Library, NJ)

Young Adults' Reading Choices (International Reading Association)

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«««« SCHOOL »»»»

SCHOOL

Databases

Brainfuse HelpNow online learning with live tutors  Petersons Test and Career Prep Ebsco Student Research Center has been discontinued. Use Explora instead! Facts On File Universal Class Continuing Education Courses

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Homework Links (South Plainfield Public Library)

Databases & Premium Resources «Library card required»

College info links (South Plainfield Public Library)

AP Central (Advanced Placement exams)

Peterson's Test Prep Tips

See also: Peterson's Test and Career Prep «Library card required»

College Payoff: More Education Doesn't Always Mean More Earnings (Georgetown University) NEW

College Readiness Resources (PTA) NEW

College Success Skills: Study Tips (Park University) NEW

Introduction to College Research (free eBook)

Studying 101: Study Smarter Not Harder (UNC)

Study Skills E-Guide To Academic Success (Dartmouth College)

Free Online College-Level Courses:

Class Central (Search Engine for Free Online Courses & MOOCs)

Merlot Online Courses

MOOC.org: Massive Open Online Courses NEW

Open Yale Courses

Saylor Foundation

The Great Courses (on Kanopy «Library card required»)

Open Textbook Library NEW

Spark Notes and other Study Guides (on Freading «Library card required»)

Universal Class Personal Enrichment Courses «Library card required»

«««« JOBS/CAREERS »»»»

CREATIVITY

...ART......MUSIC......MEDIA......THEATER......WRITING......MORE...

See our annual Staycation Guide for information about art, music, and theater venues in the South Plainfield area.

ART STUDIO

Art 21: Twenty-First Century Art & Artists VIDEO

Art & Writing Awards (Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

How to Draw Manga & Anime Characters

Making Mini-Comics [Archived page]

New Moon Girls: Submit Your Work

OpenToonz Animation Production Software

River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest

Tumbln' with Kiki Magazine (Jewelry, Fashion & Craft projects) [Archived page]

Universal Class «Library card required»:

Adobe classes (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) NEW

How to Draw 101

Acrylic Painting 101

Digital Photography 101 NEW

Mixed Media Art NEW

Photography 101 - Beginner to Intermediate NEW

Watercolor Painting 101


MUSIC STUDIO

Carnegie Hall: Tools & Resources for Young Musicians (Songwriting & Music Production, Instrumental, Vocal) VIDEO

BBC Music Maker Advice VIDEO [Archived page]

Drummer World Drum Clinic AUDIO

Gaiada Virtual Audio Loop Machine for DJs, Performers and Musicians

Guitar Basics lessons, plus Virtual Guitar Tuner, Scales & Chordbook VIDEO

Piano/Keyboard Lessons Online VIDEO [Free registration required; paid membership required for full access]

More Musical Instrument links


MEDIA STUDIO

Art of Storytelling

Careers in Film (click on 'Additional Resources' tab)

Motion Picture Craft [Archived page]

Movieola Coffee Break Film School VIDEO

Multimedia Tutorials (audio, video, photography, web, and more)

Open Broadcaster Software for video recording and live streaming

Podcasting 101 (Book Club for Kids) NEW AUDIO

Radio Diaries: DIY Radio Handbook

Transom Public Media Tools and Techniques

Remote Interviewing Resources

Science & Film Projects

Youth Radio DIY: How to Make a Podcast and other DIY topics


THEATER

Actorama.com Monologues & Scenes [Security error when check July 2023]

American Theatre Wing (AWT): Working in Theatre

AWT Playlists on YouTube

AWT How It Works videos [Archived page]

National Theatre (UK): YouTube channel VIDEO


WRITING

Journalism - see NEWS links

BookTrust Writing Tips for Teens

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Resources for Young Writers

Thesaurus.com Writing Prompts To Kickstart And Improve Writing NEW

The Writer Magazine: Writing Prompts

The Writer Magazine: Improve Your Writing

Be All Write: Writing Challenges (Ilkley Literature Festival, UK)

New Pages: Young Authors Publishing Guide

Cricket Media: Submissions

New Moon Girls: Submit Your Work

Polyphony Lit Magazine (poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from high-school-aged writers)

Art & Writing Awards (Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest

Universal Class «Library card required»:

Creative Writing for Beginners

Creative Writing Workshop

More Writing courses


MORE

ArtsEdge Creative Arts How-To Videos (Kennedy Center Education)

Copyright Law and Fair Use for Creative & Digital Artists & Filmmakers: Online Comic Book

Copyright FAQ

Intellectual Property Law: Why Should I Care?

«««« TECH »»»»

«««« NEWS »»»»

HEALTH & SAFETY

Facts on File Health Reference Center

«««« Click here for CRISIS LINKS »»»»

TeensHealth & TeensHealth Safety

Teen Health links (Medline)

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers

Nutrition for Teens (My Plate)

Youthful rebellion leads some teens to eat better: How food companies design ads to manipulate you NEW

Body Image & Self-Esteem

10 Steps to Positive Body Image

Disability and Body Image

Body Image Challenges Related to Disability

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders in Males

Eating Disorders in Men & Boys

Identity & Eating Disorders (including Athletes, Disability Community, Jewish Community, LGBTQ+, People of Color)

Young Men's Health

Young Women's Health

Girl's Health

Bullying: Teens Against Bullying

StopBullying.gov

Disabilities: Health Transition Resources for Teens with Special Health Care Needs, Chronic Illness, Physical or Developmental Disabilities

Webfinder: People with Disabilities

More Disabilities Links

Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco: Tips for Teens

Just Think Twice Drug Info

Drug Facts

Alcohol and Health

Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts

e-Cigarettes: Know the Risks

SmokeFree Teen

SmokeFree TXT for teens: text QUIT to 47848

Love is Respect: Healthy Relationships

That's Not Cool: Is this abuse?

Teen Dating Abuse links

How to Make Healthy Decisions about Sex

Sexual Health Resources

Teen Pregnancy Resources

Trevor Project: Q & A on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and more (for LGBTQ Youth)

Military Kids Connect (Military Life, Feelings, Health & Wellness)

Pedestrian Safety

Distracted Walking; Heads up, Phones Down

Skin Diseases & Conditions

Piercings and Tattoos

Tattoos and Permanent Make-Up

Stress Management for Teens

Self-Help Brochures on Mental Health topics

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Webfinder: Meditation & Stress Reduction AUDIO VIDEO

Stuttering Help for Teens NEW

Talking to Your Parents (Or Other Adults)

How to Talk to an Adult

Dealing With Your Parents' Divorce

Dealing with Parents who have a Drug or Alcohol Problem

Coping with Mental Illness in the Family

When Your Parents Have Mental Illness

Youth & Young Adult Books and Articles for people with LGBTQ parents [Archived pages]

Advice for teens with Alzheimer's Disease in their family NEW

Helping teens understand dementia NEW

TECH HEALTH & SAFETY ISSUES:

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Fire Safety NEW

Log Off Movement: Social Media Awareness NEW

USEFUL WEBSITES: Health & Fitness & HOMEWORK LINKS: Health

«««« CRISIS LINKS »»»»

«««« FITNESS & SPORTS »»»»

JOBS/CAREERS

Facts On File: Fergusons Career Guidance Center Petersons Test and Career Prep Universal Class online classes including job & career skills

«««« PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR IDENTITY & YOUR PRIVACY WHILE JOB-HUNTING »»»»

Career One-Stop: Get My Future
«Career, Training, and Job Search Resources for Young Adults age 16 to 24»

Career Readiness Resources (PTA)

Employment and Youth with Disabilities

Disabilities: Resources for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Youth with Disabilities: Disclosure and the Workplace - Why, When, What, and How

More Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

Idealist.org Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

My Next Move: What Do You Want to Do for a Living?

Protect Yourself, Your Identity & Your Privacy while Job-Hunting

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills - Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

Skills to Succeed Academy (Accenture)

Teens 4 Hire: Top 10 Job Tips

Teens 4 Hire: Top 10 Qualities Employers Want Most

Teens 4 Hire: Best Things for Teens to Do if You Can't Land a Job

Understanding Your Paycheck

Young Entrepreneurs Tutorial: Starting a Business (U.S. Small Business Administration)

Young Workers: You Have Rights! (OSHA Worker Safety)

Young Worker Safety & Health (CDC)

Young Workers in NJ: Rights and Protections NEW

More Resources for Young Workers (U.S. Department of Labor) UPDATED LINK

After you get a job offer: Apply for NJ Working Papers NEW

Babysitting: The Basics

Babysitting Student Guide / Worksheets [Link opens a PDF]

Building Trades: Earn While You Learn Apprenticeships (Associated Builders and Contractors NJ)

More apprenticeship links NEW

Government Jobs & Internships for Students & Recent Graduates

Seasonal Jobs: NJ State Park Service NEW

JOB SCAM TIPS

Instagram Scam Alert for aspiring social media influencers

Best practices for social media influencers and content creators

Invention Promotion Scams

Modeling & Talent Scout Scams

Mystery Shopper Scams

Pet sitting job scams

More Career Exploration links

More Job Search links

FOR GIRLS

See specific topics such as Health.

FOR GUYS

See specific topics such as Health.

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

The Internet contains many different kinds of resources and its links can carry your children to many places. Some of these places may not be suitable for teens. We have attempted to choose only age-appropriate links for our Teen page, but because websites change frequently, and because they may contain links to many other sites, or may present materials you do not wish your teen to be exposed to, we urge you to supervise your child's exploration of the Web and make sure that the journey is a healthy one. Our inclusion of websites in this directory is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling or advertising. For advice about how to keep your child safe online, we recommend:

If your children will be using the South Plainfield Public Library's computers to access the internet, please be sure to read our Computer Policy.

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