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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 [Login in to see all titles available to South Plainfield borrowers]

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

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

Teens Top Ten (American Library Association)

LitPick Book Reviews by Students (age 12 and up)

Magazines: eLibraryNJ [NOTE: Digital Magazines 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

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 Archive and Favorites Awards NEW (International Literacy Association & the Children's Book Council)

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Homework Links (South Plainfield Public Library)

Research 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)

College Readiness Resources (PTA)

College Success Skills: Study Tips (Park University)

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 Massive Open Online Courses

Open Yale Courses

Saylor Foundation

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

Open Textbook Library

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

Universal Class Personal Enrichment Courses «Library card login required»

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Dial 988 for mental health crisis
if you are in suicidal crisis or emotional distress


ASIF: Adolescent Self-Injury Foundation UPDATED LINK

Bullying: Are You Being Bullied? Get Help Now

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453, plus text or live chat, with Q & A and additional resources for teens)

NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence Statewide Hotline: 800-572-7233

Dating Abuse Helpline: Love is Respect (live Chat, text LOVEIS to 22522, or phone 1-866-331-9474) (includes Types of Abuse)

Middlesex County Support for Victims of Sexual Assault: Sexual Assault Response Team, 732-745-3271

NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault Statewide Hotline: 800-601-7200

No More: Resources to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

LGBTQ youth: TrevorLifeline (live chat, text 'START' to 678-678, or phone 1-866-488-7386)

LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743

Mental Health: Teen Central (Teen Help for Teen Problems)

Young Adults & Mental Health (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Mental Health Resources for Teens and related links

More Mental Health & Stress Management resources

NJ Youth Resource Spot Resources & programs for young people in NJ who have had some sort of involvement in the NJ Department of Children and Families (foster care, Transitional Housing, etc.)

Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929, plus email, or live chat)

Save a Friend: Tips to Prevent Suicide

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


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; expect broken links]

Universal Class «Library card login required»:

Adobe classes (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)

How to Draw 101

Acrylic Painting 101

Digital Photography 101

Mixed Media Art

Photography 101 - Beginner to Intermediate

Watercolor Painting 101


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

From the Top Celebrates Disabled and Neurodivergent Musicians NEW VIDEO

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

Universal Class «Library card login required»: Introduction to Music Appreciation NEW


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) AUDIO

Radio Diaries: DIY Radio Handbook

Transom Public Media Tools and Techniques

Remote Interviewing Resources

Science & Film Projects

Universal Class «Library card login required»:

Film Appreciation NEW

Final Cut Pro X NEW

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

THEATER Monologues & Scenes

American Theatre Wing (AWT): Working in Theatre

AWT on Vimeo NEW

AWT Playlists on YouTube

National Theatre (UK): YouTube channel (includes How We Made It series) VIDEO


Journalism - see NEWS links

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

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

BookTrust Writing Tips for Teens

Cricket Media: Submissions

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Resources for Young Writers

New Moon Girls: Submit Your Work

New Pages: Young Authors Publishing Guide

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

River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest Writing Prompts To Kickstart And Improve Writing

Universal Class «Library card login required»:

Creative Writing for Beginners

Creative Writing Workshop

More Writing courses


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?

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«««« NEWS »»»»


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)
See also Nutrition: Eating for Sports and related links, above.

How food companies design ads to manipulate you

Ingredients in popular snack foods can make them addictive NEW

Body Image & Self-Esteem

10 Steps to Positive Body Image and related resources UPDATED LINK

Disability and Body Image

Body Image Challenges Related to Disability

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders in Males UPDATED LINK

Eating Disorders in Specialized Communities (including men & boys, athletes, pregnancy, and military service members)

Eating Disorders in Culturally Diverse Communities (including disability community, religious communities, LGBTQ+, People of Color, neurodiversity)

Young Men's Health

Young Women's Health

Girl's Health

Bullying: Teens Against Bullying

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 UPDATED LINK

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 Teens: Health & Wellness NEW

Military Youth and Teen Programs NEW

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

Talking to Your Parents (Or Other Adults)

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

Helping teens understand dementia


Lithium-Ion Batteries: Fire Safety

Log Off Movement: Social Media Awareness

Social Media Tips for Teens NEW VIDEO


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


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

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

Career Readiness Resources (PTA)

Employment Considerations for Youth With Disabilities NEW

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 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

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

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

Government Jobs & Internships for Students & Recent Graduates

Seasonal Jobs: NJ State Park Service


Instagram Scam Alert for aspiring social media influencers

Best practices for social media influencers and content creators

Invention Marketing Scams

Modeling & Talent Scout Scams

Mystery Shopper Scams

Pet sitting job scams

More Career Exploration links

More Job Search links


See specific topics such as Health.


See specific topics such as Health.


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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