Teens @ LBPL
LBPL has all sorts of stuff just for teens—books, media, clubs, events, programs, and lots more! And places to come and hang out after school! Need help with homework? We’ve got that, too!
If you're looking for a fun way to earn Service Learning hours while meeting new friends, join the Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG)!
What is it? Basically, you’re the voice of Long Beach teens at the library! TAG members work with the Teen Services staff to make the Long Beach Public Library a better place for teens! But mostly it’s fun and there’s snacks. And is it good for your college application? Probably!
Come to a meeting to find out what we're all about! TAG is for teens ages 13-18.
There are Teen Advisory Groups at the Main, Mark Twain, and Michelle Obama libraries.
There are many teen programs and events throughout the year: Check out our Teen Summer Reading Program, book clubs, crafts, educational workshops, performances, and more! Check out our Event Calendar to see what's happening for teens!
Here are some of the events we do on the regular:
Teen Café @ Main
There’s something different going on each week at Main! Games, crafts, food competitions, movies, etc.! Ages 12-18.
TwEENscene @ Main
Tweens and Teens are welcome to hang out and join in fun stuff like Reading Club, crafts, and videogames! Grades 4-12.
Collab with the Lab @ MObama
Teens, let's create and have fun. Collab with the Lab is a fun, safe space where you can explore art and new technology! All supplies are provided for free. For ages 13-19.
MObama and Chill
Hey teens! Tired of being told what to do? Join us for MObama and Chill where you get to decide how we'll hang out! Ages 13-19.
Make It @ Mark!
Learn how to sew, form something out of felt, use STEM concepts to create, and more! Ages 12 and up.
Teen Tech Week
Interested in tech? Teen Tech Week promotes digital resources at the library available for teens and their families. TTW takes place the second week in March, and usually involves a fun, creative program each day of the week.
Stuck on some homework? Try these:
Chat live with tutors through Brainfuse HelpNow, free with your library card, and get instant help on a problem. There’s also expert online writing assistance for clear, professional feedback on your paper. Skill building and study tools, too. For all ages and levels in math, reading, writing, science and social studies, including SAT preparation. Tutors are available in English and Spanish every day from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST. Access the portal anytime, from anywhere—free for all library card holders.
Family Learning Centers
Come by the Library’s Family Learning Center (there’s one at each branch) and get homework assistance on a drop-in basis. We also have computers with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that you can use to work on your homework assignments.
Working on a school project? Find credible sources in our Digital Library. Available 24/7, here you’ll find lots of reliable and accurate websites and databases to help you with your school assignments.
The LBPL catalog lets you know what books and other resources we have on a topic. A great place to get started if you're working on a research project.
New Teen Books
Check out the latest books at the Library!
New Teen eBooks
Get the hottest books on your device!
Alex Award Winners
The Alex Awards are given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to teen readers. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.
Teens' Top Ten
A "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.
7th Grade Book List
8th Grade Book List
Great Read Alouds Grades 6-8
Reading aloud helps build important skills! Give it a try with a title from this list.
Life in the Time of COVID:
Long Beach Teen JournalsLong Beach teens are documenting their quarantine experiences in written journals, illustrations, audio or video diaries, and zines. These journals will go into LBPL’s permanent local history collection as primary source research material for future generations. Each week on this webpage, we will be highlighting the work of three teen participants.
This week's featured writers: