Teens @ LBPL
Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) has all sorts of stuff just for teens—books, media, clubs, events, programs, and lots more. Need help with homework or a place to come and hang out after school? 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 Billie Jean King Main, Bach, Burnett, Harte, Los Altos, Mark Twain, and Michelle Obama Library.
Stuck on some homework? Try these:
HelpNow is a collection of online homework and educational resources for K-12 students and for college-level math and science help. Students can connect with live tutors daily between 1:00 PM and 10:00 PM (Spanish-speakers available), submit their writing assignments for review or receive live assistance through the Writing Lab, watch video lessons, conduct online meetings with peers, and receive Spanish language tutoring. HelpNow is available for free to LBPL card holders. Access the portal anytime, from anywhere, or download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
Family Learning Centers
Come by the Library’s Family Learning Centers 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 on OverDrive
Get the hottest books on your device!
Alex Award Winners
The Alex Awards are given annually to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to teen readers. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.
Teens' Top 10
A "teen choice" list hosted by the Young Adult Library Services Association, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.
7th Grade Reading List
8th Grade Reading List
Great Read Alouds Grades 6-8
Reading aloud helps build important skills! Give it a try with a title from this list.
A Curated Goody Bag of Reads for Teens
Who can sign up?
- Any library cardholder entering Grades 7-12.
- Those who register must be able to pick up the LitLoot bag (personally or a family member) from one of the following LBPL locations: Billie Jean King Main, Michelle Obama, or Mark Twain.
How does it work?
- Fill out the application (available in person or online) and let us know what you like to read.
You will be emailed when your registration is accepted/denied and when your LitLoot bag is ready to be picked up. The bag will contain:
- 2 library books
- The check-out and hold period is the same as any other book. So when you're done, return the books and keep everything else!
- The LitLoot bag will be held for you at the check out desk. Just bring your library card and let them know your LitLoot bag is on hold.
- These subscriptions are once a month. If you are interested in participating the following month, just sign up again!
LitLoot is a pilot program and quantities are limited.