Teens

Celebrate Pride Month with a novel that explores the lives of LGBTQ+ teens. 

Let's talk about love by Claire Kann

In this young adult novel, Alice, afraid of explaining her asexuality, has given up on finding love until love finds her.

The five stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Convinced he should have died in the accident that killed his parents and sister, sixteen-year-old Drew lives in a hospital, hiding from employees and his past, until Rusty, set on fire for being gay, turns his life around. Includes excerpts from the superhero comic Drew creates.

College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year is a comprehensive and authentic guide for girls to everything college. Unlike other college guides,College 101 is written from the honest, humorous, and relatable first-person perspective of a young woman who recently experienced her freshman year, while also offering the advice of experts and unique experiences of other college-aged women. This dynamic guide shows girls what to really expect from their first year of college, including pro tips and common pitfalls to avoid. From managing academics and navigating frat culture on campus, to avoiding debt and getting enough sleep, this book answers all girls' questions about university life, including those they didn't even know they had! Presented in a dynamic and varied format, College 101 imparts seriously valuable information and secrets about the freshman year that every girl needs to make sure she survives (and actually enjoys) her first college experience.

College bound high school students have one thing in common: the extraordinary number of details to keep track of. With standardized test-taking, school visits, essays to write and so many forms to fill out, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Packed with worksheets, lists, advice and invaluable insight, The college bound organizer will help you: understand what admissions officers are looking for in an applicant, Prevent the common mistakes often made on applications, Build your personal profile and write your resume, Plan your individualized testing schedule, Research colleges to identify the schools that are a good fit, Develop a balanced list of schools, Secure your letters of recommendation, Ace your college interviews, Complete and submit the best applications possible, Apply for financial aid and scholarships, Meet all your deadlines, and help you make your final decision.

Completely updated to cover critical new changes to FAFSA deadlines and college application procedures, this revised edition of Get It Together for College covers everything from how to look for colleges to what to take to the dorm. Checklists, timelines, and FAQs are presented in a practical, quick format that helps students relieve stress and take control of the process. Features: * complete junior-senior year calendar showing what to do and when to do it * tips on how to wisely use social media to research colleges * best ways to prepare for college admission tests, including the redesigned SAT * step-by-step walk-through of the new FAFSA financial aid form * how to put an art portfolio together, or prepare for a music audition * how to get recommendations * journal pages for campus visits and college fairs Students and parents recognize the College Board and its #1 college planning website, collegeboard.com, as providers of clear, easy-to-use tools for college planning. More than two million students visit collegeboard.com each month.

Librarians want to help you find the information you need. We don't judge and we keep your requests confidential. But, if you prefer to find information yourself, this guide will help.

Non-Fiction Books

Emotional and Mental Health

Sex & Sexuality

  • 155.3 (sexuality, gender, sexual relationships)
  • 306.76 (orientation, identity, LGBTQIA+)
  • 616.95 (STDs, STIs)

Relationships

  • 158.2 (friends, family, and toxic relationships)
  • 306.73 (dating)

Body and Biology

Online Resources

Lifeline

RAINN

The Trevor Project

Teen Line

Love Is Respect

Anti-Violence Project

Teen Help

  • www.teenhelp.com
  • mental and physical health
  • sex, birth control, drugs, alcohol
  • relationships and social life

Teen Health Freak

Local Resources

Save Our Youth (Livonia)

  • 800-241-4949
  • 24/7, substance abuse, mental health

Youth Shelters

  • Common Ground (R. Oak) 800-231-1127
  • Counterpoint (Inkster) 866-672-4357
  • Ozone House (Ann Arbor) 734-662-2265

Free/Low Cost STD Testing

  • Teen Health Center (Inkster) 734-729-3650
  • Wayne County (Wayne) 734-727-7100
  • Washtenaw County (Ypsi) 734-544-6840
  • Oakland County (Southfield) 248-424-7000

Your Rights  Online

Cyber Civil Rights Helpline

  • 844-878-2274
  • call if someone distributed sexual images of you without your consent

Without My Consent

Heartmob

Phone/Text Resources

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HOME to 741741
  • painful emotions and need support
  • Lifeline

  • 800-273-8255
  • distressed, thoughts of suicide
  • The Trevor Project

  • 866-488-7386
  • LGBTQIA, crisis, thoughts of suicide
  • RAINN

  • 800-656-4673
  • rape, sexual violence, or abuse

Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 800-799-7233
  • if you experience domestic violence

Anti-Violence Project

  • 212-714-1141
  • if you experience anti-LGBTQIA violence

Teen Line

  • 310-855-4673   or   Text TEEN to 839863
  • to talk to another teen

More Resources

The Great American Read is an eight-part documentary series on PBS that celebrates the power of reading. The series will examine 100 of America's best-loved novels, chosen through a national survey. The series kicks off with a two-hour episode on Tuesday May 22, at 8:00 pm and continues with one-hour episodes focused on different themes found in books on the list. The sixth and final episode, airing in October, will reveal the results of a nationwide vote to select America's best loved novel. The series will feature interviews with authors, celebrities, and regular people - book lovers of all stripes!  

 

All 100 books on the list are available - either on our shelves or via MeL. You may also ask a librarian for help finding any of the books on the list - we're happy to do so! 

 

Voting begins online at PBS.com and via social media   (#GreatReadPBS) with the premier on May 22nd and continues throughout the summer. Starting in the fall, viewers will also be able to vote via text messaging and by calling a toll-free number (which will be announced later). 

 

We hope you'll get involved in this national conversation about books and reading!

Follow the links below for additional information. 

Get the List: America's 100 Most-Loved Books

Quiz: How Many of the 100 Have You Read?

Preview the Show: Watch the Trailer 

Vote for the Most-Loved Book (starting 5/22): The Great American Read

Marble Party

colorful marbles

 

Join us on Monday July 9, 2:00-3:30 pm as we celebrate all things marbles!

Play the classic marble game Ringer, make art with marbles, race marbles, and build Lego marble mazes to challenge each other. We will also have a jar filled with marbles - see if you can guess how many! 

All ages welcome, no registration required. 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, July 9 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Community Room

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.  Below are books that have been nominated this year, along with some from prior years. 

Young Readers

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

In 1992, the month of May was designated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate by reading a YA book by an author of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry this month! Some selections are listed below. 

American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

Did you have fun at Free Comic Book Day and are looking for more? Here are some comics similar to the ones handed out during Free Comic Book Day. 

Read the stories that inspired the CW TV series! You won't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind collection that shines the spotlight on the New Riverdale, and serves as the ultimate guide for both new readers and long-time fans.

Longtime fans of the smash-hit show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and newcomers to this ensemble driven series, will discover a deeply compelling world packed with high flying adventure and tremendous heart.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the "Oscars" of the comics world. Below is a taste from the long list of categories. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con International website for the complete list of nominees for each category. Check out the award winners at world renound Comic-Con in July.

"Face front, true believers!" - Stan Lee

Best Continuing Series

When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes, everything changes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes and they make a new attempt to escape their strange prison

The American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2017. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Reason for challenges: suicide

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Reason for challenges: profanity, sexually explicit

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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