Teens (Grades 6-12)

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.” – Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give.

THE LIBRARY IS THE PLACE

Want a place to study with your friends? Need homework help? Want to meet up online and play Minecraft? No matter what you’re in to, the Library is the place for you. We’ve got all the traditional library stuff too – books, online resources, and access to take you wherever you want to go.

SPOKANE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

If you are a Spokane Public Schools student, your student ID number doubles as a library card to give you access to all kinds of materials to help you grow and learn. Whether you want to check out a book or get some extra help with your homework, we’ve got you covered. 

YOUR PLACE TO TALK AND HANG OUT

Our teen Discord server is a fun and safe place for you to hang out virtually. Meet new friends and connect on topics like: art, books, gaming, graphic novels, movies, school, and more. Open to teens between the ages of 12 and 18 who live in the Spokane area.

PLAY MINECRAFT

Play Minecraft and build a new world with other teens in the area. Open to teens between the ages of 12 and 18 who live in the Spokane area and teens who have a Minecraft Java account. If you don’t have one yet, get one here!

MUSIC LESSONS

Learn the basics of music theory with free music lessons from our Music Education Specialist, Andy Rumsey. No instrument? No problem. We’ll hook you up with one from the Library of Things. We offer lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele.

LIBRARY OF THINGS

Volleyball, anyone? Check out a wide variety of non-traditional library items from the Library of Things including musical instruments, garden equipment, craft supplies, games, and more. We also have free museum passes to Mobius Discovery Center and the NW Museum of Arts and Culture. 

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ONLINE RESOURCES

OVERDRIVE/LIBBY: EBOOKS

Get free eBooks and eAudio for teens on your device in seconds with the easy to use Libby app or browse available eBooks on your web browser on OverDrive.

OVERDRIVE: TEEN MAGAZINES

Read digital versions of your favorite teen magazines for free! Chess for Beginners, Playstation, Popular Mechanics – you name it and your favorite titles are available.

OVERDRIVE: CRAFTSY

Make something great with Craftsy through Libby/OverDrive! Access thousands of hours of content relating to crafting, art, and DIY.

hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV.

KANOPY

Watch 8 free film credits per month. Classic films, indie classics, documentaries, world cinema, there is something for everyone. 

FREEGAL: MUSIC

Download five free songs a week with millions of songs to choose from. Get the Freegal app to find all your songs in one place.

BRAINFUSE: HELPNOW TUTORING

Free online tutoring for all ages. Get help with homework, submit a question, interact with a live tutor, form online study groups, practice standardized tests, send your paper to the writing lab and more.

A collection of the most popular full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world’s leading publishers

GALE LITERATURE: LITERARY SOURCES

Primary literary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies of world writers from all time periods.

Full-text literary works, including poems, short stories, novels, essays, speeches, and plays.

GALE IN CONTEXT: GLOBAL ISSUES

International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.

Articles, topic overviews, statistics, and primary documents that show pro and con arguments for controversial topics

GALE IN CONTEXT: SCIENCE

Articles, images, videos, and experiments on a variety of scientific topics.

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages.

HEALTH REFERENCE LIBRARY

Access easy-to-use and authoritative resources designed for consumers with no specific medical knowledge, helping you understand diseases, disorders, and medical conditions.

LEARNING EXPRESS

Find job search and workplace skills improvement; reading, writing, math, and basic science skill building; career certification and license exam prep; high school equivalency, college, and grad school entrance test prep. 

LINKEDIN LEARNING

Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started for free with your library card.

NORTHSTAR DIGITAL LITERACY

Learn digital literacy skills to navigate the internet and computer tech with ease.

NOVELIST K - 8

Find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword, or author for beginning readers up to teens.

Find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword, or author, including “best of” lists, similar authors, and book discussion guides.

Learn over 100 languages, including English for foreign speakers, with special courses for children.

Explore cultural and geographic fact sheets on countries, states, and Canadian provinces. 

PROQUEST eLIBRARY

A multidisciplinary database designed for students and educators at high schools, community colleges, and four-year universities providing valuable context for research topics.

PROQUEST HEALTH DATABASE

Designed to give you introductory information support groups on topics that may be important to you as a teen, covering health, finance, and personal growth.

PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS

Discover digital versions Spokane’s historic newspapers, including The Spokesman-Review from 1883 to 2009, and the Spokane Chronicle from 1890 to 1992.

Search magazines and newspapers for information on current events, education, arts, and social sciences, including full-text articles from the Spokesman Review since 1994.

TEEN RESOURCE CENTER

Designed to give you introductory information on topics that may be important to you as a teen, covering health, finance, and personal growth as well as links to support groups, hotlines, and more.

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