Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
School starts tomorrow, even if it looks a little different that you might have been expecting even a week ago! With all these changes in the air, now’s a good time to take a few deep breaths and just relax before the school year gets started.
“It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!!” Agnes from Despicable Me
You might find yourself saying the same thing when you check out these fun tactile crafts! Make some fluffy slime, or maybe some Rainbow Soap. Check out these links with instructions on how to make them. Start experimenting, and have fun!
TED Talks aren't just done by adults… check out these amazing TED Talks by kids and teens! From scientists to musicians, here are 13 videos from the brilliant minds of young people, https://www.ted.com/playlists/129/ted_under_20.
Being a teenager is tough! Balancing all the things in your life can be stressful, but you are not alone. Many teens have the same questions, problems or concerns that you do. So if you feel like you don't have anyone you can talk to about these things, please have a look at our tailored list of downloadable ebooks on Tough Teen Topics. We have selected many resources for you to check out on a variety of topics, from bullying to skin care, dating to self-esteem, and many more.
This school year isn’t ending the way we all hoped it would, but it will end soon enough. Do you already know what you want to do when you leave high school? Whether you do or don’t, you can check out these free online college courses to get a feel for what to expect in college and find out what path you’d like to take!
Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Harvard University has made these courses available. https://www.edx.org/school/harvardx
Need some more study tools while you're stuck at home? WGBH has created a Distance Learning Center that has multiple lessons for grades 9-12 including Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math. Check them out here. If you’re working with limited internet access, you can watch many of these lessons on WGBH’s World channel without having to stream video online.
Looking for something to do while stuck inside? Need something to read? Check out Teen Book Cloud, an online database with ebooks, audio books, and even graphic novels! Including classics like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, and numerous Shakespeare plays. Thanks to Tumblebooks, our library has access to this resource through the end of August. Visit the library's downloads page and scroll down to access this resource.