What’s New in YA?

A Door In the Dark
Homebody [graphic Novel]
The Absinthe Underground
Four Letter Word
Pieces of A Girl
Promchanted
Royal Scandal
Silver Vessels [graphic Novel]
The Kill Factor
We're Never Getting Home
A-Do. 1 [graphic Novel]
The Lightning Circle
The Revenant Games
The Darkness Rises
No Escape
This Is Me Trying
Asap
Teenage Dirtbags
Book, Beast, and Crow
Perfect Little Monsters
The Perfect Guy Doesn't Exist
The Letters We Keep
Freshman Year [graphic Novel]
Made Glorious
Outer Banks : Dead Break
Otherworldly

Reader’s Advisory

Check out these selection lists to find your next read!

Teen Events

Click here to see what’s going on at the library for teens!

Teen Volunteers

If you’re a teenager interested in volunteer service at a GCLS Branch, become a Volunteen! Volunteering is a great way for teenagers to find ongoing volunteer opportunities both during the school year and during the summer months.

Requirements
  • 12 to 17 years of age
  • Minimum 10 hour commitment
  • Regular schedule is required for many positions
  • Volunteer hours are assigned after interview
The Process
  • Complete a teen volunteer application. Applications are available at the
  • Circulation Desk at your local branch library.
  • Return the completed application to the library.
  • The library where you wish to volunteer will contact you to schedule training
  • Complete new volunteer training. Training is offered at various times.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Browse our collection of books, audiobooks, comics and more that you can get instantly on your computer, phone or tablet using Hoopla and Libby.

Getting Started
  • Download the Hoopla and/or Libby app to your device
  • Enter your library card number and pin
  • Start browsing!
Troubleshooting and Help

After High School

College

Brainfuse
Brainfuse offers online tutoring, SAT prep, and live homework help. This is a database that is available to Gloucester County Library card holders.

College Board
“College Board is the nation’s largest college-going organization, helping millions of students navigate the transition from high school to college each year through programs like the SAT, AP, and BigFuture.“

FAFSA Website
“The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in grant, work-study, and loan funds each year to help pay for college or career school.”

SuperCollege
“We are the leading independent publisher of books, resources and services that help students and families get into and pay for college and graduate school. Our goal is to give you the knowledge and skills you need to make your dream of a higher education possible.”

What Can I Do With a Major In…
The University of North Carolina gives offers an easy to navigate list of what careers you can expect with specific college degrees.

NJSTARS
“The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) Program is an initiative created by the State of New Jersey that provides New Jersey’s highest achieving students with free tuition at their home county college.”

Fastweb
online scholarship searching

Khan Academy Official SAT Practice Tests
Free SAT practice tests through Khan Academy

Timeline 12th Grade
12th grade timeline checklist to keep yourself on track for going to college

The Official Web Site for The State of New Jersey | Grants, Financial Aid & Scholarships
Search grants, scholarships, and financial assistance in New Jersey.

HESAA: Home | New Jersey Student Financial Aid
New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s listing of grants and scholarships

Career

Gale Presents: Udemy
The top-rated courses offer upskilling in the areas of business, tech, and personal development across 75+ different categories.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Researched by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, easily look at a variety of jobs, what kind of degree is needed, and the median pay for each. You can also browse categories such as ‘highest paying’ or ‘fastest growing (projected)’ field.

National Career Development Association resources page
The NCDA has compiled a list of resources to aid in all aspects of job searching. The first category, ‘self assessment’, provides several sites where you can take self assessments to find what career paths may be best for you.

Youth.gov career exploration and skill development page
This is a government website that includes resources for young adults to find careers they are interested in, learn about job searching, finding internships, and more.

Money

Khan academy

Khan Academy is a great free resource to learn lots of different topics, from math to arts and humanities to coding. Under their ‘life skills’ heading, you can find a course dedicated to personal finance.

NerdWallet

NerdWallet is free and you don’t even need to log in to access their guides. They’ve got lots of useful guides on saving and checking accounts, stock investing and money management.

The Financial Diet

If you’re looking for a video-based guide, check out the Financial Diet, which is a YouTube channel specifically for young adults looking to learn about finances.

Other Adulting Skills

How to Buy Your First New or Used Car
Consumer Reports writes up a guide for teenagers to make sure they make the best choices when getting their first car.

100 Books Before Graduation

What is it?

This challenge is for tweens and teens ages 11-17. Read and/or listen to 100 books between your 11th birthday and when you graduate high school to win!

How does it work?
  • Visit any GCLS branch after that date to pick up a free notebook and pen to get started.
  • Use this notebook to log the books that you complete.
  • For every 25 books you finish, you can come into the library to share your favorites and claim a small prize.
  • When you’ve finished 100 books, you win a grand prize!

Information and Resources

988

988 is now the three-digit dialing code that routes callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (or 988 Lifeline). On July 16, 2022, the Lifeline transitioned away from the National Suicide Prevention Line reached through a 10-digit number to the three-digit 988 Lifeline.

The previous 988 Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

Mentoring and Support Groups
  • PRIDE Center 
    If you want some advice or guidance from an adult whose journey may be similar to yours, the NJ PRIDE center offers mentorship opportunities. Get paired with a trained mentor and work together to meet your goals.
  • Kaleidoscope 
    Sometimes you just need to talk to someone going through the same thing you are. Kaleidoscope offers in-person and virtual monthly meetings for youth and young adults throughout New Jersey. The group’s goal is to empower LGBTQIA+ teens (and allies) to lead healthy, productive lives.
  • HiTOPS  
    HiTOPS is a nonprofit organization that provides inclusive and youth-informed LGBTQ support for young people throughout New Jersey. Health services and group support resources are available for people ages 13 – 26. HiTOPS developed two support groups called First & Third and PFLAG for LGBTQ youth and their loved ones. 
Healthcare
  • Project WOW Youth Center 
    For young people ages 14-24, Project WOW is a safe space to build community, gain leadership skills and access relevant sexual health, mental health, and substance use services. They offer free rapid HIV testing, one-on-one counseling, safe sex kits, and more.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    Teens and young adult resources
  • Take This
    Mental health and wellness in the gaming community
  • Garden State Equality’s Affirming Healthcare Map 
    The nonprofit Garden State Equality compiled a healthcare directory of doctors and providers who identified themselves as LQBTQIA-friendly. Garden State Equality also provides inclusivity training and resources to schools.
  • North Jersey Community Research Initiative 
    NJCI offers primary care, infectious disease care and gender affirmative hormonal treatment, as well as HIV treatment and prevention. They view healthcare holistically and include mental health, substance use treatment, and case management services, too.
Hotlines
  • 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline 
    This 24/7 helpline serves all NJ youth and young adults in New Jersey. Youth who call are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers. Anonymity and confidentiality are assured except in life-threatening situations. Call or text 1-888-222-2228. 
  • Teen Line  
    Teen Line is a confidential hotline for teenagers which operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! You can call us at 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336), text us by texting “TEEN” to 839863 
  • NJ Hopeline
    The Hopeline is New Jersey’s peer support and suicide prevention hotline. It is staffed by mental health professionals and peer support specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The service is available to all ages for confidential telephone support (except when a suicide attempt is in progress), assessment, and referral.
  • The Trevor Project 
    The Trevor Project’s goal is to prevent LGBTQIA+ youth suicides. It offers a 24/7 hotline that you can text at 678-678 or call at 1-866-488-7386. It also has online support groups
  • NJ PRISM 
    The PRISM hotline operates 24/7 and provides information and referrals to the LGBTQIA+ community. It can help connect you to services and programs in New Jersey that you may be eligible for. Call 844-657-7476. 
Housing
  • Covenant House  
    For youth between the ages of 18 to 21 facing homelessness, Covenant House provides residential and supportive services. There are also programs for young, first-time mothers.
  • Mary’s Place  
    Located in Mercer County, Mary’s Place is a LGBTQIA+ affirming safe housing program for young people, ages 18-21. In addition to the supervised living conditions, staff can help you connect to mental and physical health care, financial education, employment preparation, and more.
  • Together (Shelter)  
    Together is a 24-hour emergency shelter for kids ages 9-18, who need a safe place to stay. It is a walk-in shelter, meaning you’ll get help as soon as you enter its doors. In addition to food, clothing, and medical services, staff can connect you with counseling, educational services, and recreational activities. It is LGBTQIA+ affirming. 
  • RAIN Foundation 
    Located in Essex County, Reaching Adolescents In Need (RAIN) Foundation is a non-profit that provides emergency shelter for LGBTQIA+ individuals, ages 18 to 26, who are experiencing crisis leading to homelessness. 
Additional Resources

Online Sources for Extra Help

Curriculum Resource Center

For middle school, high school, and junior college teachers and students seeking material to supplement their coursework in core subject areas.

EBSCOhost: Full Text Articles

If you want to search more than one EBSCHOhost database at once, click on this link to see the entire group of databases. They cover a broad spectrum of topics.

Learning Express

Take practice tests in a variety of subjects, as well as college admissions exams like SAT and ACT. Also includes job and career planning tools.

Have Questions?

Still have questions or need additional help? Reach out to cmiller@gcls.org