Celebrate Teentober with OPL’s Resources and Events for Teens

TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services help teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. While life at all libraries has changed in 2020, OPL continues to provide resources that teens may find valuable and to host virtual events, opens a new window for teens to participate in remotely.

Top 10 resources for teens:

  1. - Stream music and download up to four songs each week with Freegal! Browse your favorite artists or albums today on the Freegal Music app. The only thing you need is a library card and your PIN number to log in and start listening or downloading.
  2. Teen books lists, opens a new window and custom reading lists, opens a new window - OPL staff are always creating new book lists based on popular culture, current events, the time of year, and more on OPL's Teens page, opens a new window. Teens can also utilize OPL's custom reading list, opens a new window service, which enables users to provide a brief overview of their reading preferences in order to get personalized reading recommendations from an OPL staff member. Teens can also find eBooks for your computer, mobile device, or eReader at eReading Room for Teens, opens a new window.
  3. Homework help, opens a new window - Find a collection of resources that can assist with your homework in OPL's Resource Center. Resources like Explora, opens a new window, Biography Reference Center, opens a new window, Science and Technology Collection, opens a new window, and more can help you find information on specific topics, news articles, and scholarly journals to help you find answers you need.
  4. LearningExpress Library, opens a new window - This online resource features tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help teens build skills in reading, writing, math and basic science, as well as test prep for college entrance, GED®, graduate school, and more.
  5. - Mango's online language learning system teaches practical conversation skills for more than 70 languages. Start learning today! 
  6. Libby, opens a new window - Find a large selection of teen eBooks and eAudiobooks available from your mobile device with Libby.
  7. Movies & TV, opens a new window - Search OPL's collection of movies and television series for teens, opens a new window, all available for checkout from an open OPL location, opens a new window or via curbside pick-up, opens a new window.
  8. Flipster, opens a new window - Read the latest issues of popular magazines online for free. Flip through titles like Billboard, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and more from anywhere.
  9. Gale Courses, opens a new window - Gale Courses offers free 6-week, instructor-led courses that could prove beneficial, such as college readiness review and test prep courses, or courses that cover fun topics like Discover Digital Photography, opens a new window, Drawing for Absolute Beginner, opens a new window, Introduction to Guitar, opens a new window, etc. Browse the Gale Courses catalog here, opens a new window.
  10. Lynda.com, opens a new window - Learn software and computer skills with the instructional videos available at Lynda.com. There is a wide variety of content available, covering topics from how to use Google Sheets, opens a new window, to HTML, opens a new window or CSS, opens a new window Essential Trainings for any aspiring web developers. You can also browse Lynda's curated Learning Paths, opens a new window to gain knowledge and skills for certain careers.