The mission of the Schenectady County Public Library is to satisfy our community's educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs by providing free and open access to a comprehensive range of materials, services and programs.

SCPL Teen Zone

Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens

Click on a program for more information, including ages and registration.

Live...Explore...Learn...Grow...Connect

Fun and useful links to help you find information on everything from getting your license and college searches to fashion, games and sheet music. Just click on any of the headers to expand the panel and explore.

Books & Literature
NoveList Plus
Search by genres, subject headings, author read-alikes and more. Browse reading lists, create your own and then share them with friends who have NoveList accounts.
Teen NY
The New York State Library Facebook page designed to promote teen-related programs and resources in New York.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YASLA) Booklists
Great lists on many subjects
Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
From NPR Books
GreenBeanTeenQueen
Book reviews and booklists, blog about teen favorite reads
SYNC
FREE YA audiobook downloads & Summer Reading Classics
Pulse It
Read books online for free!
Teen Reads
Reviews, authors interviews and more
Teen Ink
A national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums.  Students must be age 13-19 to participate, register and/or submit work
Reading Rants
Out of the ordinary teen booklists
Guys Read
A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka..  Their mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.
No Flying, No Tights
Review graphic novels
Graphic Novel Reporter
Graphic novel and creator reviews, books-to-screen, lists by author/illustrator and more
Careers & Job Hunting
NY Youth Works Program
Encourage businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth. The program supports job training and employment for eligible youth ages 16 to 24 who live in the following areas of New York State: Cities of Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Utica, Yonkers; and Towns of Brookhaven and Hempstead.
Armed Services
Information on all branches of the military, enlistment, ASVAB practice and more.
GrooveJob
Schenectady County jobs for teens and part-time jobs
Working Papers
Types of working papers, where to get them, requirements and more
Labor Laws for Minors
When, where and how long you can work
College
Big Future by The College Board
The College Board's new college planning site. Created with the help of students and educators, BigFuture guides families step by step through the process of preparing for, finding and enrolling in college, making it easier and less overwhelming.
College Board
Register and practice for SATs, PSATs, CLEP and APs; college search; planning for college, paying for college and more
New York State Higher Education Services Corportation (HESC)
Grants, scholarships, loans, college and career planning
The ACT
Register and practice for the ACTs
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The place to start for financial aid
EduTrek
Information on choosing a college
U.S. College Search
Occupational guides; financial aid resources; college search by state, degree and name; and more.
Getting Your License
NYS DMV Resources for Young Drivers
DMV's site designed for teens. Contains road test tips, quizzes, laws, types of licenses and more.
NYS Driver's Manual
Study and practice online
NYS Laws for Young Drivers
Changes as of February 22, 2010
Entertainment
Teen Hollywood
Music, movies, television
Girl Zone
Fashion, advice and more
Just for Girls
Health, style, travel and more.
Teen Free Arcade
Action games, puzzles, dress-up games and more
Graffiti Creator
Create and print your own graffiti
8 Notes
Free sheet music, guitar tuner, metronome, lessons and more
A-Z Lyrics
Song lyrics database
Social Networking
FTC Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens & Teens
Online safety tips for tweens and teens
Read the Tattoo (teen zine)
Teen journalism
gURL
Advice, games, quizzes, body image and more.
This is Teen
This Is Teen on Facebook connects you with other readers and authors who inspire you.
Homework
Regents Prep
Study for New York State Regents Exams
Online Conversions
Conversion tool for weight, length, volume and more
Graph Paper
Print graph paper for all your homework needs
Easy Bib
Free automatic bibliography and citation maker
How to Use Google Search More Effectively
Learn to "operators" to help you narrow your searches in Google and find the information you're looking for.
Mind & Body
Choose Kind
An anti-bullying campaign inspired by R.J. Palacio's debut novel, Wonder. Pledge to Choose Kind everyday. Click here for a list of resources available for parents, kids and teens at SCPL.
Teens Against Bullying
Teens helping teens identify and respond to bullying and cyberbullying
Schenectady City School District Suicide Prevention Resources
Warning signs and symptoms of depression, hotlines
Girl Zone
Advice, quizzes, body image, fashion and more
Go Ask Alice!
Health related topics for teens
Just for Girls
Health, style, travel and more.
Teen Talk
Dating, body & mind, sexuality and other topics for teens
Free Vibe
Above the Influence website
Teen Health FX
Health questions and answers