Teen Posts

Voting Info for Teens

Did you know? If you will turn 18 by Election Day, November 3, 2020, you are eligible to vote in this year's election. You can register now to vote in Illinois here. 

Visit our Civics & Voting page for important voter deadlines, links, and other resources. You can request a mail-in ballot here - voting by mail can be useful if you don't feel comfortable going to a polling place due to COVID-19 concerns, or if you will be away at college come Election Day.

Use your voice and rock the vote!

School Summer Reading 2020 Booklists

Summertime is here, and so is summer reading! Below are the 2020 summer reading booklists that show the books which are currently available for our local middle schools and high schools. Please see your school's website or other summer reading info for additional details on school requirements!


Thomas and South Middle School

Buffalo Grove High School

John Hersey High School

Rolling Meadows High School

Prospect High School

St. Viator High School


    If your school does not require any specific books and you'd like some recommendations, please fill out a Book Me request form to have a personalized list made just for you! We also have a Best of 2019 list as well as many others. 

    Community Support & Resources for Teens

    You can find help and information with tough topics from these local and national resources.


    Village of Arlington Heights Social Worker

    Nicole Espinoza
    Languages: English, Spanish



    Health & Sexuality

    • Center for Young Men's Health and Center for Young Women's Health

      • Carefully researched health information to teenage men and women from the Boston Children's Hospital, covering issues on emotional health, sexual health, nutrition, and more.
    • Kenneth LGBTQ+ Youth & Young Adult Center
      • LGBTQCenter@​kennethyoung.​org
      • A safe space for youth and allies to learn about self-expres­sion and iden­ti­ty, while build­ing strong inter­per­son­al con­nec­tions with oth­er LGBTQ+ youth.
    • The Trevor Project
      • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
      • Trevor Chat
      • Trevor Text: Text "START" to 678678
      • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
    • PFLAG
      • The first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. 


    Food & Shelter


    Mental Health


    Safe Relationships

    • Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

      • 1-888-802-8890
      • Full service agency that provides free services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within the North and Northwest suburbs of Cook County & McHenry County.
    • RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network)
      • 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
      • Providing support and resources for survivors of sexual assault and their families.
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline
      • 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
      • Available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
    • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
      • Call or Text "LOVEIS" to 1-866-9474
      • The ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse.
    • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
      • 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
      • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Counselors work with translators who speak more than 200 languages to help callers who speak a language other than English. All calls are anonymous.


    Substance Abuse & Addiction




    Looking for something to read?

    If you're looking for something to read this summer, we've created some resources for you!

    Browse these curated lists (and let us know if there's anything else you're looking for!)

    Want personalized recommendations? Fill out a Book Me form and we'll make a list of reads just for you! We also have a page just for our digital download offerings (ebooks and audiobooks) .

    Cram for AP Exams!

    Taking an AP exam this spring? Access all of our AP testing materials right from your home. Find these links and more on the HUB’s study page

    • Testing and Education Resource Center (TERC): Get practice AP tests, test prep eBooks, and tips for students from TERC, brought to you by Peterson's, a leader in test prep guides. Once on TERC, use the “High School” menu to access AP test resources. Access TERC with an AHML library card 
    • Tutor.com: Get connected with a live tutor for 1-on-1 test help or watch video lessons from GetAFive. Once on Tutor.com, use the “Other Tools” menu and choose “Prep for the AP exams” to get started. Live tutors are available from noon to midnight. Access Tutor.com with an AHML library card 
    • eBooks: Find AP test prep eBooks. Access our eBooks with an AHML library card 
    • CollegeBoard website: Get updates on the AP exams and information about taking the exams from home. 


    Don’t forget, you can sign up for an online library card to get access to eBooks and digital resources. Find out more here

    Questions? Chat with us, find us on social media @HUB500, or email us at teens@ahml.info

    Learning Resources for Teens

    Check out these free resources that will keep you learning even when you aren’t in the classroom.


    • EdX - Take Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), free online learning courses on a variety of subjects from prestigious colleges & universities.
    • Kahn Academy – Online courses in a variety of subjects. You will need to create an account to get started.
    • The Learning Network - Read, interpret, and discuss articles, videos and charts from The New York Times, and take part in interactive discussions with experts. Completely free! Account needed, for teens 13 and up.
    • NASA - STEM activities and resources for grades K-12.
    • Scholastic Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep you reading, thinking, and growing. No account needed.
    • Wide Open School from Common Sense Media - online resources to support students' educational, emotional, and physical development, curated by experts at Common Sense. Includes information about getting technology access to all students.


    • Drawing Workshops - Join author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka for live drawing workshops weekdays at 1 p.m. starting Monday, March 16th.
    • HowtoToon - Live cartooning classes beginning Wednesday, March 18 at noon. 

    Coding & Technology

    • Google CS First – Coding curriculum. You can choose from one-hour activities to 8+ hour themed lessons. No account needed.
    • Hour of Code - One hour coding lessons for all ages. No account needed.
    • Scratch - Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. You will need to create an account to get started.


    Explore your interests or learn something new using our online databases! See our Study page for a complete list.


    • Creativebug - More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Includes sewing/quilting/knitting, paper crafts, food, jewelry, holiday crafts and more.
    • CultureGrams - Learn about the world's countries and peoples.
    • Gale Courses - In-depth, instructor-led, 6-week classes on tech topics, health care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, and more. Some classes can lead to certification.
    • Gale in Context: High School - Magazine, news and reference articles for middle school through undergraduate. Covers science, literature, history, social sciences, arts, etc. (Other available Gale in Context databases include Biography, Environmental Studies, and Opposing Viewpoints.)
    • Mango Languages – Learn French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese German, and English.
    • National Geographic - Full-text issues of National Geographic (1880-present) and  National Geographic Traveler (2010-present).  Hundreds of maps, videos and images.
    • Testing & Education Reference Center - Prep/practice tests for GED, ACT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, AP, job-related tests, TOEFL, citizenship and more. Search for colleges/scholarships or use the online resume builder and career exploration tools.
    • Tutor.com – In addition to live homework help, explore lessons, worksheets, study guides and videos to help you with a variety of subjects.
    • Treehouse: Online Training - Web design, coding, mobile app development and more. Earn points/badges to track your progress and create a showcase for potential employers.

    DIY in the Hub - February Kit!

    The February DIY kit is ready for you to create. Make a beady-eyed lizard out of, well... beads!

    7-12th graders can stop by the Hub throughout this month to make a DIY Kit any time we are open. Just come in and talk to a staff member at the Hub Desk to help get you started.

    Can't stop by the library? Check out these instructions to Do It Yourself at home.

    Volunteer in Place

    Introducing, the Volunteer in Place program! VIP is an online volunteer program for teens in grades 7-12 to give back to the community and earn volunteer hours right from your home.

    Here's how it works:

    1. Create an account on Beanstack and register for Volunteer in Place.
    2. Explore each activity badge and read instructions on how to complete a variety of service projects. 
    3. Earn activity badges, give back to the community, and receive service hours.

    Got a question? Email us at teens@ahml.info for more info.

    Teen Advisory Board

    Join the Teen Advisory Board

    Try something new and join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), the library's high school volunteer group.

    Join us monthly as we meet over pizza to complete service projects, create programs for teens, assist with decision-making for the Hub space and more! New members, please fill out an application online.

    Questions? Contact Alice Son at ason@ahml.info or 847-506-2668 for more information.

    TAB Application