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  • Teen Events


    Hour of Code (Passive Program)

    Wednesdays in the Teen Room during Teen Room hours.

    With this self-directed program, you can learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch... or explore other possibilities! Just come to the Teen Room during its open hours (usually 2:30 - 6 p.m.) on Wednesdays and sign in with the librarian there to start your Hour of Code!

    Open to students in grades 7 through 12.


    Afternoon Game Time

    Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room* (or sometimes in the Teen Room).

    Come test your mettle and challenge your friends with one of the library's games. Brawl it out in Super Smash Brothers, put the pedal to the metal with Mario Kart, play Magic the Gathering, or have fun with some other game. Come see what's in store each Thursday afternoon!

    Open to tweens and teens.


    *Please note that masks are required to be worn while attending events in the library's community room.

  • List of Lists

    We like books so much, we made this list for finding some good ones.


    Novelist

    This database offers recommended reading lists by genre, sorted by suggested age/grade levels. It lets you search for books by subject, author, title, or keyword, and provides an option for "read-alike" titles.

    (Access limited to in library use, or accessed through JerseyClicks.com.)


    LMxAC Catalog

    You can use the catalog to search for specific books, in this library or in other nearby libraries!


    Garden State Teen Book Awards

    The Garden State Teen Book Award is a project of the Young Adult Section of the New Jersey Library Association. Its awards committee, representing libraries from throughout the state, selected the nominees based on teen appeal and quality of writing from the previous year's 'Best Books' list.

    Teens all across NJ are invited to vote for their favorite book title in any one or all three voting categories.


    Alex Award Winners

    Ten books published for adults that have potential appeal for teens.


    Best Fiction for Young Adults

    Fiction titles published for young adults in the past 14 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.


    Printz Award Winners

    First given in January 2000, the award honors the young adult book that best exemplifies literary excellence.


    Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

    This list is for young adults who, for whatever reason, do not like to read.


    Teen Ink

    Teen Ink is "a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums." The library has recently subscribed to the magazine and you can check it out from us with your library card!


    Reading Rants

    A website featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens that has been an online presence since 1998 and is now an interactive blog, where teens can not only respond to the reviews but write their own!


  • Study Hall

    Here are some resources that might help you with your homework and learning:


    Brainfuse HelpNow

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library is pleased to offer access to Brainfuse's remote tutoring and homework help service, with thanks to the Library Foundation, as of October 2020. Tutors are available virtually every day (with the exceptions of holidays) from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT. You will need a New Brunswick Free Public Library card number to access the site from outside of the library; if you do not have a library card or your card is expired, please visit our Library Card page or call the library. To make full use of the Brainfuse website, create a free user account to log in. (Creating an account is optional but encouraged.) View this video for some more information about using Brainfuse HelpNow.


    Black History in New Brunswick

    This digital collection is brought to you by the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Here, you will find information on some important events in the history of New Brunswick, from the colonial period up to the present.


    JerseyClicks

    This is a portal to multiple databases, including Peterson’s Test and Career Prep. Provided by the NJ State Library, patrons can log on with their library card number to access full text articles on Health, Business, Education, History and also magazine and newspaper articles (among other things).


    Crash Course

    "At Crash Course, we believe that high quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free. The Crash Course team has produced more than 45 courses to date, and these videos accompany high school and college level classes ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience.” (Co-created by author John Green and his brother Hank Green.)


    EDSITEment

    "EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies."


    Fact Monster

    "Fact Monster combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids. From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Fact Monster has the info kids are seeking."


    Khan Academy

    "Students can make use of our extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web... Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history."


    Sweet Search

    "SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources."


    Encyclopedia Mythica

    Encyclopedia Mythica is an "award-winning internet encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and religion. Everything from Aaron to Zygius, with thousands of articles in between."


    WebMath

    "Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment... In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer."


    World Factbook

    "The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities."


  • Post-Graduation

    Use these sites to explore your options after senior year. Plan and prepare early and often.


    College Board

    This is a “mission-driven not-for- profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.”


    Gale Peterson’s Test and Career Prep

    Available through JerseyClicks, this database allows you to "search thousands of college and graduate schools, identify scholarships, take practice tests, create resumes, and explore careers."


    Online Courses

    This site is a host for free and open courses for students. Their courses are searchable with an in-built search function.


    Rutgers Pre-College Programs

    An online pre-college program directory highlighting more than 100 Rutgers-affiliated programs available for K-12 students during the academic year and summer. Academic enrichment, for-credit courses, college access programs, arts and athletic programs, and camps are available on campus and at RU-affiliated satellite locations.


    My Rutgers Future

    A free, customizable online student portal that allows middle and high school students to further connect to various resources and opportunities available at Rutgers. Students can use their portal to learn about majors and career options, view upcoming events on campus, subscribe to Rutgers social media feeds, and gain early access to part of the Rutgers University application for admission.


    My College Guide

    This website is described as "the go-to resource" for college degree seekers. It focuses on online degree programs and online colleges.