For Kids and Teens

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We provide best selling audio and print books you can checkout and download to a wide range of devices.

Kids and Teens can find best selling audio and print books in two new collections: the TEENScollection and the KIDScollection. Try them, and don't forget that you can always go to the main collection for more.

NEW - Comic Books for download!
Get started with eBooks: iPad/iPhone, Android, Kindle/Kindle Fire

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Zinio Digital Newstand Platform offers you access to full digital copies of some of your favorite magazines. You can download and view these titles on your computer or mobile device. Learn more about using Zinio

Reading magazines just got easier! Download the new Zinio for Libraries app [iTunes Store | Google Play].

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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla you have access to thousands of titles in e-book, video, music, audiobook and comic book formats for streaming or temporary download. Check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

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Listen Columbus provides public streaming access to the music of talented artists in Central Ohio.
We also have a growing number of CDs by local musicians in our collection for your borrowing pleasure.

Stream Music

Tips on how to backup Freegal Music songs

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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla patrons now have access to thousands of titles in e-book, video, music, audiobook and comic book formats for streaming or temporary download. Content can be enjoyed on smartphones, tablets or computers. Check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

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Schedule a 1-on-1 training with staff in our Media Services department. We can help you get started with UAPL's free eBooks and Magazines. Each session is up to one hour.

E-Books for Kids & Teens

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We provide access to best selling audio and print books you can checkout and download to a wide range of devices. Check out the KIDScollection or TEENScollection!

Learn more about Digital Downloads

Youth Guides & Pathfinders

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Focused on a specific topic, our subject guides and pathfinders can help you discover the resources you need.

Downloads for You

Our downloadable guides range from new release lists to “how to” instructions designed to help you with our collection.

Connect with Your Librarians

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Join our Youth Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.

For Kids: Recommended Reading

Find A Great Book To Read!

We're here to help you find your next book, whether you're reading for fun or for a school assignment. Check out some of our favorite reading Web sites below

Homework Help

Homework Resources

Did you know your library card can help you with your homework? The library subscribes to a variety of online resources that you won't find in a Google search. We give you access to digital versions of encyclopedias, journals, magazines and other reference sources you can trust.

View Online Resources

If you still have questions, just visit our Youth Services or Reference areas at the library, or call us at (614) 486-9621.

Resources for Preschool Kids

Preschool Fun & Games!

Looking for coloring fun, crafts, or a new game to play on the computer? Check out some of these exciting sites which have been especially chosen for kids by members of the Upper Arlington Public Library staff.

Remember that once you select a link, you are connected to another location and we want you to stay safe. Learn about being safe and smart on the Web.

Resources for Teachers and Educators

Librarian-recommended Online Resources

You can find answers to

  • health and behavioral questions,
  • educational games,
  • teaching resources and more

by visiting the librarian-recommended links below.

We bundled some homework help related online sources for you: see here and here.

Request for Volunteer Program Presenters

The Upper Arlington Public Library is always looking for people that have special skills, knowledge or talent and who are able to volunteer to share that talent with children by offering a program! Previous volunteers have shared how to play chess, draw manga, and taught various crafts such as knitting.

The Kids and Teens Blog

Written by and posted on 02/20/2017 - 4:12pm

It's Black History Month. Here are some great books featuring African American authors, events, people, stories, and characters. 


Realistic Fiction

Book cover for Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds is the story of Ghost (real name Castle Crenshaw) who has never known anything but running…but never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. Yet when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race - and wins - the track coach sees he has something: crazy, natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him? 

Book Cover for Crossover

Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a story told in verse that reads like rap. “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks…The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering,” announces Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story. A story of how he and his brother wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. 

Book Cover for Words with Wings

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes is a novel told in verse. Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her…until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook “thick with daydreams,” Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future.

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Book cover for The Menagerie

The Menagerie by Tui Sutherland is a magical mystery adventure. When Logan Wilde wakes up to discover a baby griffin hiding under his bed, he suddenly finds himself thrown into a mystery involving his classmate Zoe and a magical menagerie right in the middle of his sleepy Wyoming town.

Book cover for Little Robot

The Little Robot by Ben Hatke is a graphic novel about a girl who finds a lost robot in the woods. The two become fast friends, but they are in for an adventure when a much larger, menacing robot comes to retrieve the little robot.

Book cover fro Notebook of Doom

Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Ballon Goons by Troy Cummings is a first chapter book filled with short text, graphics, and mystery. Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down and his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue! A notebook he finds is full of information about monsters and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him! 

Nonfiction and Biography

Book Cover for Radiant Child

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe is a biography about Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings which rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. This book captures Basquiat's powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean - and definitely not inside the lines - to be beautiful.

Book cover for Brown GilrlDreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a biography in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960's and 1970's, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Each poem is both accessible and emotional, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. 

Book Cover for We've Got a Job

I've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson recounts the events of the 4,000 black elementary-, middle-, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail in Birmingham, Alabama, between May 2 and May 11, 1963. Fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s precept to fill the jails, they succeeded where adults had failed in desegregating one of the most racially violent cities in America. Focusing on four of the original participants We've Got a Job recounts the events before, during, and after the Children's March. 

Happy Reading!


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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms, #2)

    Cinda Williams Chima
    Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms, #2)
    Rating: 4.04/5
  • Cover of Missing

    Kelley Armstrong
    Rating: 4.02/5
  • Cover of Drawn Away

    Holly Bennett
    Drawn Away
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

    Melissa de la Cruz
    Alex and Eliza: A Love Story
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of Overturned

    Lamar Giles
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of At the Edge of the Universe

    Shaun David Hutchinson
    At the Edge of the Universe
    Rating: 3.93/5


Events for Kids & Teens

For a full events calendar for kids and teens, please follow this link.

  • On select Mondays-Wednesdays the meeting room will be open to all 6th-12th graders. Study tables, video games, board games, and other... (full entry)

    03/07/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
    Lane Road Branch Library
  • Calling all 6th-12th graders, join us at the Lane Road Library on select Wednesdays for our Teen Wednesday programs. The Spring line-up... (full entry)

    03/08/2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
    Lane Road Branch Library