Youth Guides & Pathfinders
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
Join our Youth Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.
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.
If you still have questions, just visit our Youth Services or Reference areas at the library, or call us at (614) 486-9621.
Request for Volunteer Program Presenters
Youth Services Opportunities
All three locations of the UAPL are seeking teen volunteers for this year's “Escape the Ordinary” Summer Library Club. There are three different opportunities available.
Teens entering grades 10-12 or who graduate high school in 2015 are eligible to be an Intern. The position involves a commitment of 9-12 hours per week from May 26-August 2. Applicants will be required to write an essay and be interviewed.
Those chosen will gain valuable leadership and career skills by training Junior Volunteers, assisting with programming and collection needs, and other duties as assigned. Internships are unpaid but selected students will receive recognition, letters of recommendation and service hour credit for their participation.
Details can be found on the application below which is due May 1, 2015 by 6pm.
INTERN APPLICATION - The deadline has passed for this position.
Students in grades 7-12 wishing to help register and award prizes at our summer library club table are encouraged to apply for a Junior Volunteer position. Tremont is seeking 50-60 Junior Volunteers while Lane and Miller both need 25-30. Volunteers will earn service hour credits. Details can be found on the application. Applications are due by May 1, 2015 by 6pm.
JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION - The deadline has passed for this position.
All three locations will be looking for teens in grades 6-12 to help with our Book Buddies program. Teens are paired with a younger student and act as their “coach.” Applications for Book Buddies will be available May 1, 2015 and will continue until we have enough Big Buddies. Volunteers will earn service hour credits.
Completed applications for all three positions can be dropped off at the preferred volunteer location by the stated deadlines.
The Kids and Teens Blog
Spring is in the air and birds are building nests all over town. Learn all about the wide variety of nests you can find in Jennifer Ward's book, Mama Built a Little Nest . Identify which bird built the nest using the National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America . And birds aren't the only animals that build nests. Check out A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston to explore the incredible world of nests.
Now is a great time to get started on a gardening project. It's great exercise, you get to play in the dirt, and you can learn... Read more
The weather is changing and families are getting outside again to enjoy the new season. Young children are just as happy and... Read more
Upcoming & new Young Adult books
Events for Kids & Teens
For a full events calendar for kids and teens, please follow this link.
Visit our Youth Department any time today and make a special craft for Mom, Grandma or another special Mom in your life. Supplies... (full entry)When?05/09/2015 (All day)Where?Tremont Road - Main Library
Stop by to meet some furry friends from Therapy Dogs International and improve your reading skills by sharing stories with them... (full entry)When?05/12/2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pmWhere?Miller Park Branch Library