How the Library can help while you are learning from home
Whether you are studying at school or from home, the Library has tools to help. All of these resources are available to use anytime, anywhere with your Library membership. If you don’t have a membership, signup now for free and get immediate access.
Ultimate Summer Challenge Teen Takeover: Lost in Space
Need a break from planet Earth? Escape with us to a summer of reading and creative challenges, designed for ages 13 – 17. Teen Takeover is between June 15 and August 31. Earn badges by reading or challenging yourself to one of the creative activities. Each badge you earn will give you a ticket to enter in one of the 10 Grand Prize draws. All you need is your device to start tracking your reading and earning digital badges.
We want to see how you fill a sketchbook! The Library is working with Antyx on The Calgary Youth Sketchbook Collection. This project will create a permanent, browsable collection of sketchbooks in the Teen Centre at Central Library.
The Library will send you a sketchbook, supplies, and prompts to help you fill your sketchbook. The submitted sketchbooks will become part of the collection at Central Library before the end of 2021.
Call Library Hotline at 403.260.2600 or visit antyx.org to learn how to contribute.
See Teen Art on Display
We asked you to collaborate with us to create a permanent, browsable collection filled with your artwork, and you delivered. Together, we created a collection of sketchbooks that show off the artistic expression of Calgary teens.
In collaboration with Antyx, the Library created the Calgary Youth Sketchbook Collection by sending sketchbooks, supplies and prompts to teens all around the city. Each of them filled a unique sketchbook and sent them back to us to be put on permanent display.
View the sketchbooks in the Teen Centre at Central Library.
Digital Library for teens
Our Digital Library has dozens of online resources that can help with research, studying, and learning new things. It gives you access to eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines, as well as movie and music streaming. Sign up for music or art lessons, learn a language, or research your family history. Browse the entire Digital Library or start with these resources that have features created specifically for students and teens.
brainfuse HelpNow has lessons, videos, and tests to help with math, social studies, and English Language Arts classes. Upload documents to the Writing Lab to get personalized feedback from an expert. Connect to a tutor for live help or send in a question that will be answered by the next day. The Flashbulb section includes flashcards that you can practice with on the browser version or in the app. The eParachute section will guide you through questions to discover your strengths. Collaborate with classmates by setting up a private study group through MEET.
Tip: If you like chess, try the Live Chess Tutoring.
For caregivers and educators: Parent Corner has videos, articles, and advice on remote learning.
SOLARO helps you really dig into studying the Alberta curriculum. Sign up for courses by entering your province and grade and selecting a subject. Each subject includes a list of topics, lessons to work through, and practice tests to take along the way. As you work through the course, you can highlight sections to create notes and flashcards. When you log in, you will always start at your custom homepage showing your courses and progress (and your avatar if you choose to create one).
Tip: Watch the introduction video to learn how to navigate the website and courses.
For caregivers and educators: Students can invite their parent or caregiver to their account. Go to My Account and Invite Parent. From there, you can see the lessons and quizzes your student has completed.
If you are building your reading skills or need help with a novel in your AP English class, read, listen, or read and listen to books on TeenCloudBook. It has hundreds of books for junior high and high schoolers that have been enhanced or “tumbled.” That means you can listen to the book as an audio book or follow the highlighted text as you listen to the narration. Books such as Romeo and Juliet or Pride and Prejudice, which might be part of class assignments, are available to borrow immediately.
Tip: TeenBookCloud also has a great selection of graphic novels that you can read online without waiting.
For caregivers and educators: Several books have lesson plans. Look for the titles that are marked for supplementary content.
Find an extensive catalogue of eBooks and audiobooks on Libby. To narrow your search, select Teens on the top navigation. It will lead to a page listing Calgary Library staff teen picks along with fiction, non-fiction, and magazines collected into themes. Use the navigation to browse by subject or search the entire catalogue.
Tip: Select the Indigenous eBooks for Teens list in the collections section of the main navigation to find dozens of great options to add to your reading list.
For caregivers and educators: To help students find the right book for them, books can be filtered by interest and reading level as well as text difficulty. You will see those options in the right column when you search the collection.
This resource can help with school projects and satisfy your curiosity. Use the search bar to find encyclopedia articles, maps, images, videos, and websites to learn about the topic you are researching. The Research & Resources tab has interactive maps, timelines, newspapers from around the world, articles based on current events, and more.
Tip:World Book Online for Students is also available. It’s designed for students in grades 4 – 9 with lots of behind-the-headlines information on current events, as well as other topics.
For caregivers and educators: The Educator Tools include curriculum correlations, lesson plans, and webquests to help with self-directed learning.
If you want a break from online studying or miss getting together with friends to learn a skill or enjoy a hobby, check out our online programs. Select “Teens” under Interests to find programs created just for you. Programs are added all the time and include creative classes like songwriting circles or acting classes, skill-building classes like learning to code, and deep dives into important conversations like an upcoming series on the Holocaust.
If you want the delight of surprise books, ask us to Build a Book Bag for you. Fill out our online form to tell us what kind of books you like to read (mystery, Graphix, non-fiction, etc.) and we’ll select books just for you. When it’s ready, pick it up through our curbside pickup locations. Build a Book Bag for teens is not available at Memorial or Sage Hill libraries.