Teens

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Teens can find their own hangout space at the Midland County Public Libraries, complete with books, computer services, and video games. Volunteer opportunities are available for MSS Connections credit, as well as for bringing teens' ideas to library programming! 


Computers & Video Games

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Teens have their very own space to gather and play video games within the libraries. Both the Downtown and Centennial Libraries have a PlayStation 4 and an Xbox One available, with corresponding games ready to check out and play! This equipment is reserved specifically for teens 13-18.

The Teen Area has four desktop computers with Microsoft Office (Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) that are great for completing school work. Teens may sign on to a computer using their library card -- if they do not have a library card, they may request guest access at the nearest service desk.


Homework Help

The libraries have online resources available to help with homeschooling and 24/7 tutoring, accessible from home free with your library card. Teens can use the lounge seating in the libraries to gather and study during the school year, too, with librarians on hand to help navigate our many resources.

explora-for-high-schools-button-240Explora for High Schools
An easy-to-use search interface for students in grades 6-12 looking for magazine and newspaper articles, books, informational texts, primary sources, multimedia, and more on a variety of curriculum-related topics.
LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED
gale-resources-button-240x70Gale Databases
Gale databases contain thousands of credile sources and current events topics. Research essay ideas, gain valuable insight on each side of an argument, and get in-context information from across subjects.
LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED
khan-adademy-horizontal-logoKhan Academy
An excellent resource that provides world-class education in an online, self-paced environment. Each subject has a series of instructional videos, where subjects range from Math, Science, English, and much more!
learning-express-small-logoLearningExpress Library
A collection of interactive tutorials, practice tests, articles, flash cards, and e-books patrons can use to improve academic skills in reading, writing, math and science, as well as prepare for high-stakes exams.
LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED
transparent-languageTransparent Language Online
Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages.
LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED

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College & Career

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Approaching the college admission phase can be pretty daunting, but we have resources to help make it less stressful. Brainfuse HelpNow -- in addition to online subject tutoring and essay review -- has college admission coaches on standby to guide first-time college goers through admissions, selecting a career path, and snagging financial aid.


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Volunteer Opportunities

Teens seeking volunteer opportunities for school credit or boosting resumes are welcome to partner with Midland County Public Libraries. View local volunteer opportunities by visiting MSS Connections, or speak with a library staff member for more information.

Teen Advisory Board
Teens are always welcome to volunteer their time to the library! Teens can offer guidance about books and media to add to the library collection and contribute views concerning library programs by participating on the Teen Advisory Board. Visit the Youth Services Desk or download an application (PDF) to apply.

Library Services
The library always has extra events, crafts, and maintenance projects for teens to help with. Annual events like Dr. Seuss Day and the Summer Reading Program require a lot of manpower. To volunteer for general activities, contact the Youth Services desk at 432-742-7445 or send us an email.