For Teens

Did you know you can...

  • Join the Teen Advisory Board
  • Get homework help
  • Stream music and movies
  • Learn a language
  • Get books for your e-reader
  • Volunteer at the Library

Book Recommendations


Find and request books based on themes or favorite authors. You also can browse expertly curated book lists.

Award-Winning Books

Study Guides

Need help figuring out an assigned book?


Homework Help


Students, need homework help now? You got it! HelpNow offers FREE live, online tutoring, collaboration, and study tools. Especially helpful for students in middle and high school grades – give it a try!



Change to Chill   Mindfulness & Stress Relief for Teens & Students | Change to Chill

Online and printable tools and resources that help teens become more aware of what stress is, what causes it and how to manage it.

Youth Mental Health Project College Readiness and Resources   Students - The Youth Mental Health Project (

crisis and support

Crisis & Support Lines

  • Crisis Call Center Call 1-775-784-8090 (24/7), text ANSWER to 839863 or visit to provide a safe, non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741741 in USA
  • For LGBTQ Youth: TrevorLifeline at 866-488-7386, TrevorText -Text START to 678-678
  • Love is Repect Call 1-866-331-9474 (24/7), text LOVEIS to 22522 or visit to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
  • National Eating Disorder Association:  Call 1-800-931-2237
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: is a free, confidential 24/7 crisis line providing emotional support and crisis counseling to individuals experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Federal legislation was passed to transition the current number (1-800-273-8255) to the three-digit dialing code of 9-8-8 by July 16, 2022. Until that transition occurs, callers should continue using 1-800-273-8255.
  • Teen Line (Teens Helping Teens) Call 1-800-852-8336 or 1-310-855-4673 (9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.), text TEEN to 839863 (9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.) or visit If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you. No problem is too small, too large, or too shocking for the Teen Line volunteers.
  • Your Life Your Voice Call 1-800-448-3000 (24/7), text VOICE to 20121 (5:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m.) or visit Call, chat, text or email if you’re depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you’re faced with an overwhelming challenge.

Volunteer Opportunities

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering at the Algona Public Library is the perfect opportunity for you to gain real-world experience. By volunteering, you will gain experience in customer service, communication, organization, group collaboration, leadership, and many other skills!

Volunteer Tasks

  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Explain library programs and services to customers
  • Assist staff with events and program preparation
  • Shelve books, DVDs, and other library material
  • Maintain a neat and orderly facility

Volunteer Expectations

  • Come with a great attitude and be ready to serve our community!
  • Arrive on time
  • Complete assigned shift
  • Coordinate with staff
  • Contact staff if unable to work scheduled shift


You will need the following skills:

  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to arrange items in numerical and alphabetical order
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks according to priorities
  • Attention to detail
  • Physical ability to push, bend, stretch, reach, lift, and read
  • Computer and other technology skills
teen advisory board

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

The Teen Advisory Board meets once per month to discuss and provide advice about books, magazines, games, library programs, and teen concerns. Join the fun conversations, meet new people, and earn volunteer credits! Anyone in grades 6 – 12 (or the home-schooled equivalent) is welcome.

Watch for meeting announcements or contact the Library for more information.

college and career

College & Career

College Navigator College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics

This interactive web site is designed to provide information on postsecondary education in the United States. The site allows users to see and compare profiles of nearly 7,000 colleges and universities. The NCES is part of the United States Department of Education.

Test Prep Review   Test Prep Review (Free Practice Tests)

Free online practice tests and test preparation resources.

IowaWORKS - My Dashboard

Career, job seeker, and unemployment services plus assessments, labor market information, and other tools.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid   FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for


Voting info

Voting Information

Rock the Vote 

Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power.