Teens

Teen Reading Area

 

The teen area at the Main Library is an inclusive, fun, and safe environment for teens between the ages 13 and 17 to socialize, study, and create a community. The Fort Smith Public Library aims to provide teen programming that promotes literacy and creativity in the community and encourages teens to become critical thinking, global citizens. The teen book collection includes fiction, non-fiction (including anime and manga), and a new releases book display.   

Award Winners

Have you checked out this year’s award winners?  To see the current and past award winners, click here.

Library Lists

Need help finding something to read?  Take a look at NoveList, ask our staff for recommendations, and check out our library lists for teens.

A Universe of Stories

Teen Blog Entries

Time Loop Titles

Have you experienced a strong sense of déjà vu? Think you have lived the same day over and over? Lucky for you, the young adult books below have characters that experience getting stuck in a time loop. 

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Upcoming Events for Teens

This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Black History Month Book Hunt

All Day 2/1 - 2/29
Main
Location: Main
Age Group: Preschool, School Age, Teens
Program Type: Books & Writing, Games & Activities, Special Events
Program Description:
Celebrate Black History Month with the Youth Services Department by going on a book hunt! Did you know there is a special award to recognize outstanding books for children and teens by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the Africa...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Writer's Workshop

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Genealogy
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Books & Writing, Genealogy & History, How-To
Program Description:
Begin your life story with the Genealogy Writer’s Workshop. This month we will work from our memoir topics to form outlines and begin writing out memories and/or ideas.  Join us monthly as we help you continue writing the “chapters” of your...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

BINGO for Books (for Adults!)

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Games & Activities
Program Description:
Bring your lucky bingo daubers or lucky troll for this fun hour of bingo! We will have book prizes for winners of this free program! ...
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Dallas
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Holiday
Program Description:
Use your skills and imagination to make your own Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Mask.  All materials will be provided at this free do-it-yourself activity for all ages at the Dallas Street Branch Library. ...
This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Main
Age Group: School Age, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Celebrations, Special Events, STEAM
Program Description:
Are you excited about the April 8 solar eclipse?  Stop by the Main Library information table to find out more about the eclipse, how to view it safely, and get eclipse glasses for you and your family (limit four per household while supplies last...
This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Location: Main
Room: Community Room
Age Group: School Age, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, How-To
Program Description:
Join us this month as we create a cool cereal box collage! Geared toward 4th-12th grade students, but younger siblings are welcome with an adult. FREE and all supplies provided. Please note, this event has been moved to the Community Room at the Main...
This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

March Bracelets

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Miller
Location: Miller
Age Group: Preschool, School Age, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Celebrations
Program Description:
March bracelets are part of traditional Greek culture and are worn throughout the month of March.  In the past, people believed the bracelets would protect them from getting sunburned from the early spring sun of March.  Come to the Miller ...
This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Windsor
Age Group: School Age, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Celebrations, Special Events, STEAM
Program Description:
Are you excited about the April 8 solar eclipse?  Stop by the Windsor Drive Branch Library information table to find out more about the eclipse, how to view it safely, and get eclipse glasses for you and your family (limit four per household whi...
This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Exploring Your Family History

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Genealogy
Age Group: School Age, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Genealogy & History, How-To
Program Description:
The Genealogy Department invites you to monthly classes exploring areas of genealogical research methods to discover your family history. No registration is required for these FREE evening programs. In this month’s class, we will continue to dis...

Databases for Teens

American History Online

By providing the most comprehensive range of information in one complete resource, American History offers a virtual library of American history for educators, students, and researchers of all ages. Includes articles, images, primary source documents, timelines, videos, and slideshows.

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Arkansas Driving Tests

Practice permit tests and handbooks for cars, motorcycles, and CDL.  Also available in Spanish.

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CultureGrams

Primary sources, statistics, and cultural reports covering the countries of the world, states, and Canadian provinces.  Explore the United States and discover state flags, maps, sports teams, recipes, symbols, songs, and more. 

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  Your library card is required to access this database.

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Hoopla

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

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LearningExpress

LearningExpress is an interactive online learning platform for job searching, workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation. It also covers college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement for all ages. 

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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Mango Languages

Learn more than 70 languages through real conversations, and also features ESL lessons. Great for kids.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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ProQuest Central

An easy-to-use multimedia resource that supports research in business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and dozens of other disciplines.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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ProQuest Research Companion

This database helps students understand the scholarly research process and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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Salem Press Online Collection

Salem Presses offers a wealth of information on literature, history, science, health, and more. Researchers have access to a collection of reference materials, eBooks, and more. This resource also has biographical information and primary documents. Outside the library, use fortsmith as the remote password.

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Science Online

With a wealth of content and a dynamic design that facilitates STEM research and learning, Science Online offers a comprehensive overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. 

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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SIRS Issues Researcher

Background and analysis on 350+ leading issues, providing pros and cons on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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Today's Science

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries—giving in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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World Book Student

Find thousands of articles and multimedia aligned to curriculum. Contains numerous tools to engage users in 21st-century education and blended-learning practices.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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