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Teens Picks

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General Information

The Library offers resources for free with your Sunnyvale Public Library card. Student Virtual Library Cards are issued through a collaboration with local schools.

Homework Help

Biography Reference Center - Full-text biographies on figures in history, science, the arts, multicultural and gender studies, business, government and politics, sports and entertainment.

History Reference Center - Reference books, encyclopedias and nonfiction books; historical documents, biographies, historical photos, maps and videos and cover-to-cover full text for history periodicals.

Literary Reference Center - Find information on thousands of authors and their works, such as author biographies, plot summaries, full-text essays and book reviews from leading publishers.

Points of View - Collections of essays that present multiple sides of current issues.

Tutor.com - An online tutoring service for students. Real-time help from a tutor is available daily from noon to midnight. Online resources are available 24/7. Use Tutor.com for help with more than 60 school subjects, including math, science, English and more.

World Book Online Reference Center (Access from outside the Library)

Reading Lists

Find Your Next Great Read

Looking for your next great read? Tell us a little about the books you love. Our librarians will create a personalized reading list for you. You'll get it in about five to seven business days.

Award-Winning Titles

Alex Awards

Andre Norton

Michael L. Printz Award

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction in Young Adult

Topic Lists

Staff Picks for Teens - The librarians created these lists of books for you. Find books on a theme or explore our new teen books.

Fantasy for Teens

Historical Fiction for Teens

Queer Comics for Teens

Realistic & Contemporary Fiction for Teens

Science Fiction & Dystopia for Teens

Witches, Wizards & Magicians for Teens

Digital Books, Movies and Music

cloudLibrary - Popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks. Access: online, app (cloudLibrary)

OverDrive (Sunnyvale Public Library's standalone collection) - Popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks. Access: online, app (OverDrive or Libby)

Flipster - Popular magazines including Consumer Reports, Eating Well, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker. Access: online, download, app (Flipster)

hoopla - Popular movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks. Access: online (chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, etc.), app (hoopla)

Kanopy - Access over 30,000 movies and documentaries, including titles from the Criterion Collection, PBS, children's content and more. Access: online.

Learning Resources

Creativebug - An online learning community for DIY crafters. Unlimited access to classes on painting, drawing, sewing, cake decorating and more.

Explora - Resources for scholarly research, with access to full-text and peer-reviewed journals, periodicals, reports, books, images and video.

LinkedIn Learning - Educational site with over 3,000 courses (and 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education and instruction, media production and business.

Mango Languages - Learn a new language, or study English as a Second Language (ESL), by practicing conversation skills with Mango's online language learning tool.

Tuition Funding Sources - Database for scholarships, college and career information.


Apply to be a part of the Teen Volunteer Library Advisory Board and get leadership experience as well as volunteer hours.

We're looking for teens, 13 to 18, who want to get involved in their Library community, giving input on the Teen Collection and programs, as well as planning and assisting with programs for younger kids. This is a great chance for teens looking for an ongoing opportunity to take on leadership roles in the community.

Volunteer Application

Make sure you fill out the Parent Permission Form, too.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2021