Homework Help 9-12

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Student Success 9-12


Being a teenager can be hard—and when a pandemic disrupts your normal routines,   it can get a lot harder. You may feel disappointed, depressed, and anxious about the future. How about connecting with other teens from around the state to share your feelings and compare experiences? Register for a virtual support group designed especially for 14-to-17-years-olds, hosted by our Stay Well counseling team.

  •  Sign up for one or more sessions at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpcu6rqDooGdJDuHvQba3_y1TJc0BH3XU2  
  • You’ll get a confirmation email with information to join the meeting.
  • Be Kind to Your Mind.
  •  Call the Michigan Stay Well counseling line for free emotional support.
  • Dial 1-888-535-6136 and press “8.”
  • Remain on the line until you hear the prompt to speak with a Stay Well counselor.
  • This service is free, confidential, and available 24/7. For more guidance on coping with pandemic-related distress, visit Michigan.gov/StayWell.

Art, Theater & Music

Monologues and Skits

Musical Equipment To Check Out - TADL Library of Things

Career Exploration

College Prep

  • College Board – A mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success. W
  • Common App – The basic application to apply to the majority of colleges in the US.  The deadline is November of the year prior to attending for early acceptance and February for general admissions at many universities and colleges. Check your college of interest early in the process as dates vary.  W
  • FAFSA – The basic application to apply for college financial aid. The deadline is June 30. It is a good idea to have your FAFSA completed by March as much of the financial aid has already been distributed by June. W
  • Khan Academy Test Prep – SAT test prep. W
  • Learning Express Test Prep – ACT, SAT, AP, PSAT, College Placement test prep. M
  • College Wise – Downloadable e-books about writing your college essay, choosing your school, and more. W
  • TADL – Books to assist with essays and college research T

Reading Lists

Computer Science, Coding, & Technology

We have a range of computers in the library to assist you with your work! You can access our desktop computers in Teen Services if you are 11-18 years old or Adult Services if you are 17 years old or older. You can check a laptop out from the Public Computing Center and use it anywhere in the building. Best of all, you can use your laptop and our Internet anywhere inside or outside the building in the parking lot.

English Literature

  • Learning Express – English – Reading, Writing and VocabularyM
  • Literary Reference Center – Includes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems. Covers information on thousands of authors and their works. Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews. M
  • Poetry Foundation – The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. W

Need to read something with literary merit? Try an award winner!

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.  -ala.org/yalsa/printz

View All - Printz Award Winners

YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. -ala.org/yalsa/nonfiction-award

View All - Nonfiction Award Winners


  •  Digital Public Library of America – Primary Resource Sets – DPLA is a public digital library of open primary sources, bringing the wealth of U.S. libraries, archives, and museums to your classroom and home. W
  • Local History – Resources available at TADL T
  • Michiganology – Archives of the State of Michigan, includes scholarly research on the history of Michigan W
  • Our Documents – A collaborative effort of the National Archives, USA Freedom Corps, and National History Day. It has the “100 Milestone Documents of US History” all in one place.
  • Smithsonian Museums – The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo. W
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians – A brief history of the people of the Three Fires Confederacy, the Odawa (Ottawa) the Ojibwa (Chippewa) and Bodowadomi (Pottawatomi) people. W
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the United States – Features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. For anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it. W


  • Mango Languages – Learn a foreign language or perfect your English. T
  • Recursos Para Hispanohablantes – Learning tools, career, and citizenship exam practice in Spanish. M
  • Referencia Latina – Spanish-language resource. Covers academic and non-academic subjects. Offers content from reference books, general interest magazines, health reports, and other sources. Daily updates from a dozen newspapers from ten Latin American countries and more than 2,500 health reports. M
  • Newspapers from around the globe

Math, & Science

Reading & Books

Short Stories for Teens

2020 Award Winners

2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults

High Interest


Social Studies

General Resources

  • Michigan Electronic Library for Teens – All of Michigan’s resources for you in one spot. M
  • Britannica School – Made for today’s digital classroom, Britannica School features differentiated instruction, allowing students to move easily to resources at different reading levels. M
  • Explora – High School – Covers subjects such as art, history, sports, and music. Includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents. Also includes photos, maps, and flags. M
  • School Center – From Learning Express Library. Multiple topics for all grades. M
  • Access Video – Educational and documentary streaming video from a variety of sources. T
  • Gale Virtual Reference – Reference books covering the following topics: education, environment, general reference (including employment, health and wellness, personal finance, and social skills), history, law, nation and world, religion, and science. M
  • Varsity Tutors – Live online classes in various subjects. W

M = Michigan T = TADL W = website