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10 library things to do before you are 15

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04 January 2018

1 - Find out where your local Essex Library is

Do you know there are 74 libraries in Essex? Find out where your local library is today, so you see when your library is open, and then prepare your teen for their first visit.

2 - Join the library

Find out about the different types of membership available for children and teenagers. If your teenager hasn’t got their own library card get them one today. You can join them online now, or in person at your local library. Once they have a library card they can use any library in Essex and borrow up to 14 books.

3 - Borrow a recommended read from Essex Libraries

We have some great ideas that are really exciting! If your teenager is stuck for what to read next, then tempt them with something new!

4 - Reserve a book

Now your teenager knows where all the recommendations are on the Essex Libraries catalogue, they can reserve a book. All they need is their Essex Library card number. They can reserve up to 28 books!

5 - Get homework and study support

Show your teenager where all our homework help is. If they are tempted to use Wikipedia – show them these reliable resources. Essex Libraries is your one stop shop for accurate information. Help your teenage gets an A*

6 - Volunteer with us!

Volunteering is a great way for teenagers to gain new skills, and is often a requirement for schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh. We have a range of volunteering opportunities for young people aged 13 and over including Library Ambassadors and the Summer Reading Challenge.

7 - Get some 'Shelf Help'

One in ten teenagers experience a mental health issue during their adolescence. Reading Well for young people helps those aged 13 to 18 to manage their mental health and wellbeing using recommended reading. If your teenager is experiencing bullying, self-esteem issues or stress, our range of books can help.

8 - Read an e-magazine

Are you finding yourself buying magazines for your teenager, because they have to know the latest gossip is in the celebrity world? Or are you buying the New Scientist for their study purposes. You don’t need to! We subscribe to over 100 magazines that your teenager can download and read free of charge. From BBC History Magazine to Cosmopolitan, get your teenager to have a look online!

9 - Use a library computer or our free Wi-Fi

If you have one main computer at home and there is a queue to get the homework done, then send you teen to their local library to use a computer. They will also have the facilities to print off that last minute homework! Alternatively they can use their own device and our free Wi-Fi.

10 - Borrow an e-book or e-audiobook

Libraries have a fantastic amount of books, but we also have an ever growing selection of e-books and e-audio. Available to borrow 24/7 on any internet enabled device.

Do you have younger children?

Check out our 10 library things to do before you are 5 and before you are 10.