True North, our teen department, is a special area at the library designed for students in grades 7-12. Come to True North to study and do homework, socialize with your friends, read, attend programs, and learn new things. Need a recommendation for a great book to read? We are glad to help!
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a county-wide inter-library competition between teams of teens focused on young adult novels. Teens read quality literature for fun and for detail and then compete against each other in a trivia contest about these titles.
We offer three sessions:
- Summer Battle of the Books is for Longwood Public Library cardholders entering grades 6-9. We focus on eight books and practice all summer for the final competition in August!
- Winter Battle of the Books is only for Longwood Public Library teens. Teens in grades 5 and 6 read three books and compete against each other in a trivia contest that takes place at the Longwood Middle School.
- Advanced Division Battle of the Books is for Longwood Public Library cardholders in grades 9-12. We focus on three books, with practices beginning in September and the final competition taking place in the fall.
Community Service Opportunities
Interested in volunteering? True North offers many programs throughout the year that provide teens with community service credit. Check the library newsletter or scroll down to see upcoming programs. Printed program calendars and lists of community service programs are available each month at the reference desk in True North.
Teens can earn three hours of community service by reading a newly-published teen novel and writing a brief review. To become a teen reviewer, stop by True North to pick up a community service book review packet and a book from the New Fiction section that has been published in the current or immediately preceding year. Then draft a review based on our teen reviewer guidelines.
Can’t fit our programs in your schedule? We also offer drop-in sessions by appointment! Click here to find out more.
Our librarians have put together a list of local volunteer organizations that may offer additional community service opportunities. For more information or to receive a copy of the list, please contact us by email or call the Teen Department at (631) 924-6400, x249.
Online Homework Help
Interact with live tutors every day from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. Submit essays and other forms of writing to the 24-hour Writing Lab for constructive feedback. Click here to go to Brainfuse HelpNow.
Use your library card to learn new skills online, from languages to computer programming and so much more. Click here to go to our Online Learning page.