The SHPL Teen Room is located on the lower level of the library, just inside the Youth Services department.  All teen collections, with the exception of nonfiction books, can be found in the room, including manga, graphic novels, and fiction.    Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to use the space for study, gaming, reading, and hanging out.



America's Best Colleges
The venerable U.S. News and World Reports college ranking.

College Navigator
Find the right college for you. Compare over 7,000 colleges and universities across the United States.

College Preparedness Checklist
Find the right college for you. Compare over 7,000 colleges and universities across the United States.

Official website with the online FAFSA form.

Database of over 1.3 million scholarships.

Monster's financial aid site offers info on scholarships (including how to detect a scam), loans, savings, unique types of aid, and college cost calculators.

Illinois Board of Higher Education
The official site for the Illinois Board of Higher and Continuing Education

Next Step U
Plan for your life after high school with the help of this site, which offers articles, an online community, information for parents and counselors, career profiles and articles, and college information by state.
The official site for Federal Student Aid.

The official website of the ACT.

College Board
The official site of the SAT, PSAT, and SAT II exams.  Learn how to plan for college, how to pay for college, how to find and apply for college, and even about the College Board tests.


Study Guide Zone offers an SAT test guide, practice questions, and practice flash cards.

Online guide to college planning that offers test prep, helps you choose the right college and learn about financial aid.

Princeton Review
Look at school rankings, improve your standardized test scores, find scholarships, and more.

Illinois Office of Employment and Training

Illinois Office of Employment & Training provides a list of programs and services for those seeking employment and training.

Illinois Secretary of State
The official site of the Illinois Secretary of State has information on driver services, business licenses and corporations, etc.

Jobs for Teens HQ


Girls Health
includes links to exercise tips, how to know if you're working out too hard, and how to prevent workout injury

Go Ask Alice
Q & A for a wide variety of health issues, run by Columbia University (NYC).

Mindfulness & Meditation

Money Geek's Guide to Navigating Insurance and Mental Health Care

Sex, etc.
This website is created for and by teens and includes not only the information you're seeking out, but also polls, expert advice, videos, and more.

Teen Mental Health

Teens Health
Amazing resource with articles about all aspects of health: mental health, fitness, healthy eating, drugs and alcohol, sex, etc.

The Trevor Project


It’s a challenging time to be a teacher, but we can make it easier!

Our Teen Librarian, Jenn Lavigne, has the unique strength of not only having been with us for 5 years but also being a former English & Speech teacher and coach at Thornwood for 19 years (Go T-Birds!).  Her special understanding of our community and the educators within it is what makes her the perfect person to help you serve your students.  

Contact Jenn: [email protected] or give us a call at (708) 527-3150

We can…

  • Get you a teacher card for SHPL.
  • Get physical books for research & reading into your kids’ hands.
  • Get your kids access to dozens of databases like A to Z Databases, Duolingo, EBSCOHost, Mango Languages, and History/Literary/Science Reference Center
  • Teach lessons on research skills & database usage.
  • Create instruction sheets & tutorials for our digital resources so you can save your class time for curriculum.

SHPL Teacher Cards can be used either in-person or online through our website

· You can get small sets of books to use for lit circles or literature reviews.

· You can access all of our databases remotely from home or in your classroom.

· You may pick up materials at your home library, here at SHPL, or we can deliver materials to you at work!

· Your SHPL card is good for the entire school year.