Welcome to the Swampscott Public Library Teen Scene

Welcome to the Swampscott Public Library Teen Area, a haven for 7th through 12th graders. Come here to use the public computers, hang out with friends, look at magazines, and check out computer games and new music CDs. You can get assistance with your school projects or recommendations of new books to read. We also have a graphic novel collection, including manga.

YA Books for Black History Month

The Hate U Give
All American Boys
Black Birds in the Sky
Nubia. Real one
Becoming : adapted for young readers
Blood Like Magic
Bad Witch Burning
Revolution in Our Time
Dear Martin
Ghost Boys
All Boys Aren
Things We Couldn
The Upper World
Felix Ever After
The Black Kids
Skin of the sea

YA Fantasy

Six of Crows
Skin of the Sea
All of Us Villains
Little Thieves
Carry On
Jade Fire Gold
These Feathered Flames
Before We Disappear
The Gilded Wolves
The Adventure Zone series
Wynd series
Solo leveling
The Witch King
Blood Like Magic
The Midnight Girls
Life of Melody
Demon Slayer series
The Keeper of Night

Mental Health and Crisis Resources 



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 

The Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

Visit https://www.crisistextline.org/ 

The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 mental health support via text message


Your Life, Your Voice

Call  1-800-448-3000

Text VOICE to 20121

Visit https://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/pages/home.aspx  

The Boys Town National Hotline is a toll free number available to kids, teens and young adults at any time. Please contact us if you’re depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you are faced with an overwhelming challenge. Call, text, chat, or email all available via the website.


The Trevor Project 

Call (866) 488-7386

Text ‘Start’ to 678 678

Visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ for Chat 

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning, etc.) young people


Trans Lifeline

Call (877) 565-8860

Visit https://translifeline.org/ 

Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.


Love is Respect

Call 1-866-331-9474 

Text “LOVEIS” to 22522

Visit www.loveisrespect.org for Chat 

Love is Respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.

A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Love is Respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Visit https://rainn.org/ for Chat 

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. We are a dynamic organization of experts in victim services, public education, public policy, consulting services, and technology. Our team works together to provide best-in-class services for survivors, inform and educate the nation about sexual violence, and improve the public policy and criminal justice response to sexual violence.


National Eating Disorder Association

Call (800) 931-2237

Monday—Thursday 11am—9pm ET

Friday 11am—5pm ET


Text (800) 931-2237

Monday—Thursday 3pm—6pm ET

Friday 1pm—5pm ET


Crisis Text Line

 Text “NEDA” to 741741

If you are in a crisis and need help immediately, text the crisis line to be connected with a trained volunteer. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message to individuals who are struggling with mental health, including eating disorders, and are experiencing crisis situations.


Visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ for chat 

Monday—Thursday 9am—9pm ET

Friday 9am—5pm ET

NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care


National Runaway Safeline

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

Visit https://www.1800runaway.org/ for Chat 

NRS provides free services to youth in crisis aged 12 to 21. We hear from young people who are at home and simply need somewhere to turn for advice, and also we connect with youth who have runaway or were kicked out of their home and are now couch surfing, living in their car or staying in shelters or on the street.



Call 211 

211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services in the country. Most calls, web chats, and text messages are from people looking for help meeting basic needs like housing, food, transportation, and health care.

Helpful Websites


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 


Find resources for youth, including information on managing your mental health in college and making friends.


Go Ask Alice!


Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health.


Reach Out


This website provides information on specific mental health disorders, as well as resources to help teens make safe plans when feeling suicidal, and helpful tips on how to relax.


Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine



The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine promotes positive youth development, illness prevention, achievement of individual potential and a sense of physical, mental, and social well-being.


Help Guide


A non-profit health organization that believes that everyone facing mental and emotional health challenges deserves to have access to free, unbiased information without being pressured by special interests or corporate sponsors.


Human Rights Campaign



The Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) 


A youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community.


Gender Spectrum


A global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families and support professionals to connect, collaborate and find resources.


GLAD LGBT Youth Resource List


GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.


Kelty Mental Health Resource Center


Reference sheets are provided that list top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support for mental health disorders




Active Minds


The leading nonprofit that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health, Active Minds aims to educate others and encourage help-seeking. 


Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)


 GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This website provides resources on finding GSA Chapters, and tools on how to establish or reestablish a GSA.




This website offers resources specifically for teens to prevent bullying in their schools and communities and provides resources for those being bullied. 


Teens Against Bullying


Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, take action, be heard, and own an important social cause


Advocates for Youth


Advocates for Youth works alongside thousands of young people here in the U.S. and around the globe as they fight for sexual health, rights, and justice.




They work to disrupt inequality, dismantle racism, and accelerate change in key areas including criminal justice, health care, education, climate, and the economy.

Where to find the 1619 Project

“The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

-Hannah-Jones, N., In Elliott, M., Hughes, J., Silverstein, J., New York Times Company., & Smithsonian Institution. (2019). The 1619 project: New York Times magazine, August 18, 2019.


The New York Times 

The New York Times Podcast

Google Podcasts


Apple Podcast


Need research help for school?

Your friendly neighborhood YA and Reference Librarian Caroline is here to help!

Feel free to contact Caroline to help find sources for papers, projects and more!


We are looking for teens going into grades 7-12 who want to connect with other people their age and help the library with their input and volunteer work (yes, even virtual volunteer work).

The Teen Advisory Board returns every other Wednesday at 4 pm.