Russell Library



Teen programs are in green!

Middletown youth resources.

Book Match (ages 13-18)


Coursera: Free Classes for Teens

From calculus to guitar for beginners, Coursera helps high school students everywhere keep learning. (No library card required.)

eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, Magazines

Downloads are available 24/7. (Russell Library card required.)


Join the largest group of naturalists in the world! (No library card required.)

Learn to be Antiracist

Reading lists, TED Talks, resources for families.

Mango Languages

Need help with a class? Over 70 languages available. (Russell Library card required.)


Book reviews, sample chapters, suggestions & read-alike lists.

Oddfellows Playhouse

High-quality theater by and for young people. (No library card required.)

Relaxation & Recreation

Virtual field trips, crafts, games, music, meditation & more! All ages. (No library card required.)

ResearchIT CT

Online reference databases: history, science, biography & more. Also, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, ebooks, audiobooks. (No library card required.)

Standardized Tests

Practice exams and study guides for standardized tests: HSPT, ISEE, and SSAT. Also: PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, ACT, AP Test prep. (Russell Library Card Required).

Tech Topics

Recommendations on using the Internet safely, learning new programs, and staying up-to-date.

Teen Book Cloud

eBooks for Grades 7-12.  (No library card required.)

Universal Class

Over 500 courses including crafts & hobbies, computer training, spiritual studies, how-to & much more! (Russell Library card required.)

TED Talks for Teens

A Message to Gay Teens: It Gets Better

In a courageous, intensely emotional talk at the city council in Fort Worth, Texas, councilman Joel Burns reaches out to the targets of teen bullying with a vital message about their lives, and the harassment they face.

Technology Tackles the Teen Suicide Epidemic

Tanmay Bakshi realized that in order to prevent suicide, we need a better way of detecting patterns.He and his team have been developing an app that can pick up on irregularities in a person’s online behavior to build an early warning systems for at-risk teens.

Why Students Should Have Mental Health Days

Hailey Hardcastle explains why schools should offer mental health days and allow students time to practice emotional hygiene without stigma. Follow along to learn how she and a team of fellow teens transformed their advocacy into law.

Solve the Riddle with Daniel Finkel

The Time Travel Riddle

Your professor has accidentally stepped through a time portal in his physics lab. You’ve got just a minute to jump through before it closes and leaves him stranded in history. Your only way back is to grab enough colored nodules to create a new portal to open a doorway through time. Can you take the right amount of nodules to get back to the present before the portal closes?

The Vampire Hunter Riddle

You’ve stealthily descended into the darkness of a vampire cave, setting a sequence of mirrors as you go. When the sun reaches the right angle in the sky, a beam of light will ricochet along the mirrors, strike a diffuser, and illuminate the great chamber where the vampires sleep. Can you place the diffuser correctly and flood the lair with sunlight?

The Multiverse Rescue Riddle

It was a normal Tuesday at the superconductor, until a bug in the system caused your team to be trapped in 11 separate dimensions. Fortunately, there’s a half-finished experimental teleportation robot that may be able to get you all home… if you can figure out how to work it. Can you work out the robot’s design quirks and get your team back home safely?

Contact the Teen Librarian

Questions, suggestions, comments, requests