Room to Rant is a space for men age 16-25 to get things off their chest through rapping, lyric-writing and improvisation. Room to Rant is holding sessions in Worthing, Crawley and Brighton or online sessions if they are unable to take place due to Covid-19. No previous experience necessary! Watch this video to see Room to Rant's patron, Rag N Bone Man, visiting a group.
Are you studying one of Shakespeare's plays? See if it is in the Culture in Quarantine: Shakespeare BBC iPlayer series from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Royal Opera House. For over 400 years, generations have been entertained by his plays. Why not give it a try?!
Check out our borrow eBooks page too and see if the play is available to download.
Barrington Stoke - this publisher works with the best writers and illustrators to produce super-readable and accessible books which are also dyslexia-friendly.
BookTrust - enjoy these recommended summer reads for teens, there is something for everyone!
CILIP Carnegie Medal - awarded by librarians each year for an outstanding book for children and young people. Have a look at this year's shortlist!
EmpathyLab - shows how reading and books can help our understanding of each other with lots of suggestions of helpful titles.
LoveReading4Kids - great recommendations for children and young people's books, including these for teens!
National Literacy Trust Zone In - Boost your skills and beat lockdown boredom with Zone In!
National Shelf Service - Daily book recommendations from librarians for children and young people on YouTube, Monday to Friday at 11.00am.
YA Book Prize - the closing date for voting for this year's winner has gone but you can read about the books and previous winners here!
If you are feeling worried or anxious due to the Coronavirus or for any other reason, there are plenty of organisations and resources that can help.
Kooth - free, safe and anonymous support for young people.
Shelf Help Reading Well for young people - books about mental health issues, including anxiety, stress and OCD, all recommended by experts.
The Mix - support for under 25's on a wide range of topics, including coping during Lockdown. Free, confidential helpline and counselling service.
Youth Emotional Support (YES) - free service for young people aged 11-18 looking for support with their well-being. They offer one-to-one support or group working and information about online or face to face counselling and other agencies provide suppport and advice.
BBC Bitesize - Support for learning and revising for all age groups.
BBC History Extra the official website for BBC History Magazine, BBC History Revealed and BBC World Histories Magazine.
Poetry by heart - a wide selection of poetry on different topics, including some linking to recordings from the Poetry Archive.
STEM learning science, technology, engineering and maths resources.
Twinkl home learning support for everyone
There are also lots of things for you to do online, have a look at the rest of this page!
We will be adding more to this page so keep checking!
Have a look at these authors' websites for loads of information and ideas for great reads!
Elizabeth Acevedo - find out more about this award-winning author and poet and her work.
Jay Asher - the American writer and novelist's best-known book is the bestseller "Thirteen reasons why".
Malorie Blackman - the former children’s laureate is an award winning writer of over 60 books for children and young adults. Fans of recent TV series Noughts & Crosses will delight in discovering more stories from this bestselling author.
Meg Cabot - author of The Princess Diaries series as well as several other novels for teenagers.
Suzanne Collins - author of The Hunger Games, the popular novel in which 16-year-old Katniss is forced to represent her district in the annual fight to the death on live TV.
Sarah Crossan - winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the YA Book Prize, her books are beautifully written in poetry and verse.
Phil Earle - author of several award-winning novels including Being Billy who has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.
Neil Gaiman - creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.
John Green - bestselling author of "The Fault in our stars" and many other titles.
Charlie Higson - successful author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio.
Anthony Horowitz - author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and the Power of Five Series.
Robert Muchamore - author of the Cherub series and Henderson’s Boys.
Patrick Ness - multi-award winning author of "The knife of never letting go", "A Monster calls" and many more.
Philip Pullman - author of the series "His dark materials" and "The book of dust: la belle sauvage".
J.K. Rowling - information about this author and her books, including the world-famous Harry Potter series of course as well as Harry Potter at home - full of magical treats, crafting videos, quizzes, puzzles and more!
Angie Thomas - a former teen rapper, Angie is the author of the bestselling "The Hate U give", which was also made into a film.
Benjamin Zephaniah - internationally renowned performance poet, playwright and also acclaimed author of bestselling young adult novels: Face, Gangsta Rap, Refugee Boy and Terror Kid.
Try both the book and the film/TV series and see which version you think is best! If the film or TV series is not available to borrow from us it may be available on a charged-for streaming service.
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games - available to borrow as a book, audiobook or DVD. A thrilling YA dystopian series full of action and adventure. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called ‘The Hunger games’. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
James Dashner, The Maze Runner – available to borrow as a book or DVD. When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.
John Green, The Fault in our stars – available to borrow as a book or audiobook. A 16-year-old girl suffering with terminal cancer meets a boy at her support group meeting who makes her think differently about life and death. The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Jenny Han, To all the boys I’ve loved before – available to borrow as a book. Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. The letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle – available to borrow as a book or DVD. Young Sophie Hatter from the land of Ingary catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell! With nothing to lose, Sophie seeks the help of Wizard Howl to remove a curse.
Patrick Ness, A monster calls – available to borrow as a book, audiobook or DVD. The monster showed up after midnight. But it isn’t the monster Conor anticipated. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. This monster is something different. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor…the truth.
Philip Pullman, His dark materials – this trilogy is available to borrow as books, audiobooks or DVD. This award winning fantasy trilogy follows Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry as they wander through a series of parallel universes. They will meet witches and armoured bears, but ultimately the fate of all will rely upon them!
Meg Rosoff, How I live now – available to borrow as a book and a DVD. Fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy thinks she knows all about love. Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her to England for the summer to stay with cousins she has never met. There she will discover what real love is – violent, mysterious and wonderful.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – available to borrow as a book, audiobook or DVD. Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task – that of locating and destroying Voldermort’s remaining Horcruxes. Can Harry defeat the powerful wizard once and for all?
Louis Sachar, Holes – available to borrow as a book or audiobook. Stanley Yelnats’ family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre, he is not surprised. Every day he and the other inmates have to dig a hole, five feet wide by five feet deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims it is character building, but this is a lie, and Stanley must dig up the truth.
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give – available to borrow as a book, audiobook and DVD. This debut novel follows the story of Starr. Aged sixteen, she lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood she was born into and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend Khalil, by a police officer.
eBooks, eAudiobooks and more!
Free online resources
To use any of these resources from home, follow the link and enter your library card number when asked.
Our Enquiries Team are here to help with any queries.
The world famous Britannica Library is a recommended source of general information and comes in three different levels.
It contains lots of images and videos to help bring topics alive. It is available to library members from home.
Oxford Reference includes over 100 reference titles such as dictionaries, timelines, flags and maps. It is available to library members from home.
Theory Test Pro - are you preparing to take your driving test? This is a realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test questions licensed from the Driving Standards Agency. You will need to sign up for an individual account to access this resource.
West Sussex Past Pictures has thousands of historical images of West Sussex from West Sussex Library Service and local museums.
Now might be the time to try the wonderful world of podcasts. There are lots of great free podcasts available about books and reading. Some of our favourites include:
Dear Hank and John - brothers Hank (musician and author) and John (young adult author) Green host this weekly podcast.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text - each episode examines a chapter in the Harry Potter series.
Hey YA! - great new books, favourite classic reads, news and info on the latest on-screen adaptations in the world of young adult books.
TED talks - these are on a huge range of topics, including from authors and about books.