Monthly Spotlight

Returns in September

Each month we have new videos, activities and teen stories to engage, enlighten and inform.

Summer Fun Preview

Take a sneak peek at all the just-for-teens fun we have planned at Columbus Metropolitan Libraries all summer!

Want to join us this summer as a VolunTeen? Fill out an application right here!

Pick and Express!
Pick a poem any poem, whether a novel in verse, a spoken word performance, a Shakespearean master piece, or a classic from Maya Angelou. Share it with a friend or journal about it, what message does the poem send? What meaning do you gain from it?

Watch previous Monthly Spotlights here.

Making Cents: How To Make Your Money Work For You

Budget Spreadsheet
Learn More →

How Money Smart Are You?
Learn More →

Financial Vision Board
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Beyond the Hashtag: How to Make Your Voice Heard

Trivia Game Fundraiser
Learn More →

Crisis Averted: Strategies for Successful Conflict Resolution

“I” Statements Practice
Download Worksheet →

The Collaboration Effect Pocket Guide
Learn More →

De-escalaltion Handout
Learn More →

It's Lit: Talking About the Books

Create Your Own Book List
Download Worksheet→

Teens Create: Book Cover
Book Cover Template →
Learn More →


Get updates on teen programs, events and activities to use with your students. Share your ideas for a Teen Spotlight topic.

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Career Spotlight

Each month we have a video highlighting careers in other organizations, with a professional in the field talking about their work.

Military Careers with
Security Officer Eric Wilson

Security Officer Eric shares his military career history and experiences.

Created by Teens

Teens Create

Submit your artwork, writing, photography or videos that tell the story of your hero, super or otherwise.


Create, collaborate and build tech skills. Work on your music, video, photos, design and podcasts with our skilled mentors.

Participate virtually:

Must be 13 to join.

Teens, we want to hear from you!​

Every month, answer questions to help us better understand your interests. We’ll also give you a space to voice your opinions and talk about the world today.

YouMedia Centers

Barnett Branch

3434 E. Livingston Ave.

3-7 p.m.

Driving Park Branch

1422 E. Livingston Ave.

3-7 p.m.

Gahanna Branch

310 Granville St.

3-6 p.m.

Hilltop Branch

511 S. Hague Ave.

3-7 p.m.

Karl Road Branch

5590 Karl Rd.

4-7 p.m.

3-6 p.m.

Main Library

96 S. Grant Ave.

3-7 p.m.

3-6 p.m.

Whitehall Branch

4445 E. Broad St.

3-6:30 p.m.

Temporarily Closed

Many thanks to Battelle for their support of YouMedia.


Stay well and stay connected! Our staff share ideas and inspiration.

How did you make a difference?

Great Reads for Teens

School Help

School Help Centers

Middle-schoolers and high-schoolers: stop in after school to get free, in-person help with your schoolwork.

Choose your location on our School Help page for hours offered.

BrainFuse HelpNow

HelpNow provides 24-hour access to study tools and test preparation for students.

Online Tutors are available from Monday‑Friday, 2‑11 p.m.

Check out our tools to help you with school work.