Access these resources with your WNPL library card!

Britannica Online: Young Adults – Explore articles, images and videos, and biographies.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) – An online learning service that offers over 17,000 video tutorials in technology, business and creative skills.

Creativebug – Creativebug is an online learning platform completely dedicated to arts & crafts courses, taught by expert crafters. Access is available with a valid WNPL library card,  and there are plenty of patterns, templates, and recipes available to download and keep.

Mango Languages – Learn a new language!

College Readiness

Thinking about life after high school? Find the right school, prepare for entrance exams and search for financial aid.

ACT/SAT Test Prep – Get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions before taking the real test! Head here to see when upcoming test prep events are and how to register.

Gale Courses – Gale offers the courses SAT/ACT Test Prep 1 (reading, writing, English & science) & SAT/ACT Test Prep 2 (math). Each course is instructor-led and lasts 6 weeks–two lessons are made available each week.

Tutor.com – If you need help factoring a polynomial after school, you can connect to an algebra tutor. If you need help balancing a chemical equation, you can work with a chemistry tutor. This online service is available from 3:00-11:00pm daily; you never need an appointment.

At the library? Check out our college planning resources in the adult non-fiction and teen non-fiction sections.

College Planning

  • The Princeton Review College Guide – Find the college that’s right for you!
  • US News and World Report: Colleges – The U.S. News and World Report publishes a list of top ranking colleges of different types and in various areas of study.
  • The College Board – The college board offers a number of resources for students planning for college, including a college search, financial and scholarship information, and test prep resources.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Teen Community Resources

TypeResourceDescriptionAddressContact Information
LocalZacharias Sexual Abuse CenterZacharias Sexual Abuse Center seeks to provide quality, comprehensive, client centered services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Services are provided for free, in partnership with the survivor in the spirit of equality, free from judgment or oppression. ZCenter seeks to be an active presence in the community, to speak up in support of, and in partnership with, all survivors of sexual violence.4275 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031(847) 244-1187
LocalYouth and Family CounselingYouth & Family Counseling is a nonprofit organization dedicated to filling an unmet need for affordable mental health services in the diverse Lake County Area5101 Washington Street, Suite 2-F
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 367-5991
LocalGurnee Teen CenterProvides support to local youth by providing them with a safe, supervised and social environment which promotes skills for a healthy lifestyle. The Teen Center has a "drop in" atmosphere that allows kids to attend when they want and freely choose their activities.17801 W. Washington St.
Gurnee, IL 60031
LocalPADS of Lake CountyPADs Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing housing crisisFind Shelter

After-hours Support

Street Outreach

Stay in Your Housing
Local211 - United Way of Lake County211 is the place with the answers you need to live well in Lake County, Illinois.
211 is Lake County’s free one-stop shop for help. 211 is always open, always confidential, and always free. Speak to a live person when you call in English or Spanish.
The 211 team will also interpret to more than 150 other languages.
330 S Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031211
Virtual/HotlinesJosslyn Center Teen BoardThe Junior Board is a leadership opportunity that allows high school students to understand more about teen mental health and be part of the mental health conversation for their peers. The Junior Board is for high school students grades 9-12 and meets on Sunday per month either in-person or on Zoom.415 Washington Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Virtual/HotlinesLake County Health Department & Community Health CenterAccess information and connect with various health services that include preventative care, behavioral health, environmental health, maternal and child health services, healthy living programs, animal control, and more.Office Menu: (847) 377-8000
NationalANAD - Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated DisordersThe association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders is for anyone struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or another type of eating disorder.Office: (630) 577-1330
NationalThe Trevor ProjectThe Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people. Text, chat, or call anytime to reach a trained counselor866-488-7386
National988 Suicide and Crisis LifelineThe 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.24-Hour Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
NationalNational Runaway SafelineServes as the national communication system for runaway and homeless youth24-Hour Support Line: (800) 786-2929