We value the diversity of the Des Plaines community and our library. In recognition of our role in this community, we provide a welcoming and intentionally inclusive environment reflected in our collections, services, instruction, and physical and virtual spaces. We commit to continuing the work of celebrating diversity, providing equitable access to information, and creating an inclusive environment where all people are treated with respect and dignity.

DPPL Teen Services is determined to provide resources, materials, and programs that reflect these beliefs, and will work to continuously promote growth and healing within our services and our library.

Book recommendations, links to inclusive programming, and other resources can be found below. 

Diverse Books & Libguides

Libguides are updated regularly and will include more information as the lists are worked on. 

Sick Kids In Love by Moskowitz, Hannah   Best Queer YA Books of All Time | POPSUGAR Entertainment   7 YA novels featuring strong, vulnerable, unique Black girls coming in 2021

Ability & Disability Representation Libguide 

Gender & Sexuality Representation Libguide 

Racial & Cultural Diversity Libguide 



Code Q Social Club - Monday, October 02 4-5pm

Anime Club - Tuesday, October 24 4-5pm

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta - Wednesday, November 01 4-6pm

Anime Club - Tuesday, November 14 4-5pm

Code Q Social Club -  Monday, November 20 4-5pm

Code Q Social Club - Monday, December 04 4-5pm

Anime Club - Tuesday, December 12 4-5pm



Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth and Friends/Supporters from CDC.Gov

Advocates for Youth (AFY): LGBTQ Resources for Professionals
Lesson plans, tips and strategies, background information, and additional resources to help youth-serving professionals create safe spaces for young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

American Psychological Association (APA) Resources:

Creating Safer Spaces in Schools for LGBTQ Youth | The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Educator Resources | GLSEN
GLSEN educator guides and lessons to support your curriculum and practices.

Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network
GSA clubs are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.

Q Chat Space
Q Chat Space is a digital LGBTQ+ center where teens join live-chat, professionally facilitated, online support groups. Also available in Spanish (disponible en español).

StopBullying.gov: Information for LGBTQ Youth
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBTQ youth.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students – Micro-credentials | National Education Foundation
This stack of six micro-credentials is designed to help educators understand how to create a safe and inclusive classroom environment for LGBTQ+ students.

The Trevor Project: Education and Resources for Adults
The Trevor Project’s “Trainings for Professionals” include in-person Ally and CARE trainings designed for adults who work with youth. These trainings help counselors, educators, administrators, school nurses, and social workers discuss LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention.


Youth with Disabilities Community Resources in Chicago

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago 
Services for teens with disabilities including a support and action group and participation in city–wide events. Family Resource Center on Disabilities
115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
(800) 613-8549

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
Children with disabilities have special considerations when preventing, recognizing and responding to abuse. The advocacy Center helps with these challenges.
1240 S. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 492-3700 

Chicago Parent - Special Needs
Ideas and parenting assistance for children of Chicago.
332 S. Michigan Ave., 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 | 708.386.5555

Family Resource Center on Disability
Information, family support, transition workshops, special education rights training, training for parent leaders and links to other resources.
11 E. Adams St. Suite 1002
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-939-3513

Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education
Residential program that prepares young people with severe physical disabilities for adult life through a comprehensive program of education and training; part of the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services.
1950 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois 60608
(312) 433-3100

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Links to resources, and a curriculum–based tool to help young adults plan for life after high school.

Mayor of Chicago - Job Shadow for High School Students with a Disability
Job Shadow Day is a national program that is coordinated on the local level by MOPD and Chicago Public Schools.



Illinois Youth Resources 


Illinois Youth Resources for Mental Health, Well-Being & Resilience  A comprehensive guide to refer children, adolescents and others to behavioral health services. 

Chicago Department of Public Health  Teen support and care links from the city of Chicago


Help for Youth Who Are in Trouble with the Legal System

Redeploy Illinois - Reduced commitment to IDJJ; Improve outcomes for youth and families.

Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services (CCBYS) - 11 to 17 year olds at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.


Runaways/Lock-outs/Homeless Youth

Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services (CCBYS) - 11 to 17 year olds who have run away from home or have been kicked out of their home.

Homeless Youth - 14 to 23 year olds who lack safe and stable housing and cannot return home.


Youth Employment and Academic Assistance 


Community Youth Employment (CYEP)

COVID-19 Summer Youth Employment Program


Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Teen Pregnancy, Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

Office of Adolescent Health- Tier 1B Teen Pregnancy Prevention (OAH-TPP)


Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP)

Partners for Success (PFS)

Illinois Prevention Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths


Community Initiatives

Community Youth Services (CYS)

Juvenile Justice Councils (JJC)


More Information & Resources

Office of Community and Positive Youth Development

Bureau of Youth Intervention Services

Bureau of Positive Youth Development

Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY)

Prevention First Inc.

The National Runaway Safeline

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless