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- Authors & Books
- Bulletin board chats with authors who write for teens & kids. Check out the schedule for upcoming authors. From Scholastic.
- Cynsations Blog
- Quirky, thoughtful, angsty, joyous musings on all things life and book from Cynthia Leitch Smith, a writer who finds her heroes in the sunshine and in the shadows.
- Disaster Reading List for Teens
- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has developed a reading list of books about overcoming disaster and stories of survival for teens. The booklist, which features fiction and nonfiction, was created to help librarians, educators and concerned adults guide teens to books that may help them cope after Hurricane Katrina.
- Graphic Novels for Teens from the Springfield Library
- Check out this list of graphics novels at the Springfield Library. Includes how-to books for graphic novelists and artists, and links to helpful sites on the web.
- Book reviews and a reading list for preteens and young adults, including advance literature reviews. Created by a student who loves to read and his dad. Proceeds from book sales are used to buy books for students and libraries in need.
- Guys Read
- A website devoted to reading by guys, about guys, for guys.
- Favorite Teen Angst Books
- The best books for blue moods.
- Reading Rants
- Out of the ordinary teen booklists. Want something good to read? Check out her riot grrl, slacker and other "best-of" lists.
- Monthly booklists and teen writings from the New York Public Library.
- Teen Reads
- A great site for the serious teen reader. Links to book reviews, features, author information, and more. The sites focuses on new Young Adult novels and adult novels that appeal to teens.
- YA Books in Series and Sequels
- Catch up with your favorite series books here. Browse by author or series title. From the Bettendorf Public Library.
- Young Adults' Choices from the International Reading Association
- Since 1987, the Young Adults' Choices project has developed an annual list of new books that will encourage adolescents to read. The books are selected by the readers themselves, so they are bound to be popular with middle and secondary school students. The list is a trusted source of book recommendations, used by adolescents, their parents, teachers, and librarians.
- Glimpses of the Extraordinary
- An introduction to science fiction and fantasy literature. Includes overviews of major themes in SF and fantasy fiction, suggested authors, and a good list of annotated links to other resources.
- King Arthur: Books of the Legends
- Good lists of the essential books dealing with the Arthurian legend. Part of a site which explores Arthurian history and legends.
- Adolescent Health Transition Project
- A resource for adolescents with special health care needs, chronic illnesses, physical or developmental disabilities. From the University of Washington, Seattle.
- Girl Health
- "Created by young women for young women." Topics include physical and mental health issues, education and employment, immigration, domestic violence and sexual abuse, pregnancy, STDs, and much more. From GirlSource Technology and Leadership Program Participants in San Francisco.
- Go Ask Alice
- Like an online "Dear Abby", only cooler. You can Ask Alice questions anonymously, or Search Alice to read answers to other people's questions about relationships, sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, and more.
- Health Information Project
- Provides consumer health and substance abuse prevention materials addressing issues of concern to teens, families and youth agencies in teen-reviewed, teen-recommended formats. From the Mid-Hudson NY Library System.
- If you have questions about puberty, sexuality, or STDs, this is a good place to get answers. From the American Social Health Association.
- Massachusetts Child Labor Laws
- Quick facts about the rules for teens working in Massachusetts, with resources available for more information. From the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- NOAH: New York Online Access to Health
- A good place to find links to information on specific diseases, disorders, and other health issues. Some material is available in Spanish.
- Resources for Teens Experiencing Grief
- A selection of books and other resources for teens experiencing grief due to the loss or illness of a loved one.
- The main suicide hotline for teens in Massachusetts, with other helpful information for teens in crisis. This teen help line provides confidential peer support and understanding to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, this service is staffed by volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18; outside those hours, calls are answered by adult volunteers.
- Sex, Etc.
- See what your peers are saying about love, sex, and relationships. "We wanted to give teens a place to go in cyberspace that gave them accurate, up-front information on their sexuality." From the Network for Family Life Education, Rutgers University.
- ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina!
- This bilingual website, available in Spanish and English, is designed to help Hispanic girls and young women with health and social issues. Includes sections on family, body image, role models, planning for the future, mental and physical health, and more. From the US Department of Health and Human Services.
- Take Charge of Your Health!
- A teenager's guide to better health, from the National Institutes of Health.
- A great site for your questions about health and sexuality. Answers from experts, information in Spanish, and "what to do when you don't know what to do" guides. A must-see. From the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
- Teen Workers
- The premier site for teen worker safety and health information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Drugs and Drug Abuse Information
- NIDA: Information for Students
- Research information about the effects of drug abuse on the brain and interactive activities to help you learn more about various drugs and how they affect how your brain works. It also features links to interesting information about the work that other scientists at the National Institutes of Health are doing. From the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- NIDA: Information on Common Drugs of Abuse
- Research reports, fact sheets and other publications from the National Institute on Drug Abuse with links to other online sources. Excellent starting point for school papers and projects.
- Drugs: What You Should Know
- Helpful articles on various abused drugs, a substance abuse quiz, and links to additional resources. From familydoctor.org.
- Get it Straight!
- An online publication from the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Each chapter contains information about specific drugs. At the beginning of each chapter and sub-chapter, is an explanation of what's up with each drug, what it's called on the street, a description of how it looks, where it comes from, how it's used, and/or the legal issues surrounding its use.
- "The online Webzine written by, about, and for queer and questioning youth!"
- Written by the young women who participate in the site, SmartGirl includes poetry, reviews of books, music and movies, advice columns (one each by a man and a woman), and discussion boards on lots of topics of interest to teens.
- Articles, fiction, and art published monthly by teen editors.
- Teen Ink
- Teen Ink is a monthly print magazine, website, and a book series all written by teens for teens. Check out their online version and their writing contests!
- Teen Latinitas
- The webzine for Latina teens!
- A monthly newspaper written for teens by teens, YO: Youth Outlook, includes "The Beat Within" featuring writers from San Francisco's juvenile hall.
Other Interesting Sites
- Ask The Judge
- A website for and about teens and the law. Includes Q&A's, a chatroom, a blog, current events, and more. From Thomas Jacobs, a former juvenile judge and assistant AG in Arizona.
- CU Succeed Resource Center
- Here you will find information for colleges, credit, money, and jobs. Includes spreadsheets, calculators, articles, and other tools to help inform you about credit, buying a car, financing a college education, and more.
- Directory of Civic Engagement & Leadership Development Programs for Massachusetts Youth
- The Directory is a new and essential resource for introducing young people to a diverse array of civic education opportunities in the Commonwealth. The listed programs greatly expand young people's choices for learning about the electoral and political processes, leadership, and community activism. Published by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.
- Guide to the Business of Babysitting
- This handy online babysitting how-to covers all the essentials, including a template for a good flyer to advertise your business.
- Guinness World Records
- This official site includes a lot of world records to browse through. If you think you may have set a world record of your own, submit your application to Guinness here.
- Job and Career Resources for Teenagers
- Helpful job-seeking articles, job board and other resources from QuintCareers.com.
- The Pyramid
- Cool site from BBC History! Features several games based on mummies and the pyramids, plus multimedia presentations, articles, and historical background of ancient Egypt. Great for homework assignments, too!
- Urban Legends Reference Pages
- Check out all those stories that someone told you just HAD to be true -- and get the real facts! The mummy on the Titanic, those pesky alligators in New York's sewers, and lots, lots more. Browse through the categories or use the site's handy search engine.
- Museum of Unnatural Mystery
- A slightly bizarre, cyberspace science museum for all ages. Are there really flying saucers? What killed the dinosaurs? Is there something ancient and alive in Loch Ness? The Museum takes a scientific look at these, and other, questions.
Library and Education Sites:
- Extreme Teen Lounge
- This is the Boston Public Library's teen site...a good place to go for college information and information on the MCAS tests.
- Learning Express (Learn A Test)
- LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. Requires a Springfield City Library card. If you require home access, your username should be your library card number.
- Internet Public Library Teen Space
- A teen advisory board helps the IPL choose the best websites on the Web. "The Teen Division...treats teenagers as people, not as a market to be exploited or a problem to be solved." A good starting place for teens, especially those with big homework assignments!
- MassONE: Massachusetts Virtual Education Space for Students
- MassONE provides tools to students that expand their learning experience beyond the classroom. Students can continue class discussions and debates in the Discussion Forums or use the Virtual Hard Drive to access files shared by their educators or to store homework. Registration required.
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
- Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
These sites will help get you started on that huge assignment you've been avoiding...
- Springfield Library: Directory of the Web
- Check out our links in different subject areas: science, history, travel, and more!
- MCAS Preparation
- The Massachusetts Department of Education posts many of the questions that appeared on past tests as recent as the previous year, offering a good way to test yourself and practice your writing and test-taking skills.
- Multnomah County Library's Homework Center
- Those librarians are at it again. This time they've put together a directory of sites for K-12 homework help. This site is useful for teens as well as the adults who help them out (sometimes, if you ask nice.)
- Free study guides, similar to Cliff Notes, from Harvard students and grads. If you need help with the plot and characters of that l-o-o-o-n-g book you're supposed to be reading for English, try going here. And Sparknotes has expanded its literature collection and now features over a dozen channels with guides on everything from ancient Greek philosophy to special relativity.
- Three Rivers Free-Net Homework Help
- Homework help from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Another excellent site created by librarians for teens...so use it already!
For information on the Springfield Library's collections, services, and programs for teens, please contact Martha Coons, Young Adult Librarian, at 263-6828, extension 425 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't miss the Teen Page, for exciting programs at the library, Teen Central, and more!