For Teens: New Books to Read and Resources to Help You Succeed

 

Check out Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) top ten titles for teens!


Ace that Driving Test

Driving-tests.org: For New York State, is a totally free resource contains some great content for anyone looking to pass that driver's test

• 10 car practice tests
• 6 motorcycle practice tests
• 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
• 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
• An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
Driving Tests

College Student Aid

CollegeThe U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in financial aid to college and career school students each year.

For students and families: “Federal Student Aid Web Resources" (PDF) is a great place to start learning about Federal Student Aid. Every student who meets certain eligibility requirements can get some type of aid, regardless of age or family income.

 This document explains some of the most basic eligibility requirements and where to go to find out just how much of the cost can be covered with the aid. For additional info regarding Federal Student Aid, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources#funding.

Sync

For Teens - Sync

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens that gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.


Teen Book Finder

Teen Book Finder AppYoung Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has developed a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and anyone who loves YA literature find some great teen reading. Users can search by the usual title, author, and genre, as well as by year, award, and book list. There is also a daily selection of "Hot Picks" to choose from. Tap a title for a brief description of the book. If it looks like your kind of read, hit the "Find It" button and a map of local libraries that own the book pops up along with links to each libraries catalog! Develop a list of favorites and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter through the App. An Android version of the app is planned for later this year. This app is funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Do you have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download this free app now by using the QR Code below or through this link

QR Code Teen Book Finder

Resources for Teens on Facebook

Find wonderful resources to inspire teen learning at the Teen NY Facebook page. The Common Core Learning Standards demand that students develop literacy and technology skills to access, use, and create information. In order to assist teens with this demand, the New York State Library posts compelling informational resources onto the  Teen NY Facebook Page, found at www.facebook.com/TeenNewYork. Teen NY is updated three times each week with the intention of engaging teens in all subjects, from computer science to fine art. Resources posted to the page include Creative Commons Licensed databases, primary documents, and tutorials, as well as interesting articles and infographics. The page is curated to inspire teens to pursue their own interests and use quality resources when completing school assignments.

Information and Help

  • infoplease - Encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and several almanacs accessible all from one spot.
  • Dictionary.com - The World's leading online source for definitions, synonyms, word origins, and more.
  • MedlinePlus - Backed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there's no better source for up-to-date medical information.
  • Merriam-Webster - You have to be doing something right if you've been around since 1828. It's still the standard-bearer as far as what words are a part of the English language.
  • TeensHealth - A safe, private place for teens in need of honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life in general.

Links You'll Like

  • DiversiYA - A collection of interviews and stories that share just how important diversity really is and why it should be represented in our society and in what we read.
  • Teen Lit Rocks - Want reviews and new titles to check out? How about giveaways and info on book tours? Look no further than Teen Lit Rocks.
  • WNDB - Otherwise known as We Need Diverse Books, WNDB is a movement to push for more diversity in kid and teen literature. You can follow and support them on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, too.

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