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

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Information and Research
  • infoplease – Encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and several almanacs accessible all from one spot.
  • – 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.
  • Research and Learning Tools - Provided by the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System and its member libraries, this is a collection of well-vetted information sources on a variety of topics, from learning a new language, studying a specific time in history, or just acing that driving test.
Find Your Next Book

Young 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 through this link.

  • 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 FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr, too.
Audiobooks for Teens

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.

College Student Aid

The 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

General Health
  • Coalition for Positive Sexuality - No preaching, no moralizing, just the facts.
  • Di Que SíUn sitio sobre salud para adolescentes en español. (A site about health for teenagers in Spanish.)
  • Go Ask Alice - Questions and answers hosted by Columbia University.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center - Full-text medical encyclopedias, nearly 400 health and medical journals, more than 800 pamphlets, and nearly 2,100 health articles from general interest publications.
  • I Wanna Know - Internet newsletter written by teens.
  • Sex, Etc… - A website by teens for teens.
  • Teens Health - A safe, private place for teens in need of honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life in general.
Health for Young Women
  • iemily - Health and wellness website just for girls.
  • The Center for Young Women's Health (CYWH) - A partnership between the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology, at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Center is an educational entity that is committed to providing teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information, educational programs, and conferences.
Teen Issues
  • Facts For Families - Information on ADHD, ODD, teen suicide, psychosis, conduct disorder, and other topics from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Girl Zone - A community for teen girls that provides articles and advice regarding life.
  • Girls' Life - Dedicated to informing, inspiring and entertaining girls around the globe.
  • Mind Your Mind - Suggestions for coping as well as advice for those seeking help.
  • Teen Line - Is a confidential telephone helpline and online chat for teenage callers. Teen Line has been an affiliated program of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 's Department of Psychiatry.