Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and enter to win a reward. Learn more about the Quest at https://milibraryquest.wixsite.com/quest1. The Quest begins on January 1 and ends on February 14, 2021.
Clue: “There was someone on the elevator before me and the scent left behind was really pretty”
Teen Library Council
Teen Library Council (TLC) meets to discuss teen books, movies, music, and programs that you would like to see in the Library. Teens in grades 7 – 12 who are interested in joining, or who need volunteer hours, are always welcome. Help make the Teen Department what you want it to be! TLC applications are available here: TLC Volunteer Application (PDF). UPDATE: Teen Library Council will not be meeting until further notice.
Books & Bytes
Books & Bytes is a book club just for teens in grades 7-12. Join us for a lively discussion via Discord. Please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation to our Discord channel. Upcoming book club dates are below.
Teen Research Sources
Tutor.com – Get help with schoolwork with live tutors, find resources for writing school papers, and prepare for standardized tests.
Britannica School High – Multimedia, reading-level appropriate nonfiction content for 9-12 grade students and educators.
Driver’s Education Program (Free) – Includes several practice tests and an FAQ section with over 100 detailed answers.
How to Study – Learn tips for better notes, test-taking and more.
MAS Complete – Offers coverage of popular high school magazines and reference books and covers a wide range of subjects including art, history, sports, and music.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.
Citation Machine – Learn how to format your citations and create bibliographies.
Teens Health Test Anxiety – Do you struggle with maintaining your nerves before that big exam? Learn tips and tricks for managing these stressful times.
Teens Health – Information about health, growth, and emotions.
The Mint – Tips and tools for managing money.
Time Zone Converter – Find out what time it is anywhere in the world.
Unit Converter – Convert a variety of mathematical and scientific data.
College and Beyond
These websites are suggested to help you think about that next step in life…where you want to go and what you want to do after high school.
College Board – Tips on preparing for college, registering to take the SAT and more.
FinAid – Find scholarships, military aid, calculators and more.
FAFSA – Anyone attempting to get college loans, scholarships and more need to fill this out after income tax forms are completed.
Kaplan Test Centers – Get help on the ACT, SAT and AP Exams.
LearningExpress Library – Interactive learning centers with test and job preparation.
Mapping Your Future – One stop shopping for exploring colleges, majors and financial aid options.
Occupational Health Handbook – Information about various careers.
Princeton Review College Majors – Browse lists of college majors and which schools offer them. Take quizzes, get test help and explore colleges.
Vocational Studies Premier – Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges, relevant to vocational programs. Subjects covered include counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, law enforcement, and veterinary assistant.
Absolute Shakespeare – Have a Shakespeare assignment? Just interested in learning more? This website has you covered.
Dictionary.com – Daily words, crosswords or look up the meaning of troublesome words.
eBook High School Collection – Specifically for high school students and educators, this collection offers full-text eBook coverage that aligns with school’s curriculum. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards.
Grammarbook.com – Helpful rules, real-world examples, and fun quizzes.
Project Gutenberg – More than 50,000 free eBooks.
Purdue Online Writing Lab – An all-encompassing website to help you throughout the writing process from research and writing tips to citation help.
Rhymer.com – Find rhymes.
Symbols.com – Western symbols and ideogram explanations.
University of Michigan’s Dictionary of Symbolism: Symbolic meanings of words are discussed here in a convenient alphabetical listing.
Ben’s Guide to US Government – Get help with a government project.
CIA World Factbook – Site for information on country’s, including its people, history, commerce and more.
History Reference Center – Covers U.S. and world history topics and features historical reference books, magazines, and thousands of primary source documents.
National Geographic Maps – One stop website to find maps of all kinds.
StateMaster – Great resource for reports on US states and for comparing states.
University of Texas’ Historical Maps Collection – This site is the place to go when you need a map to help with a US history project or are curious what the United States looked like throughout history.
Mango Languages – Free with your library card to learn any of 80 provided languages.
BBC Languages: Spanish – Free podcast for beginner Spanish learners.
French Tutorial – Free resource for learning French.
Google Translate – Translate passages and text.
Notes in Spanish – Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced Spanish student, this website is invaluable.