Working with teens can be a daunting task, but having a plan prepared with resources and books to turn too can make life easier. These websites and resources are meant for teens to help with homework and life in general. But I found them useful so that as librarians we can understand what they look at, and how to use these sites to help them.
- The Internet Public Library collects resources for teens but also has other websites for kids and special collections. I found this resource helpful because it divided their collections into sub-genres of school and homework help, Graphic novels, poetry, sports and entertainment, etc. This is very useful for a YA librarian to have in their back pocket to use with teens. http://www.ipl.org./div/teen/
- The @ Your Library Campaign website has a section for teens and how they can get involved with libraries. http://www.atyourlibrary.org/teen-spotlight
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence is a great resource collection for older teens for homework. This site has a expansive subject list with links to websites about that subject. But I find this can be useful to anyone. http://www.free.ed.gov/index.cfm
- iSafe is a non for profit organization dedicated to teaching children and teens about how the internet can be harmful. Their website http://isafe.org/xblock/ is a program for teens to sign up for the iMentor program to learn more about web safety. Even the iSafe website has tools for parents and educators as well.
- http://www.monstrous.com/ A perfect site for the Halloween season and any teen that is obsessed with monsters.
- I am even going to include YALSA’s site for Teen Read Week which is coming up soon (Oct. 14-20). YA Librarians should be programming or promoting this week to get teens involved at the library and to promote reading. The theme this year is “It came from the library” a spooktacular theme for a sometimes scary group. http://teenreadweek.ning.com/