Teen Resources

Driver's Education

Driving-Tests.org is a free driver education program that contains:  11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 10 CDL practice tests, 3 online driver's manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV related questions, and road sign practice. Spanish versions are also included.

Reading Lists

Epic Reads is an interactive website with contests, blogs, polls, reviews, author info, videos and book info.

Young Adult Series and Sequels is maintained by the Bettendorf Public Library.  This is the site to go to for an awesome database of YA series titles.

http://www.graphicnovelreporter.com is all about finding out what’s hot in the world of graphic novels. Check the Manga glossary or current reviews for recommended reading. Read creators’ biographies or interviews. Check out “best-of” lists. Find out what books are being turned into movies. Join book clubs and read or post on blogs. Receive newsletters or RSS feeds. 

Teenreads.com provides information about what’s new with This Week’s New Releases, and what books have been made into movies. Read reviews, author interviews, book blogs and more.

Reading Rants! has out of the ordinary teen book lists!

Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists are first rate in the marriage of storytelling and art and have appeal for a wide range of teen readers from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Teen's Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

The Hub site from YALSA offers recommendations for great teen reads, polls about your favorite teen reading topics and YA fun!

Wisconsin's Digital Library for Teens is the place to download your favorite books!

Homework Resources

Easy Bib formats your citations in a variety of styles from a variety of sources.

Calculators allows the user to pick any type of online calculator needed to do your work, from basic to science to trigonometry!

WolframAlpha site computes answers to your questions or calculations.  This is a great way to compare statistics and do complex math problems.

Learning Express Library uses your MORE library card to take practice tests, do skill builders and find information.

Merriam-Webster Online Search is four standard resources in one place! It includes an online dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English dictionary and a new medical dictionary.

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper is a free education and homework resource for students, parents and teachers.

Technology Sites

Curiosity Machine supports students, parents and educators, and mentors to build, learn and teach using the engineering design process.

Tinker Cad is the easiest, fiercest 3D design tool around!

App Inventor is a free, cloud-based service that teaches the basics of programming apps for Android devices.

Made With Code is a google-led initiative to get more girls involved in computer programming.

Computer Science Online connects students with hundreds of MOOCs (college level classes made available, free of charge, for unlimited participation).

Scratch teaches programming language to create stories, games, and animation.  It is designed and maintained by the LifeLong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.  Kids have an option to join or refrain from sharing creations online with others.

Learn About The World

Khan Academy provides over 3,300 video tutorials and interactive exercises in math, science, computer programming, history, economics, art, music and more. 

TED Talks for Kids features videos of inspiring and informative speakers for teens.

Rocket Languages is a free interactive, online language program that is accessed with an Ellsworth Public Library card.  Choose from 15 languages including English courses designed for Spanish speakers!

College Resources

CollegeBoard.com offers a full length SAT practice test and scoring guide.

ACT Test Prep includes ACT prep, sample test questions, calculator tips, career planning and more.

BLS Career Information helps teens get information about careers that might interest them based on their favorite subjects in school.

Private College Zone is an online resource to help students and their families select a college, apply for admission and plan to finance higher education.

UCAN is a site to explore hundreds of private colleges and universites.

University of Wisconsin links to Wisconsin's public university system.

Tech Schools is a resource to learn about Wisconsin's technical colleges.

Knowhow2Go encourages young people to prepare for college using four simple steps.

Learning Express uses the MORE library card to take practice ACT and SAT tests.

Edutrek is a database of over 7,000 colleges and universities.

Online Games

Horse Isle is set in a fictional world that centers on horses. Includes capture and care, mini games and arena competition.

Wolfquest is a 3D wildlife simulation game that challenges players to learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park.

HoodaMath is filled with addicting math games.

Additional Resources

Visit the MORE Research Page to connect with other resources for parents and teens.

Help! Emergency Information for Teens in Crisis.

Positive Alternatives/Teen Care - Where Teens and Families Get Help Fast

Sites in River Falls and Menomonie offer a wide range of youth and family services.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

24 Hour Crisis Hotline:  1.800.491.8336   

River Falls Location:  Positive Alternatives

2860 Williams Avenue - River Falls, WI  54022 - 715.426.2224 - http://positive-alternatives.org/

Menomonie Location:  Positive Alternatives

603 Terrill Road - Menomonie, WI  54751 - 715.235.9552 - http://positive-alternatives.org/

Pierce County Human Services  http://www.co.pierce.wi.us/Human%20Services/Mental_Health.html offers outpatient, prevention, crisis intervention, emergency care, and referrals. Immediate assistance is available 24 hours a day for all emergencies.

24 hour help:  888.552.6642.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day and will connect you to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

24 hour help:  1.800.273.8255