Young Adults (YA)
Whether you are interested in having fun, homework help, college planning, or job hunting, the Library has an awesome variety of materials, programs, and resources just for you. Find the latest and the best in young adult books -many are available in audiobook and eBook format too. The Library also has online resources and books to get you ready for life after high school.
The Library also has a space dedicated just for Young Adults! The Young Adult section is located on the Main Floor. Inside you will find books, graphics, manga, board games, charging stations, and rotating activities to complete by yourself or with a group of friends.
The Library is looking forward to meeting you and listening to your ideas and suggestions about the young adult collection or programs!
If you're thinking about life after high school, you may want more information on testing, college, and financial aid. Be sure to browse our helpful books in the library's collection. If you're not sure what type of book to look for, ask a staff member! We're always glad to help.
For online information, check out these Helpful Links.
Looking for something fun or creative?
Check out these links.
Play this online RPG (Role-Playing Game) for free!
Free games, online videos, and forums are available to talk about all your favorite Cartoon Network shows and games.
Have fun and learn at the same time: Math games, reading games (like Mad Libs!!), Sudoku, comics, and more!
Kongregate: Play Free Games Online
Find free online games sorted by category.
Get the real scoop on movies before you go to the theater.
Explore this free MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game)
Read what other teens have written - poetry, movie and music reviews, sports essays, and true stories about their own lives. Or take a look at original photos and artwork by teens. The site also includes great interviews of famous people and LOTS of contests.
Web Donuts: Online Cartoons
Check out these top 10 webcomic sites, including Speed Bump, The Argyle Sweater, Foxtrot, Savage Chickens, and more.
Is all that homework starting to get to you?
We're here to help. Stop by and ask for help finding the information you need. And don't forget that you can also use or computers to work on your class projects.
Check out these helpful homework links.
Alpha Dictionary: This site links to hundreds of online dictionaries - including translation databases for nearly 300 different languages. If you need grammar advice, or help with any question about words, this is the place.
Ask a Librarian (Library of Congress): Have a reference question that your local librarian can't answer? Ask the librarians at the Library of Congress for help. Questions can be sent by e-mail, or via chat during designated times.
Back to School Center (from Information Please): This site is a handy go-to for all your educational needs, offering study tips, homework help, and more.
Fact Monster (from Information Please): The Monster offers handy tools like an online almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia, and atlas, as well as fun facts, homework help, games, and quizzes. It even shows how to cite Fact Monster as a reference source for your school paper!
RefDesk: If you've exhausted everything else, try the RefDesk - it has everything but the kitchen sink - time zones, conversion charts, horoscopes, maps, quotations, recipes, area codes, etc.
Virtual Reference Shelf (Library of Congress): Start your research with these specially selected online resources.
The Homework Spot: You need it? They have it. A huge directory of homework resources by subject as well as project ideas and help with writing.
Internet Public Library Kids' Space: Search for your subject and get a list of resources chosen by librarians around the country.
DMV Permit Practice Test Database
Illinois DMV Permit Test: This practice test helps individuals who wish to obtain an Illinois driver’s license prepare for the exam. Questions come directly from the Illinois DMV Driver’s Handbook.
Thomas.gov: Federal legislative information on the Internet.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids: Choose a grade level then look around for information on how the U.S. government works.
Justice for Kids & Youth: Federal Justice Department web sites for students of all ages.
Merriam-Webster Online: How do you spell that word? And what does it mean? Try this famous dictionary and thesaurus for help.
Resources for Writers - the OWL Handouts: Grammar, spelling, parts of speech, and more.
Sparknotes.com: Study guides for English literature.
Citing Your Sources / UI Writers Workshop: Finalizing that research paper? This University of Illinois handbook summarizes and illustrates the bibliographical formatting rules for two different citation styles: the American Psychological Association (APA) style and the Modern Language Association (MLA) style.
International Children's Digital Library: A resource for children and their families that supports access to the books of their culture.
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab): Have writer's block? Need help with that research paper? This great site includes everything you need to write a great paper, including citation formats.
United Nations: Information about the United Nations, global issues, and information about UN member countries/states.
CIA World Factbook: Facts and maps about countries of the world.
Flags of the World: Thousands of flags from around the world.
Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology: Huge resource for Greek Mythology.
American Memory: Historic photograph collections of United State's history.
USHistory.org: Hundreds of resources about American History
The American Civil War Home Page: Civil War resources including battles, biographies, medicine and more.
Civil War http://www.bartleby.com/65/ci/CivilWarUS.html Columbia encyclopedia summary of the Civil War including causes, battles and links to detailed information.
Civil War Maps: Search for maps by location, subject or alphabetically.
Gettysburg Address: See a copy of the original Gettysburg Address writing by Abraham Lincoln and read about how it was written.
U. S. National Archives and Records: Get primary source documents for American history.
Mr. Dowling's History Passport: Links to information on counties, culture and history.
Ask Dr. Math: A question and answer service for K-12 math students and their teachers.
Math Reference Tables: Math tables, algebra formulas, and more.
Math.com: The World of Math online.
Graph Paper!: Used your last sheet of graph paper? Don't worry, you can print out different kinds of graph paper here.
The Exploratorium Science Museum: The Exploratorium has a web site of over 15,000 web pages exploring science, art, and technology including science experiments and activities.
Science Fair Project Resource Guide: Find out how to do a science fair project and get ideas of different projects you can do.
Science News for Kids: Science news, games and information to keep you up to date on science in the news.
The Why Files: Find out the science behind the headlines.
NASA: Thousands of pages of resources on astronomy, planets, comets, astronauts and new discoveries of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Chemicool: Cooler Than Absolute Zero!: An easy reference for chemistry class, this periodic table offers useful facts about each element.
You've got questions, we've got answers. Check out these links about health, money, sex, relationships and politics. Don't forget, the library also offers books and magazines on a wide range of topics. Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a staff member for help.
Abstinence Resource Center
Learn about what abstinence is, and whether it's right for you.
Eating Disorders: Getting Help - NOVA
Learn the warning signs of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, browse the FAQs, and check out the recommended links for more information about eating disorders.
Planned Parenthood - Info for Teens
Provides health and well-being information for teens, including relationships, pregnancy, sexuality, and LGBTQ. Submit your questions with Ask the Experts, or use the Chat feature for fast answers.
Sex, Etc. - Sex Education by Teens, for Teens
Find the answers to all your health questions. Covers many topics, including love & relationships, LGBTQ, body image, girls' & guys' health, abuse & violence, and sex.
TeensHealth provides accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information you can use - and it's doctor-approved.
National Youth Rights Association (NYRA)
Learn about youth rights and get involved in the issues affecting you, like voting age, curfew, and drinking age. Find out how to become a youth rights advocate.
Practical Money Skills for Life
Use games, quizzes, and general info to learn about budgets, credit cards, and how to manage that money!
Rock the Vote: Building Political Power for Young People
Get involved in the political process - by the people, for the people - that includes you!
Look no further for ideas about what to read next. Check out our Teen Reader Resources for Staff Picks, Best Seller Lists, Award Winning Book Lists, and Reading Recommendations & Reviews . We also hope you'll stop by the library for our awesome selection of books, CDs, and movies - or just to use the Internet or hang out in the YA section.
Is there a book you hope we'll buy? Fill out our Suggest a Purchase Form! Do you have a comment or an idea for us? Need help finding something or have a question about the library? Contact us at , chat with a staff member.