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Zinio for Teens

by Courtney N - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary Public Library recently added Zinio, an online database that grants members access to hundreds of free magazines, to its E-Library. Members can download an unlimited number of magazines for free and keep them forever.

For those of you who have a long bus ride to school, you can download magazines the night before and read them on your phone or tablet on the way to school. Once magazines are downloaded, Wi-Fi is no longer required to read the magazines. Anyone traveling over the holidays or for spring graduation trips can make use of this feature, too.

There are just a few simple steps to accessing Zinio and you can read about getting started here: http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/books-more/ebooks/zinio

While there are over 350 magazines you can access with your library card, here are a few teen-worthy recommendations:

Nylon

Car and Driver

Seventeen

Rolling Stone

Sportsnet Magazine

Transworld Snowboarding

Popular Science

Zinio

So you have some difficult Questions? Who you gonna call?

by Adrienne - 0 Comment(s)

 

You know those questions you don't want to ask ANYbody? Or you talk about all the time but your friends seem useless at? Yeah those questions... Sometimes it's much easier not to .. or to browse the Internet or..., well we have just added some Teen Health & Wellness Links to our TeenZone page precisely for that reason! Plus we have a great book list. Warning= Scroll down on the page to see them! We also have more - lists on particular subjects such as Death & Disease, My Body, GLBTQ, Disabilities & Disorders under our INTENSE Booklists tab. Last year I wrote a blog called My Life Just Turned Upside Down that has some great book suggestions in it as well! To access the page normally click on our Teens page. There are health & wellness and a jobs & career links tabs which both get you to the same place. Or - you can access them through the Information tab under our Booklists on the top left hand side of the Teens page.

Here is a list of what's on the page and how it might be helpful. I encourage you to check out the pages - lots of them have interactive elements like live chat, places to submit your own art and writing and to take quizzes/ games at. Some feature videos, clubs, and courses you can take as well.

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Kid’s Help Phone

24 hour Confidential counselling, information and referral for youth up to age 18.

By phone or On-line Chat. Legal Advice.

Website has some great mini pages on Bullying, Dating, Finding a place to live etc.

connecteen logo Connect Teen (Calgary Distress Centre)

24hr Counselling & Emergency Service.

Chat on-line or on the phone.

Connect Teen also offers a Youth Blog.

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Just for You

Youth Health Information (Government of Canada):

A comprehensive information source for teen health.

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Calgary Sexual Health Centre

Offers teens information about birth control, safe sex, STD’s, relationships and coming out.

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Calgary Outlink

The Inside Out Youth Group is a fun, Calgary, casual, peer and social group for GLBTQ youth. The group is a safe and welcoming place for all. Group facilitators are trained volunteer youth peer support and adult support.

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Canadian Mental Association - Got a Brain?

Education around mental health and positive ways of managing it. Includes resources about stress, suicide, eating disorders and teen depression.

Submit your story, play on-line games.

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The Calgary Between Friends Club

Fun and fellowship for disabled youth!

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Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta-Calgary Chapter

Support for teenagers with learning disabilities.

Programs, services, on-line library.

Perspectives = On-line magazine.

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Street Guide for Calgary Youth

Names and addresses of dozens of organizations to help youth living on the streets and with general

 

Looking for a job, house or career advice (yes we are aware that teens need this type of advice on occasion) our Jobs and Careers links can help as well as this great booklist!

WE HOPE THIS HELPS!!

Homework sucks?!?!?!?!

by Monique - 0 Comment(s)

Frustrated with homework? Finding that no matter how hard you try you can’t remember what you studied earlier? Try out these books for some excellent strategies to help you out:

Study smart, study less

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Study skills : do I really need this stuff?

Don’t forget, that we also have copies of The Key that you can borrow; these are a great way to help review for upcoming exams. Just remember to put a copy on hold as they are rarely on the shelf, it’s free with your library card!!!

No time to stop at the library for a book? The E-Library is also a great place to find useful information that you can use for any paper or help with homework. Check out these great downloadable resources:

How to Study

Get organized


If you have no time to even download books, check out this great website, for some tips:

http://oedb.org/library/features/hacking-knowledge-how-to-learn-faster-deeper-and-better-in-the-21st-century

Also, check out some of our other blogs that have some great suggestions:

http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/blogs/teen-zone?t=e-library

Don't sweat it if none of these work, we also have the Peer to Peer Study Group every Monday evening on the 2nd floor of Central Library. It runs from 4:30 to 6:30, but you are more than welcome to stay until 8 pm. This program runs until April 29.

Staff are always here to help you out as well. If you can’t make it to the library, check out the info chat, where staff are more than happy to help you find anything that you need.

Peer to Peer Study Group

by Monique - 2 Comment(s)

teensFrustrated with how the semester ended? Ok, so in September you were really ambitious to start the school year off with a bang and keep it up for the entire school year. Yet things haven't worked out as you had planned, right? Does everything your teacher tell you sound foreign to you? No worries, Central library has the solution for you!! From Monday, February 4 to Monday, April 29 (with the exception of February 18), we have a gathering place on the second floor for teens to meet with teen volunteers to get help with their homework, from 4:30 to 6:30. You are more than welcome to stick around until 8 pm to finish anything that you have already started. Check out these previous blogs, OMG, it's due tomorrow and Kick Next Semesters @$$ for some great homework help databases. Don't forget to check out all the other awesome programs that we have for you to check out.

Peer to Peer Study Group = Homework Help at The Library!

by Adrienne - 0 Comment(s)

Okay, so it's mid semester and you're overloaded with homework. Right, ... right? Yeah, I thought so. Plus this is putting a serious cramp on your social life right? Well we, at Central, have the perfect solution for you. On Mondays (including this Monday the 26th!) from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. we have created a special study space for teens to work in on the third floor. Teen volunteers (Honours' and IB students) will be on hand to help you with your homework! Plus you can stick around until 8pm to finish what you started. Awesome right? Upcoming dates are Nov 26, Dec 03, and Dec 10. Teens in Grades 10 to 12 can come get help with your homework from other students. Plus check out some of our previous blogs for awesome homework help databases and other cool after-school programs offered at the library. Need a tutor? Due tomorrow? = No Problem! Did I mention the social possibilities of homework?? Always a way to meet new people...

As a teen I was part of the Peer-Support team at my high school. It was great! Mind you it wasn't a study group, but I definitely made some lasting friendships through it, plus learning a thing or two about psychology. My point being, that Peer to Peer homework support is a great place to do your homework in silence, and get out of the house, increasing your social network at the same time. Killing the birds of homework, better grades, happy teachers and socializing in one fell swoop. How could your parents possibly argue with that? Come on down!

OMG It's due tomorrow!?!?!

by Monique - 0 Comment(s)

 

No worries, the Calgary Public Library’s E-Library is here to help. The E-Library can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has loads of databases that can be accessed for free from the comfort of your house. Your library card gives you access to these awesome resources. Click on the link to the E-Library from our website and login using your library card and PIN.

Here are some great resources to check out:

Read today's newspapers from around the world in Newspaper Direct Press Display.

Canadian Encyclopedia, has great Canadian information about Canadians, the country, what happened on a specific date and alot more information about Canada.

The World Book Online Reference Centre has encyclopedia articles on various topics, government resources and current events as well as other great information.

Access Science is a great database where you can search all things science. Each article is also cited in either MLA or APA.

Check these databases and the others for some awesome information.

 

The Summer Job

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Job Hunter

It’s summer!

No essays to write, no reports to hand in, no tests to stress out over. Yep, for the next two months, it’s sunshine, relaxation and oh yeah… time to find a summer job.

Although it may not be the most fantastic way to spend the school break, a summer job is a great way to earn money, get work experience and learn a little bit more about what you might want to do (or not do) as career when you finish school for good.

The Calgary Public Library has many resources that can help you find employment this summer. Be sure to take a look at a few from our E-Library and Answers Online:

Career Cruising: an excellent online resource with career matchmaking tests and job profiles.

Nextsteps.org: A website geared specifically towards finding work in Calgary. Includes resume writing tips, interviews with people working here in Calgary and answers to frequently asked questions.

. . . And don't miss the great career books we’ve got in our collection! Try the ones below!

Place a hold Place a hold

If you're more civic-minded, why not volunteer? There are lots of programs at the library that you can help out with - just click here and scroll down to "Youth Volunteer Opportunities."

Homework Helper

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

You don’t even have to leave the comfort of home to ask Calgary Public Library staff a question. Whether you’re researching a topic or looking for the latest book from your favourite author, just click on the Homework Helper link on the left hand of this screen when it reads "Online" and log on with your library card. Library staff will be online and at your service, Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Help is just a click away!

Download a Book

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Do you know that you can download electronic books and audiobooks from the comfort of your own home?

From the CPL homepage click on the E-Library link and then select "Books, Authors & E-Books". Click on "Overdrive Downloadable E-Books and E-Audiobooks" and log on with your library card to explore the many titles available.

Dowload files to your computer, transfer them to a compatible MP3 player or burn them onto a CD. Overdrive offers MP3 audiobooks that are compatible with the iPod®, iPhone™, the iPod Shuffle or virtually any MP3 player!

Find popular teen titles for leisure reading (or listening) or look for information for your next report. The E-Library is available 24/7!

Oh no! It’s due tomorrow!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)
Have no fear…the E-Library is here! Information is at your fingertips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have lots of electronic databases that you can use for FREE right from the comfort of your own home. Click on the E-Library link from the Library homepage, enter your library card number and PIN and find answers and full text published articles on any topic! Most of these services are not available on the open Internet, but your library card gives you special access to them.

These are just a few of the databases we have to offer:

Read today's newspapers ffrom around the world in Newspaper Direct Press Display.

Student Research Center will help you find results for homework about events, people, and ideas.

Find current encyclopedia articles and multimedia features in World Book Online Reference Center.

The Shakespeare Collection has complete plays, sonnets, criticism, reviews, images, and theatre prompt books.

Check out these and other databases today!