Teen Resources

During this time of social distancing and school closures, the library has come up with a list or resources to help students continue to learn, grow, and succeed. Check out these links and useful programs…

Information on Business Schools
Click here for a guide on how to find the best business programs by state. Information provided by this website:

  • List of Best Programs
  • Table of Undergraduate Business Schools
  • Table of Graduate Level Business Schools
  • Table of Recently Published BLS.gov Job Outlook

Best Online Colleges
BestColleges.com has created an open-use guide covering the unique opportunity of enrolling in an online college. The guide covers the online bachelor’s experience, program expectations, and a list of the best online colleges. Click here for the list!

North Country Young Writers’ Festival
Registration has begun for the 2021 North Country Young Writers’ Festival! Click here to learn more and register!

Isinglass Ambassor Applications
During this round of applications for Teen Ambassadors for the NH Teen Book Awards Committee they are looking for 4 teens currently in grades 6 and 7 (so they’ll be in grades 7 and 8 during their term). Applications are due May 17. The term these ambassadors will hold will run June 2021 through March 2022 and they will be assisting with the 2023 book award list. Each teen who applies needs to fill out the teen application and also have a librarian or teacher fill out a recommendation form. Email Justine at jfafara@newport.lib.nh.us with any questions.

NH Teen Poet Laureate
Are you a teen who loves writing? Does being the NH Teen Poet Laureate sound exciting to you? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you’re in luck! Click here to find the requirements to apply to be the next Teen Poet Laureate.

Create a Student Website
According to a recent survey by CareerBuilder, 47% of employers said they were less likely to contact a candidate if they couldn’t find them online, and 20% said they expected candidates to have some form of an online presence. A digital portfolio allows students to package together their achievements and bring a personalized voice to their experience. It has unlimited reach, allows students to stand out among the competition, showcase their talents beyond the restrictions of a traditional resume, and take control of their online reputation. Click here to start a student website for yourself!

List of Scholarships
If you’re a student looking for ways to pay for college, check out this list of college scholarships and apply to as many as you can!

Brainfuse HelpNow Tutoring
Smyth Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. Brainfuse HelpNow™ provides differentiated learning solutions for users of diverse needs and background.  Students communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. HelpNow™ will be available to all library patrons from any computer with internet connection starting this month. To access HelpNow™, please visit the library’s website catalog at [https://smyth.biblionix.com/catalog/?search=].   

Live Tutoring: HelpNow offers live tutor access for homework help, skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can connect directly to a live tutor from the test center without having to return to the main page. Because HelpNow is personalized, both the student and the tutor can access quiz questions to do an intensive test prep which may include loading lessons on the whiteboard. All live sessions are saved and can be replayed as well as shared with friends and teachers by email.  Using the CloudPack feature, students can store and upload MS Word, Excel, JPG, and other accepted file types directly onto the whiteboard.

Asynchronous Services: The Writing Lab and the 24/7 Center options give users the freedom to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor.  Users can submit papers through the Writing Lab for a detailed feedback.  24/7 Center is for non-writing assignments such as math or science.  All reviews and comments from our tutors are found and stored in the Message Center which is found on the student homepage.

Study Tools: LEAP helps patrons build academic skills through targeted lessons, quizzes, and live, online tutoring. LEAP creates a learning plan based on a skills assessment that is taken at the beginning of the course. Flashbulb is a robust, learning resource where you can find flashcards or create your own. There are many ways this can be used.  Brainfuse students have created sets to use with their friends and teachers have created sets for their students to use.

Collaboration tools: For students who prefer to work independently and form their own online study group, HelpNow offers a set of collaborative tools – MEET and Brainwave. MEET allows students to schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse MEET whiteboard which is specifically designed for a group setting.  Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write on the whiteboard and chat then save and email it to others for feedback.   

Alex Higgins Memorial Space Camp Scholarship
The Alex Higgins Memorial Space Camp Scholarship represents a combined effort among Alex’s family, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to honor Alex’s memory by providing the opportunity for children and teens to engage in a science and engineering adventure that Alex Higgins truly enjoyed. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room and board for one of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camps, Aviation Challenges or Robotics Camps. Winners are chosen by a panel composed of Discovery Center staff, Higgins family members and community volunteers after review of the applicants’ essays, report cards and recommendations. Travel costs to Huntsville AL are not covered.

All applications—including 2 letters of recommendation and academic transcripts (or equivalent)—are due on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Note: Applicants must be New Hampshire residents between the ages of 9 and 18 on, or before, February 24, 2021.

The application for the Alex Higgins Memorial Space Camp Scholarship is available now on the McAuliffe-Shepard website website—click here to visit the website

Book Podcast
Goffstown Public Library is sharing a new book podcast that discusses YA fiction books and the real-life events/culture associated with the stories. Click here for the podcast!

Barry Conservation Camp 2021
Barry Conservation Camp is great for kids who love the outdoors, enjoy hands-on learning in environmental and conservation programs and can benefit from participating in a small camp. The staff takes pride in creating a special community where kids can discover their individual strengths. To learn more about this camp, click here. To apply for a scholarship for the camp through the Candia Conservation Commission, click here

 Addressing Oppression: Becoming an Ally 
View this document to better understand ways in which you can become an ally and confront the oppression within our nation’s society. Reading recommendations, words to understand and know, as well as online resources and ways to actively help are provided. 

Youth in Front Professional Development Course

Teaching Tolerance is currently piloting their Youth in Front self-paced professional development course. In the course, you’ll learn how to promote and support student-led civic engagement. You’ll receive tools and frameworks and a historical look at student-led activism from a multitude of perspectives and contexts. This course provides actionable strategies and valuable resources for supporting student activism.
The course is divided into three units: Normalizing Student-led Activism, Legal and Practical Considerations and Preparing Ourselves and Colleagues to Support Student Activism. Each unit should take one to two weeks to complete. Click here to get started!

Looking for advice or recommendations on books to read based on your interests? Check out Book and Hug, and take their Reader Personality Type Quiz to discover what book is perfect for you! This is a great resources for middle-school aged children. 

Junior Library Guide 
A weekly webcast featuring the story Aiden Tyler and Quaran-teen. 

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Teen Book Cloud
Grades 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Audio Book Cloud:
Audio book database for all ages 
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6
Audio Book Cloud wants to help bridge the school-home & library-home gap during this challenging time. They are offering 450 FREE ebooks with no obligation!
These are newly released titles which support state curriculum.
PW: keepreading | UN: sebco | ID#: 1
Offer good through 6/30/2020.
Vote here for your favorite books: http://yals.nhlibrarians.org/book-awards/isinglass/

Health Programming for Summer Reading
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to for Summer Reading!

ChildLight Education Company:
This company stands in solidarity against any and all acts of racism, disrespect and inequitable treatment of people. Talking about racism, traumatic events and violence can be difficult for families, but they have put together some valuable resources that may help in discussing this issue. 

How Teach Your Kids to Fight Hate: An Age-by-Age Guide
Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents
How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism

Need to understand racism but don’t know where to start? 
Try Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham.
A Free PDF download is available for a limited time at https://www.dottirpress.com/not-my-idea

Also consider Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning. 
An audiobook version is available now through Spotify. Learn more about the content of this powerful novel, and access the audiobook at https://bookriot.com/2020/06/04/stamped-from-the-beginning-by-ibram-x-kendi-free-on-spotify/

The Young Adult Library Services is a great resource for locating books and resources. They have developed the Isinglass and Flume awards, which are book awards given to books that are specifically geared towards high school students. You can now find 2020 winners and the 2021 short lists for both awards: Flume Award / Isinglass Award

Free Math Tutoring:
November weekly drop-in sessions Tuesdays from 4-6pm. Starting December Library sessions by appointment. (Email scott496@comcast.net)
With Candia resident, Scott Hewitt, retired Math teacher and current instructor at community college.
For all ages and abilities with help from Arithmetic to Calculus. 

College Resources and Links: 


OnlineColleges.net has relaunched their site to become the Center for Online Education with the hopes of providing students centralized college resources and informational guides. Because of the project’s non-biased approach and focusing only on not-for-profit public and private higher education institutions, they have become a valuable resource for educational and governmental entities throughout New Hampshire. Students who are looking for colleges and universities in New Hampshire or out of state can find in-depth information by state, by degree, or common questions, concerns and helpful financial and scholarship resources. 

Need help understanding of the two major financial products that students will encounter on campus: credit cards and student loans. Check out these links below, designed to help students develop a better understanding of these products:



For New Hampshire students who are looking to stay in state, you might be specifically interested in:  http://www.onlinecolleges.net/New-Hampshire/  








Looking for a job?
Check out this great website for information on jobs for teens in your area: Jobs for Teens HQ