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Artist’s Toolkit
The artist's tools include such visual principals as balance, emphasis, and rhythm, and such visual elements as line, shape, color, space, and texture.

BetterPhoto.com
Want to get the most out of your digital photos? Click here for quick tips and detailed instruction.

Folding Scrapbooks
Follow illustrated step-by-step instructions and make small scrapbooks, which can be filled with photos and mementos.

Knitty.com
Click on “Patterns” for such knits as Toasty Pocket Creatures, knitted critters that keep your hands toasty on cold days.

Marble Magnets
Make tiny marble magnets from tiny photos and other pictures.

Sock Monkey
Detailed sock monkey making instructions take out the guesswork.

The Duct Tape Guys
The Duct Tape Guys show you how to make duct tape wallets in eight photo-illustrated easy steps.

Top 10 Crafts for Teens
From blue jean pocket books to message boards, these top ten crafts for teens are do-able, useful, and perfect for expressing your individuality.


Al-Anon/Alateen
Al-Anon helps people recover from the effects of living with an alcoholic relative or friend. Alateen is a recovery group for young people with a drinking problem. Both groups base their programs on the work of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Information is listed alphabetically by topic and by age group. This site also features updates on bioterrorism topics.

Health and Wellness Resource Center
Search here for articles about diseases, conditions, medications, and alternative medicine. This database is NOT intended as a substitute for medical diagnoses, advice, or treatment. If accessing this database from outside the library, you’ll need to use a TRL library card.

iwannaknow
Info on sexually transmitted diseases, advice on abstinence, and resources for gay teens are featured on this site, sponsored by the American Social Health Association.

TeenGrowth.com
Medical board-certified physicians dish out the facts about body changes, parents, sibs, friends, toenails, driving smarts, junk vs. health food, sexuality, emotions, and a lot more.

TeensHealth
Click here for quizzes, articles, and advice about good physical and mental health, plus mouth-watering recipes and answers to tons of questions.

TOGETHER! Youth Violence, Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Prevention
Thurston County’s TOGETHER! encourages community commitment to the health and safety of youth. The organization sponsors forums and event for teens that promote health and discourage the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

Voices of Youth
Voices of Youth is a United Nations-sponsored web site designed for children and adolescents who would like to explore and discuss global human rights and social change issues.


College Board
Information on college planning, including PSAT and SAT registration.

General Educational Development (GED)
Washington state information on eligibility, preparing for the test, testing center locations, and records requests.

Jobs, Education, & Practice Tests
TRL's reference databases for standardized test preparation guides, career information, and education programs.

Myfuture.com
Articles, advice, tools, and checklists for exploring all branches of the military, as well as other careers and colleges.

NextStepU
After high school, what’s next? Geared to high school juniors and seniors, NextStepU has articles and videos about college, careers, gap years, military service, and more.

Occupational Outlook
Explore hundreds of job and career profiles and learn what they do, how to become one, and what their future might look like.

Teen Ink: College Essays
Read real college essays published in the print and online versions of Teen Ink. Comment on and share others' essays and submit your own.

Washington Business Week
Washington Business Week give teens the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a variety of careers through summer camps and in-school community programs.

Washington Student Achievement Council
Information about colleges and universites in Washington as well as preparing for and paying for higher education. Includes state-specific information about programs such as Running Start, College Bound, and Washington Opportunity Pathways.


Cartalk
Car diagnostic mechanics Tom and Ray dispense advice with verve, spunk, and unstoppable humor on National Public Radio. Keep laughing and learning at their web site.

Driver License
Getting a driver license? Find out how by visiting the Washington State Department of Licensing web site.

Drive-Safely.net
Drive-Safely.net provides safe driving tips, traffic ticket advice and online traffic school reviews from a licensed CDL driving instructor.

Fuel Economy
This U.S. Department of Energy website gives the gas mileage, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety info for new and used cars and trucks.

Practice Test
This site is designed to give you an idea of the types of questions you’ll be asked on the Washington state drivers license test.

Teen New Drivers’ Homepage
Ryan has some helpful stuff to say about driving around school, driving around town, bad weather, passing, the warning signs of fatigue, and more topics.

The Simple Dollar Guide to Teen Car Insurance and Driver Safety
This article provides tips for learning to drive, driving safely, responding to accidents and the police, and saving money on car insurance.


All Music Guide
Look here for info about and reviews of rock, hip hop, country, jazz, classical, blues, world music, folk, rap, reggae, and more.

Anime News Network
Tune in for updates on the anime industry in Japan and the United States, reviews, and an anime series encyclopedia.

Artist Direct
Tune up with music news, concert info, CD reviews, interviews with performers, and links galore.

Experience Music Project
Experience music at the Experience Music Project, located at the Seattle Center. The site offers an events calendar, interviews with artists and bands, and links to music sites.

In the Mix
This TV series features teening talk about the issues in their lives.

Internet Movie Database
Search by title, performer, and a whole lot more, and keep current with the daily news feature.

Movie Cliché List
Laugh out loud at those annoying logic flaws and stereotypes known as movie clichés. Seen any more movie clichés lately? Send them in.

Ricci Adams’ musictheory.net
Learn everything from the basics of clefs and staffs to playing keyboard, guitar, or brass—with the help of handy “trainer” screens. You’ll need a Macromedia Flash Player 6.0r65 or higher to view the content on this website

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Know your history! Learn about the Rock and Roll Timeline, This Day in Rock and Roll, and the rockers who are enshrined each year.

SyFy: Imagine Greater
This all-sci-fi-all-the-time site runs TV schedules of science fiction series (new ones and old faves) as well as news about upcoming movies.

Television without Pity
Hop here for smarty-pants previews of upcoming episodes and cheeky recaps of your favorite shows.

Toonopedia
Don Markstein's Toonopedia is a vast repository of toonological knowledge about both animated and still cartoons.

Yahoo Movies
Find out about tomorrow’s movie right now! You can search for movie previews by title, performers, director, writer, or movie category (action, comedy, etc.).


100 Benefits of Journaling
Benefits include stress reduction, healing, personal growth, knowing yourself, easier problem solving, enhancing creativity and intuition, and telling your story.

All About Me Journaling Prompts
Scroll down past the photos of Writing Jars to a long list of journal-writing prompts.

Blogger
Create a blog to be read by billions all over Planet Earth—and beyond—in three easy steps!

Diaryland
Diaryland is a place where you can set up your online diary as your-eyes-only private, or you can make it all-eyes public for all the world to read.

Journaling Prompts
Hover your mouse over a "star" and the star responds with a pop-up journal writing prompt.


ESPN Action Sports
Skateboarding, snowboarding, bike stunts, motocross, and more extreme sports share space with X Games updates and a guide to the best places to skateboard in Seattle.

Internet Resources: Sports
Run here for web sites about American professional and college sports.

Skateboarding.com
Need help with your heelflip technique? Or maybe, you'd like to try a Backslide Ollie 180. Turn to Transworld Skateboarding magazine's website for advice, inspiration, interviews with skateboarding legends, and 'boarding news.

Skaters for Public Skateparks
Want to build a skatepark? Zoom here for info on getting started, fund raising, design and building, and maintenance.


BrainBashers
Bash your brain with these brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, games, and optical illusions.

CR Puzzles
Cryptograms, picture scrambles, minicrostics, crosswords, logic problems… Updated daily, this online puzzle magazine will tweak your brain.

Free Rice
Put that cramming for SAT vocabulary to good use! For every correct definition you choose, Free Rice donates 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

Games for the Brain
Have fun while training your brain with such games as Mastermind, Marsmoney, Oooze, and Chess.

Thinks.com Puzzles
Fiendish puzzles, riddles, trivia, anagrams, crosswords and scary crossword variants (don't ask, just look) make this site a thorny thicket.

TravelPod: The Traveler IQ Challenge
How well do you know the world? Get ready to click on the world map where you think famous places and cities are located. Speed and accuracy count!


Cool Works
Find seasonal jobs for teens ages 14 - 17

Department of Ecology Youth Corps
Summer Ecology Youth Corps crews mostly do road cleanup. Crews are divided into ages 15 – 17 and ages 18 – 21.

Do Something
As a teen, there is a lot you can do right now to make a positive difference. You can do something on your own, or you can volunteer for an organization.

Employed Teenagers
Employed Teenagers offers advice and tips for resumes and interviews and breaks down job ideas by age.

Feed the Pig
Tools, tips, articles, and other resources to help you take control of your personal finances - and feed your piggy bank - brought to you by the AICPA and the Ad Council.

Idealist.org
Want to help? Look here for global volunteer organizations, opportunities, services, resources, events, and ideas.

Part-time Jobs for Teenagers
Possible part-time jobs include errand running for busy clients, creating Web sites, working at fast food outlets, and selling stuff you make at farmers’ markets.

Saving Money Tips for Teens
Great tips from secretsofskateboarding.com to help you when you're saving up for something big - like a new board. Resources for finding a job, understanding and managing credit, and more.

Six Great Ways for Teens to Make Some Green This Summer
Details about six teen businesses are prefaced by quick advice about safety, legality, promoting your business, and customer service.

Teens4hire
Check with parents first, as this is a commercial organization that charges a fee for some services, and requires personal information (like your phone number) before you can search the jobs database. Or you can focus on the site's job seeking tips and sample resumes that you can print out for free.

Volunteer Match
If you're looking for a volunteering opportunity in your community, this site will take your zip code, ask you for some info, and come up with a list of possibilities nearby.

YouthRules! Young Worker Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Labor spells out work rules for teens ages 13 and under, 14 – 15, 16 – 17, and 18 and up.


ICYou See: T is for Thinking
ICYSee is a self-guided tour and training page that addresses basic questions, like: how do you search for stuff, and once you find it, how do you know if it's any good?

Internet Resources: Email Information
Click here for information on email services and free email on the Internet.

Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens
Whatever space you choose for your socializing online, be smart and follow these common-sense guidelines.

Webmonkey
This free public resource for web developers features tutorials and articles written by web designers and programmers.

Wikispaces
Create a wiki to share with families, friends, teams, fan clubs, and more. Public wikis are free, but the site charges a fee for private and ad-free wikis.


National Center for Youth Law
This site links to information about youth health, child support, welfare, fair housing, juvenile justice, public policy organizations, and legislative resources.

Rock the Vote
Get the facts, get fired up, get involved in the political issues that affect teens.