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Websites for Teens


Find websites for technology interests, writing and art contests, fashion, music and other media recommendations, world current affairs and reading suggestions.

TED ideas worth spreading – global issues.

GC3 – activities and information on careers for girls in science and technology. – 10 cool websites for music, writing, bond with math fanatics, how to stand out, how to make a difference. – websites for teens, and what they want to know: includes fashion, games, and music.

NoveList Plus – looking for ideas on fiction and nonfiction read – alikes? (log in with your Hershey Public Library card). – 12 awesome websites for music, science, careers, games, news,  networking for saving the planet, and more.

Pomegranate Words – links to several writing contests for teens including Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest, Kids-in-Print Book Contest, and MISFITS Writing Contest.

Teen Ink – variety of writing contests including cover art contests, poetry contests, fiction writing contests, and environment writing contests.

In the Middle

  • Tell your own story or create your own game of life!

About In the Middle – This is a program for kids in grade 6 and up that will be offered throughout the school year. Each month there will be themed programs of games, art, writing and creative projects. The creative projects range from cookie frosting to video making. Monthly themes include: superheroes, Frankenstein, music, film making, politics, writing, science, and fandoms.

Facilitator – Annika Sundberg.

Times – 3:00 pm to 4::00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. 3-4:30 pm for the rest of the Wednesdays.

Please register online for each session.

November’s theme is – National Novel Writing Month

Make the pledge to write a novel this month with other teens in the area online. Register for the Hershey Public Library classroom at – classroom code CYRVIWQL

Week one. Wednesday, November 7: Games: Play various writing games such as story blocks to get into the groove of writing an entire novel this month!

Week two. Wednesday, November 14: Art: This month tell your own story or create your own game of life! Stop by to create and illustrate your own finger labyrinth story or game using a variety of crafty supplies. As usual, we will open the creative box and see what stories and games you create.

Week three. Wednesday, November 21: Writing: National Novel Writing hangout – meet other novel-writers working on getting novels this month.

Week four. Wednesday, November 28: Creativity: Book trailers. You’ve written a book, now make a book trailer for it. Even if you haven’t, choose a book you love and make a trailer for it!

Girls Who Code


REGISTER HERE. Registration begins August 27.

Tuesday afternoons 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning September 18. If you have questions, call 533-6555. 

Girls in grades 6-12 learn how to use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. The program is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. Activities are available for girls with ZERO computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills taught are: Teamwork, confidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditional, and loops. Instructor: Lin Taylor.


Recommended by Our Children’s Librarian

empress of the world
american born chinese
jessica-s- guide to dating on the dark side
a northern light
the rag and bone shop
code name-verity
staying fat for sarah byrnes
eleanor and park
glory o-brien-s history of the future
the family romanov
weetzie bat
i capture the castle
miss pereguine's home for peculiar children
forgive me, leonard peacock
a great and terrible beauty
howl-s-moving castle
paper towns
the perks of being a wallflower
13 reasons why
We have put together a list of titles we think you will enjoy. Click to reserve your copy, or find a print version of the list in the Young Adult section of the library and find the book in the stacks.

Teen Tech Week

The theme this year has been “Libraries are for Creating.”

Teen Tech Week, 2018  was March 4 to 10, 2018.  You can be a teen tech volunteer at any time, not just teen tech week. Download a JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION  form to be a Teen Tech Assistant to patrons with computer questions, and help with library tech stuff. Do you have ideas on tech recycling?  Do you know how to be safe online and about identity theft prevention? Would you like to make posters,  or organize a bookmark contest that highlights the library’s digital resources?  Continue reading Teen Tech Week



Young adults or a parent/guardian looking for advice and information? See what is available in the online catalog, and links to Internet sites you might find helpful.

Click the image to select a non-fiction title.  Also, find digital downloads in OverDrive. Information on Gay Rights can be found in our Reference eBook collection. (Log in your Hershey Public Library card.)

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Websites to browse for information

10 Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian,  Bisexual or Transgender Child

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents

Transgender/Inclusion Advocacy & Information

LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary 



Continue reading LGBTQAI

Preparing for College

Rear view of graduates in caps and gowns

Information on the college admission process.

Practice tests and resources for high school and college students, and for graduates.

College Preparation – Learning Express Library
Resources for College Students – Learning Express Library
College Board
College Board Practice Tests
Test Dates
Princeton Review


Navigate colleges. Select a degree or level of study, concentration, institution type, browse for programs, majors and careers.

College Navigator – The U.S. Department of Education College Search Website
College Blue Book – Gale Reference eBook. Log in with your Hershey Public Library card beginning with 2901 and select Education. – Find colleges offering online degree programs


Student Financial Aid Information

Department Student Financial Aid Resources                                                   Department of Education Student Financial Aid
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – file online
College Scoreboards
Sallie Mae


College Scholarships

College Scholarship Search by

Educational Websites

"Education" Button on Modern Computer Keyboard.

Websites to help increase your knowledge and proficiency in many subjects. English language, foreign language learning, math, science, technology and more.

General Academic Links

Subject specific links

Internet Search


Search engines to provide you with a broad knowledge base, thus increasing the odds that you’ll find what you seek. For the broadest single search selection, try one of the metasearch engines such as Dogpile. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask a reference librarian.

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