The Herrick Library has just added the Teen Resource Center, a database from Omnigraphics. This database includes information relating to many teenage issues including health concerns in a section called “Healthy Body Healthy Mind,” which contains topics such as eating disorders, acne and skin health, learning disabilities, healthy relationships, sports injuries, substance abuse, and sexuality. The Teen Resource Center also covers many other topics young adults may have both a curiosity about and a practical use for.
In visiting the Financial Literacy section a teen can learn how to how to develop a financial plan, and learn what to look for and beware of when buying a car. Also included is a complete section called College Financing which talks about how to prepare for college, how to save for college, what tests to take, where to try to get financial assistance, and how to choose a college to best suit a particular student. This section also provides information on financial independence and money management.
The Personal Growth section contains information about career exploration, which covers such items as apprenticeships, internships, mentoring, and volunteering as ways to a viable career path. There is information about Driving, which covers everything from preparing for a driving test, to what to do if you have an accident or get a flat tire. Under Employment, a teen can learn to write a proper resume, a cover letter, learn about child labor laws, and also how to prepare for a job interview.
Online Safety, Privacy and Presence addresses issues with social media, cyberbullying, selfies, and protecting oneself from online predators, For concerned parents, there is information about talking with teens about online safety.
There are additional sections dedicated to Education and its challenges, and Youth and Violence. In all cases, the articles presented in the Teen Resource Center database are well written, thorough, and created with teens in mind. You can access this database from home with your library card barcode, or apply for a card online, or you may use it anytime at the library during library hours. Please check it out and let us know what you think!