increase font size
Get Involved
Get a Library Card
Place a Hold or Renew
eBooks & Downloadable Media
Donate Now
HPL E-News Signup
Visit the Library Blog
Programs & Exhibitions

Body, Mind & Spirit
College & Service
Driving Advice
Express Yourself

Fitness and Sports
Games & Quizzes
Get Local
Jobs, Careers & Money
Web Smarts
Your Legal Rights

Art - 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. - 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.

Top ↑

Body, Mind & Spirit

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.

Breaking the Cycle - A program for preventing teen pregnancy in Hartford.  Activities for pre-teens and teens, as well as for parents. 

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

Connecticut Children's Medical Center - Not just for little kids!  You'll find lots of teen health info at this site as well.

Go Ask Alice - Ask any question you can think of through this internet service provide by Columbia University. Questions can be about any aspect of health, sex, drugs, fitness/nutrition, or relationships.Go Ask Alice -- Ask any question you can think of through this internet service provide by Columbia University. Questions can be about any aspect of health, sex, drugs, fitness/nutrition, or relations

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.

Planned Parenthood's Teenwire - Straightforward sexual health info for teens, including abstinence, birth control, and advice for pregnant young women.

Sex, etc. - A site for teens by teens about the questions teens wonder about most. Read true stories, ask the experts a question, or leave a message about your own thoughts and feelings. - 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.

Top ↑

College & Service

College Bound - Hop here for shortcuts and tips on scholarships, jobs, government funding, and more.

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. - Want to help? Look here for global volunteer organizations, opportunities, services, resources, events, and ideas. - Get the latest information about all branches of the military at this one site. You'll also find advice on jobs and money for college.

Power of Giving - This article describes the many benefits of teen volunteering.

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

Ryan's Well Foundation - Ryan Hrejak was just six years old when he learned that fresh water is a rarity for many people. He did extra chores to earn $70, which in 1999 funded the digging of a well in a village in Uganda. Years later, the Ryan's Well Foundation continues to dig wells for people all around the world.

The Next Step - After high school, what’s next? Check out college, careers, and life. Articles and letters from other teens give you clues.

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.

Top ↑

Driving Advice

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.

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.

Top ↑


A-Z Lyrics Database - Make sure you're singing the right words to your favorite songs. 

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. - News, music, contests, polls.  Check out BET chat and message boards, too.

E! Online - Just like the cable channel -- they've got all the dirt on your favorite celebs 

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. - 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. Look up when a movie is playing and where, read an interview with a favorite star, watch trailers for new movies, or catch up on the Tinseltown gossip. 

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. - Stuff you just can't get from TV. Download music, find out what happens backstage at TRL, search for tour dates, and loads more. 

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’ - 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.

Rolling Stone Magazine - Check out music and video reviews, their famous in-depth articles, fabulous photos, and games. 

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.).

Top ↑

Express Yourself

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. - A place just for you and your gURLfriends.  Quizzes, shoutout boards, comix and stories, games, advice, and an overall healthy dose of attitude.

Live Journal - Well, really not JUST for teens, but here's where thousands of teens from all over the world keep their blogs (diaries). If you're a natural snoop, you can search for and read random journals—or write your own and tell the world what you're thinking!

SHiNE - Teens working together for social change.  Articles, poetry, artwork, and lots of ways to get involved. Advice on how to take action and make a difference.

Teen Voices Online - The online version of a magazine written for teens by teens without any of the consumerism and negative advertising that usually dominates teen media.

Teen World News - The news that affects teens from around the world written and reported by teen journalists from dozens of countries.

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.

Top ↑

Fitness and Sports - They've got TV channels, magazines, and this website to keep you literally up-to-the-minute with stats, scores, and more.

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. - 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.

Sports Illustrated - It's like getting a subscription to a magazine that's updated every hour.

Sports Know How - The best site for finding information about the history of sports, the rules to every game, 3-D diagrams of field and court dimensions, and specific sport how-to info. 

Top ↑

Games & Quizzes

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. 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!

PopCap Games - Tons of free games to play online or download to your computer.  A great way to spend hours without actually accomplishing anything. - Games, games, and more games.  Silly games, sweepstakes, and lots more free stuff.

Cartoon Network - All your favorite characters in the own online games.

Neopets - Nothing's more fun than a pet that doesn't shed on the couch or need a litter box.  Get one for yourself and enjoy your new friend.

Dumb Laws - Did you know it's illegal in Connecticut to educate dogs? Or that you must have a license to ride a skateboard in Florida?

EarthCam - Watch what's happening live in thousands of spots around the world. You've got to see it to believe it.

Homestar Runner - The funniest cartoon on the Internet.  Watch cartoons, play games, download free stuff.

Kiss This Guy - Ever find out that you're singing the wrong lyrics to a song? Check out this archive of misheard lyrics - you won't feel so bad.

The Onion - An online newspaper with the funniest fake news you'll ever read outside of the Weekly World News.

Phonespell - Type in a 7 or 10 digit phone number and see what words the digits spell. 

Top ↑

Get Local

Hartford Advocate - All the latest movie reviews, concert listings, and stuff to do in Hartford.

Hartford Public Schools Calendar & Schedules - Annual schedule and sports schedules. - What to see, what to do, what to hear, where to eat, and more exciting stuff going on near Hartford. 

Top ↑

Jobs, Careers & Money - Click on “Teen Jobs” to find jobs for teens ages 14 – 17, mostly in outdoor recreation locations like national parks.

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.

Occupational Outlook - Find out about the jobs and careers of the present and the near future at this site.

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.

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.

What Do You Like? - Transform what you like -- reading, math, sports, music and arts, helping people, building and fixing things, and more -- into jobs and careers you'll enjoy.

Youth Rules! What Jobs Can Youth Do? - The U.S. Department of Labor spells out work rules for teens ages 13 and under, 14 – 15, 16 – 17, and 18 and up.

Web Smarts Evaluating Web Sites - Find out how to identify a web site's purpose, authority, objectivity, appropriateness, relevance, currency, clarity and accessilbility--and how to spot bogus sites and hoaxes.

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.

Teen Safety on the Internet - Get streetwise! This site clues you in about situations on the web that can compromise your privacy, put you or your family at financial risk, or just plain creep you out.

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.

Top ↑

Your Legal Rights

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.

Top ↑