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Awesome Books

Teen’s Top Ten – Teens around the nation nominate and vote on their favorite books each year.

YALSA Book Finder (or download the app) – Search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films from YALSA’s book awards and book lists.

Local Fun for Teens

Chemung  County Youth Bureau’s The SPOT – Fun, free after school events for grades 7-9 in the Elmira School District.

YWCA (Elmira)

InstantFlix Streaming Movies – Watch movies: free! With your library card.

Check out the CCLD events calendar for upcoming programs at our libraries.

Homework & Learning

Lynda.com – Contains an extensive library of video courses on topics ranging from business and web design to photography and video production.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more. (NOVELny)

Transparent Language – Learn a new language! Choose from over 95 different languages, with 1,500 to 2,000 words and phrases for every language.  Also includes English learning for speakers of 25+ languages, including intermediate-level immersion courses.

More databases from CCLD and NOVELny can be found on our databases and e-resources page.

Khan Academy – Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

Hour of Code – Learn Computer Programming or Coding (free & fun for all ages)

Homeschooling resources – The Chemung County Historical Society has many resources available for homeschool families.

Greater Elmira-Corning Area Homeschoolers – Facebook group for local homeschoolers.

Loving Education At Home – A statewide organization dedicated to supporting and promoting home education throughout New York.

Common Core Curriculum – Common Core curriculum broken down by grade level.

New York State Homeschooling Regulations – No matter what state you live in, it’s necessary to know your state’s homeschooling regulations. And in a highly regulated state such as New York, it’s especially important. Learn the regulations by studying the information on this site.

Jobs & Careers

Workforce NY (youth section) (for ages 16-24) – Everything from interviewing techniques, resumes, and working papers to applying to colleges.

JobNow! – Resume and Interview Help

Non-Driver ID Card – How to get a New York State ID if you don’t drive.

Getting Working Papers – New York State Department of Labor

Chemung County Youth Bureau‘s Employment Program – Youth ages 14 – 20 that are “work ready” have the opportunity to gain valuable job skills and experience through employment in several businesses and community organizations throughout Chemung County. For more information contact (607) 737-2907.

Free NY DMV Practice Tests – These NY DMV practice tests are good for the permit test and driver’s license test.

Applying for a Learner Permit – You must be 16 or older and apply at a DMV office.

Are you 18? Register to Vote! Let your Voice be heard!

Teen Mental & Physical Health

211 Teen Helpline – A free, safe, and confidential source of support and information for youth, parents, and professionals, 2-1-1 Teen HELPLINE operates 24/7 through the various platforms – including calling the contact center, searching the website, and chatting online for meaningful, guided connections to help.

Get help for physical abuse – Chemung County Children and Family Services

Feeling suicidal? Worried about a friend who is? – Chemung County Crisis Program (607.737.5369) or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273.TALK)

For Those Left Behind – Grief resources for those who have lost someone to suicide.

Teens Against Bullying – Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.

Teen Mental Health – MedlinePlus from NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine.

National Runaway Safeline – Judgement free help for runaways

Teen Sexual Health – MedlinePlus from NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Teen Pregnancy – MedlinePlus from NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Planned Parenthood & Southern Tier Pregnancy Place – Confidential, free, or low-cost help for teens re: pregnancy, sexual health, birth control, parenting, and more.