Fun 2018-04-24T05:20:04+00:00

Just for Fun

Looking for a great book to read, a new way to create or to just have some fun?  Explore the categories below.

For Readers

Guys Read encourages teen boys to read by offering book suggestions geared toward things teen boys like. 

Based on the Book – Movies Based on Books

No Flying No Tights – Reviews of Graphic Novels for Teens

Printz Awards – Given each year for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

Reading Rants – Book Reviews on the latest!

Shelfari – A social networking site where you can share the books you have read, your reviews, and more with your friends

Teen Reads 
– Info on the latest Young Adult books

Teen Top Ten – Where teens pick the best books of the year

Create

Art Crimes – Graffiti photos and images from around the world.

artPad – Online painting tool.

Comic Master – Make your own online graphic novel.

Figment – An online community and self-publishing platform for young writers.

Make Belief Comix – Create a web comic.

Typatone – Turn every letter into a beautiful sound. Switch the instrument to find what you like best

AudioTool – an online production studio

Xtranormal – Turn your words into an animated movie with different characters and voices to choose from.

Canva – a free graphic-design tool website

Games & Gamers

MiniClip.com – Check out this site full of exciting games like Pro Kicker, Snake Squad and more!

Real Arcade.com– Features the popular game Bejewelled 2, Diner Dash, and Zuma.

Addicting Games – Free online games.

Cartoon Network Games – Fun online games from the Cartoon Network.

Gamestar Mechanic – Design your own online games.

Shockwave Games – More free online games.

Words with Friends – Multi-player word-building game, based on Scrabble.

IGN – Video game trailers, wikis, cheats, reviews, walk-throughs, and news.

Computer Programming

Hack This Site A safe and legal way for hackers to learn and improve their hacking abilities once they’ve created a free account. Includes forums and articles on all topics related to hacking and network security.

Codeacademy An education company committed to helping people learn to programme. They offer free, interactive lessons on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python and Ruby. Users are required to create a free account.

LyndaLibrary Access to the vast array of lynda.com instructional training. Inspires anyone to learn the latest software, creative, and business skills. Find bite-size tutorials for immediate problem solving or comprehensive courses on hundreds of topics. For professional development and personalized, self-paced learning. Sign in with your library card account.

TechRocket – Coding and design courses for kids and teens ages 10 to 18. Python, iOS, Java, Minecraft, 3D printing…it’s all here!

For Writers

Figment — a community dedicated to reading and writing stories online specially tailored for Teens.

Wattpad — the YouTube of writing because it allows authors to share their work with the world.

Teen Ink —the twenty-five-year veteran in the fostering-teen-writers game. The magazine, book series, and website are devoted entirely to writing, art, and photos by teens. It’s also a go-to for teens interested in writing and publishing nonfiction essays and articles as well as poetry.

One Teen Story — A teen monthly magazines featuring one short story about the teen experience, usually from a known young adult author. Teens drawn to the short story form can also submit their work for consideration in an annual issue that features a story written by a teen for teens.

Young Writers Program – The National Novel Writing Month Program for young adults.  Write a novel in the month of November.

The Writer’s Helpers – for advice on everything from grammar to plot

Writing Prompts
 – provided in fun visual ways by a ninth-grade teacher

John Green’s Tumblr – the Tumblr account of YA author John Green

Movies, Music & Television

Viz.com – Your source for watching Anime online.

Hoopla – Watch your favorite TV shows and movies or listen to your favorite music or audiobooks for free on your computer or mobile device.  Access with your  Library card!

AllMusic.com – Information about and tracks from the latest music releases.

Anime News Network – Anime industry news and reviews

Crunchyroll – the leading global platform for Japanese anime and manga

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