Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MHL's Teen Summer Reading Program Begins June 15th!

Registration for the Teen Summer Reading Program begins Friday, June 15th! Come in between 2:30pm and 5pm, register and enjoy a summer treat!

You'll log the books you read online and earn prizes! Don't miss the fun. You have to read a little anyway!!!

In fact, if you're in grades 9 through 12 at Andover High School you have to read The Book Thief. We have tons of copies on hand. We're even hosting a couple of book discussion groups over the summer! For more info visit theAHS Required Summer Reading page.

Doherty Middle School's Reading List is available online.

Wood Hill Middle School's Reading List is available online.

Just for Teachers

Assignments/Tours/Visits to the Library

If students can connect in cyberspace, so can we! It's always helpful if we have advance notice of assignments, so use this page to let us know about upcoming projects. Questions? Call 978-623-8401 x56 or email us.

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If large numbers of students are researching a single topic, the library can place materials on temporary reserve so that they may be shared by everyone. Be sure to tell the students that materials have been placed on reserve.

Having a copy of the actual assignment is a big help to us.

Tours and Visits

If you would like to contact us about a library tour, visit, or assignment, you can e-mail Kimberly Lynn at klynn@mhl.org or call us at 623-8401 x13.

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A final note: Please remind students to bring their library cards with them whenever they visit the library.

Reading Lists, etc.

MHL and Andover Lists

Links to Teen Reading Sites

Homework Help

For help any time of day or night contact MassAnswers, Your 24/7 Online Librarian.

Art and Artists


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Links n' Such


  • Amazon.com: Amazon.com's Teen Section
  • Novelist: a database of great reads.
  • Reading Rants!: gives lists of good books.
  • Teen Ink: Published both on the Web and in print, and seen by hundreds of thousands of teenagers. Send your work to them!

College Advice

  • College Source: College Source is a virtual library representing 29,274 college catalogs.
  • Learn a Test: Visit Learn a Test to take practice tests and tutorials. There's immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.
  • Collegeboard.com: Visit Collegeboard.com for information from the people who bring you the SATS.
  • FinAid: This is the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.
  • Mapping Your Future: a guide to planning your life.
  • Peterson's: Peterson's information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration.
  • Collegenet: Collegenet brings you more than 1,500 customized Internet admissions applications for college and university programs.
  • My College Guide: My College Guide enables you to search for schools by location, size and cost. Ask questions of the Admissions Guru.

Cool Stuff

  • Do Something: Change the world. Do something.
  • Game Genie: a complete gaming site.
  • Mapping Your Future: a guide to planning your life.
  • The Student Center: chat rooms, music and more.
  • Talklisten.org: Feeling lonely, frustrated, depressed? Visit talklisten.org.
  • Teen Ink: Teen Ink is a monthly magazine, website, and book series all written by teens for teens.
  • Teensurfer: center of the Teen Universe on the web, with free adds, entertainment, chat, free homework help & much more.
  • WWE: official site of the World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • YO! Youth Outlook: award-winning literary journal of youth life in the Bay Area. Featuring in-depth reporting pieces and first-person essays, comic strips and poetry pages.
  • Home/School/Work


  • Girls Life Magazine: an online magazine about --you guessed it--girls.
  • iemily: the place for girl's health.
  • Teens Health: one of the largest health sites with articles and information approved by doctors.



  • Amnesty International: Get involved in helping to ensure human rights around the world.
  • NBC News: all the news, sports and weather you can handle.
  • SERVEnet: Through SERVEnet, you can enter your zip code, city, state, skills, interests, and availability and be matched with organizations needing help.

Search Engines/Guides


Opportunities for Teens

Jobs, Careers &
How to Pay for College

Volunteer Opportunities 2012

Memorial Hall Library Memorial Hall Library has a vibrant "Volunteen" program. Applications will be available May 21, 2012 and are due June 14, 2012.

Andover Historical Society http://www.andoverhistorical.org/ "The Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum in downtown Andover, Massachusetts, recreates the life and times of a typical middle-class family of the early 19th century. Educational programs and changing exhibits explore many aspects of Andover's fascinating 350-year history." There are many volunteer opportunities.

Andover Senior Center www.andoverseniorcenter.org/ASCVolunteer.htm "A strong core of volunteers makes it possible for us to provide a wide variety of programs and services" for the senior citizens in Andover.

League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover www.lwv-andovers.org/contact.html The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Andona Society www.andona.org The Andona Society is a "volunteer, non-profit organization that has raised thousands of dollars from the generous local businesses and residents of the Andover community. These funds have been distributed to enhance educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs offered to young people in Andover."

Big Brothers Big Sisters http://www.bbbsa.org/ "High school juniors and seniors provide elementary student Littles with one-on-one time and attention."

Do Something http://www.dosomething.org/ "Do Something is an organization that helps you get involved in your community."

VolunteerMatch http://www.volunteermatch.org/ VolunteerMatch is a nonprofit organization that helps connect volunteers with nonprofit and community organizations.

Special Olympics http://www.specialolympicsma.org/volunteercorner.php The Special Olympics "depends upon countless volunteers every year to train and support thousands of athletes who participate in Special Olympics throughout the year in the state of Massachusetts."

Learn About Jobs and Careers

BLS Career Information http://www.bls.gov/k12/ "Find careers you might like based on your favorite subjects in school."

Guide to the Business of Babysitting www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/babysitting/ "Learn how to be a great babysitter."

Job Corps http://jobcorps.doleta.gov/ "Job Corps… helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money and take control of their lives." Click on "Regions and States" to find information about local offices.

Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco "See how much demand there is for the jobs you’re interested in. Find out what education and training you need."

Business, Trade and Technical Schools www.rwm.org/rwm "Information on schools in all 50 states arranged by state, then by training occupation."

Career Planning

JobHuntersBible.com http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/counseling/ "Links to online career and personality tests compiled by Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?. "

The Princeton Review Career Quiz http://www.princetonreview.com/cte/quiz/career_quiz1.asp "This quiz determines a general area that the test-taker has an interest in. It also links to a more in-depth career profile which is not free."

The Career Key http://careerkey.org "The Career Key goes through the skills and abilities needed for careers the individual is interested in and rates the test taker in personality areas. It provides descriptions of jobs that match the different personality types."

Find a Paying Job

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor: Youth Employment http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/dls/youth-employment Information on getting a work permit for minors between the ages of 14-17, as well as laws regulating minors’ work hours and occupation restrictions.

Teens4hire http://www.teens4hire.org/jobtips.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/resource_qualities.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/resource_resume_tips.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/articles/top_places_job.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/articles/job_titles.asp Especially good for tips on landing that job!

SnagAJob.com http://www.snagajob.com/ Search for part-time and hourly jobs by zip code. Caution: There are lots of ads, so be careful where you click. Double-Caution: If it seems too good to be true it probably is a scam! You can’t make $1,500 a month working part-time from home.

Your Rights at Work

Youth at Work: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission http://www.youth.eeoc.gov/ Learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee.

Paying for College

200 Free Scholarships for Minorities http://www.blackexcel.org/200-Scholarships.html Links to various scholarship opportunities.

Fastweb http://www.fastweb.com/ "FastWeb lists more than 1.3 million scholarships worth $3 billion. Create a personal profile to receive a list of exactly those scholarships matching your skills and interests."

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid http://www.finaid.org/ This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.

FinancialAidTips.org http://www.financialaidtips.org/ "David Bernstein is a former financial aid counselor who offers lots of commonsense advice and guidance for students seeking financial aid." Includes a useful glossary of financial aid terms.

SRN Express: Scholarship Resource Network Express http://directory.edvisors.com/Colleges_and_Universities/Financial_Aid/Scholarships/SRN_Express_75443.html "Scholarship Resource Network Express contains a database of over 8,000 programs with a distribution level of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth a total of more than $35 million!"

US Department of Education: Financial Aid Information http://www.ed.gov/finaid/landing.jhtml?src=ln "A guide for students about grants, loans, work-study, and tax credits for education and how to apply for them. The site includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online registration form as well as information on Direct Loans and Defaulted Student Loans."