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Teen Web Sites of Interest to Teens

Websites for Teens and Young Adults


Find Your Next Book

    • BRIDGES: Iowa's E-Library  Use your Cresco Public Library card number and phone number to sign into BRIDGES and access audio books and e-books for free.     
    • The Brown Bookshelf  A group of authors and illustrators who came together to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers.    
    •  Find Christian fiction books for teens, including genres like action-adventure, contemporary, suspense and intrigue, and more. 
    • Epic Reads   Join the community to find the hottest teen books, connect with your favorite YA authors and meet new friends who share your reading interests.
    • Forever Young Adult   A site for YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A.
    • Guys Read  Reading fun for boys.
    • Goodreads Young Adult Books  Goodreads is the Facebook for all book lovers. The website keeps track of your reviews and ratings of what you have read and gives suggestions based on them. Check out their Young Adult Books page for latest releases and see what the community is saying.
    • Gale Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.
    • The Rainbow Owl: Books and resources for embracing and supporting trans and gender diverse children and young people.
    • TeenReads A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy.
    • The YA Shelf: YA Book Reviews, Fandom and Geekery.

Local Websites

  • A&W/Long John Silvers Menu at link:
  • Computer Professionals Unlimited We can customize a system that will work for you, train you in many aspects of the computer world. Repairs upgrades.
  • Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce The Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership based non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and grow new and existing businesses, promote community involvement and to encourage business alliances.
  • Cresco Bicycles   Cresco Bicycles (established in 2007) is a friendly full-service bicycle retail and repair shop, owned and operated by two local guys who just plain love bikes. Located on North Elm Street in downtown Cresco, our shop sells primarily Giant, Jamis, All-City, and Surly brands.
  • Cresco Fitness Center  Join the Cresco Fitness Center on Facebook.  When traveling over, call ahead to confirm facility hours, open pool hours and if activity areas are available. (563) 547-3443. 
  • Cresco Theatre & Opera House continues the 100-year tradition of providing quality entertainment in the form of live shows and movies. Built as an opera hall, The Cresco Theatre also embraced the future by providing a projection booth to show movies.
  • Cresco Times Plain Dealer Local bi-weekly newspaper serving Howard County.
  • Dough & Joe Bakery     Dough & Joe is a full-service bakery and coffee house. We offer doughnuts, cookies, pastries, muffins, breads, buns and cakes for all occasions, including photo cakes. Also, enjoy our specialty coffees, espresso, steamers, chai and hot cider.  We carry whole bean coffee to go too.
  • Harmony-Cresco Veterinary Clinic  A full-service, six doctor clinic providing medical, surgical, emergency and reproductive services to large animal clients, as well as, wellness exams, routine vaccinations, nutrition counseling, emergency, digital x-ray, chiropractic care to our small animal clients.
  • Howard-Winneshiek Community School District  Local community school website:
  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa:   Located in the vibrant town of Decorah, Iowa, Luther is an undergraduate, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA). 
  • The Mighty Howard County Fair   Offers the best 5 days of fun and family events/activities the area has to offer. Affordable entertainment options, free entertainment, fair foods of all types and tastes and the opportunity enjoy social time with your neighbors and friends make the Fair a 'must do' event for all featuring grandstand and free grounds entertainment, youth and open class competitions, fair-goer contests, Evans United Shows on the midway, food and commercial vendors plus other areas of entertainment and educational activities.   
  • Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar, Iowa:  Our students have hopes and dreams for a better future through education. For their hopes to be realized and dreams to come true, their learning must be purposeful and meaningful to build a strong foundation of success.                                           
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Cresco Center Offers year-round, day, evening, credit and professional development classes. The center also supports training opportunities for local businesses. Course instruction is offered via Iowa Communications Network (ICN), face-to-face and online for both high school students and adult learners.‌
  • Notre Dame Catholic School  Notre Dame Catholic School in Cresco, Iowa is an elementary school
  • Prairie's Edge Nature Center   The Prairie’s Edge Nature Center was opened in 2000. The Prairie’s Edge Nature Center gets its name from the native prairie planted next to the building. In addition to the educational aspects, the Nature Center also holds the Howard County Conservation Offices and Board Room. Multiple displays fill the Nature Center. The most popular of these include the live animal displays. A visitor can see a tiger salamander meandering through the aquarium, native fish swimming through a 180-gallon tank, and a live honeybee display.
  • Regional Health Services of Howard County RHSHC offers a full scope of health care services from bringing new life into the world, caring for patients through illnesses and emergencies, providing health care services for individuals in their own home, offering long term care options, and finally, offering physical, emotional, spiritual and social support at the end of life.
  •  Teluwut Grille House & Pub, Cresco:  Our goal is to provide an excellent restaurant experience that is dedicated to superior food quality and fast friendly service. We want to be identified with the local community as the ideal meeting place for people to eat and relax in an upbeat fun environment. Come have an enjoyable lunch or dinner, socialize with friends, or watch your favorite sporting event, all in your own community without traveling to the big city. We offer delicious steaks, original pasta, seafood, healthy salads, robust sandwiches and unique burgers with a kid friendly menu. All in all we hope to be your neighborhood restaurant of choice.

Homework Help

Career / College Prep Websites

    • ACT - Free practice test.  Information and resources to help on prepare for the ACT test.,
    • Accredited Online Medical Assistant Programs Guide: Medical assistant programs prepare aspiring medical assistants to pass state exams and meet other state requirements. These programs can be completed in two years or less at a technical or vocational school as well as junior and community colleges.
    • We've compiled information on 7,594 colleges to help you find the best schools for you.  Customize your search through our comprehensive database and take the next step toward earning your degree.
    • Choosing a Major:
    • Career Guides:
    • BLS Career Information  Get information about careers that might interest you based on your favorite subjects in school.
    • Career Descriptions--Career Explorer Start your career planning with Career Explorer's job description or career training.  Starting a new career choice can be intimidating at first.
    •  SAT Find SAT practice questions, free SAT practice tests, and other test prep forms and scoring guide.
    • FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) on the Web at allows applicants to access their IRS tax information and have it automatically inserted into the FAFSA.  Also for the 2013-14 cycle, FAFSA on the Web will encourage applicants to use electronic signatures, with the goal of expediting application processing and eliminating the need for users to take further action once they submit their FAFSA electronically.  Federal Student Aid has launched some exciting new tools to help students through the financial aid process.
    • is a new website that provides straightforward and easy-to-understand information about planning and paying for college.  The site combines content and interactive tools from several ED websites.  As a mobile-optimized website, is fully accessible on tablets and smartphones.  Click here for a list of short URLs that will take students directly to financial aid topics of interest online--mostly on
    • Iowa College Student Aid Commission Your financial aid Connection to "scholarships & grants, student loans, loan forgiveness, Iowa choices, free publications, forms & applications, and research" for students and parents.


Health and Crisis Hotlines

    • Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a 24-hour information & referral and crisis line service. The service is free and confidential.  Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a service of Gunderson Lutheran Health System and the United Way.  Contact them at Great Rivers 2-1-1; PO Box 426; Onalaska, WI 54650; or for assistance call 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 throughout the Tri-State Region (WI, MN & IA)
    • Its mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery:
    • HelpGuide offers a balanced, compassionate view of mental health. Complete editorial autonomy gives us the freedom to provide the most relevant and effective information for our readers. Our mental health professionals and writers are able to offer an unbiased picture of mental and emotional health issues without the influence of advertisers:
    • Keeping Children Safe Online:
    • LGBT National Help Center   A non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, we operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more. We are the oldest and most comprehensive national organization of its type and scope in the United States, providing this critically needed service regardless of age or geographic location.
    • Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health Center: Offers both immediate crisis counseling and ongoing individual and group counseling for any mental health or substance abuse issue. Our services, offered at six convenient locations, are provided with priority to northeast Iowa residents. Accommodations are provided to those with disabilities or other barriers. For immediate telephone crisis counseling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call NEIBH at 563-382-3649, 319-283-5774, or toll-free 800-400-8923, or hearing/speech impaired, call 711 or 800-735-2942.  For a medical or life threatening emergencies call 911. All services are provided by licensed therapists and are available in English and Spanish.

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