Our Favorite Children & Teen Reads from 2021

As 2021 comes to end it’s that time of year where everyone starts posting their best of lists and here at the library we want to share our favorites too. Without further ado these are the Youth Services favorite books we read and listened to this year.

Ms. Andrea, Youth Services/Family Engagement Coordinator

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould: When Logan, the adopted daughter of reality television ghosthunters, teams up with Ashley to search for missing teens in Snakebite, Oregon, they find themselves falling for each other as they uncover a hidden evil.

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale: Dropping out of high school to pursue her Broadway ambitions, a talented performer lands in a directionless job before a visit to the library catapults her into the plotlines of the books she reads.

It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick: Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Singleberry is a proper Christian teenager and member of a family singing group, but today she has been given a truly impossible assignment–keep her cousin Heller Harrigan, Hollywood wild child, out of trouble for the last weekend before her first big movie debuts.

Ms. Charlotte, Teen Librarian

Spy X Family by Tatsuya Endo: Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship but when that scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.

Ms. Cheryl, Youth Services Librarian

The Berenstain Bears Around the World by Mike Berenstain: The Berenstain Bears travel around the world, from Africa to the Great Wall of China, using their Anywhere-Anyplace Machine.

Danny and the Dinosaur and the New Puppy by Syd Hoff: Danny gets a brand-new puppy, and the dinosaur can’t wait to join in on the fun! What happens when you play fetch with a dinosaur or ask him to roll over?

Pass the Ball, Mo! by David Adler: With the big game coming up, Mo Jackson, the shortest member of the basketball team, is determined to learn how to pass the ball in time to help his team win.

King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dorie Hillestad Butler: King’s human, Kayla, has baked some treats for a friend’s new puppy, Thor, but some go missing and it is up to King to find the culprit.

Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day by Betty Birney: When Mandy, one of the students from classroom 26, brings a special hamster-sized racecar to class, it means just one thing–Humphrey is going to be in a hamster race.

Kylie Jean Gymnastics Queen by Marci Peschke: The Summer Olympics inspires Kylie Jean Carter to take gymnastics lessons, but even better than that is making a new friend, Abby, who is deaf, and starting to learn sign language.

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling: A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein: Twelve-year-old Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of 12 children chosen to stay in the new town library for an overnight of fun, food and games, but in the morning, the kids find all the doors still locked and must work together to solve secret puzzles in order to discover the hidden escape route.

Overboard by Terry Lynn Johnson: Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the ocean off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips.

Jeanna, Youth Services Librarian

Bone Gap By Laura Ruby: Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de La Peña: While Milo and his sister travel to a detention center to visit their incarcerated mother, he observes strangers on the subway and draws what he imagines their lives to be.

Ms. Jessica, Youth Services Librarian

There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher: Encourages the reader to shake, tilt, and wiggle the book to remove the little monster inside, but once it is out, another problem arises.

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone: An 11-year-old boy confronts the realities of race relations, past and present, and the mysterious agenda of his unconventional grandmother during an unplanned spring break road trip through the once-segregated American South.

The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley: Micah Tuttle loves living at the magical Circus Mirandus, but when a dangerous enemy from the past threatens his new home, every magician will have to be ready to fight–including Micah.

Lisa Kropp, Library Director

Pax by Sara Pennypacker: When his father enlists in the military and makes him return his beloved pet fox to the wild, Peter, who has been sent to live with his grandfather hundreds of miles away, embarks on a journey filled with astonishing discoveries in order to be reunited with his fox.

Ms. Rosalia, Teen Librarian

You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus: Deciding to ditch school together, former friends Ivy, Cal and Mateo, in one chance move, find their day turning from dull to deadly when another student is murdered right in front of them.

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro:  Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late?

Something’s Wrong! A Bear, a Hare and Some Underwear by Jory John: Jeff the bear is sure he has forgotten something when he sets out from home, but none of the animals he meets initially inform him that he is only wearing his underwear, until he reaches his friend Anders the hare–who quickly thinks of a way to avoid embarrassing Jeff, by starting a fashion trend.

November is NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a fun way to get yourself and others in your family to write that novel that we all say we’ll write “someday.” The adult program encourages people to write everyday in the month of November until they end up with a 50,000 word novel. The children’s program can be started at any time and children can set their own word limits. The point of NaNoWriMo is to ignore your inner editor and write as much as you can.

Creative writing has tons of benefits.

  • It expands the imagination and improves their ability to come up with alternatives which leads to better problem solving skills.
  • Kids can have a hard time understanding and expressing how they feel. Through creative writing they have a safe space to explore their feelings which leads to better self expression.
  • Writing lets kids assert themselves and use their voice leading to self confidence.

These are only some of the benefits of creative writing.

To participate on the NaNoWriMo website kids over 13 can register themselves on the NaNoWriMo website and kids under 13 can be registered by there parents with an adult’s e-mail address. You can also do something less official and write in a notebook or with your own typing software.

If you want to participate in NaNoWriMo as a family then check out the main portion of NaNoWriMo’s website.

Want to inspire your child or teen with some books on creative writing? Look for these titles in our catalog and Libby. If it’s not in our express collection, let us know.  We can get it for you.

YA Horror to Keep You Up at Night

Fall in general and Halloween specifically put a lot of people (ME) in the mood for something scary. These books are entertaining if you can stomach the story.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Seventeen-year-old Micheline Helsing is a tetrachcromat, able to see ghosts in color and capture them on film, but when a routine hunt goes awry, Micheline is infected with a curse known as a soulchain and if she is unable to exorcise the entity in seven days, she will be destroyed, body and soul.

Alone by Cyn Balog

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

When a murderous ghost begins to haunt sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston, high school soon becomes a different kind of survival game

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

A lovelorn newcomer, a grief-stricken pariah and a privileged liar intersect on the island of Sawkill Rock, where they become unlikely defenders against an insidious monster that has been preying upon the girls in their community for decades.

The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Seventeen-year-old Dare plans to spend her summer debunking a haunting at an historic estate with a dark past, but she finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against a malignant ghost.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast in this fast-paced gruesome slasher story. The party turns deadly when the group’s number dwindles as a nameless killer begins to eliminate the guests one-by-one in apropos manners. It’s a race against time as the group tries to figure out the identity of the killer before everyone is eliminated.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

When incrementally more violent attacks overshadow life at Osborne High, an intense hunt for the killer leads to the revelation of astonishing secrets. *The movie just released on Netflix.*

Books Unite Us: Banned Books Week

Banned Books week is September 22nd-October 2, 2021 and this years theme is Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. Banned Books Week began in the 1980s, at a time of increased book challenges and bans. The American Library Association, along with 14 other organizations, works to bring an awareness of censorship during this week each year.

According to the American Library Association (ALA), “Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers.”

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Another aspect that Banned Books week celebrates is the fact that many of these materials do remain available and are ultimately not banned.

The video below highlights the ten most challenged books of 2020 and why they were challenged. This years titles range from children’s novels, young adult fiction and adult fiction and nonfiction. In the past the list has included picture books:

Want to learn more? Check out ALA’s Banned Book FAQ here.

I always try to read a challenged book in honor of Banned Books Week. Want to read one of the top ten? Click on the books title for a physical copy; ebook and audiobook lead to digital downloads in Livebrary. If the physical book is not available in the Express Collection we can help you interlibrary loan it.

George by Alex Gino: ebook audiobook

Stamped–Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi: ebook audiobook

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds: ebook audiobook

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: ebook audiobook

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie ebook audiobook

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano audiobook

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ebook audiobook

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck ebook audiobook

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ebook audiobook

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ebook audiobook

Introducing our Community Journal Project

Write in a library book? I know it’s an unusual request from us here at the library but that is exactly what we’re looking for with our new Community Journal Project. We are asking you, the members of our community, to share your thoughts, creativity, artwork and knowledge with us.

There are currently fifteen notebooks on many different topics for all age group from A Community Cookbook for all Mom and Dad’s cooking tips and tricks to A Wordless Picture Book for our youngest pre-writers. To learn more about how to participate check out our website where you can see our full guidelines and all of the available topics.

By adding your own thoughts and artwork to the journals, you or your teen or child will be engaging in dialogue and connection with other community members. All adults, teens and children are invited to join the library in this collaborative creative adventure. Look for the journals on display next to the library’s main entrance.

May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Originally a week long celebration it is now celebrated all month long. To learn more about Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month you can go here.

Here at the library we like to celebrate by reading and sharing some of our favorite books by Asian Pacific Islander authors and illustrators. Check out some amazing titles for teens and kids below.

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood; A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo; From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon; Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert; Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay; Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon; Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman; We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan; Sea Sirens: a Trot & Cap’n Bill Adventure by Amy Chu & Janet K. Lee; Amina’s Voice by Hena Kahn; Front Desk by Kelly Yang; Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho; A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu; The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito; A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Another great way to learn about Asian cultures is by attending some of our library programs. Be sure to check out tomorrow night’s Indian Dance program! Click here to go to the library calendar and register.

Outdoor Adventures with Museum Passes

Now that Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner, I am so excited to spend more time outside with my family. We are definitely an outdoors family (except for camping; I see no reason to sleep outside when I can sleep in my nice comfy home) and we love going to the park, the beach, the botanical gardens and exploring. A lot of these places do tend to have fees which can add up and that is why I love museum passes. Not only do we have museum passes for some amazing indoor museums like the Long Island Children’s Museum and the American Air Power Museum; we also have passes for some great outdoors locations.

Museum passes need to be reserved ahead of time by date or by museum and should be reserved for the day you plan on attending. For more details on pass reservations and pick up check our website. I also like to check each museum or parks site for any additional rules or regulations before we head out.

Some of our family’s favorite outdoors passes have been:

Old Westbury Gardens This pass entitles you free admission/parking for two adults and their children. The house is closed right now but there are a number of different walks/gardens to visit. Last month we walked through the Walled Garden, the Rose Garden, the West Pond, the Terraces and stopped to visit the Thatched Cottage and even though it was very early spring there were already lots of flowers, plants and critters to see.

Empire Pass-New York State This pass provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks including forests, beaches, trails and more. And while most of the big beaches don’t start charging until Memorial Day some of the parks like The Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park in the picture start charging in April. This is one of our favorite parks; my kiddo and I were there at least once a week last April and May. Other parks we love to visit with this pass include Heckscher State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, Belmont Lake State Park and Connetquot River State Park Preserve. The list of parks, preserves and beaches you can visit feels endless on this pass; for a full list check the state website.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration This pass includes free admission for up to four people. We haven’t been to Old Bethpage Village Restoration yet this year. When we last went two years ago our kiddo was really too young to find most of the houses and buildings interesting so we just walked along the paths and skipped going inside most of the buildings and we had a great time. We loved the walk, seeing the animals at the farm and both my husband and kiddo loved visiting the black smith’s shop. We will definitely be heading there again this summer.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden This pass includes free admission for two adults and all children under the age of 16. Way back before children I used to spend a lot of my free time in Brooklyn and this was one of my favorite places to go. I used to go with my friend Deb who was a member and we would spend hours just walking all the different garden paths with hot cups of tea and muffins. My husband and I have been talking about it and we think the kiddo might be able to handle the drive this year. I can’t wait to head back.

Nassau County Museum of Art This pass includes admission for two adults and four children. This is another museum we haven’t been to in a long time. It may surprise you to know that I can be kind of disorganized and at least twice I have gone when the museum was closed for an exhibition swap. Fortunately they have some lovely outdoor facilities including a sculpture garden, an arboretum with trails and a formal garden.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium This pass includes admission for two adults and four children. We’ve never been here before but another mom recommended it to me. In addition to two indoor aquariums they have five outdoor ponds. My kiddo loves all things water and I can’t wait to check this place out.

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society This pass includes free admission for two adults and four children. I am including this pass because the walk on the boardwalk is really great and I think you all would enjoy it but we do not visit light houses because someone (me) is afraid of enclosed spaces and cannot successfully visit the top of a tall narrow lighthouse and my family is tired of having me get half way up and then walking me back down in panic mode. But if that is not a problem for you than this is another amazing outdoor adventure.

Do you have a favorite museum pass? What amazing outdoor adventures are you and your family looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments.

Citizen Science

Citizen science, also known as crowd science, volunteer monitoring, or crowd source science, is scientific research conducted in part by amateur scientists. Citizen scientists often partner with professional scientists to achieve common goals. This allows scientists to complete research that would be too expensive or time-consuming to accomplish on their own with large volunteer networks.

When I was in fourth grade I had the best science teacher; Mrs. Schwartz and she was really great at teaching us how scientists are working all around us to learn new things about our environment and how those things were relevant to us and how they could be fun. Citizen science feels like a natural extension of things I learned from Mrs. Schwartz back in fourth grade; a great way to learn about my environment and have fun doing it.

Want to learn more about citizen science and how you and your family can get involved? Register for our upcoming Zoom program on March 25th, 7:00-8:00 pm, Conservation Science & Citizen Science with Ranger Eric of CEED LI and learn how to help local plants and animals by contributing to Citizen Science Projects.

Want your teen to actively participate in citizen science and earn community service credit? Register them for our Citizen Scientist program on April 20th at 3:00 pm. Students in Grades 6-12 will meet at Irmisch Park; go for a walk and take pictures of different plants and animals we see and upload them to iNaturalist to connect with nature and generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data.

Looking for more Citizen Scientist Activities to participate in with your family? Check out these resources:

Citizenscience.gov; the EPA’s website on citizen science projects and click on citizenscience.gov/catalog. They have an extensive catalog of projects that you can get involved in that are supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. Is someone in your family interested in a particular field of science? You can search for that.

Scistarter is an online citizen science hub with more than 3,000 projects searchable by location, topic, age-level and more. Projects have been listed by NGO’s, universities, federal government’s and more. Everyone in your family is sure to find a project that fits their interests and level of participation here.

What Teens Are Reading

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Genre: Adventure, Contemporary, Romance, Psychological Thriller

Format: Book, Ebook, Downloadable Audiobook

Plot: The book as a whole is about the Sinclair family who have great wealth. The grandparents own an island in which every summer their three daughters and all of their grandchildren come to visit and have fun together. The story revolves around cousins Cadence, Mirren, and Johnny, as well as Gat, Johnny’s cousin that by blood is unrelated to the Sinclairs. The four of them spend every summer together and are best friends until there is an accident that changes everything. The story goes through their relationships and memories, through love and trauma.

Review: Overall, I did enjoy this book. The build-up to the main plot twist was very long so for some people it might get boring but it is definitely worth it. The twist changed my entire perspective on the book and changed the meaning of everything (that is how influential and crazy it was). I do think that other teens would enjoy this book, especially those that love twisted endings. Its hard to put into words without giving anything away but I know for sure that it has an ending that you would never expect.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

~Alyssa, Teen Book Reviewer

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Genre: Adventure, Dystopian Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Science Fiction

Format: E-book, Downloadable Audiobook

Plot: This book is a zombie thriller who’s main character is Joe Ledger. He is brought in to run a team out of a secret government program called the Department of Military Sciences (DMS). He and the rest of DMS are there to stop any major scientifically advanced weapons from being used on the public. They have to destroy a terrorist cell network that have figured out how to make a zombie plague.

Review: This book was really, really good. The entire series is genuinely one of my favorite series of books I’ve ever read. Even though I enjoy it, I don’t really know how others would see it because the plot is very difficult to understand and if you do, you still have to be into zombie horror stuff.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

~Jonathan, Teen Book Reviewer

Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance

Format: Book, Ebook, Audiobook

Plot: Simon Snow is the most powerful magician in the world. He is the Chosen One who will save the future of magic; except he can’t control his power. Watch as he and his friends solve the mystery of the evil Insidious Humdrum all while dealing with his bitter rival and roommate Baz. The good are not always good and the bad are not always bad; everything resolves itself in the end…with a twist. Bad things may happen, but you have to remember to always carry on.

Review: This book is one you will not be able to put down. It is a little confusing at first, since so much information is revealed and it is slow to start but it is worth it in the end. A thrilling story with plot twists and an unforgettable romance; I’d recommend this book to anyone, especially fans of the Harry Potter series as there are many similarities. The author has gotten the nature of teenagers spot on and she definitely puts a modern twist on the witches and wizards of fairy tales. This book has such an important message and amazing representation. It is a great read for all teenagers.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

~Natalia, Teen Book Reviewer

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBTQ+

Format: Ebook, Downloadable Audiobook

Plot: Apollo is on the last leg of his journey, almost ready to become a god again. He and his demigod friend, Meg, have traveled the U.S. freeing oracles from Python’s grasp and destroying the evil emperors of the Triumvirate. Now they are back in New York, ready to face Nero, the most powerful emperor and Meg’s ex-stepfather. With their friends at Camp Half-Blood, what could go wrong? Will they succeed in defeating Nero? Will Apollo survive and finally take down Python, his greatest nemesis? Will he live to reclaim his throne on Mount Olympus?

Review: I really enjoyed this book. I think it was a great way to end the Trials of Apollo series. Any teen that enjoyed the Percy Jackson series would love this. I would recommend this book to any lover of Rick Riordan’s works; it is funny and tells such a deep message about acceptance that many teens struggle with. The ending is so sweet and will leave you in tears. Overall, it is such a wonderful story to read.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

~Natalia, Teen Book Reviewer

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+

Format: Book

Plot: Kaz Brekker, a feared gang leader, is given the job of breaking into the most secure building in the world and stealing a wanted man, who is the creator of a drug that will change everything. He assembles a team of five other outcasts, each with their own problems to complete the job and collect the huge reward. Unfortunately, they must overcome many challenges on the way: they have to outrun rivals, deal with past trauma, and keep each other safe, all while staying under the radar of the government. Deals are broken, plans are rethought, and many other surprises await these six. Will they make it in time?

Review: I love this book. There is no other book that includes such a well-orchestrated diverse group of characters. This book shines a new light on disabilities, both mental and physical, without making them the main theme of the story. This is a must-read book for any fantasy-loving teen, it has an addicting plot with twists and turns at every corner. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

~Natalia, Teen Book Reviewer

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

Genre: Romance

Format: Book, Ebook, Audiobook

Plot: Two teens are in love, but there is one thing keeping them apart. They are both hospitalized with cystic fibrosis. They can’t be closer than five feet apart without risking cross contamination. The novel dissects their love story, and whether or not they ever touch.

Review: I liked the book and did not like it at the same time. I personally loved the concept, and liked reading about both of their experiences. However, I wanted more of the book to be based around their romance, and less about their personal lives.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

~Michelle, Teen Book Reviewer

Want to see your teen’s book reviews here? Have them fill out our Teen Book Reviewers Request Form. Three hours of community service available for each review; up to three reviews a year.

Real Life 101: Car Repair

A million years ago when my Aunt was a teen, they used to offer auto shop in high school. Then it shifted to Boces and only kids who were really interested could apply for the class. But, you had to give up all of your specials like art, music, home & careers and specialty science classes. You were told if you didn’t take the classes at Boces your dad would teach you how to take care of your car. My dad definitely taught me useful skills. I can tape, plaster and paint an entire apartment and if hard pressed could rent one of those giant sanders and refinish hardwood floors with help, but he definitely didn’t teach me how to check my oil or change a tire.

A friend taught me how to jump start my first car (a nifty corolla sort of like the one in the pic), check my oil, check my tire pressure and change my windshield wipers. He also taught me never to buy a car the first year they change their electrical systems or the first year of a new make and model because there will always be glitches.

I really wish I had been better prepared to take care of my car when I first started driving, but if my Dad had tried to show me; I’m not sure I would have given him the time of day. Sometimes teens just don’t want to hear things from their parents; so to that end I wanted to share a couple of resources you and your teen can look at to figure out how to take care of their car.

For beginners there is the How to’s….Car Edition playlist from the Dad How Do I? Youtube channel. A man who grew up without a father created all these repair and tool guides for other kids who don’t have someone that can teach them these skills and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Those that are already comfortable with the basics and want to figure out how to do more advanced repairs should definitely check out our Auto Repair Source Database. It has all kinds of information including step by step repairs. Check out our tutorial on how to use the database here.

If you want to be really fancy you can check out ProDemand next time you’re in the library. Prodemand is in libary use only: with it you can use the database that pros use to estimate and figure out jobs.

What other skills do you wish your teen was learning to prepare them for living on their own or going off to college? Let us know in the comments so we can help you help them prepare!