Teen Life

Teen Life

Welcome to the Teen Life page!

You've got a lot going on. Where can you go if you have questions? Use the list in the left column below to quickly jump to a topic. There you'll find print, online, and local area resources for everything from school, work, and volunteering to mental health, bullying, relationships, and more.

FYI – Librarians just want to help you find the information you need. We won’t judge you, and we will always keep your questions and checkouts private. That being said, we understand if there are some things you want to keep to yourself. Don’t forget, you can always read while you are in the library, get a guest pass for the computer, or use the self-checkout machine if you have your library card or card number.

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How to Find Nonfiction Books

The Marion Public Library organizes all nonfiction books by the Dewey Decimal System. Here's how it works.

Tip: All of our young adult nonfiction books are marked with green stripes so they are easily recognizable.

Resources

If you (or someone with you) are experiencing a medical emergency, are in danger, or are feeling suicidal, call 911 immediately.

Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863 
Crisis Text Line (U.S. only): text HELLO to 741741
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433

You are not alone. It gets better.


2-1-1 United Way
United Way

Call: 2-1-1
Website: http://211iowa.org

2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral helpline and website. Trained professionals access a statewide database of agencies and resources to connect you to essential health and human services in your community. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost. It is completely confidential and offers multilingual assistance.
 

Cedar Rapids Transit
City Buses

Cedar Rapids Transit has bus routes that travel around the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion area. Buses run 5:15 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. on Saturday.  There is no service on Sundays.

The fare is $0.75/ride for students with a school ID. Full fare is $1.50/ride. Everyone rides free on Saturdays. The farebox only accepts U.S. coins, $1, $2, or $5 bills but does not give change.

The Marion Public Library has free route maps at the Information Desk, or find schedules online.

What to expect: Riding the Bus
Passenger conduct: Rules and Safety

Check out the Cedar Rapids Transit's page for alternate and after-hours transporation. Cost varies.

380 Express
Bus to Iowa City
The 380 Express travels between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Buses run 5:20 a.m. - 8:40 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no service on Saturdays or Sundays.
 
The fare is $3.50/one-way ticket. 10-ride and monthly passes are also available.

Visit the 380 Express website for more information.


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ACTIVISM & SOCIETY

Current Events

National News: There are many sources to find information about current events. How do you choose which news outlet from which to get your information? An article from the Pew Research Center for Journalism and Media displays data about Americans’ preference of news sources as it relates to their political preference, as well as where Americans think there might be bias.

National Newspapers (available at the Marion Public Library)

New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com
USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com
Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com

Local News Stations

KCRG: http://www.kcrg.com/
KGAN: http://cbs2iowa.com/
KWWL: http://www.kwwl.com/

Local and Regional Newspapers (available at the Marion Public Library)

The Gazette: http://www.thegazette.com/
Marion Times: 
http://www.mariontoday.org/times/
Iowa City Press Citizen: http://www.press-citizen.com
Des Moines Register: https://www.desmoinesregister.com

Evaluating News Sources

Discover Your Bias: Allsides.com allows you take a quiz and discover your own biases, compare them to other Americans, and find a party that aligns with your values.

FactCheck.orgFactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Watch this YouTube video on how to spot fake news.

Interactive Media Bias Chart: Ad Fontes Media provides static and interactive media bias charts.

Politifact.com: Politifact.com focuses on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy.

Snopes.com: Snopes.com is the oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers. It is an independent publication by Snopes Media Group.

IFLA.org: The infographic below can help you evaluate news articles and stories:

How to Spot Fake News


























 
 
My Rights

Immigration and Refugee Information: The Catherine McAuley Center provides support services for immigrant and refugee populations in the Cedar Rapids area.

866 Fourth Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52403
319-731-0445

Iowa Legal Aid: This organization has legal resources for families that meet income and asset guidelines. Check here for information on family and juvenile issues.
 
Iowa Legal Aid Cedar Rapids Regional Office 
317 7th Ave. SE
Suite 404
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
1-800-532-1275
 
National Coalition Against Censorship: NCAC's mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms, including education on First Amendment rights and obligations.
 
 
Your Federal Representatives: Your federal representatives can help you navigate federal agencies like the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Citizenship Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 

U.S. Senators from Iowa:

Senator Joni Ernst
111 Seventh Avenue SE
Suite 480
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 365-4504
https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-joni

Senator Chuck Grassley
111 7th Avenue SE, Box 13
Suite 6800
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 363-6832
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/constituents/help-with-federal-agencies

U.S. Representative from Iowa:

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
308 3rd St SE
Suite 200

Cedar RapidsIA 52401
(319) 364-2288
https://finkenauer.house.gov/services/help-federal-agency

Youth Law Center: Provides free legal advice to youth across the state of Iowa. Offers information on emancipation, abuse and neglect, sex abuse, family problems, school, traffic, homelessness, chemical dependency, delinquency, guardianship/custody, and teen parenting issues. 
 
300 Walnut Street Suite 295
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-244-1172 or 1-800-728-1172
Race & Diversity
African American Museum of Iowa: The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. They educate more than 30,000 people each year.
 
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-862-2101
 
 
Anti-Racism Resources:
 
 
 
I'll Make Me a World in Iowa: Highlights African-American arts, culture, and contributions through education, awareness, and preservation during an annual celebration and with continual educational outreach.
 
1620 Pleasant Street Suite 210
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-288-7171
 
Intercultural Center of Iowa: A nonprofit organization that provides the platform to which our community cultural differences and commonalities in values, expectations, beliefs, and practices are effectively bridged.
 
3255 Williams Blvd. SW
Suite 2
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-214-0423
https://www.interculturaliowa.org/professional-about-us
info@interculturaliowa.org
 
 
The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success: Instills pride in and understanding of African American culture, encourages academic achievement and community involvement, and offers opportunities for travel outside of Iowa. Serves 25-40 students for six weeks each summer.
 
PO Box 2842
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
319-389-4644
Teens with Disabilities
Disability Rights Iowa: Helps people with disabilities, including mental illness, deal with discrimination. 
 
1-800-779-2502
 
Health and Human Sevices: Resources for youth with disabilities including finding providers and advocacy groups.
 
Volunteering

Marion Public Library: Teens ages 13 and up can volunteer at our library! Stop by the front Circulation Desk to pick up an application or fill out a volunteer form online. We are happy to sign any forms you need for volunteer credit.

Questions? Contact Rachel Pollari (Teen Library Assistant):
319-377-3412
rpollari@marionpubliclibrary.org

United Way of East Central Iowa Volunteer Center: Connects those wanting to volunteer their time to a cause or community organization that utilizes their passions and skills.

317 7th Ave SE, Suite 401
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-398-5372
 

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ASSAULT & ABUSE

Abusive Relationships

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.82 - 362.8292

Iowa Legal Aid: Click here to learn about your rights in a relationship.

Bullying
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 302.34
 
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: pacerteensagainstbullying.org
 
National Runaway Switchboard: NRS helps keep runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth safe and off the streets, but they also can talk to you about bullying: what's happening, how you're feeling, who can help, and the steps you can take to stop it.
 
Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
Text: 66008


StopBullying: StopBullying is a website managed by the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services. Learn about keeping yourself and other people safe from bullying: https://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/what-you-can-do/index.html

Your Life Iowa: The Iowa Department of Public Health has trained counselors standing by to listen to your problems. You can connect through texting, online chat, or phone. It's free, easy, and private to use.
 
Call: 855-581-8111
Text: 855-895-8398
Domestic Violence

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.829

Amani Community Services: Amani Community Services is a domestic violence and sexual assault agency specfically serving African Americans. Staff provides counseling, outreach services, personal advocacy, legal advocacy, children’s programming, and information and referrals.

1073 Rockford Rd. SW (across from the ice arena)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Contact: 
319-804-0741
24-Hour Line: 1-888-983-2533
http://www.amani-cs.org/

Friends of the Family: Provides safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-410-SAFE (7233)
Looking for a safe place? Call (319) 826-2075

https://www.fofia.org/services

Waypoint: Waypoint provides shelter and support for those in crisis due to homelessness, poverty, or domestic violence. It also provides quality child care to over 500 children daily of all socio-economic levels.

318 5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Contact: 319-365-1458
24-hour Crisis and Support: 1-800-208-0388 OR (319) 363-2093
http://www.waypointservices.org/

Drugs & Alcohol
Drug Nonfiction Books: 362.29
 
Alcohol Nonfiction Books: 362.292 - 362.2928; 363.12; 613.81
 
Alcohol Addiction Center: Information on how to find a teen treatment center, what happens during treatment and what to do after treatment. https://alcoholaddictioncenter.org/treatment/teens/ 
 
Area Substance Abuse Council: ASAC provides substance abuse services for those seeking help for themselves or others. The help line is free and confidential. Financial assistance may be available to individuals unable to pay for assessments or other services.
 
ASAC East Office
4837 1st Avenue SE
Suite 206
Cedar Rapids IA 52402
319-390-4611
 
NIDA: The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers facts, games, quizzes, and resources specifically for teens, including information about prescription drug abuse.
 
How Drugs Affect the Brain and Body: https://teens.drugabuse.gov
Prescription Drug Abuse: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/prescription-drugs
 
SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
 
 
Start Your Recovery: SYR provides reputable, objective information about signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and resources for people who are dealing with substance use issues (and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too).
 
 
Your Life Iowa: The Iowa Department of Public Health provides information and assistance for those looking for help with drugs and alcohol (as well as gambling addiction and suicide).
 
Call: 855-581-8111
Text: 855-895-8398
Rape & Sexual Assault

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.76 - 362.768; 362.883

Crisis Intervention Service suggests steps you can take after sexual assaultIf you decide you would like to report the crime, RAINN explains what to expect.

Marion Police
6315 US-151
Marion, IA 52302
319-377-1511
Cedar Rapids Police
505 1st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-286-5491
Hiawatha Police
101 Emmons Street
Hiawatha, IA 52233
319-393-1515

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Amani Community Services: Amani Community Services is a domestic violence and sexual assault agency specfically serving African Americans. Staff provides counseling, out reach services, personal advocacy, legal advocacy, children’s programming, and information and referrals.

1073 Rockford Rd. SW (across from the ice arena)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Contact: 
319-804-0741
24-Hour Line: 1-888-983-2533
http://www.amani-cs.org/

Friends of the Family: Provides safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-410-SAFE (7233)
Looking for a safe place? Call 
1-800-410-7233 OR 319-352-0037
https://www.fofia.org/services

Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline: Provides free, confidential phone counseling for Iowans affected by sexual violence.

Contact: 1-800-284-7821
https://isah.uiowa.edu/

RAINN: RAINN is a national, confidential hotline for victims of rape or other sexual assault. They offer emotional support and can aid in finding local health facilities trained in caring for survivors, local resources for healing and recovery, and more.

24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

Riverview Center: Riverview Center is a nonprofit agency committed to providing compassionate, client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual assault in Iowa.

24-Hour Hotline: 1-888-557-0310
Cedar Rapids Office: 
319-540-0080
http://www.riverviewcenter.org

Waypoint: Waypoint provides support services to help victims and their families deal with the trauma of sexual assault and domestic violence.

318 5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Contact: 319-365-1458
24-hour Crisis and Support: 1-800-208-0388 OR 319-363-2093
http://www.waypointservices.org/
 


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BODY & MIND

Body Changes & Puberty
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 612.661 - 612.662; 613.953; 613.955
 
MedlinePlus: The U.S. National Library of Medicine has pages of information about puberty and body changes.
Body Image
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.461
 
TeensHealth Body Image and Self-Esteem: TeensHealth is dedicated to helping you make the best health choices with information that's doctor-reviewed. There's a page here about body image and self-esteem.
Eating Disorders
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 616.8526
 
National Eating Disorders Association: NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.
 
Weekday Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
Text: 'NEDA' to 741741
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
 
Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic: Low-cost mental health services provided by Mount Mercy University graduate students under the supervision of licensed mental health practioners. Services inlcude eating disorder therapy. 
 
1650 Matterhorn Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-368-6493
https://www.olsonmftclinic.com/
 
Health & Hygiene
General Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 613.0433
Acne/Skincare Nonfiction Books: 616.5 - 616.53; 646.726
 
CDC: The Center for Disease Control and Protection works "to protect America from health, safety and security threats." FInd reliable information on all types of diseases, health concerns, and health security, including Zombie Preparedness. Check out the CDC website here.

His Hands Free Clinic: Provides free medical, chiropractic, women’s health, mental health, physical therapy, prescription assistance, patient advocacy, and dental services near downtown Cedar Rapids.
 
400 12th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Call: 319-862-2636
https://hishandsclinic.org/
 
Local Health Resources: Check out the full list of health care services in the Linn County area.
 
MedlinePlus: Provieds trusted health information about many topics. Look up information here.
 
TeensHealth: TeensHealth is a resource for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about body health, emotions, and life. Check out TeensHealth resources here.
 
World Health Organization: WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Check out the World Health Organization website here.
Self-Esteem
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 305.235
 
Your Life Iowa: The Iowa Department of Public Health has trained counselors standing by to listen to your problems. You can connect through texting, online chat, or phone. It's free, easy, and private to use.
 
Call: 855-581-8111
Text: 855-895-8398
Spirituality

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 200

Prairiewoods: Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sacred space where people of all faiths and cultures are invited to explore and nurture their relationship with their Creator.

120 E Boyson Rd
Hiawatha, IA 52233
319-395-6700
http://prairiewoods.org/

 


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FAMILY, FRIENDS, & RELATIONSHIPS

Adoption & Foster Care

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.734

Achieving Maximum Potential: Click here to find resources for teens transitioning out of foster care and for relevant state and federal policies information. 

Consent
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 176; 302 - 302.14
 
Blue Seat Studios: Darkly humorous videos about consent. Remember: unconscious people don't want tea.
 
Eyes Open Iowa: Provides education and reports about teen sexual health and healthy relationships. Click for more information about consent and age of consent laws in Iowa.
 
4000 Westown Parkway, #204
West Des Moines, IA 50266
515-276-6788
Dating
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 646.77
 
Healthy Relationships and Dating: Find information about healthy dating and romantic relationships here.
 
Scarleteen: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults. Visit the Scarleteen website.
Divorce
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.89
 
TeensHealth: TeensHealth is a resource for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about body health, emotions, and life. Check out their resources on divorce here.
Friendship

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 177.62

Relationship Tools

5 Steps to a Sincere Apology
Ways to Respectfully Disagree


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GENDER & SEXUALITY

Gender Identities

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.76

PFLAG (Cedar Rapids): PFLAG support is geared towards individuals, familiy, friends, and allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, and questioning people. 

PFLAG CR Meetings held at Tanager Place LGBTQ Youth Center:
The Estle Center
1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
www.pflagcr.com/
pflaglcb@gmail.com

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood serves transgender people and people at various places on the spectrum of gender identity and expression. They also offer hormone therapy and ongoing care. Some LGBT services may be covered by insurance. 

3425 First Ave SE, Suite 100
 
Transformative Healing: Culturally specific agency serving LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence; includes resources for changing legal name and accessing therapy.
 
LGBTQIA+

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.76 - 306.766

GLBT National Youth Talkline: Helps youth with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems, and more.

Contact: 1-800-246-7743
www.glnh.org/
 

Iowa Safe Schools: Iowa Safe Schools created the Iowa GSA Network to empower students to create safe spaces in Iowa schools. They also provide resources and support to LGBTQ and allied students in Iowa.

Iowa Safe Schools
P.O. Box 704 Des Moines, IA 50303
515-381-0588

www.iowasafeschools.org/

One Iowa: One Iowa is dedicated to preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ individuals through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education. They also offer lists of resources for LGBTQ+ Iowans and allies.

950 Office Park Rd, Suite 240
West Des Moines, IA 50265
 

PFLAG (Cedar Rapids): PFLAG support is geared towards individuals, familiy, friends, and allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, and questioning people. 

4401 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
www.pflagcr.com
pflaglcb@gmail.com

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood offers education and resources for people who identify as LGBT. Some LGBT services may be covered by insurance.
 
3425 First Ave SE, Suite 100
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
 

Scarleteen: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults. Visit the Scarleteen website.

Transformative Healing: Culturally specific agency serving LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence and their support systems through crisis intervention, advocacy services, community engagements and involvement, and prevention services. Also includes resources for accessing therapy.  

319-389-8430
thiowa14@gmail.com
http://www.thiowa.org/

The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people.

24/7 Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
24/7 Text: “START” to 678678 
Online Chat: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

More support and information: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/trevor-support-center/
 


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HOME

Food Resources
Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) Program: Serves free sack lunches to students when school is not in session; one sack per person. Call 319-377-4856 for service locations or email fly@marionmethodist.org.
 
Linn County: Full list of Food Assistance Resources, including hours open and description of provided services. Marion locations listed below:
Church of God 7th Day Food Pantry
1691 Airport Road
Marion, IA 52302
319-377-8505
First Baptist Church – 29th Street Mission
1260 29th Street
Marion, IA 52302
319-377-3275
Churches of Marion Pantry
864 12th Street
Marion, IA 52302
319-377-7309
 
Share Iowa
Cedar Rapids & Marion, IA
800-344-1107
First Presbyterian Church – Marion
802 12th Street
Marion, IA 52302
319-377-7309

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Mobile Food Pantry: The HACAP Mobile Food Pantry visits the Marion Public Library the first Wednesday of every month from 4-5pm. Click here for more information.

Summer Meals Program: Every weekday in June, July, and August, free lunch is provided to youth under 18 at the Marion Public Library. (Closed July 4th.) Click here for more information.

Home Resources
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Beds: Sleep in Heavenly Peace Beds builds, assembles, and delivers bunk beds to families in need. Request a free twin bunk bed or learn how to get involved with SHP.

Homelessness

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.5 - 362.77

Foundation 2 Youth Shelter: Emergency shelter for youth between the ages of 11-17 who are experiencing a personal or family crisis, which makes it necessary to temporarily live away from home. Click here to learn more.

1714 Johnson Ave. NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Call 24/7: 1-800-332-42247

Waypoint Centralized Intake: Provides access to appropriate resources needed to resolve a housing crisis. Staff will help determine housing need and find the right openings at emergency shelters and/or send referrals for openings at local shelters. Click here to learn more.

318 Fifth Street SE 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Call 24/7: 319-366-7999
Runaways

National Runaway Switchboard: The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to help keep runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. They don't judge and are trained to help you, no matter your situation. Click here to learn more.

Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
Text: 66008
 

 


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MENTAL HEALTH

If you (or someone with you) are experiencing a medical emergency, are in danger, or are feeling suicidal, call 911 immediately.

Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-8255 or text TEEN to 839863 
Crisis Text Line (U.S. only): text HELLO to 741741

You are not alone. It gets better.

General Mental Health

COVID Coach: A mobile app created for everyone, including Veterans and Servicemembers, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more about the COVID Coach app here.

For Diverse Communities:

Black Girls Smile: https://www.blackgirlssmile.org/resources

Black Virtual Therapist Directory: Virtual and online services by licensed mental health providers. Cost is determined by individual therapists and may be covered under health insurance. https://www.beam.community/bvtn

NAMI: African American Mental Health: The National Alliance on Mental Illness has resources specific to diverse communities, including their page on African American Mental Health.

Foundation 2: Provides ongoing emotional assistance through therapy services and support groups. Sliding fee scale available. Find out more here.

Crisis Center
1540 2nd Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52403
1-800-332-4224 OR 319-362-2174
http://www.foundation2.org/services/crisis-center/
 
Youth Shelter
3015 12th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids IA 52404
319-366-8797
https://www.foundation2.org/services/youth/

Linn County Community ResourcesFind community mental health resources here.
 
NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Click here for Iowa's NAMI website.
 
United Way: Provides information about health and human service resources.

1-866-469-2211 OR 319-739-4211
https://www.uweci.org/contact-us/

Your Life Iowa: The Iowa Department of Public Health has trained counselors standing by to listen to your problems. You can connect through texting, online chat, or phone. It's free, easy, and private to use.

Call: 855-581-8111
Text: 855-895-8398
Anxiety

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 616.8522

MedlinePlus: Information on anxiety disorder diagnosis, treatments and therapies, and research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Click here to learn more.

Death & Grief
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 155.937
 
TeensHealth: Information on bereavement/grief defintions, rituals, and support. Click here to learn more.
Depression
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 616.8527
 
MedlinePlus: Information on depression diagnosis, treatments and therapies, and research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Click here to learn more.
Self-Harm
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 616.8582
 
Apps: Available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
  • Calm Harm: Calm Harm is an app to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Learn more about the Calm Harm app and get a link to download it to your mobile device.
  • Self-Heal: Focuses on distraction-based tasks along with contacts, information, and inspirational images. Learn more about the Self-Heal app and get a link to download it to your mobile device.
 
Self-Injury Outreach and Support: SiOS provides information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help. Visit the Self-Injury Outreach and Support website.
 
To Write Love on Her Arms: TWLOHA is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Find resources for dealing with self-injury here.
Suicide
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.28 - 362.283
 
Crisis Call Center: 800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863 
Crisis Text Line (U.S. only): text HELLO to 741741
Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433
 
 
Your Life Iowa: The Iowa Department of Public Health has trained counselors standing by to listen to your problems. You can connect through texting, online chat, or phone. It's free, easy, and private to use.
 
Call: 855-581-8111
Text: 855-895-8398
Stress
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 155.9
 
#SelfCare: Available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play, #SelfCare is an app with a simple goal: "to feel better... for three to five minutes you can escape to a calm and soothing room, and return to your life refreshed and ready to face your stresses." Do simple tasks and games to help you relax.
 
 

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SEX & PREGNANCY

Abortion
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 363.46
 
Emma Goldman Clinic (Iowa City): Provides pregnancy testing and options counseling, abortion services, LGBT services including hormone therapy, and more.
 
227 N. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
800-848-7684
 
Planned Parenthood (Iowa City): Planned Parenthood provides health care and sex education. The Iowa City clinic offers information and services for: abortion pill, in-clinic abortion, sedation options, pre-and post-abortion patient education, post-abortion follow-up exams, and referrals for other abortion services if needed.
 
850 Orchard St. 
Iowa City, IA 52246
877-811-7526
Abstinence

Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center: Bridgehaven provides Christ-centered, spiritually-grounded abstinence education as well as anti-abortion pregnancy support. Their philosophy for preventing unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional trauma is not merely reducing the possibility, but rather eliminating the risk. 

701 Center Point Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-364-8967
http://bridgehavencr.org/
mail@bridgehavencr.org

Equipping Youth: Christian-based abstinence education and teen events.

PO Box 1175
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Consent
Blue Seat Studios: Darkly humorous videos about consent. Remember: unconscious people don't want tea.
 
Eyes Open Iowa: Eyes Open Iowa provides education and reports about teen sexual health and healthy relationships. Read more information about consent and age of consent laws in Iowa.
 
4000 Westown Parkway, #204
West Des Moines, IA 50266
515-276-6788
 
Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood has a brief series of videos about consent in sexual situations: what it looks like and why it's important. Watch the Consent 101 YouTube playlist here.
Contraception/Birth Control

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 613.907

Iowa Department of Public Health: Provides services including information on medical care for teens and how it relates to parental knowledge. Since 2013, teens are able to acquire emergency contraception over-the-counter without a prescription. Read more information about adolescents' medical care and Iowa laws.
 
Eastern Iowa Health Center: Provides sexual health resources. Sliding fee scale available.
 
1201 3rd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
319-730-7300
 
Linn County Public Health: Free condoms available.
 
1020 6th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-892-6000
 
Planned Parenthood (Cedar Rapids): Planned Parenthood provides health care and sex education. The Cedar Rapids clinic offers some contraception services including birth control and the morning-after pill.
 
3425 First Avenue SE, Suite 100 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
877-811- 7526
Pregnancy

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.874; 618.2

Bethany Christian Services: Bethany Christian Services offers anti-abortion pregnancy counseling with adoption information and financial assistance based on individual need.
 
1652 42nd St. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-832-2321 
 
Birthright: Birthright is an international, anti-abortion organization of pregnancy crisis centers. They offer free, confidential pregnancy tests and friendship counseling.
 
375 Collins Rd. NE Suite 107
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-393-3251
 

Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center: Bridgehaven provides anti-abortion, Christ-centered, spiritually-grounded support before, during, and after pregnancy. They also offer confidential and free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, as well as food and clothing assistance.

701 Center Point Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-364-8967
http://bridgehavencr.org/
mail@bridgehavencr.org

Eastern Iowa Health Center: Offers OB-GYN care throughout pregnancy including for those without insurance.
 
1201 3rd Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
319-730-7300 (24-hour number)
 
Iowa Department of Public Health: Women Infants & Children (WIC): Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a public health program that serves pregnant and postpartum women, and children under the age of five. 
 
Closest local agency: HACAP
1382 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
 
 
Planned Parenthood (Cedar Rapids): Planned Parenthood provides health care and sex education. The Cedar Rapids clinic offers sexual health services including general health care, women's health care, and pregnancy testing and services including: abortion referrals, adoption services, adoption referrals, fertility awareness education, and trained staff to discuss options.
 
3425 First Ave SE, Suite 100 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
877-811-7526
Sex

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.708; 613.9 - 613.907

Planned Parenthood: Information on topics related to sex and teens.
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/sex

Planned Parenthood's Roo Chatbot: Ask a robot questions about sexual health, relationships, growing up, and more. There's no subject too embarrassing, random, or weird. Roo is built around the questions teens are actually asking. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/roo-sexual-health-chatbot

Scarleteen: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults. Visit the Scarleteen website.

STDs/STIs
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 613.907; 616.951
 
Eastern Iowa Health Center: Offers several sexual health services including STD testing and treatment, HPV vaccines, PAP and pelvic exams, and gynecological procedures. Sliding fee scale available.
 
1201 3rd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
319-730-7300
 
Linn County Public Health: Provides free condoms and, for those who qualify, a free STD exam. The HIV Antibody Testing and Counseling Clinics offer free confidential testing and counseling for at-risk individuals.
 
1020 6th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
319-892-6093
 
Planned Parenthood (Cedar Rapids): Planned Parenthood provides health care and sex education. The Cedar Rapids clinic offers sexual health services including birth control, HIV testing, general health care, STD testing, treatment, and vaccines.
 
3425 1st Avenue SE, Suite 100 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
877-811- PLAN (7526)
 

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WORK, SCHOOL, & ONLINE

College

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 378.154

Iowa College Aid: Data and reports on enrollment, diversity, completion rates, tuition and debt, and scholarships for Iowa colleges and universities. https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/DataCenter#iacolleges

Homework Help

Foreign Language Books: 419 - 495.7

Math Books510 - 511

Science Books520 - 580

Writing Books372.623; 808 - 809

History Books900 - 909; 930 - 999

Online Resources: The Marion Public Library offer a wide variety of credible online resources for students working on research projects, learning a new language, and more. Check out all available student resources here. Need help finding a resource? Email info@marionpubliclibrary.org 

Internet Safety & Social Media

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 302.231; 371.782

BeInternetAwesome: Created by Google and digital experts, play mini games to learn the basics of kindness, safety, and security. Click here to play in Interland!

Connect Safely:  Nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Find tips for safe social networking here.

Jobs & Careers
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 331.702; 370.113; 650.142
 
Community Promise: Offered by the Marion Economic Development Corp, Community Promise connects students with real careers in Marion, providing exposure, experience, and pursuit opportunities. Visit their website or contact the Business Engagement Specialist.
 
Call: 319-743-4728
 
Future Ready Iowa: The Iowa Career Coach provides data, trends, career assessments, and resources for jobs in Iowa. https://www.futurereadyiowa.gov/high-school-students
 
Iowa Workforce Development: Promotes workforce development for young Iowans. Contact the Youth Services Program Coordinator.
Kirkwood Skills to Employment/IowaWORKS: Offers career counseling for those who have either graduated or dropped out of high school and struggle to pay for food, shelter and other basic necessities. Apply online.
 
 
Money

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 332.4

Iowa Department of Education: Provides information on gaining financial skills.
https://www.educateiowa.gov/financial-literacy
 

School

School counselors can provide a multitude of academic and emotional resources for students.

Marion Independent Linn-Mar

 

Vernon Middle School

Emma Ambrose
319-377-9401
eambrose@marion-isd.org

Michelle Thomason
319-377-9401
mthomason@marion-isd.org

Kalli Semler
319-377-9401
ksemler@marion-isd.org

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Marion High School

Ann Grant
Grades 9-10
319-377-9891
agrant@marion-isd.org

Tom Kettmann
Grades 11-12
319-377-9891
tkettmann@marion-isd.org

 

Excelsior Middle School

Erin Gorman
319-447-3131
egorman@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Margaret Buonadonna
319-447-3138
mbuonadonna@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Mike Shipley
319-447-3152
mshipley@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Lindsey Starmer
319-447-3254
lstarmer@linnmar.k12.ia.us

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Oak Ridge Middle School

Victoria Wanda
319-447-3440
vwanda@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Jessica Deahl
319-730-3559
jdeahl@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Kim Woods
319-447-3409
kwoods@linnmar.k12.ia.us

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Linn-Mar High School

Sheryl Cline
319-447-3175
scline@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Greg Hall
319-447-3074
ghall@linnmar.k12.ia.us

David Kennedy
319-447-3104
dkennedy@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Elizabeth Kreher
319-447-3071
ekreher@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Pete Martin
319-447-3072
pmartin@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Kevin Mccauley
319-447-3047
kmccauley@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Lisa Mooney
319-447-3129
lmooney@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Tony Nicol
319-447-3073
tony.nicol@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Jennifer Thurston
319-447-3098
jthurston@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Janessa Walters
319-892-4884
jwalters@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Homeschool

contact your Supervising Teacher

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St. Joseph Catholic School

Alissa Kalkbrenner
319-377-6348
akalkbrenner@sjcsmarion.org

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Xavier High School

Dave Schemmel
319-739-7311
dave.schemmel@xaviersaints.org

Liz Donner
319-294-6635 ext 314
liz.donner@xaviersaints.org

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Tech Resources
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.76 - 306.766
 
Chrome Music Lab: Chrome Music Lab is a free online application to make music. You can use your keyboard and mouse, a MIDI keyboard, or even a microphone and your voice.
 
Coding: Free (or free to start) coding resources.
  • Code.org: Learn computer science through full-length courses or quick, hour-long tutorials for all ages.
  • Code Combat: A video game you win by writing javascript code. Some paid features.
  • CSFirst: Introduction to computer science and programming language Scratch.
  • Free Code Camp: Includes 1000+ hours of curriculum for motivated self-learners of javascript and HTML, with the objective of entry level web developer jobs.
  • Khan Academy: Provides tutorial videos, lessons and challenges in a visual simplified javascript.
  • MIT App Inventor: Provides an environment for block coding of mobile apps.
  • Pencilcode: Allows block coding projects.
  • Scratch: An open platform for coding games and animations.
  • Swift Playgrounds: Learn how to code for iOS. iOS mobile app download.
  • Thunkable: Build your own apps. iOS and Android mobile app download.
  • Tynker: Teaches middle school students how to make games and programs. Computer and mobile app download available.
 
Digital Technology Training: Get digital training lessons with Google. Sign up for free to access videos and projects to research topics, create budgets, collaborate on documents, and more. Click here to get started.
 
Flipsnack: Flipsnack is a free online zine maker. Create and design your own e-zines.
 
Lynda.com: Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills. Click here to access Lynda. Access anywhere with your library card.
 
Video Editing Resources
 
Online Movie Creation: Use these free tools to create and edit movies online. Paid upgrades are available. Basic accounts will sometimes include watermarks and will limit length, available features, and editing capabilities.
 
We Video: With a free account, create videos up to 5 minutes long.
Clipchamp: With a free account, create and edit videos up to 5 minutes long.
PowToon: Create your own animated videos using their selection of graphics.
Prezi: Create online, dynamic slideshows.
Stop Motion Studio: Make stop-motion videos.
 
Offline (Computer/App) Movie Creation: If it's not your computer or device, make sure you get permission before downloading and installing software.

iMovie (for iOS and Mac OS computers)
 
Test & Exam Prep

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 378.1664
Brain Fuse: Get help with subject skills and test prep with online test prep and live tutoring. Login with your library card.


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