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

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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 serving 42 counties in Iowa. 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 14 bus routes that travel around the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion area. Buses run 5:15 a.m. - 6:20 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:25 a.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.

Visit 365ride for information about transportation services in east central Iowa. Age and cost restrictions may apply.


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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? This 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

FactCheck.org: FactCheck.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 for more information on how to spot fake news.

University of Texas Libraries: Guide to Evaluating News Sources

OnTheMedia.org: The image below is a handy quick-reference tool when evaluating a news source and explains how you can help prevent the spread of false information.

My Rights
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.
 
 
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. As Iowa’s leading educational resource on the topic, they educate more than 30,000 people each year.
 
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-862-2101
 
Diversity Focus: A non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the diversity of the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. 
 
222 2nd Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 
319-363-3707
 
I'll Make Me a World in Iowa: Highlights African-American arts, culture and contributions through education, awareness and preservation during an annual enrichment celebration and with continual educational outreach.
 
1620 Pleasant Street Suite 210
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-288-7171
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 one out online. We are happy to sign any forms you need for volunteer credit; however, we cannot always guarantee we will have as many hours as you request.

Questions? Contact Sandy Ransier (Volunteer Liason) or Rachel Pollari (Teen Library Assistant):
319-377-3412
sransier@marionpubliclibrary.org
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 (extension 822)
 

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ASSAULT & ABUSE

Abusive Relationships

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.82 - 362.8292

Bullying
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 302.34
 
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


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. Visit the website here.

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, 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

Waypoint: Waypoint provides support services to help victims and their families deal with the trauma of domestic violence, including individual and group counseling, support for youth and families, teen support, and advocacy within the medical, legal and social service systems.

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
 
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.
 
 
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
81 Emmons Street
Hiawatha, IA 52233
319-393-1212

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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
info@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
 
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 puberty here.
Body Image
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.461
 
National Eating Disorders Association: NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, including resources on developing a positive body image. View their body image resources here.
 
Proud2Bme: An online community created by and for teens, covering everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight. Visit their website here.
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: 741741
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
Health & Hygiene
General Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 613.0433
Acne/Skincare Nonfiction Books: 616.5 - 616.53; 646.726
 
TeensHealth: TeensHealth is a resource for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about body health, emotions, and life. Check out their health resources here.
Self-Esteem
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 305.235
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

Consent
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 176; 302 - 302.14
 
Blue Seat Studios: Darkly humorous videos about consent. Watch them here and remember: unconscious people don't want tea.
 
Eyes Open Iowa: Provides education and reports about teen sexual health and healthy relationships. Click here 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
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. 

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

Transformations: Transformations is a support group for all transgender and non-binary people as well as their allies. They discuss individual members' personal troubles and the obstacles facing the transgender community as a whole and help educate the general public about transgender issues and the challenges transgender individuals face in today's societies.

Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 5:30pm
4401 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
https://www.facebook.com/transformationsiowa/
 
Transformative Healing: Culturally specific agency serving LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence; includes resources for changing legal name and accessing therapy.
 
319-389-8430
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.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 3-11pm; Saturday, 11am–4pm
Contact: 1-800-246-7743
http://www.glnh.org/
 

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

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 changing legal name and accessing therapy.  

319-389-8430
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
Text: “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 (Monday through Friday, 2–9pm CST)
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.
 
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
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. Income eligibility guidelines apply.

Summer Meals Program: Every weekday in June, July, and August, free sack lunch provided to youth under 18 at the Marion Public Library. No restrictions. (Closed July 4th.)

Homelessness

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 362.5 - 362.77

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.

318 Fifth Street SE 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
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.

Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
Text: 66008
https://www.1800runaway.org/youth-teens/

 


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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 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.

General 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
 
Teen Line: Teen Line is a teen-to-teen confidential hotline. They won’t judge you or give advice--their job is to listen to your feelings and help you to clarify your concerns, define the options available to you, and help you make positive decisions.
 
Hours: 8pm - midnight
Call: 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336)
Text: “TEEN” to 839863
 
Teen Line volunteers will talk to you about a variety of topics not limited to mental health, including friendship and relationship issues, self-esteem and insecurities, abuse, and more. Read their responses to other teens' questions.
 
United Way: Provides information about health and human service resources.
 

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

Anxiety

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 616.8522

Death & Grief
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 155.937
Depression
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 616.8527
Self-Harm
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 616.8582
 
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 their 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, 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
Stress
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 155.9

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SEX & PREGNANCY

Abortion
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 363.46
 
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 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. Watch them here and remember: unconscious people don't want tea.
 
Eyes Open Iowa: Eyes Open Iowa provides education and reports about teen sexual health and healthy relationships. Click here for 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 here.
 
Linn Community Care: Provides sexual health resources including family planning. Sliding fee scale available.
 
1201 3rd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
319-730-7300
 
Linn County Public Health: Free condoms available.
 
501 13th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
319-892-6093
 
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 1st Avenue SE, Suite 100 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
877-811- PLAN (7526)
Pregnancy

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.874; 618.2

Bethany Christian Services: Bethany Christian Services offers pregnancy counseling with adoption information and financial assistance based on individual need.
 
900 2nd St. SE Suite 104
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-832-2321 
888-832-2326
 
Birthright: Birthright is an international pro-life 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
1-800-550-4900
 

Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center: Bridgehaven provides 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 (formerly St. Luke's Family 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)
 
Family & Community Health Alliance and Women Infant & Children (WIC): Provide services for maternal and infant health, including coupons for pregnant women and children. There are several locations in Cedar Rapids & Marion. Call 319-447-5816 for more information.
 
Hillcrest Family Services: Hillcrest is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church. They offer unplanned pregnancy counseling and adoption planning, health clinics, and mental health solutions.
 
317 7th Ave SE Suite 202C
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-362-3149
 
Linn Community Care: Offers several sexual health services including OB-GYN/prenatal care. Sliding fee scale available. 
 
1201 3rd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
319-730-7300
 
Linn County Public Health: Provides sexual health services including free or reduced pregnancy testing (to those who qualify) and educational brochures.  
 
501 13th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
319-892-6093
 
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 1st Avenue SE, Suite 100 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
877-811- PLAN (7526)
Sex

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

STDs/STIs
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 613.907; 616.951
 
Linn Community Care: 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.
 
501 13th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
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

Learning Express Library: Click here. Access anywhere with your library card number.

College and College-Bound Students
Offers a variety of skills reviews and practice tests for college placement like the ACCUPLACER
® and ASSET® exams, as well as grad school admissions exams like the GMAT®, GRE®, LSAT®, MAT®, MACT®, and PCAT®.

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.

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!

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, high demand careers for students 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, and resources for jobs in Iowa, including an online resume building application.
 
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.
 
 
Learning Express Library: Click hereAccess anywhere with your library card number.
 
Career Preparation
Offers resources for building workplace skills, entrance and occupation exams, and more.
 
Job & Career Accelerator
Provides resources for jobs and internships, career exploration, tools to get hired, and more. 
Money

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 332.4

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

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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

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Oak Ridge Middle School

Victoria Wanda
Team 6A and Grade 8
319-447-3440
vwanda@linnmar.k12.ia.us

Kim Woods
Team 6B and Grade 8
319-447-3409
kwoods@linnmar.k12.ia.us

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Linn-Mar High School

Grades 9-10
319-447-3043

Grades 11-12
319-447-3070

Homeschool

contact your Supervising Teacher

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St. Joseph Catholic School

Main Office
319-377-6348

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Xavier High School

Danie Clancy
319-739-7314
danie.clancy@xaviersaints.org

Cara Joens
319-739-7313
cara.joens@xaviersaints.org

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

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Tech Resources
Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 306.76 - 306.766
 
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.
  • Codefights: A fun competition forum for honing skills in multiple coding languages. 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.
 
Learning Express Library: Click hereAccess anywhere with your library card number.
 
Computer Skills Center
Provides video courses to learn computer and internet basics as well as tutorials for popular software like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office.
 
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.
 
Offline (Computer/App) Movie Creation: If it's not your computer or device, make sure you get permission before downloading and installing software.
 
Windows Movie Maker (for Windows computers)
iMovie (for iOS and Mac OS computers)
 
Test & Exam Prep

Nonfiction Books (Shelf Numbers): 378.1664

Learning Express Library: Click hereAccess anywhere with your library card number.

College Admissions Test Preparation
Provides practice tests for the ACT®, SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, AP® Exams, TOEFL iBT® and IELTS™ Tests, as well as College Admissions Essay Writing.

High School Equivalency
Basic skill building and preparation for the 
GED®, HiSET®, and TASC tests.

School Center
Skill-building resources for middle school and high school classroom and homework success.

 


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