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Resources for Educators

 

Washoe County Libraries are here to support educators at every level and of every type. For more information on these programs or services, please contact the library. Our digital resources require a library card. Visit this page to instantly acquire a digital card.

Online Resources for Educators

Explore online library resources and recommended web resources on the tabs below.

Books & Reading

TumbleBook Library 

A collection of animated, talking picture books that teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Includes common core-aligned lesson plans and resources for classroom use. If you work in a Washoe County School District elementary or middle school, ask your librarian for the WCSD username and password for streamlined access. Everyone can use all features of TumbleBook Library using a Washoe County Library card.

Features include:

  • Common Core Portal: Helps educators find specific lesson plans and TumbleBooks to help fulfill core level requirements. 
  • Playlists: More than 100 pre-made playlists, and the ability to make your own.
  • Tumbletimes and Word Count: Helps teachers determine the suitability of a book for their students. 
  • Reading Levels: Accelerated Reader and Lexile levels and grade levels. The AR information includes quiz numbers, interest level, points, and word count.
  • Lesson Plans: help educators integrate TumbleBooks into their daily lessons.
  • Quizzes: Hundreds of book-specific quizzes, many of which are integrated with Common Core curriculum levels that are highlighted in the quiz descriptions.
  • Book Reports: Lets students write up a report online
  • Paired Videos and Books: National Geographic videos paired with TumbleBook story books

 

Book Connections 

A collection of resources about books for children and teens. Includes a readers' advisory tool, resources for homework help, summer reading selections, and more. Professional educators can sign in on the Professionals & Adults tab. Other library patrons, regardless of age, can sign in with their library card numbers on the Readers under 18 tab.

 

TeachingBooks 

Features book guides and activities, author interviews, and readings. Features more than 177,000 resources that help bring books to life. If you are a professional educator, you can sign in using your work email on the Educator tab. All other library patrons can sign in on the Students tab using WashoeLib as both username and password.

 

Washoe County Library Catalog

Find a book you like, and then discover read-alikes, series information, reading levels, and more. Find recommendations by subject and AR level.

 

Explora 

Available in elementary, middle school, high school, advanced high school, and educator editions. It includes language arts, history, social studies, math, and science resources.

 

History Resources

1,000 Miles Project 

Using video, audio, and additional materials, the 1,000 Miles Project brings to life three diaries from George and Josephine Scott's 1914 Nevada prospecting trip. The first-hand account of their trek across Nevada provides an entertaining and engaging way to study history and serves up concepts across all disciplines.

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ABC-CLIO 

Includes academic reference works and periodicals on topics such as history and social sciences.

 

Biography Reference Center

Includes a collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographical resources for all grade levels.

 

General Reference

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World Book Online

A suite of online research tools including encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, and more.

 

Homework Help

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BrainFuse Help Now

Offers live tutors daily from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm, as well as test preparation resources and a writing lab. Requires the latest version of Java.

Learning Express Library 

Includes online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books for computer skills, job search, workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance prep, GED test prep, and more.

LinkedIn Learning

The premiere online learning resources for business, software, technology, and creative skills. Formerly Lynda.com.

 

  • EdWeb: Free professional learning network that hosts online communities and engaging edWebinars for educators.
  • ERIC: The Educational Resource Information Center includes more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.
  • The Nevada Registry: Listings of all online and in-person registry-approved trainings.
Print

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times

Reading Challenges

Participate in all our reading challenges with the Beanstack app

TechBoomers

Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers

LinkedIn Learning

Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources

Explora

Research resources and tools for students and teachers

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, and art resources

Reopening Plan

See our plan for a safe, responsible reopening of our physical locations

Language Learning

Learn a new language with these resources provided by the library or available free-of-charge on the internet

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Family Engagement and Literacy

Cultural and educational resources for kids of all ages

Get a Card

Sign up for an instant digital card to get access to all our online resources.

Community Resources

Resources and support during the coronavirus outbreak

Back to Work Nevada

Links to resume help, unemployment insurance, and business loan providers

Apps and Tools

Many of our most popular resources have apps for easy use on mobile devices.

TumbleBiblioteca

Disfrute de más de 50 libros, libros de dibujos, y libros con audio para niños de todas las edades.

Referencia Latina

Texto completo cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia.

OverDrive

Colección de libros electrónicos y audiolibros descargables en inglés o español y revistas.

The New York Times

Acceso gratuito en línea al New York Times, tanto de forma remota como en la biblioteca.

HelpNow

Tutoría en vivo en español o inglés está disponible con Brainfuse HelpNow