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These resources can help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed. Regardless of grade level, you will find useful research databases covering a wide variety of subjects, as well as site like World Book and Explora that provide activities and lesson plans. For most of the resources below, there are video lessons available that explain what the resource is and how to use it; click the "watch tutorial" button to view.

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ABC-CLIO

Designed for middle and high school students, ABC-CLIO is an excellent resource for helping families to understand the geography of current events. 

All of the ABC-CLIO databases have an Academic Success Corner, where you can click on “Working with Primary Sources” to locate worksheets that can help your students analyze different types of primary sources, from works of art, to editorial cartoons, to formal speeches. Choose a worksheet and follow the steps to help your students identify the origin of their primary source, place it in context, and discover any claims (or biases) that might be present. 

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Biography Reference Center

Includes more than 450,000 full-text biographical articles for elementary, middle, and high school research.

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Explora

Multiple versions of the Explora interface provide age-appropriate content for students in primary and secondary schools. Subject areas covered include science, math, literature, history, geography, and more. Explora makes research easy by automatically generating properly formatted citations and allowing you to store relevant articles.

Select the Explora level of your choice: elementary, middle, high school, and high school advanced modules are available. A scavenger hunt for the database is available here.

Explora Middle School offers full-text of popular magazines and articles geared towards middle school reading and interest level.

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History Reference Center 

More than 650,000 full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals, and thousands of primary source documents covering both US and world history topics. 

After entering the database find the link called “Research Guide” on the right hand side under “Reference Shelf.” The articles here are available as PDFs that you can print or save for later. 

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LearningExpress Library School Center

Has skill-building resources for classroom and homework success, for elementary through high school levels. Also part of the LearningExpress Library is the Computer Skills Center, in which you can find video courses on computer basics and popular software.

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Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills. Very useful for students needing to defend positions in their research papers.

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World Book

World Book online is a suite of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites. These are just a few of the modules included:

  • Social Studies Power offers more than 100 lessons, activities, and assessments focused on core topics and aligned with most major textbooks. Social Studies Power is intended for grades three through six and provides two reading levels per lesson for differentiated instruction.
  • Dramatic Learning promotes independent learning and group collaboration with the production of classic and contemporary plays. With activities tied to cross-curricular instruction, Dramatic Learning includes mini-inquiry projects, self-assessment tools, and teaching tools to facilitate instruction.
  • World Book Early Learning features resources developed specifically for preschoolers and early elementary school. Content includes a collection of short informational videos on a variety of topics like animals, the human body, and people at work; guided narrated stories across Lexile levels, including Spanish language selections; tracing, matching, memory/concentration, and true or false games; and paint by number, coloring, and print-and-do activities.
  • World Book Kids is geared for students in first through fourth grades. Using image-based navigation, students can explore a wealth of articles, images, and videos as well as games, activities, science projects, and more! Educators and parents alike can make use of the For Educators tab at the bottom of the page to explore printable lesson plans and webquests.

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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.

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Brainfuse HelpNow Writing Lab

Students submit their writing through a secure file sharing feature and within 24 hours writing specialists evaluate it  according to a customized rubric. Rubric categories include: response to task, organization, focus, word usage and grammar/mechanics. Receive more immediate feedback by logging in with a live tutor and use our file sharing feature to receive live, one-to-one writing assistance. 

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Mango

Mango provides easy access to language learning using your computer or mobile device and your Washoe County Library card. Love movies? Try learning a language through film. Mango Movies offers exceptional movies paired with interactive learning activities to help you learn even faster. Available for Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Italian, Japanese, and ESL.

Go to Mango Watch Tutorial

 

NoveList Plus K-8

Looking for your next book? Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? NoveList Plus K-8 is a great resource for readers. Search or browse to find books that match your reading tyle. NoveList Plus’s advanced search lets you search for titles by specific Lexile or Accelerated Reader ranges. Older reader can try NoveList Plus.

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RBdigital

Support your children’s reading with a great selection of magazines just for them from RBdigital. Create an account and enjoy titles for kids including Highlights for ChildrenHigh FiveNational Geographic KidsAnimal Tales, and more. 

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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.

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TeenBookCloud

Are you looking for curriculum books for your AP English class? Check out TeenBookCloud, which features hundreds of books that are always available, many titles feature enhanced audio content. 

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Explora STEM Lesson Plans

Looking for STEM driven lesson plans that can be adapted for online or in home? Check out the articles collated in the Explora Educator’s Edition under Lesson Plans. For example there are several lesson plans that show you how to use nursery rhymes to explore STEM concepts!

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RBdigital

Are you looking for fun STEAM activities and cool facts for your kids? Check out National Geographic Kids, Astronomy for Kids, and other science and education magazines.

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Science Reference Center

Includes the full text of nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other publications. Under the Reference Shelf, you will find links to lesson plans and experiments you can do at home.

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TumbleMath

Check out a TumbleMath playlist that features a counting animal activity for young children. TumbleMath is the most extensive collection of math picture books online. Click on the green “playlists” button at the top of the page. Find Animal Counting in the list. Titles included: Looking for Spring, Midnight Madness at the Zoo, and Count Down to Fall.

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World Book

World Book online is a suite of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites. Includes:

  • Science Power strengthen students’ knowledge with more than 90 lessons complete with experiments and assessments. Ideal for grades two through six, Science Power empowers students to take control of their own learning process.
  • Dramatic Learning promotes independent learning and group collaboration with the production of classic and contemporary plays. With activities tied to cross-curricular instruction, Dramatic Learning includes mini-inquiry projects, self-assessment tools, and teaching tools to facilitate instruction.
  • World Book Early Learning content includes a collection of short informational videos on a variety of topics like animals, the human body, and people at work.
  • World Book Kids is geared toward students in first through fourth grades. Using image-based navigation, students can explore a wealth of articles, science projects, and more. Educators and parents alike can make use of the For Educators tab at the bottom of the page to explore printable lesson plans and webquests.

Go to World Book Watch Tutorial

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RomanceBookCloud

Always-available ebooks in all romance genres

Digital Magazines

Instant access to your favorite magazines, now with thousands of new titles

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times

AudioBookCloud

A collection of always-available audiobooks for all ages

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

Mango

Learn one of 70 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, and even Pirate

Lynda.com

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

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

WorldBook Online

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

TumbleMath K-6

Animated, narrated math stories and other elementary school math resources

TumbleBook Library

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

TeenBookCloud

Ebooks, graphic novels, and more for teens and tweens

Virtual Story Time

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

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

Teaching at Home

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

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.

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.

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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.

RBdigital

Más de 200 revistas que puede leer, y hasta descargar, en su computadora, teléfono o tableta.

OverDrive

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

The New York Times

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

Mango

Aprenda inglés en línea con cursos completos y películas para ayudarle a aprender.

HelpNow

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