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Access Video: Just for Kids

The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young patrons.

Learn how to create a user profile here.  By creating an account, users can create playlists, add favorites, and more

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America’s News from NewsBank

Current news stories and historical articles from America's News and newspapers from around the world. Resources include the Houston Chronicle and collected Special Reports on current events.

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Biography in Context

Biography in Context (Gale)

A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 185,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. 

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Brainfuse Live Homework Tutoring

Live help from 2-11 PM and 24/7 access allow students to receive live, one-on-one assistance from tutors in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Skills-building sessions are also available for students who have academic needs that extend beyond homework help. Tutoring is available in English and in Spanish. Click here for more details about all the services Brainfuse offers.

A new feature in the Live Tutoring section is the ability to add audio for a real-time conversation with the tutor. After selecting the grade level and subject, simply click on “Preferences” and select the box for audio. Upon connecting to a tutor, click the phone icon that appears beside the tutor's name, and choose the desired option. Please note, the "My Computer" option works best with a headset and microphone. 

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Brainfuse Online Writing Assistance

The Adult Learning Center offers two types of writing assistance for business and personal needs: live assistance from expert writing tutors and the 24/7 Writing Lab. Our 24/7 Writing Lab is ideal when an extended analysis is required and the writing is more than 1-2 pages. Brainfuse 24/7 Writing Lab is designed to help users produce a better written work through targeted, structured feedback. Users submit documents through our secure file sharing portal and check for document return status on the personalized and secure Message Center.

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Brainfuse Skillsurfer

This service helps students address academic needs that run deeper than homework help. With Skills Building, Brainfuse tutors help students master core academic skills through state-aligned lessons, covering various grade levels and academic topics. In addition to live help, the SkillSurfer learning library contains thousands of video lessons, quizzes, and tests to help students master academic concepts.

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CultureGrams

Cultural and geographical information on more than 200 countries including their history, statistics, maps, and flags. Select Kids' Edition for a kid's-eye view of daily life in countries around the world. Explore the United States and discover state flags, maps, sports teams, recipes, symbols, songs and more.

 

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E-read Texas for Kids

E-Read Texas for Kids

E-Read Texas for Kids includes a collection of more than 600 titles from Teacher Created Materials, including the TIME for Kids series. The majority of the titles comprise juvenile nonfiction, including science, mathematics, sports, history, and art, in both English and Spanish. The site also includes juvenile fiction and craft and hobby books for kids. 

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Explora Elementary and Middle School (EBSCO)

A research database for elementary and middle school students, featuring encyclopedias, a dictionary, magazine articles, pictures, and more.

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Flipster

Check out and read full-color eMagazines in your browser or open in the Flipster app on your mobile device.

Find Flipster FAQs here: Flipster FAQ

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Gale eBooks Virtual Reference Library

Gale eBooks Virtual Reference Library

Gale eBooks is a Virtual Reference Library of reliable nonfiction eBooks that are always available.

Find Gale eBook FAQs here: Gale eBooks FAQ

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hoopla digital

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Houston Chronicle from NewsBank (Search 10/29/1985-Current)

Search or browse text-only digital issues of the Houston Chronicle from 1985 to the present, or open the daily full-color image version of the Houston Chronicle from NewsBank.

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International Wildlife Encyclopedia

Thousands of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and invertebrates are discussed as well as major biomes and habitats. Fact file boxes provide scientific classification and physical data.

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Khan Academy

More than 1800 video tutorials for math, science, history, finance, and test preparation. The content is presented in 10-20 minute chunks especially designed for viewing on the computer, as opposed to longer videos presenting a conventional lecture.

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Learning Express Library (Practice Tests)

Study for and practice the GED, ASVAB, SAT, ACT, and TASP tests, STAAR and TAKS, occupation exams, and many more. Create a personalized account to use these and other resources, like the Computer Skills Center featuring Microsoft Office tutorial videos, and to keep track of your progress in courses and practice tests.
Not in Library: To sign up, click on "Register," then complete the registration form.

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Lincoln Library Biography and History Collection

These six databases provide biographical information on sports champions, Greek and Roman mythological figures, men and women who shaped the world, important people and events in American history, and biographies of people around the world. All six databases can be searched at the same time. 

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