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We are pleased to announce our partnership with Old Plank Trail Bank, a WINTRUST Community Bank who provided the complete funding for our newest quality database: Scholastic Teachables.  Homer Library continues to meet the needs of the community we love, and we thank Old Plank Trail Bank for their support of this remote learning and home schooling resource. 

The attached links showcase Homer Library’s mission to support our community with life-long learning opportunities and resources.  Whether these are items you can physically hold or virtual support, they all help end users become literate citizens and our community thrives! 

DATABASES

Scholastic Teachables: (NEW! NEW! NEW!) The Scholastic Teachables database grants users access to thousands of printable units and lesson plans, activity sheets, and customizable content in a variety of subject areas and grade levels.

Issues and Controversies: Featuring a dynamic design and a wealth of new features, Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today's crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Provided by Infobase.

MasterFILE Premier: Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975.

Mango Languages: Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

Novelist: NoveList has been helping readers find their next favorite book for more than 20 years, and continues to develop innovative solutions for connecting readers, books, and libraries.

Novelist K-8: NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

Universal Class:  Online non-credit continuing education courses. Attend class and do assignments on your schedule. 

World Book: The online edition of the popular encyclopedia, suitable for all ages. Includes all articles from the print set plus over hundreds more.

EBOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, & VIDEO

eRead Illinois: eRead Illinois is a cooperative program that expands access to e-books and audiobooks for Illinois residents.

Hoopla: Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Omnilibraries (Overdrive): With OverDrive, you can download e-books, e-audiobooks, videos, and music for your computer or mobile devices.

WEBSITES

PREK - 2nd Grade

Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Reading is Fundamental: Create engaged readers when you use Reading Is Fundamental’s Literacy Central. This award-winning digital library hosts over 10,000 resources directly tied to the books teachers, caregivers and community partners turn to everyday.

Brightly: Brightly provides passionate parents, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need — such as tips and advicebook recommendationsBrightly Storytime, which features read-aloud and flip along videos, and more — to keep kids connected to books through every age & stage of life.

Khan Academy:  Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. 

PBS Parents:  Help your child learn and grow.  Get age by age tips and activities for emotions, self awareness, social skills, character, literacy, math, science and arts. 

Scratch Jr:  ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. 

Lakeshore Learn at Home:  More than 1000 resources for the classroom and learn at home.  Includes learning activities, printable worksheets, calendars, and crafts.

3rd - 5th Grade

Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Brightly: Brightly provides passionate parents, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need — such as tips and advicebook recommendationsBrightly Storytime, which features read-aloud and flip along videos, and more — to keep kids connected to books through every age & stage of life.

Brains On: An award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults from American Public Media.

Khan Academy:  Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. 

Math Snacks:  Smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts

National Geographic Kids:  Nat Geo Kids makes it fun to explore your world!

Scratch: Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Reading is Fundamental: Create engaged readers when you use Reading Is Fundamental’s Literacy Central. This award-winning digital library hosts over 10,000 resources directly tied to the books teachers, caregivers and community partners turn to everyday.

Wonderopolis: Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites today.

NPR Family Podcasts:  Find kids and family podcasts  such as Wow in the World and Radiolab for Kids.

Junior High

Brightly: Brightly provides passionate parents, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need — such as tips and advicebook recommendationsBrightly Storytime, which features read-aloud and flip along videos, and more — to keep kids connected to books through every age & stage of life.

Code Club: Code Club is a global network of free coding clubs for 9- to 13-year-olds.

Digital Compass: Digital Compass by Common Sense Education teaches students the fundamentals of digital citizenship through a choose-your-own-path interactive game, designed for grades 6–8.

Khan Academy:  Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. 

Hour of Code:  Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code.

Microsoft Make Code: Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.

NPR Family Podcasts:  Find kids and family podcasts  such as Wow in the World and Radiolab for Kids.

Scratch: Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

High School

Adobe Spark: Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories. Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark.

Canva:  Easily create beautiful designs + documents. Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.

Hour of Code:  Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code.

Khan Academy:  Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. 

Microsoft Make Code: Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.

Scratch: Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Sampulator:  Record and layer different tracks on a web based keyboard. 

Time for Payback:  A web-based game that  will prepare you for the financial responsibilities of college and beyond.

 

Contact

Need more help? Contact Homer Township Library staff!

Youth Services Department

Teen Services Department