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Tutor.com offers online academic tutoring to K-12, intro-level college and GED students. No appointment is needed and tutors are available noon to midnight, 7 days a week! Study 24/7 with their practice quizzes and SkillsCenter Resource Library. Sample quizzes include ASVAB, ACT/SAT prep, Math Fundamentals and much more.

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Homework Helper

For Grades K-8

Does your child need help with school assignments? Our Homework Helper program offers in-person assistance to students in grades K – 8 and is available at more than a dozen Library locations during the school year. Sponsored by the Library Legacy Foundation.

We also offer a variety of online educational tools!

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Teacher Resources

We have the tools you need for your classroom or childcare center!

Pre-Selected Book Kits

Need multiple copies of the same title? We have almost 200 pre-made book kits - from The Tale of Despereaux to Fahrenheit 451. Simply select the title from our list and pick it up at your preferred location.

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By-Request Book Kits

Need a set of books on a specific topic or grade level/age group? Ask a librarian or submit an online request form. Examples might be 15 back-to-school books, 10 Pete the Cat books, or 20 books about community helpers.

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Childcare Kits

If you are with a childcare center, Mobile Services can deliver books for children up to age 11 including collections of picture, board and juvenile books.

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Summer Read

Shareable Resources

Our Summer Read runs from June 3 - Aug. 3, and we want you to be a part of it! Get downloadable resources such as our Summer Read flyer and social media graphics, as well as our fun Summer Read video (great for sharing). These resources are perfect for sharing with students, childcare centers, community groups and friends/family on social media.

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GED CLASSES

GED Classes are offered in partnership with Owens Community College and Penta Career Center at more than 10 locations around Toledo and Lucas County. For GED test sites and times call the Lucas County Educational Services Center at 419.245.3809.

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Accelerated Reader

Looking for books that are suitable for a specific reading level? Search our collection based on Accelerated Reader and Lexile levels.

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Test Proctoring

Test proctoring is offered at Kent Branch Library. There is no fee for proctoring. Due to staff and space limitations, we cannot always accommodate students.

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ONLINE RESEARCH TOOLS

Education and Homework Help

Academic Search™ Premier

Full text articles for more than 4,700 publications, including more than 12,200 peer-reviewed journals. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available.

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Grade Level: high school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, history/government

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Access World News – Newsbank

The most comprehensive collection of full-text newspapers globally. Provides extensive coverage at every level—international, national, regional, state and local. This fully searchable resource features news content from all 50 states as well as more than 5,900 international news sources from 172 countries. News content may be included in its original published language or translated into English.

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African History and Culture, 1540 - 1921

Covers the history of Africa and its diverse people through more than 1,300 books, pamphlets, almanacs and more.

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: English/language arts, history/government and social studies

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African-American Heritage

A great resource for African-American genealogical and biographical research. Search essential historical records including federal census, slave and freed person registers, marriage and military records and more. Connect with others using AfriGeneas, a social networking website.

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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: history/government, social studies

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African-American Newspapers, 1827 - 1998

Search history, culture and daily life written in African-American newspapers from around the U.S. Covers life in the Antebellum South through the Civil Rights movement and more.

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African-American Periodicals, 1825 - 1995

Explore crucial facets of the African-American experience through more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals. Rare titles, many short-lived and not collected by most libraries, brim with surprises and untold stories.

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Biography Reference Bank

Provides biographies, obituaries and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased. Updated monthly.

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BookFlix
     

Features: Watch, read and listen to animated picture books in nine categories, including Animals and Nature, People and Places, and Family and Communities. Includes fiction, nonfiction and some Spanish language titles. No waiting.

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Grade Levels: preschool and elementary school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, geography, history, math, science and social studies

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CultureGrams

Features reports with facts and one-of-a-kind perspectives on daily life and culture, customs and lifestyles of people across the world including special editions dedicated to the United States, Canadian provinces, the international world and kids.

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Subjects: history/government, geography and social studies

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DMV Written Test

Provides a DMV written test cheat sheet and a series of practice tests by state.

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Grade Level: high school
Subject: driver's education

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ERIC

Searchable database of articles (some full text) from education-related journals, dissertations, regulatory materials, quantitative data and reference materials. Also features opinion pieces, tests/questionnaires and materials published in foreign languages.

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Grade Levels: for college students and educational instructors and researchers

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Explora Primary Schools (K-5)

Provides safe, trustworthy research materials for class projects or homework on a variety of topics.

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Explora Public Libraries

Provides user-friendly features and easy-to-browse categories of reliable content from the world's leading magazines.

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Subjects: art/music, business, English/language arts, health, history/government, math, science, social studies and technology

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Explora Secondary Schools (6-12)

Provides safe, trustworthy research materials for class projects or homework on a variety of topics.

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Subjects: art/music, business, English/language arts, health, history/government, math, science, social studies and technology

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Access hundreds of books and publications within 21 different topics including the arts, biography, business, education, the environment, history, LGBTQ, medicine, multicultural studies and race and civil rights. Email, download, print or save pages. App available.

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GCFLearnFree.org

Provides high quality, innovative learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve their technology, literacy and/or math skills. Offers information on more than 180 topics through 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos and over 50 interactive activities and games.

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Subjects: art, English/language arts, health, math and technology

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Kids InfoBits

Offers easy-to-use, age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. The modern design and simple navigation makes it easy for users to explore content and gain comfort with database searching.

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Grade Levels: elementary school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, geography, history, math, science and social studies

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LearningExpress Library

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests and eBooks to help users of all ages. Offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep and more.

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Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: college prep, English/language arts, high school prep, history/government, math, science and social studies

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Literary Reference Center

Contains articles and essays of literary criticism and journals, biographies, literary journals, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, book reviews, author interviews and classic novels.

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: English/language arts

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National Geographic Kids

Includes National Geographic Kids magazines (2009-present), videos, pictures and books in a kid-friendly environment. Some books available in French, Spanish, Chinese and other world languages.

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Subjects: geography, history/government, science and social studies

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National Geographic Virtual Library Series

Access the complete archive of National Geographic Magazine (1888-Current) - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos including National Geographic: People, Animals and the World.

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Subjects: history/government, science and social studies

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Provides new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics and disciplines including but not limited to American history, business, criminal justice, environmental science, literature, politics and religion.

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Subjects: business, English/language arts, health, history/government, science and social studies

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Research in Context

Provides engaging reference, periodical and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards.

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Science Reference Center

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content, lesson plans, science experiments, citation help, worksheets and curriculum standards.

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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: science

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ScienceFlix
     

Features: View educational videos, read articles, find experiments to try, take quizzes and explore trustworthy related websites on a variety of science topics including Earth, space science, life science, health and the human body, physical science, and tech, math and engineering. Also offers lesson plans, quizzes and projects for teacher use.

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Subjects: geography, health, math, science and technology

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TOPICSearch

Students and educators may find this site useful in researching the current events and popular topics being discussed in today's classrooms.

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Subjects: health, history/government, science, social studies and technology

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Transparent Language

Learn more than 100 languages at your own pace with easy-to-use online lessons, vocabulary exercises, practice activities and more.

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: foreign language

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TrueFlix
     

Features: View educational videos, read books and articles, take quizzes and explore trustworthy related websites on a comprehensive range of topics – from American history to geography to science. Each category also offers lesson plans for teachers. No waiting.

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Subjects: geography, history, science and social studies

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Tutor.com®

Tutor.com offers online academic tutoring to K-12, intro-level college and GED students. No appointment is needed and tutors are available noon to midnight, 7 days a week! Study 24/7 with their practice quizzes and SkillsCenter Resource Library. Sample quizzes include ASVAB, ACT/SAT prep, Math Fundamentals and much more. Tutor.com also provides writing support either in a live session or through the Drop-off Paper review. Receive feedback on reports, essays, resumes and cover letters within 12 hours.

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Very Short Introductions

Offers concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from climate to consciousness, game theory to ancient warfare, privacy to Islamic history, economics to literary theory and beyond.

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World Book eBooks
  

The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles. Limit by subject and/or grade level. Titles can be checked out for three weeks. Create an account and download the app so you can access anywhere.

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World Book Encyclopedia

Online version of the popular encyclopedia. Great for general information or for school projects. Includes non-fiction eBooks for students and WorldBook in Spanish and French.

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