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Encyclopedia Britannica

Contains full text of encyclopedia articles, including illustrations such as photographs, drawings, maps, and flags. Also includes an atlas, dictionary, thesaurus, selected video clips, and links to over 200,000 related websites reviewed by Britannica editors. Encyclopedia Britannica


World Book Kids

World Book Kids is the premier online resource developed especially for young users. The site has been optimized for tablets and features image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities. World Book Kids


Discover & Go: Visit Museums for Free

Get free and discounted passes to museums, science centers, and more! You just need your library card and PIN. Go to discover.santacruzpl.org and discover the more than 30 places you can go!


Learn a New Language with Little Pim Little Pim

Want to learn a new language? Use this fun multimedia program to start learning Spanish, French, German--or a variety of other languages! Try out Little Pim today!

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Online Research for kids

PebbleGo PebbleGo

Beginning researchers can find information about animals, earth and space, biography and social studies at PebbleGo.

PowerKnowledge Databases Powerknowledge

Kids in grades 3-6 can explore science topics at PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science, PowerKnowledge Life Science, and PowerKnowledge Physical Science.

After School Homework Help

From October 6h through May 28, 2015, the Library will be offering homework help for students in the 12th grade and under. After School Homework Help is available in the following locations:

Scotts Valley: Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 - 5pm

La Selva Beach: Tuesdays from 3 - 5pm

Boulder Creek: Wednesdays from 3 - 5pm

Garfield Park: Wednesdays from 3 - 5pm

Downtown: Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30pm

Bilingual assistance is available at all sites. Thank you to our Homework Help sponsors: The Friends of the La Selva Beach Library and The Wedeen Hammer Group at Morgan Stanley.

For live online help — Try Brainfuse HelpNow!Brainfuse logo

Brainfuse HelpNow offers live online tutoring for elementary, middle school and high school students. Writing a paper? Send your paper to a tutor and receive a response within 24 hours. Maestros en español disponible.

Social Studies Fact Cards: California Edition

Fact Cards are quick reference resources for students grades 4 through 8. For the past ten years, printed Fact Cards have been used extensively in California elementary and middle schools. Now this information is available online!

Or browse some guides that we have created

We've got books and ideas that will get you started with many Frequently Assigned School Topics! Take a look at the list below and learn about...

Did You Know?

Sand sorting

"What's the difference between silt, sand, and gravel? Size. Silt is a naturally occurring granular material .004mm-.0625mm; sand grains are .0625mm-2mm; gravel is 2mm-64mm. Most sands are in the 1mm range. While most sands contain silica (SiO2), sand composition and its resulting color and texture varies widely, including white gypsum ..." [More]

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