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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 https://santacruzpl.discoverandgo.net 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

ScienceFlix ScienceFlix

Interactive videos, books, science experiments and more for students grades 4-9 at ScienceFlix.

TrueFlix TrueFlix

Kids in grades 3-5 can explore science and social studies topics through introductory videos and texts at TrueFlix.

PowerKnowledge Life Science

PowerKnowledge Life Science informs and inspires learners about key life science topics including animals; classification; endangered and extinct species; food chains and food webs; green living; habitats and ecosystems; the human body; life cycles; plants; and survival and adaptation. Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6.

After School Homework Help

Homework Help is available free to all students under 18 years of age. No appointment is needed. Just drop-in to any of these branches Sept 28 - May 25, 2016. Our homework assistants are available at the following locations:

Scotts Valley: Tuesdays from 3 - 5pm

La Selva Beach: Tuesdays from 3 - 5pm

Boulder Creek: Wednesdays from 3 - 5pm

Garfield Park: Wednesdays from 3 - 5pm

Downtown: Tuesdays from 3 - 5pm

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?

Traveling tree house

""I think I'm one of the most fortunate people on earth," says Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series. "Whenever I work on a book, I feel as if I’ve traveled to some amazing place in the world." That feeling is vital to Osborne, who grew up ..." [More]

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