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ABCmouse (from home use) Library Card Required.

With 10,000+ (English/Spanish) interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners ages 2 to 8.

How to Check Out a 4-Week License

  • Fill out the online Home Checkout form 
  • If new to ABCmouse, you will be presented with an account confirmation page showing a temporary ABCmouse username and password. We recommend saving for future reference, as it is associated with your library card number.
  • Customize the login information by visiting the Parent Section under Settings (the gear icon) and clicking on My AccountAccount Information, and replacing your temporary login information with your own email address and password.
  • If a license is not available, you’ll be asked if you want to be added to a waiting list. You will receive an email when a license is available so please make sure to enter your personal email.
  • Build a profile for you and your child/children by answering a series of questions. You can add up to three children to your account.
  • At the end of the profile set up, you will be given the choice to do an assessment for your child/children. It is recommended that you do so. This will help you to determine what your child needs to work on in ABCmouse. You will have an opportunity to do another assessment at the end of the four weeks to track progress.

After Your 4-Week Checkout

When your 4-weeks are up, you will have an opportunity to sign up for another 4-week check out if there are licenses available. If not, you will be given an option to get on the waiting list. Your child's profile and progress will be saved.

  • Click the ABCmouse listing on the library’s website, or just click the following link: https://www.abcmouse.com/blho-check-out
  • Select Contra Costa County Library, enter your library card number, last name, and click submit. You should be taken directly to your ABCmouse account.
  • Mobile users will be prompted to launch the ABCmouse app and log in with their ABCmouse email address and password after they have successfully completed the above two steps.

If you receive a “Three Days Left” email just before your access period expires, click the Renew My Access button in that email—which will take you to a log in page—and enter the email address and password you used to create your account.

Help with Passwords and Other Customer Support Issues:

If you have forgotten your password, please use this form and enter the same email address you used to create your ABCmouse account.

If you have difficulty with changing your password or you need help with anything else, please contact the ABCmouse Customer Support Team: 866-779-1872 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PST) or BLHSupport@ABCmouse.com, opens a new window.



American Physical Society Journals Magazines & Journals

In-library use only

The Physical Review journals published by the American Physical Society (APS), offer high-quality research and review journals to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics. APS provides free online access to all APS journals in U.S. public libraries. This initiative is offered by APS as a contribution to public engagement with the ongoing development of scientific understanding.

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Ancestry Library Edition Databases

In-library use only

Coverage of the US and UK, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia, and other areas of the world. This resource is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online

How it works

Getting Started Tutorial

Features

  • To have your records waiting for you when you get home, use the "Send Document" feature. 
  • The Learning Center has guides for beginning searchers as well as tips for the advanced searcher.
  • Download blank ancestral charts and correspondence sheets to keep track of your research.

Access message boards with over 25 million posts on more than 198,000 boards. The comments, advice, feedback, and information posted by fellow genealogists and researchers may prove invaluable to your own research.

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Archives Unbound Databases

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Presents topically-focused digital collections of primary sources such as photos, newspapers, letters, diaries, ephemera, and more. Collections cover a broad range of topics of importance to U.S. and California history. 

Access to nearly 300 collections in many categories including:

  •       African American Studies
  •       Business History
  •       Colonial U.S. History
  •       County and Regional History
  •       Cultural Studies
  •       Environmental Studies
  •       Law and Legal Studies
  •       Native American Studies
  •       Social History
  •       Women’s Studies

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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BiblioBoard Databases eBooks New!

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BiblioBoard lets you create eBooks and print-ready books, share eBooks with the Indie Author Project, and discover works by local, independent authors.  

Create with Pressbooks

This easy-to-use digital self-publishing tool allows you to create professional-quality eBooks and print-ready files. 

Get Started:

  • Make a BiblioBoard profile.
  • Open the BiblioBoard menu and click on Create your book under the For Authors section.

Pressbooks Public Tutorial 

Share with the Indie Author Project

Submit your self-published work through BiblioBoard's Indie Author Project. After submitting your work to the Project, it can be shared with patrons of participating libraries across the region. If your book is selected by BiblioBoard's curation partners, it will also be available with other great indie reads in participating libraries across the U.S. and Canada.  

Discover and read eBooks with BiblioBoard

Enjoy local content from self-published authors, top indie eBooks, local collections, and more. No holds, checkouts, or lending limits. 

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Black Life in America Databases Newspapers

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Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day. Sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications. 

This primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture, and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent.

Provides full-text searching as well as access to content by Topic, Event, and Eras in African American History. Updated daily.

New collection from NewsBank.

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Brainfuse HelpNow

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Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.

24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics. 

Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Vietnamese
  • Tagalog

This service includes writing assistance, support for adult learners, and live chess tutoring. 

Intro Video

This program is supported with funds provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Librarian.

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Brainfuse JobNow Databases

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Connect with a live job coach to get assistance with searching, applying, and preparing for jobs. Brush up on your interview skills. Find templates to build an effective resume and submit your document to the resume lab and get suggestions on how to make improvements. Discover the careers that match your skills and interests. 

Live online job coaching is available every day 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

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Brainfuse VetNow

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FREE live online assistance for veterans and their families. 

VetNow supports your community's veterans and their families with navigating the VA
bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance. Live
navigation support is available, and all navigators are veterans.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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California Driver Education

CA Driver Permit Practice Tests are free to access and require no registration. They include the following:

  • 10 car practice tests
  • 6 motorcycle practice tests
  • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

Need a Driver License Handbook? You can get them in different languages from CA.gov, opens a new window.

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Cliffs Notes eBooks

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Expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background for more than 200 literary classics. From eBook platform, browse by Category such as Literature and Criticism. View online or create an account for offline use. 

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Coursera Databases Website

Coursera’s mission is to help individuals build the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

  • Provides learners with access to more than 5,000 courses and certifications led by top businesses, universities, and organizations.
  • Contains “Gateway Certification,” a program for people without a college degree and with no experience in the field, built by leading companies such as Google. Facebook, and Salesforce.
  • Offers subtitles in more than 50 languages

Register for a user account on the California State Library’s page
https://www.library.ca.gov/coursera/

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Workforce Development & Support Program

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enki Library eBooks

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Downloadable eBooks with an emphasis on independent publishers. enki eBooks can be checked out for up to 21 days. You can check out 20 enki titles at a time.

Always-available collections: Encyclopedias; Recovered Classics; Short Stories & Essays; Library Journal SELF-e Select: a best-of self-published collection!

enki eBooks are compatible with the SimplyE app and on PCs and Macs. The SimplyE app consolidates Contra Costa County Library's OverDrive, enki, and public domain eBooks and eAudioBooks into a single collection.

Help desk for technical issues with enki or SimplyE  

Getting Started Video

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Explora – Middle School Research Databases

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Full-text for popular middle school magazines. Includes biographies and historical essays. Contains primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction.

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Flipster Magazines & Journals

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Your favorite magazines like Consumer Reports, People, Popular Science, Sunset, Wired, The New Yorker and more are available on your computer or mobile device! Complete issues with full-color images and articles. No check-out required, just click and read!

Titles available on Flipster: Advocate, American Craft, Ask, The Atlantic, Best Colleges, Bicycling, Black Beauty & Hair, Black Enterprise, Black Girls Magazine, Bon Appetit, Book Links, Booklist, Bust, Casual Game Insider, Christian Science Monitor Weekly, Clean Eating, Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Consumer Reports on Health, DIVERSEability, Do It Yourself, Dwell, Entrepreneur, Essence, Food Network Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Gay Parent Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Health, HGTV Magazine, Hispanic Network Magazine, How it Works, InStyle, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Men's Health, Muse, The Nation, Native Max, New Moon Girls, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Newsweek Global, Organic Gardener, People, People en Español, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, School Library Journal, Science News, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook, Southern Living, Sunset, Us Weekly, Teen Black Girls Magazine, The Week, TIME, and Wired.

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Foundation Directory Online Databases

  • Foundation Directory Online provides access to foundations and corporate donors.
    This resource is available at the Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, and Brentwood libraries.
  •  Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. Foundation Grants to Individuals is only available at the Walnut Creek Library. Thanks to the support from the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, the Walnut Creek Library is a Funding Information Network Partner. 

Please visit the Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, and Brentwood libraries to use Foundation Directory Services.

For help, see Candid's step-by-step guide.

Send fundraising and nonprofit questions to https://grantspace.org/ask-us/ or watch free online webinars.

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Gale in Context: Environmental Studies Databases Library Card Required.

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Focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Topics include ecosystems, global warming, food safety, and introductions to environmental disasters.

Includes sources such as topic summaries, scholarly articles, statistics, conference proceedings, news and magazine articles, podcasts, videos, industry reports, and consumer data.

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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Gale Interactive: Science Databases Library Card Required.

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Allows students to manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand biology, chemistry, earth, and space science concepts.

Interactive content is not supported on mobile devices. To access this content, please use a desktop web browser. 

Gale Interactive Science Activities (Video Tutorial)

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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GetSetUp Databases Website

(Sign up for an online account using this link. Use the coupon code CSL-CCCL while booking your class to waive any fees.)

Learn new things, meet new people, and unlock new life experiences. Free virtual classes are taught by older adults who bring their wisdom and experience into the class. GetSetUp offers 500+ classes weekly in technology, fitness, finance, travel, and much more.

Classes are taught in 8 languages — English, Spanish, Hindi, and Mandarin.

If you have any questions, please email help@getsetup.io or call +1-(888)-559-1614  

This resource is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, and by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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HeritageQuest Online Databases

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A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The resource delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
The collection consists of six core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, slave, veteran, and non-population schedules, and more related content. 
  • Genealogy and local history books provide more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. 
  • Revolutionary War records provides access to the complete NARA Series M804 collection - Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, a collection of an estimated 83,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military: army, navy, and marines.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era.

Links to the following content are also available:

  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
  • Periodical Source Index Archive published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2.3 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.

Guide to using Heritage Quest

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Hispanic Life in America Databases Newspapers

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The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media. This collection is sourced from more than 17,000 American and global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications. The time period Hispanic Life in America covers is from the early 18th century to today. 

New collection from NewsBank.

Video--How to Use Hispanic Life in America

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Kanopy Kids Movies & TV Library Card Required.

Stream a collection of movies and shows for kids. Kanopy Kids is appropriate for children ages 2 and up, with a focus on Kids age 2-8. Parents can also choose to implement parental controls to enable them to stay within the dedicated Kanopy Kids area for age-appropriate content.

Getting Started

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Kanopy Movies Movies & TV Library Card Required.

Stream independent, classic, international, and documentary films. You have eight film play credits available per calendar month.

Use your library card and last name (instead of PIN) to sign up for Kanopy. 

Kanopy is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecase. If you need help downloading the app or streaming videos, check out their help page

Getting Started with Kanopy

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LearningExpress Library Databases eBooks

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Features online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help students 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 (including the California Basic Educational Skills Test [CBEST], California Subject Examinations for Teachers [CSET], California Real Estate Salesperson exam prep, ServSafe California Food Handler practice exams, and the California Police Officer Exam, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more. 

Go directly to one of the Centers within LearningExpress Library:

  • Adult Core Skills
    Helps adults achieve their personal, education and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.
  • Career Preparation
    Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future.
  • College Admissions Test Preparation
    Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.
  • College Students
    Provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams.
  • Computer Skills
    Learn the basics of using a computer, navigating the internet, and using popular software programs from Microsoft and Adobe. Achieve basic to advanced skills in word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more.
  • Grade 4-8 Educator Resources
    Elementary and middle school teachers: Supplement classroom instruction with curriculum-aligned materials in math, reading, writing, and social studies.
  • High School Equivalency Center
    If you are preparing for the GED test, HiSET or TASC exams, the High School Equivalency Center's practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help you reach your goal.
  • High School Students 
    Find resources to help you build classroom and homework skills in math, English language arts, social studies, science, and technology.
  • Job & Career Accelerator
    Explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations. Match your interests and skills with the career that's best for you. Search local and national job postings. Create professional resumes and cover letters. Practice and master interviewing skills. 
  • Recursos Para Hispanohablantes
    Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera, y ciudadanía en español. Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

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LinkedIn Learning Databases

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Learn relevant, professional skills. Access to 16,000+ online courses in 7 languages. Expert instructors with real-world experience. New courses added each week. 

View online tutorials at your own pace on various topics:

  • Leadership
  • Project Management 
  • Excel
  • Sales
  • Job Hunting
  • Cloud Computing
  • Python
  • DevOps
  • Data Science
  • Digital Marketing
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • 3D and Animation
  • CAD
  • And much more!

After creating an account, you can watch videos, create playlists, bookmark pages, and obtain certificates of completion. Please note the Library version of LinkedIn does not capture any personally identifiable information from patrons; therefore, they are unable to include names on certificates of completion.

For support:

  • Visit LinkedIn Learning for Library Patron FAQ 
  • Watch this tutorial on LinkedIn Learning for Library 
  • Library ID for LinkedIn Learning app is contracostacountylibrary
    https://www.linkedin.com/learning-login/go/contracostacountylibrary
  • If you change your library card number you will lose any playlists you saved with your previous card.
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Literary Reference Center Plus Databases

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A comprehensive database that provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time-frames. Content includes plot summaries, essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, and author interviews.

Coverage List

Literary Reference Center Plus Help

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National Geographic Kids Databases Magazines & Journals Library Card Required.

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In this resource you will find the National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (three-month embargo); more than 500 National Geographic Kids books; 900 kid-friendly, downloadable images; and more than 200 videos. It offers endless opportunities for kids to explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6–14.

Watch tutorial

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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New York Times Digital Newspapers

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Your Contra Costa County Library card gives you 72-hour complimentary access to the digital edition of The New York Times. 

Get started:

  • Go to the New York Times account page.
  • Enter your library card and last name if outside the library.
  • Create Your New York Times Account or Log In if you already have an account with this provider.
  • Off-site access is available through 72-hour passes. To continue using this resource, log in again.  (You will only be asked to create a user account the first time you access this content.)
  • Enjoy from any location, on any web enabled device, by just logging into NYTimes.com with that same email and password.

Note:

  • In-library use provides full-text online articles from 1981 – present. Due to publishing restrictions, articles from 1923 – 80 are not available for on-site access; however, patrons can access 5 articles per day from this date range via remote access.
  • The Crosswords app is not included; however, crosswords from the past week, as well as a handful from the archive, are available in the Crosswords section. The Cooking app is not included, but patrons can access recipes via the Food section.

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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NewsBank Databases Newspapers

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Explore and stay informed on local, national, and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues, and more.

Read full-page, full-color versions of hundreds of national, international, and California newspapers with NewsBank's Image editions. Search for a specific title and select the "Image" format when available.

  • East Bay Times daily image edition from 12/18/18 - present.
  • San Francisco Chronicle Collection - Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles, and content only published online. The daily image edition is available from 2017 - present. 

Contra Costa Times is available from 6/1/95 - 4/4/16. Obituary articles are included, but obituary notices are not.

Black Life in America - The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today. Discover hard-to-find articles from historical and current sources with information on people, issues, and events that shaped and continue to influence conversations about race, equity and diversity.

Hispanic Life in America - This collection is sourced from more than 17,000 American and global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications. The time period Hispanic Life in America covers is from the early 18th century to today. 

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Niche Academy

Learn to use digital resources with step-by-step how-to video tutorials. 

Tutorials include OverDrive, Rosetta Stone, Ancestry Library Edition, Discover & Go, and others.

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OverDrive/Libby eBooks & eAudiobooks

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Downloadable bestsellers, classics, fiction, and nonfiction. Loan period is 7, 14, or 21 days; it's your choice at the time of checkout. You can have 6 titles checked out at any time— total includes all formats. You can have up to 10 holds

You may check out a maximum of one Lucky Day item from OverDrive at a time with a loan period of 14 days

You can recommend up to 5 titles every 30 days

Libby is an app by OverDrive that is available for Android and iOS devices. 

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OverDrive/Libby for Kids eBooks & eAudiobooks

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Downloadable eBooks and eAudioBooks for children. Loan period is 7, 14, or 21 days; it's your choice at the time of checkout. You can have up to 6 titles checked out at any time-total includes all formats. You can have up to 10 holds.

OverDrive also offers a Help section to answer your questions. Contact Front Line Tech Support for further questions. 

The Libby, by OverDrive app is available for Android and iOS devices. 

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OverDrive/Libby for Teens eBooks & eAudiobooks

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Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for teens! Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to 6 Overdrive titles for 7, 14, or 21 days; it's your choice at the time of checkout. You can have up to 10 holds. 

OverDrive also offers a Help section to answer your questions. Contact Front Line Tech Support for further questions. 

The Libby, by OverDrive app is available for Android and iOS devices. 

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ProQuest Black Freedom Struggle Website

This website contains primary-source documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom:

  • Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)
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ProQuest CultureGrams Databases

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Provides brief reports on countries. Learn about the land, history, people, customs, lifestyle, society, and government. Find recipes by country, printable flags and maps, and audios of national anthems.

The Kids Edition features reports on the U.S. states and country reports written for elementary students with easy-to-understand information and fun facts. 

Training Video

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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ProQuest eLibrary Databases Magazines & Journals Newspapers

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General reference collection of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. Includes newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times), magazines, scholarly journals, books, videos and audios, dissertations and theses, reports and more. 

eLibrary Help

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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ProQuest SIRS DISCOVERER Databases

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A general reference database for upper elementary and middle school learners, researchers and educators covering curriculum areas such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology. Includes age-appropriate newspaper, magazine, book and website content. Grades 3-9

SIRS Discoverer Help

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher Databases Magazines & Journals Newspapers

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Delivers the pros and cons on social issues with relevant, credible information. Analyses and opinions are hand selected from thousands of national and international sources such as newspaper and magazine articles, videos, charts, maps, statistics, primary sources and government documents. Grades 6-12

SIRS Issues Researcher Help

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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Reference Solutions Databases

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Reference USA is now Reference Solutions by Data Axle. This is a name change only and all the content and functionality of this resource is the same.

Search the directory of U.S. businesses, company leaders, parent companies, and subsidiaries. Includes U.S. healthcare listings, job and internship listings, and white page listings. Find contact information, sales, and employee figures. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people. 

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Rosetta Stone Databases

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Includes 30 languages and offers over 50 hours of foundational immersion instruction at every language level. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and focuses on activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. 

If you are new to Rosetta Stone, watch this video.

On your computer:

    1. From our homepage, click on “Digital Resources” on the top navigation bar. 
    2. Under Learning, click on ‘Rosetta Stone.”
    3. Click on the link into “Rosetta Stone Library Solution,” create a free Rosetta Stone account, and select a language you would like to learn.

On mobile device: 

  1. Download the Rosetta Stone app:
    Apple
    Android
  2. DO NOT launch the app. Instead:
  3. Open your browser on your mobile device and follow steps listed above under "On your computer."
  4. After you Sign in and click on “Launch Rosetta Stone Foundations,” the app should launch automatically.

If you experience trouble setting up Rosetta Stone, please contact their customer support team by emailing support@rosettastone.com or by completing this form.

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Skillsoft IT Pro eBooks and Videos eBooks

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This collection covers a wide-range of technology topics including Coding, Business & IT, and Certification.

Productivity & Collaboration Tools
This collection of eBooks and courses provide training on the most popular applications and hardware in the workforce including Microsoft Office, Google, Android, iOS, Slack, Adobe and much more!
 
IT Skills and Certifications
This collection of eBooks and courses provide you with coverage for over 100 industry certifications in the IT world. These courses allow you to prepare for the certification exams which will prove your skills in a very competitive IT job market.
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TeachingBooks Databases

Explore children's books, young adult literature, and their authors. Find high quality, ready-to-use instructional resources by book, author, illustrator, subject, series, award, or booklist. Resources include meet-the-author videos and book readings, book discussion guides, and literature lesson plans. 

View the Interactive Tutorial

Access is provided by the California State Library K-12 student readiness initiative.  

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TumbleBook Library eBooks & eAudiobooks

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This resource features interactive, animated stories, puzzles and games. There are stories by well-known authors, original stories, classic fairy tales, puzzles and games in English, Spanish, French and a mobile version. Some bilingual stories are also available. You can have stories play automatically, or click through at your own pace.

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Video Storytime

See video storytimes through the Library’s YouTube channel. Enjoy songs, rhymes and stories at your own convenience.


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Wall Street Journal Databases Newspapers

Access the Wall Street Journal from anywhere.

Get started:

  • Use this link to create your account. Password parameters are 5-15 characters, at least 1 capital letter, 1 number, and no special characters.
  • Your access will be available for the next 3 days.
  • After 3 days, come back and click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.

You will have access to: 

  • Unlimited articles on WSJ.com
  • A four-year archive/article search
  • The digital version of the daily paper
  • More than 30 newsletters and alerts
  • Informative videos and podcasts, featuring interviews with WSJ editors and notable influencers

The default search is for the last 90 days of articles. The Advanced Search feature lets you search articles for the last four years.

This service is available via any web browser (such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge) on your computer or device, however it is not available via the WSJ app.

IMPORTANT: You are not permitted to share the sign-on credentials with any other person whatsoever. Any violation of this clause will result in Dow Jones terminating access for our library. 

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