eSpotlight - Back to School

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Back to School

Summer break is over for some of us and school is in full swing again! Need a little help with homework and school projects? Your library has some great eResources to get your school year off to a good start.

The library has a ton of resources to help kids on our Kids Homework Help page. Here are just a few of the eResources the library offers: logo: two orange line-art figures standing side by side with one pointing over the words "" gives you homework help from live tutors! You can also access practice tests and videos. It's great for K-12 graders, the first two years of college, and for adults interested in learning. also offers assistance in different languages:

  • English – Daily 2:00 PM - Midnight
  • Spanish – Daily 2:00 PM - Midnight
  • Vietnamese – Daily 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Get more details for more details about how to use There is also an app: To Go! All you need is your library card number to create a free account.


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You can use ABCmouse in the library during open hours and you can also use it at home with a 4-week checkout, too.

ABCmouse provides children with an interactive learning environment, tailored just for them. Each user has the opportunity to do a learning assesment that will help them see what areas they need to work on and ABCmouse will help them work toward that goal, saving your child's progress along the way.

If you use ABCmouse at home, you will have to fill out a brief, one-time checkout form which will ask for a library card number and email address. You will receive login information, once this is submitted. For more details, we have a helpful blog post for you.

Treehouse (Technology Learning)

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Treehouse can teach you how to code so you can create websites and apps. Get your library card number ready and fill out the online form to get started with your free account!

PowerKnowledge: Earth & Space, Life Science, and Physical Science

These three eResources are jam-packed with information! Learn all about the sciences, (for grades 3-6). Each of these eResources contains ideas for science fair projects and experiments, teaches about the scientific method, has games and brainteasers, as well as resources for teachers.

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  • PowerKnowledge Earth & Space features information about ecosystems & biomes, land forms, maps, natural disasters, rocks & minerals, space, and so much more.
  • PowerKnowledge Life Science helps you learn about animals, classification, food chains & webs, green living, habitats & ecosystems, human body, life cycles, plants, and survival & adaptation.
  • PowerKnowledge Physical Science teaches about atoms & molecules, elements & periodic table, energy & matter, force & motion, physical science & our planet, and temperature & measurement.

Explora for Elementary School Students

(Grades K-5)

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Explora for Elementary School Students allows you to explore magazines, reference books, photos, images, videos, images and flags. Search by keyword to find the information that you need in the areas of:

  • Animals
  • Arts and Music
  • Biographies
  • Geography
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science and Health
  • Social Studies

and beyond!

NoveList K-8 Plus

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Looking for your next read? NoveList K-8 Plus will help you find just the right book.

You can browse a wide range of subjects, search for titles, and keywords, and much more. Do you have a favorite book and would like to find similar titles? NoveList K-8 Plus can suggest "Title Read-alikes," which are books that have similar themes and characters, or, if you have a favorite author, it can suggest "Author Read-alikes." NoveList K-8 Plus will even tell you why it suggested an author or title. You can also search by age range 0-8, 9-12, and teen books. NoveList K-8 Plus is a fun and powerful tool to find just the right book for you or your child.

LearningExpress Library

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LearningExpress Library has tutorials, tests, and eBooks for 4th-12th grade (as well as having resources for adults). Are you studying for the SAT? How about your AP exams? LearningExpress Library can help you prepare for a wide range of tests through their College Prep Center. There's something for every learner on LearningExpress Library.

Get an Academic Edge with SJPL

Get an edge on this school year through these educational eResources and much more by getting a library card. It's free and easy!

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