A-Z List of Resources

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The Kern County Library has the California edition of Access.NewspaperArchive.com, which is the largest online collection of historical newspaper content in the world. The complete collection contains local newspapers such as The Bakersfield Californian and the Daily Californian as far back as 1892 and over 100 million searchable newspaper pages. Each image is digitized from the actual microfilmed copy of the newspaper, making it possible for users to view the page exactly as it appeared in the past.

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Brainfuse VetNow/JobNow

Brainfuse VetNow / JobNow is an all-in-one-suite of services designed for multiple career and veteran needs — whether it’s tackling a resume, tackling a cover letter, navigating the VA system, or adjusting to a civilian career. It includes expert coaching and self-study tools to empower users. Access live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches or Veteran Navigators. Communicate with experts in real-time using live whiteboard features, secure file sharing, and a full-service testing center for practice tests.

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Britannica Escolar

The leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.

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Britannica School

Learn more about any subject – for all grades and all reading abilities – offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites, and three separate databases (Elementary, Middle, or High).

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Detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Some of Chilton Library’s more popular features include:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button that allows you to easily print out what is needed.
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CK-12 is a free, online classroom where students can learn math, science, english, and many more concepts. Students can explore subject-based videos and join the cafe to ask for help from others.

Ages 5 – 17 

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Cool Math Games is focused on making mathematics fun, convincing millions of people that cool+math is an equation that makes sense. The website includes logic games, trivia games, strategy games, and much more.

Ages 13-100 

Creativebug

Keep your hands active and your mind creative with Creativebug! This resource features thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. New classes are released everyday, and you have access to downloadable content including patterns, templates, and recipes.

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Diverse Book Finder: Identify & Explore Multicultural Picture Books

Curated lists of picture books on a diverse array of topics.

All ages 

Gale Interactive Academic Onefile

Gale Academic OneFile, provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

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Gale Archives Unbound

Gale Archives Unbound addresses students’ and scholars’ needs to see primary, unpublished archival documents. There is no better way to study the past than through consultation of primary source documents. Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students and the high school and college level.

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Gale Books and Authors

Gale Books and Authors is a reader’s go-to site for everything: book suggestions from experts, titles, biographies, and more. Gale Books and Authors browse by genre feature. Fiction selections reflect the genre readers like best: mystery, science fiction, inspirational, romance, nonfiction, western, horror, and fantasy.

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Gale Business Insights: Global

For business professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers, Gale Business Insights: Global delivers comprehensive international business intelligence, compiled into a logical, useable context. This unique resource empowers users to not only research topics but also to interpret their research. Deep business intelligence powered by statistical data lets researchers spend less time searching and more time connecting their discoveries to practical applications.

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Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

A comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students.

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Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

What dietary habits are associated with developing adult-onset diabetes? Are antioxidants really effective? What new advances have been made in the treatment of HIV/ AIDS? Gale Health and Wellness is your first-stop resource for answers to these and other health-related questions.

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Gale In Context: Biography

Meet The People Who Made History Gale In ContextBiography is an engaging experience for those seeking contextual information on the world’s most influential people. … Biography is built on a foundation of more than 600,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study.

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Gale in Context Environmental Studies

From climate change to automobile emissions, today’s environmental issues determine the destiny of tomorrow’s world. Gale In Context: Environmental Studies provides users with comprehensive information, empowering learners to critically analyze and understand important topics that affect people around the world. Explore topics and events within Earth systems, global change, pollution, populations, and more.

Integrating case studies, news, reference materials, academic journals, videos, and more, Environmental Studies is updated daily with relevant information. The resource offers nearly 400 topic, state, and province pages across the science, social studies, and humanities curriculum, including Water Privatization, Ecotourism, Air Pollution, Green Economy, and more.

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Gale in Context Global Issues

Gale In Context: Global Issues supports global awareness and provides a global perspective while tying together a wealth of authoritative content, empowering learners to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world. Explore issues within government, law, health, science and technology, society and culture, and more.

Integrating news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more, Global Issues is updated daily and offers 250 country pages and more than 400 issue pages. Exclusive to Global Issues, more than 6,000 viewpoint commentaries provide background and guidance on significant topics like Food Security, Genocide, Human Rights, Extreme Weather, and more. Global Issues is cross-searchable with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints for users with access to both resources.

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Gale in Context: High School

Gale in Context: High School offers cross-curricular content aligned to national and state curriculum standards and reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Explore topics within business and economics, geography, government, history, literature, science and health, social issues, and more. Integrating reference content, biographies, primary sources, multimedia, critical essays, news, academic journals, and more, Gale in Context: High School is updated daily, offering nearly 1,000 issue, topic, and geographic pages across the curriculum.

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Gale in Context: Middle School

Created specifically for middle school students, Gale in Context: Middle School combines the best of Gale’s reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a wide range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more. Includes engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards for grades 6 to 12 in language arts, social studies, and science.

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Gale in Contest: Opposing Viewpoints

A premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views helps learners develop critical thinking skills and draw their own conclusions. Opposing Viewpoints is a rich resource for debaters and includes viewpoints, reference articles, infographics, news, images, video, audio, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more.

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Gale in Context: Science

An engaging resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Showcases how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues ranging from bacteria to obesity and weather. Integrating millions of full-text articles that include national and global publications, 200+ science experiments, 300+ interactive simulations, other multimedia, and top reference content, Gale in Context: Science is updated daily and offers over 600 pages on topics across the curriculum, offering biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, physics, and more.

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Gale in Context: U.S. History

Gale in Context: U.S. History is an engaging experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history. This comprehensive, contextual, media-rich collection empowers learners to develop information literacy and critical thinking skills. Topics range from the arrival of Vikings in North America to the first stirrings of the American Revolution and on through the Civil Rights movement, September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the War on Terror. Reference content, millions of news and periodical articles, and more than 5,500 rare and vital primary source documents that range from slave journals to presidential papers are aligned to curriculum provide many option for an exploration of U.S. history.

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Gale in Context: World History

Gale in Context: World History reaches back to the ancient world — and forward to today’s headlines — to deliver a chronicle of the people, cultures, events, and societies that formed the history of the human race. A range of topics such as Aztecs, Industrial Revolution, Silk Road, the Buddha, Space Race, and more provide a wide perspective across the globe. Rare primary sources, reliable reference, and multimedia content are alighted to curriculum and put this vast subject into context for students.

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Gale Interactive Science

Imagine what it would be like to learn complex science concepts with more confidence and less fear. Gale Interactive: Science is a virtual lab that gives students in middle and high school grades the power to see beyond static text and embrace learning outside of the classroom.

Going beyond textbooks and traditional science curriculum, Gale Interactive: Science is a highly visual online learning tool that takes visual-spatial learning to the next level by bringing the lab to the classroom. High-value, rich-media digital content selected from authoritative classroom resources, like Gale In Context: Science and Gale OneFile, is paired with interactive 3D models to deliver a virtual laboratory simulation experience for students in middle school and high school grades. Students can entertain their curiosity and inspire grade improvement through an experience that allows zooming in, rotating, or pulling models apart to explore and experiment with complex scientific topics.

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Gale Legal Forms

Offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures. These forms are used by attorneys and law firms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant, and many others. Many forms are relevant to support tasks relevant to business owners, such as filing for copyrights, patents and trademarks, articles of incorporation, licenses, and more.

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Gale Literature

Gale Literature brings together Gale’s premier literary databases. This cross-searchable environment allows users to search across a library’s resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. Includes rich literary content, dependable metadata, and intuitive subject indexing. Cross-search through Gale Literature Criticism, Gale Literature Research Center, Gale Literature: LitFinder, sub collections of Gale eBooks titles, Gale Literature: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Gale Literature: Something About the Author, and Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors.

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Gale Literature: LitFinder

Gale Literature: LitFinder covers world literature and authors throughout history. Access a wealth of literary works and secondary-source materials. Includes more than 132,000 full-text poems and 670,000+ poem citations, as well as short stories, speeches, plays, biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary.

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Gale Literature: Resource Center

Gale’s most current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource, offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works, including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis for literary studies. The Center provides researchers with unbounding literary resources to support their literary responses, literary analysis, and thesis statements through a diversity of scholars and critics that ensure all views and interpretations are represented.

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Gale OneFile: Business

Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications, updated daily.

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Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies

A must-have for social science, history, and liberal arts coursework, Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies explores cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.

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Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture serves horticulture enthusiasts of all levels with more than 3.6 million articles from more than 100 journals, as well as more than 20 reference titles from Delmar, including Handbook of Flowers; Foliage and Creative Design; Computer Graphics for Landscape Architects; and more.

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Gale OneFile: Gender Studies

Gale OneFile: Gender Studies provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. It includes access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

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Gale Onefile Health and Medicine

Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. With more than 2,500 embargo-free, full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine ensure that researchers get current, scholarly, comprehensive answers to health-related questions.

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Gale OneFile: High School Edition

Gale OneFile: High School Edition is designed for middle- and high-school students and provides access to age-appropriate, authoritative digital content for classroom assignments. Learners can research magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies.

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Gale OneFile: Home Improvement

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement puts the research of hobbyists and professionals alike on a solid foundation with more than 4.5 million articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles, covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others.

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Gale Onefile Informe Academico

Gale OneFile: Informe Académico meets the research needs of Spanish-speaking users with a wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines both from and about Latin America. Informe Académico provides quality reference material—not simply translations of English-language materials—on a powerful, easy-to-use interface configured for Spanish-speaking users, allowing researchers to analyze topics and conduct research in Spanish. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.

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Gale OneFile: LegalTrac

Ideal for students, law school faculty, and legal researchers, Gale OneFile: LegalTrac provides indexing for more than 1,200 major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, Bar Association journals, and international legal journals, including more than 200 titles in full text. The American Association of Law Libraries endorses LegalTrac, and its special advisory committee selects, reviews, and enhances the content. LegalTrac also covers federal and state cases, laws and regulations, legal practice and taxation, as well as British Commonwealth, European Union, and international law.

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Gale OneFile: News

This full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. Gale OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and tv broadcasts, and transcripts.

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Gale OneFile: Power Search

With Gale PowerSearch, you can cross-search across multiple Gale platforms, including General OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints, and more.

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Gale: Peterson's Test and Career Prep

A premier online resource that can help you improve your score on standardized tests through test prep, assist in your college and university search, and help you find your passion through career matching and resume help.

 

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graphic: Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today’s young learners. It’s a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a new, modern, graphical interface and improved navigation based on feedback from both our existing customers and student users. The design helps kids explore the product and gain comfort with database searching.

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Select Kern County Library branches offer various tutoring events and homework help.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? We are always looking for volunteers to develop more tutoring opportunities at our branches. Email us!

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The Local History Room is located, on the second floor, within the Beale Memorial Library. The collection contains books, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, vault materials, and vertical files on over 900 subjects. The Local History room’s most popular items include Bakersfield City Directories dating back to 1899; Kern County Telephone directories dating back to 1940; and donated elementary, junior high, high school, and college yearbooks mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. Some primary sources in the collection go as far back as the 1800s.

Microfilm is also available in the Local History room to view newspapers not digitized, such as Shafter, Taft, Delano, and additional surrounding areas. Digitized access to the Bakersfield Californian for 1875-1977, limited issues of 2013-2017, The Shafter Press (1935-2014), and Shafter Progress (1929-1962) are available on Newspaper Archive. Microfilm is also available in the Local History Room for the Bakersfield Californian (1978-present), as well as other newspapers that have not yet been digitized, such as Taft, Delano, Ridgecrest, and additional surrounding areas.

The collection materials do not check out and can only be used in the Local History Room.

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Perfect for research of local history and events. • All ages welcome.

Visit our online collection:

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Additional local history collections:

The Photographs of Carleton E. Watkins

Online Archive of California, featuring KCL Local History Photo Collection

Internet Archive: Digitized Audiovisual Collection

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Kern County 

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Clyde Johnson Photography

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Curtis Darling Postcard Collection

 

To make a research request, fill out the following forms:

Obituary Request        Article / Research Request

 

47 digitized audiovisual resources, including videos, audio, and interviews on library groundbreakings, the dustbowl, and Kern County history.

Historical Videos  • Historical Audio 

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Search for word meanings, pronunciation, origin, synonyms, and more. Merriam-Webster has been a trusted dictionary resource since 1828. Browse the ‘Word of the Day,’ word games, and word quizzes.

All ages 

Salem Press

Access 133 full-text primary source documents with analysis and commentary.

In Library Only  • Perfect for research 

To make a research request, fill out the following forms:

Obituary Request        Article / Research Request

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Pronunciator’s ProCitizen course prepares individuals to take the United States Naturalization test.

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Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 87 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Track your progress and learn your chosen language in your preferred learning style.

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ProQuest Culture Grams

Access concise and accurate information on the countries of the world. Includes individual reports for 200+ countries, all 50 United States, and the Canadian provinces written and reviewed by in-country experts and updated regularly. The engaging interface includes a worldwide photo gallery, slideshows, video clips, famous people collection, Faces of the Worlds interviews, recipe collection, and data tables to help put facts into perspective and for comparison.

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ProQuest: eLibrary

The ProQuest eLibrary simplifies the research process, making it easier for researchers to select their topics and get connected with scholarly information. Includes more than 11,000+ editor-created Research Topics on a vast array of people, places, historical events and eras, literary genres, current events, broad curricular themes, and much more. Editor’s picks and trending topics make it easier to explore appropriate subject matter and get started. Includes primary and scholarly sources in 100% full text. Includes 1,700+ magazines, newspapers, transcripts, and digitized reference book content. Includes more than seven million images, maps, websites, videos, and interactive simulations.

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Proquest Homework Central

The ProQuest Homework Center provides authoritative information on a variety of topics to assist student research across multiple ProQuest platforms.

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ProQuest: Research Companion

A resource that helps high school, college, and undergraduate university students develop critical thinking and information literacy skills needed for scholarly research. Access multimedia-learning modules that answer questions like How do I choose a topic? and Where do I find information? and How do I evaluate resources? The modules include nearly 100 videos, assessment questions, and other tools designed to walk users through the scholarly research process.

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ProQuest: Sirs Discoverer

A general reference database that provides age-appropriate, authoritative, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators in elementary and middle/intermediate schools. Supports assignments for grades 4 through 8. All content is curated by trained editors and indexed from 2,000+ reliable, high-quality sources.

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ProQuest: Sirs Issues Researcher

Provides background and current analysis necessary for research and understanding of 360+ current and pervasive leading issues. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between on the most researched and debated social issues. Supports school curriculum and differentiated instruction through a wide variety of features including State and National standards correlations, text-to-speech and language translation, Lexile scores, and editorially written article summaries and citation generators.

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Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study site. Free access includes flashcard development for topic studying and review, as well as games for learning.

Ages 12+  • Mobile apps available 

Teaching Books net

Book Guides & Lesson Plans – Find lesson plans, discussion questions, novel units, reader’s theater scripts, and other instructional support for the books you’re reading in any K-12 classroom. 

Booklist: Build Your Own – Compile, organize, analyze, and share instructional materials associated with the books in your curriculum. 

Diverse Books – Include diverse cultural experiences in your instruction as reflected in quality fiction and nonfiction books. 

Literature-Based Vocabulary Lists – Have ready-to-use vocabulary lists – often organized by chapter – for the books that you’re teaching. Vocabulary lists include definitions, example sentences pulled from each book, and audio pronunciations.

Meet-the-Author Videos & Book Readings – Have the author reveal, anytime, the author’s purpose, writing, and research processes with these TeachingBooks.net exclusively created primary source materials. 

Resources for Award-Winning Books – Lists of U.S. Award Winning titles. 

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The Bakersfield Californian
Where is the Californian?
For several years, the Kern County Library provided the e-edition of The Bakersfield Californian on its website. In 2020, the Californian changed its e-edition platform to PressReader. Because PressReader does not have an option for libraries to subscribe to newspapers within a limited geographical area, access to The Bakersfield Californian is no longer available via the library. Print copes are available at most branches and you can  access their website to read a limited number of articles. 
The New York Times

Having won the Pulitzer Prize more times than any other newspaper, The New York Times is the 2nd most circulated newspaper in the nation and has worldwide readership. Explore breaking news, world news, multimedia, opinion pieces, and more. Topics in the newspaper include world topics, U.S. news, politics, business, technology, science, health, sports, arts, books, style, food, travel, and real estate.

Please Note a Few Limitations on NYT-related Mobile Apps:

  • NYT-related Mobile Applications are only available on personal mobile devices.
  • 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, however customers can access recipes via the Food section.
  • Articles from 1923-1980 are not available on public library computers. On personal devices, customers have access to 5 articles per day in this date range.
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Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college, and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with other $41 billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

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TypingClub is a free web-based way to learn to type. It is an engaging and interactive experience that turns learning typing into a game, with levels, badges, stars, voiceover, and typing playback.

All ages 

Veterans Connect @ the Library

Physical Locations, Resources, & Trained Volunteers are available at:

Beale Memorial Library
701 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA
Kern River Valley Branch Library
7054 Lake Isabella Blvd.
Lake Isabella, CA

Ridgecrest Branch Library
131 East Las Flores Avenue
Ridgecrest CA 93555

Access the California Veterans Resource Book.

Basic information & links below. For more comprehensive information, visit:
VA Welcome Guide
Kern County Veterans Service Department
Bakersfield Vet Center
California Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Benefits

Disability Compensation
Veterans who have a mental or physical disability that was caused by or aggravated by their time in service may qualify for compensation benefits. This can include conditions caused by exposure to Agent Orange, radiation, mustard gas, asbestos, and environmental exposures in Southwest Asia (Persian Gulf). Coverage is also provided to those veterans affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to an in-service traumatic event. Learn more.

Pension
This benefit is payable to low-income veterans with qualified war-time service who are either age 65+ or who are permanently and totally disabled based on a condition not caused by their time in service. There may be additional amounts available to eligible veterans and spouses who are in need of the Aid and Attendance of another person for daily living needs. (For example, in-home care or assisted living facility.) Learn more.

Medical Treatment
Eligible veterans may use VA medical facilities for treatment of mental and physical health conditions. All service-connected disabilities and their treatment will be provided to the veteran, free of charge. Treatment for conditions not rated by VA as being service connected may require a copay. Eligibility for VA healthcare is not guaranteed. Learn more.

Burial & Death Benefits
Benefits include burial flag, government headstone/marker, and military funeral honors. If a veteran has a privately-purchased headstone, the family may ask for a VA medallion to add to the headstone to note the veteran’s military service. Learn more.

Burial in National Cemetery
Veterans who receive a discharge other than dishonorable may be eligible for burial in the National Cemetery. Included in these services are the plot, mausoleum space, opening and closing of the grave, headstones or marker, and full honor guard services. There are minimum active duty service requirements that must be met to qualify for this benefit. Learn more.

GI Bill Benefits – Education
Veterans who meet eligibility requirements can receive assistance with the cost of education. There are several different programs; eligibility varies between each. Learn more.

Vocational Rehabilitation
Veterans found to have a service-connected disability may be eligible to access this program which pays for schooling or training in a new career field, if the disability affects the ability to do certain jobs. Learn more.

Home Loan Guarantee
Home loan guarantees are issued to help eligible service members, veterans, reservists, and certain unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes or to refinance an existing home loan. Learn more.

Cal-Vet Home Loans
Veterans who have 90 days of active duty service (not for training purposes) and wish to purchase a home in California may be eligible for a home loan from the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligibility varies based on income and personal credit. Learn more.

Government Life Insurance
Veterans with a service-connected disability may apply for a Life Insurance policy. Application must be made within two-years of a condition being found to be service connected. Premiums and coverage vary. Learn more.

Agent Orange
Any veteran who set foot on ground in Vietnam, or whose Naval ship broke the coastal land barriers of Vietnam, is considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange. The VA has developed a list of medical conditions which they say may be linked to Agent Orange exposure. These presumptive conditions are eligible compensable disabilities. Learn more.

Veterans Homes in California
California State Department of Veterans Affairs has several homes throughout the state designed to care for our elderly or disabled veterans. These homes offer different levels of care ranging from Independent Living to Skilled Nursing and Alzheimer’s Care. Payment for the facilities is based on income and level of care provided. Learn more.

Dependents Benefits

College Fee Waiver
Student children of a veteran with a service-connected rating of 0% or higher may be able to attend any state college/university tuition free. The California State Department of Veterans Affairs will waive the fees at any state school for the children of a service-connected disabled veteran. Because this is a waiver of fees, the benefit is not applicable to private schools. If the veteran has a service-connected rating of 100%, the spouse of the veteran may also access this benefit. Learn more.

Dependent Education Assistance
The dependents of a 100% service-connected disabled veteran may be eligible to receive a stipend for attending a VA-accredited college or university. The children of a permanently and totally disabled veteran may use this benefit until the student reaches the age of 26. The veteran’s spouse may access this benefit for a period of ten years after the 100% rating has been granted. Learn more.

CHAMPVA Medical Insurance
The dependents of a veteran rated permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected condition may be eligible for medical insurance coverage. Learn more.

Children Born with Certain Birth Defects to Vietnam Veterans
A child born with Spina Bifida to a male veteran who served in Vietnam may be eligible for monetary benefits to help offset the cost of their care. These benefit amount vary with the degree of disability of the child. The child of a female veteran who served in Vietnam and was born with certain birth defects may also be eligible for monetary benefits. The list of birth defects for children born to female Vietnam veterans is more extensive than the coverage for male Vietnam veterans. Please contact our office to learn more. Learn more.

Survivors Benefits

Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Eligible survivors of veterans who pass away from a service-connected disability are eligible for DIC. This is a monetary benefit payable to the surviving spouse or dependent children of a veteran because their death was caused by their time in service. This benefit is also available to survivors of a veteran who had a service-connected disability rating of 100% for ten years or longer, regardless of the cause of death. Learn more.

Death Pension
Eligible survivors of veterans who served during a recognized time of war may qualify for a death pension benefit. The survivor must be low-income, as the benefit is income based. There may be additional amounts available to eligible survivors who are in need of the Aid and Attendance of another person for daily living needs. (For example, in-home care or assisted living facility). Learn more.

Burial in National Cemetery, Dependents Eligibility
Spouses and dependent children of eligible veterans may qualify for burial in a National Cemetery. This benefit includes all services provided on cemetery grounds: plot or mausoleum placement, opening and closing of the grave, grave liner, and the headstone or marker. Learn more.

Burial Expenses Reimbursement
There may be reimbursement of burial expenses associated with the passing of a veteran who was receiving either pension or compensation benefits from the VA at the time of their passing. Whoever pays these final expenses may apply for a partial reimbursement. Amounts vary depending on the circumstances of the veteran’s passing. Learn more.

Veterans Mobile Apps

Trustworthy Apps Developed by VA — access here

Trustworthy Apps Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology — access here