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Diverse Book Finder: Identify & Explore Multicultural Picture Books

Diverse BookFinder

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

All ages 

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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 exclusively created primary source materials. 

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

Access with your Library Card  • All ages 


Get Homework Help

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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

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 
Gale Interactive Science

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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Live Tutoring

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!

In Library Only  • Scheduled event

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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 

ProQuest Culture Grams

ProQuest CultureGrams

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

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

ProQuest Homework Center

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: Sirs Discoverer

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

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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Learn a Language

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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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Play Games

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ABC Mouse

ABCMouse is an online academy of learning covering reading, language arts, math, science, health, social studies, music, and art. ABCMouse consists of more than 8,500 learning activities and 850 lessons. The academy is laid out in a “Step by Step Learning Path” and activities include videos, digital books, coloring, learning games, poems, puzzles, and songs.

In Library Use Only  • Ages 2-8 


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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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PBS Kids

PBS Kids includes over 90 free educational games, videos, and full episodes from favorite cartoon characters, including Curious George, Wild Kratts, Arthur, and more.

Ages 3-8 

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Starfall is a website focused on teaching preschoolers and kindergarteners basic English reading and writing skills. Starfall primarily uses games and phonics, and in the final reading stage of the website includes nonfiction books, riddles, Chinese fables, and comics.

Ages 2-6