Resources for Kids

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Library Resources

Access all the Power Kids* resources right here – in one spot!

  • BookFlix: Watch, read, and learn! A fun way to read for PreK-3 grades.
  • CyberSmarts: Learn how to be cyber-smart and use the internet safely.
  • Elementary Student Research: Search for articles, news and more using a single search box. Powered by EBSCO Explora!
  • Middle Search Main Edition: Find thousands of biographies and historical essays and an image collection with over 960,000 photos, maps, and flags.
  • Middle School Student Search: Fun & easy to use, discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects. Powered by EBSCO Explora!
  • Primary Search Main Edition: Find articles from your favorite magazines like Ranger Rick, Lady Bug, Highlights for Children, National Geographic for Kids, and more!
  • SIRS: Discover complete articles, images, activities, and websites. Use the Science Fair Explorer to identify exciting science fair projects or Country Facts to learn about countries and states.
  • TrueFLIX: provides eBooks that are enhanced with a related content including primary sources, fiction, videos, audio clips, images, and related websites.

*A valid Pennsylvania Library card is required for PowerLibrary

Erie County Public Library Resources

Hoopla: download the free hoopla digital mobile app on your Android or IOS device to begin enjoying thousands of titles. E-books, comic books, and audiobooks, as well as movies, tv shows and full music albums, are available to borrow 24/7 for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets and computers. A Kids Mode is available. 8 titles per month are available to borrow. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.

Overdrive: find ebooks and eaudio and evideo formats for adult, teen, and children’s fiction, nonfiction, popular authors, and more to download to your computer or compatible device. Compatible with most eReaders and other devices, including Kindle. Public Libraries of Erie County resource~ Library Card required.

Websites

ALA: Great Website for kids
Explore websites about animals, art, history, science and more! All sites are specially chosen by the American Library Association.

Animal Fact Guide
Learn interesting facts about animals around the world. The site includes animal videos such as a rare pygmy hippopotamus at an Australian zoo and a wildlife blog.

beanz
Bi-monthly magazine that explores computer science and software programming. It’s for kids, parents, teachers, and adults who want to learn and have fun with technology. Access current and archived issues as a Erie County Public Library cardholder.

Bedtime Math
Try a fun math problem before bed every night.

CIA World Factbook
Extensive data, maps, and flags of all the countries in the world.

Cruise into Kindergarten
Get ready for Kindergarten! This online board game, designed by Pennsylvania libraries, will help your preschooler learn essential early literacy, math, and science skills.

Discovery Kids
Discovery Kids inspires kids to explore the awesome world around them and satisfy their curiosity with innovative games, activities, quizzes and articles. Also available in Spanish.

How Stuff Works
Learn how everything works. From digital cameras to identity theft, this site is a treasure trove of useful and searchable information.

Khan Academy
You can learn anything! This free website features a variety of subjects, including math, science, compute programming, art history, and more. Content is available for students in Kindergarten and up.

Kids’ Health
Information about all aspects of health and the human body. Includes informative articles, answers to frequently asked questions, healthy recipes, and games.

Library of Congress for Kids
The Library of Congress has many websites designed for young readers and for the whole family to explore together.

MetKids
Explore New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art without leaving home.

National Geographic Kids
National Geographic’s site for young readers is one of the best resources for information on the Net about the world, its people, and its wildlife. Not only can you read the newest edition of this magazine on-line, you can check out the contests, polls, games and even virtual adventures.

Time for Kids
Explore current events on this website from Time Magazine. All articles are selected and written just for kids.

USA.gov for Kids
A kids’ portal to the U.S. government, this site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen Information Center. It provides links to Federal kids sites along with kids sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.

Walking With Dinosaurs
Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.

Wonderopolis
Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue or how fish breathe underwater? Find answers to all of your questions here.