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ABC Mouse (Login required - click here)
    Check out ABC Mouse for award-winning educational games, puzzles, books and other fun interactive learning activities for kids age 2 to 6. It’s free to use in the Ames Public Library!

    For in- library use only. Click here to access ABC Mouse

America's News/Ames Tribune (Login required - click here)
    Explore a specific issue such as bullying, literacy and homeschooling or compare viewpoints on topics such as health, education, government, history, politics and more. Also includes Current Events and Special Reports for research assignments as well as magazines such as "Newsweek" and "Popular Science."

    Stuck on a tough homework assignment? Need writing assistance for that class paper? Want someone to proof read a rough draft? Upload it in the writing lab and their experts will get back to you within 24 hours. Braiunfuse offers virtual live tutoring, study groups, flashcards, and can even help create a study plan.There are even resources for lifelong learners, too.

Britannica Library (Login required - click here)
    Conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects, or explore your interests. Britannica Library includes special sections for children, young adults, and adults.

Explora Primary School (Login required - click here)
    An easy to use database for all your school research and projects. There are full text articles from magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopedias, and even videos. Be sure to check it out!

    Click on the link and select 'Explora Primary School' from the database list.

GCF LearnFree
    If you need a quick brush up on your Microsoft Office or other technolgoy skills GCF LearnFree is the place to start. Check out their more than 125 self-paced tutorials for math, career, reading, every day life skills, and more.

Khan Academy
    Khan Academy's mission is to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and they’ve partnered with institutions like NASA and the Museum of Modern Art to do so. Create an account and you'll have access to videos, exercises, and your own learning dashboard as you study at your own pace.

Learning Express Grades 4-College (Login required - click here)
    Provides interactive skill building courses in math, reading and writing, as well as a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB Core. Additionally, provides over 770 of the most up-to-date test preparation and skill-building resources and includes self-paced study, instant scoring and diagnostic feedback.

Little Pim (Login required - click here)
    Little Pim is the fun, easy way for kids ages 0-6 to learn a new language. Come explore with Little Pim, the adorable cartoon panda, as you discover a new language!

To access Little Pim log in and select 'KIDS' under the 72 Languages header.

    Note: download the Mango app to use it on your iPad. Works best on Firefox and IE.

Mango Premier (Login required - click here)
    Watch your language (literally) with Mango Premier, the first and only language learning resource to teach through film. Language learning has never been this much fun.

    Note: download the Mango app to use it on your iPad. Works best on Firefox and IE

Novelist Plus (Login required - click here)
    NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

Primary School Resources (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Primary Search contains full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines dating back to 1989. Full text is also available for over 100 student pamphlets. This database also has an Image Collection of 116,000 photos, maps and flags.

Topic Search (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Want up to the minute info on the latest political news, economic information, science discoveries and current events? Explore TOPICsearch and get results from international newspapers, journals, government publications and more.

TumbleBookLibrary (Login required - click here)
    Want a fun, 21st century alternative to print picture books? TumbleBookLibrary has a great interactive collection of stories with sound, music, animation, and narration. Have your favorite book read as you follow along and enjoy the story. Be sure to check out their book of the day here