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  • Read the Books - AR Lists

    Many of the school districts in the library’s service area offer the Accelerated Reader program. Students earn points at school by reading from a list of pre-selected books, and then taking tests about the books.

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  • Read the Books - Book Reviews

    ReadtheBooks.com also offers an innovative and entertaining solution to help libraries connect kids with books.

    3D-animated book review videos are available in 50+ categories. Every book and video is linked to your online library catalog.

    Book reviews are available in English and some in Spanish. Videos include closed-captioning for hearing-impaired readers.

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  • Tumblebooks

    Interactive talking books for young and developing readers. Readers read along with the words on the screen. Selected books available in Spanish and French. Now, selected titles available for iPad! - Use the CHOOSE menu, and select Mobile to browse iPad titles.

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  • World Book

    World Book is an easy-to-use encyclopedia with portals designed for all levels of learning.

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  • Searchasaurus

    This kid-centered search engine featuring giant friendly lizards is a great resource for early learners.

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  • Kids Search

    Search all of Inspire's newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, videos, photographs and more using this interface for young and first-time researchers.

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  • Duolingo

    This free website allows you to learn Spanish, French, Italian, German or Portuguese in a game-like setting at your leisure, with graduated skills that build as you work through the different skill sets.

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