Virtual Resources for Educators

Brainfuse HelpNow (Online Tutoring and Learning Platform)

Brainfuse HelpNow
HelpNow provides free one-on-one online tutoring for K-12 students and beyond. Live tutoring is available in English and Spanish from 2-11 p.m. to provide homework help for core subjects, including mathematics, science, and English language arts. All Brainfuse tutors have at least a four year degree and are background checked.
Also available:
  • Writing Lab provides feedback on written assignments within 24 hours.
  • SkillSurfer provides live skill building and library of lessons, videos, test and more.
  • Language Lab provides live help for language learners.
  • FAFSA Live Help provides assistance filling out your application.
  • LEAP Learning Platform is a diagnostic test center with customized study plans, and lessons.
  • FlashBulb TM allows you to create and share study flashcards, practice tests, and games.
  • MEET TM allows you to schedule sessions with your friends in their private virtual study rooms

Sign up for your own learning account to review past sessions, receive expert feedback, save practice tests, and more. Click here for tutorial on how to use the different features.


Borrow e-books and e-audiobooks from SCLSNJ using OverDrive or access them on your phone or tablet by downloading the free Libby App.

Academic Collection
This collection includes tens of thousands of e-books covering a large selection of multidisciplinary academic subjects, including the latest titles from the leading academic publishers and university presses, all with a user-friendly search experience.

EBSCO Cricket Media Collection
Provides students and educators with engaging content that is standards-aligned for a variety of Lexile levels.

EBSCO K-8 Collection
This collection contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction e-book titles including familiar children’s stories and informative texts.

EBSCO High School Collection
Contains high-quality fiction and nonfiction titles for students across a diverse range.

TumbleBook Library
Animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, and graphic novels.

Internet on the Go

Get Wi-Fi internet access at home by checking out one of our mobile hotspots.

Learn a Language (including English Language Learning)

SCLSNJ Language Learning and English Language Learning Resources
Click here for SCLSNJ resources and services.

Mango Languages offers simple language and culture learning in over 70 languages, including English. Create an account with your library card to track your progress. Also available in Android and iOS apps.

Youth Bilingual Virtual Programs

Lesson Planning

Curriculum Resource Center
an electronic library of printable teacher handouts for middle school, high school, and the first two years of college curricula.

Professional Development Collection
A highly specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians, and education researchers.

Click here or a full list of all of SCLSNJ’s databases and research resources.

Professional Development

Gale Courses
Take six-week interactive instructor-led classes for free with your library card, with more than 370 classes starting every month.

LearningExpress Library
Designed to help students and professionals at all levels of learning achieve their educational and career-related goals, with a comprehensive selection of interactive online tutorials, practice tests, articles, e-books, and test preparation tools modeled after official tests.
Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals with Lynda’s online video courses.

Mango Languages
Learn a new language or brush up current skills with more than 50 language courses, as well as 17 English courses for speakers new to English.

Records for more than 1.2 million electronic theses and dissertations from around the world.

Professional Development Collection
A highly specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians, and education researchers.

Teacher Reference Center
A complimentary research database for teachers that provides indexing and abstracts for more than 230 peer-reviewed journals.

Udemy (Gale Presents)
Find 4,000 video-based courses in 75 categories of business, technology, software, and personal development.

Recursos en Español

Referencia Latina – Ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluidos libros de referencia, revistas de interés general e informes de salud.

Salud– Cubre todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar, incluidas descripciones generales de enfermedades, afecciones, procedimientos y diversos tratamientos.

Recursos para aprender idiomas

Research Databases

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) is a free research database for library and information science studies. LISTA provides indexing and abstracts for hundreds of key journals, books, and research reports.

Click here or a full list of all of SCLSNJ’s databases and research resources.

Reach out to the youth services department at your local branch to learn more.

Branch Phone Email
Bound Brook 908-458-8410
Bridgewater 908-458-8415
Hillsborough 908-458-8420
Manville 908-458-8425
Mary Jacobs 908-458-8430
North Plainfield 908-458-8435
Peapack and Gladstone 908-458-8440
Somerville 908-458-8445
Warren Township 908-458-8450
Watchung 908-458-8455

Virtual School Visits

Reach out to the youth services department at your local branch to learn more about virtual school visits and pre-recorded school visit videos.


Rutgers University

Visit the webinars and workshops page to sign up for free, hands-on workshops and webinars, which they offer on a wide variety of topics, including remote teaching. Video tutorials and how-to videos, are also available to view at your own pace. Lastly, there is a collection of three recorded webinars about remote teaching best practices webinars.

NJ Department of Health and Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS)

Navigating Back to School: A Trauma-Informed Return to Learn Program for the School Community
The NJ Department of Health and SPTS partnered to collaborate and develop online training to assist with the return to school. This online learning experience recognizes that challenge and provides simple, easy to apply information and activities to get everyone in the school on the same page, from educators, ancillary staff, parents, and students as young as kindergarten. Using a variety of training formats that include animation, video clips, interactive exercises, and instructional content, these short modules will help set the tone for a school year where everyone is prepared to deal with the unexpected and keep their focus on the important educational mission of the school. Please visit to access the modules.

Department of Education

Title III and Bilingual/ESL Education
Professional Development webinars and materials.

Special Education
Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities webinars.