Virtual Resources for Parents and Caregivers
How-to and Educational Videos
Ask a Youth Services Expert
Ask a Youth Services Expert will allow individual patrons to request a 30-minute personalized one-on-one online session with youth services Library staff experts. Geared for students, parents/caregivers, and educators; Ask a Youth Services Expert offers help with Google Classroom, homework resources, databases, readers’ advisory, reference questions, and more.
Basic Skills and Test Preparation
Find more than 1,000 award-winning arts and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists, including sewing, quilting, paper crafting, knitting, crochet, art, design, jewelry making, and more.
Provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards, and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development, and more.
Lumos StepUp Learning
Lumos StepUp provides online skills assessment for math and English language arts for students in grades 3-8, including 100s of grade-appropriate questions based on the Common Core State Standards.
A comprehensive collection of math picture books, in the TumbleBook format with animation and narration. Searchable by math concept or standard, the collection also includes supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.
Brainfuse HelpNow (Online Tutoring and Learning Platform)
Explore 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.
- 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 (This link opens in a new tab).
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.
Animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, 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 (This link opens in a new tab) for SCLSNJ resources and services.
Mango (This link opens in a new tab)
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.
Rosetta (This link opens in a new tab) Stone (This link opens in a new tab)
Rosetta Stone has crafted a language learning program and award-winning mobile app that focuses on helping language learners thrive in real-world conversations. Through contextualized practice and feedback, Rosetta Stone encourages learners to begin speaking the language from the very first lesson.
Youth Bilingual Virtual Programs
NoveList K-8 Plus
Discover reading recommendations for kids & teens with booklists, read-a-likes, and author and series information. Search for books by reading level, genre, content, time period, and more.
Looking for a new book for your child or teen? Take a look at our booklists! Created by our librarians and covering a wide variety of genres, you’re sure to find your next read here.
Booklists for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (This link opens in a new tab)
Booklists for Kids (Grades K-5) (This link opens in a new tab)
Booklists for Teens (Grades 6-12) (This link opens in a new tab)
Library Aware Newsletter (This link opens in a new tab)
Explore SCLSNJ’s librarian-curated book recommendations. Opt into as many or as few lists as interest you. SCLSNJ always has something new for you.
Recursos en Español
Youth Bilingual Virtual Programs
Recursos para aprender idiomas
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.
Academic Search Premier (This link opens in a new tab)
A leading multidisciplinary research database. It provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources.
Biography Reference Bank (This link opens in a new tab)
This biographical database provides full-text articles, images, and abstracts of more than 790,000 individuals, over 94,000 of whom have an associated full-text biography.
Research current and historical events and subjects like arts and literature, biographies, geography and culture, health, science, and math, plus more with EBSCO’s Explora interface.
Research interface for children in grades K-5, with access to articles from dozens of elementary school magazines plus easy-to-read encyclopedia entries.
Facts On File Infobase Database Portal (This link opens in a new tab)
The databases cover a wide range of core curriculum areas—from history, science, literature, and careers to geography, health, current issues, and more—at the middle, high school, and academic levels.
MAS Ultra School Edition
Find full-text high-school magazines plus biographies, primary source documents, reference books, and over a million photos, maps, and flags.
Middle Search Plus
Find more than 180 popular middle school magazines, plus full-text biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of more than 1.8 million photos, maps, and flags.
The World Almanac KIDS
Find homework help, ideas for reports or projects, puzzles, maps, videos, diagrams, fun facts, and more.
Click here (This link opens in a new tab) for a full list of all of SCLSNJ’s databases and research resources.
SOARING Early Literacy Support
SCLSNJ SOARING helps parents and caregivers navigate early literacy programming and resources, learn the different strategies used to support early literacy through each developmental stage, and replicate those strategies at home.
SOARING Resources (This link opens in a new tab)
Explore our SOARING resources that include SOARING Storytimes, Storytime Theme kits, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program, ReadyRosie, and Launchpad’s Reading Academy.
SOARING Parent/Child Early Literacy Activities (This link opens in a new tab)
Learn about daily Sing, Read, Talk, Play, and Read practices you can do at home, on the road, or anywhere with your child to develop their early literacy skills from birth to age five.
Special Education Resources
SCLSNJ Disabilities Services
Learn how SCLSNJ serves and supports persons with disabilities.