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Online Resources for Kids Grades 7-12

Looking for educational resources for youth in grades 7-12? The following learning tools are offered free-of-charge.

  • OverDrive eBooks for Kids and Teens*
    Many eBooks are available for free download, including those for beginning readers, audiobooks and read-alongs! Those who have a library card can start downloading eBooks by entering their card number. Adults who don’t have a card can sign up for an Instant Digital Card on the sign-in screen.
  • Britannica School Middle*
    Encyclopedia content for middle school grades plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, and primary sources.
  • Gale In Context: Middle School (Research In Context)*
    A middle school-appropriate database of reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia.
  • Explora Teens*
    Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Includes Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra – School Edition, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source – Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.
  • Points of View Reference Center*
    Pro vs. con essays that present multiple sides of current or controversial issues. Plus magazine and newspaper articles, primary sources, and more related to those issues
  • Science Reference Center*
    Science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering numerous science topics for middle and high school students. Included in Explora Teens and Explora Library databases.
  • Gale In Context: High School (Student Resources In Context)*
    Encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. Includes the InfoTrac Student Edition database.
  • Ebooks Minnesota Middle School Collection*
    In this diverse collection of titles, middle grade readers will find books on a variety of educational and entertaining topics.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home
    Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
  • Audible for Kids and Teens
    For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
  • Abdo Digital Bookshelf (Grades 5-12)
    Free-of-charge access is now available to educational eBooks through June 2020.
  • Big Timber Distance Learning BundleGrades 6-8 and Grades 9-12
    Free access is available through June 30, 2020. users can search for education eBooks by subject.
  • Lerner eBook Collection (Grades 6-12)
    Lerner is offering free access to its collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks now through June 30, 2020.

*Denotes tools that require entering your library card number for access.

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