School’s Coming–Are You Ready?

School is just around the corner, and Arapahoe Libraries want to make sure you have every resource you need to succeed in school this year.  Do you need some research databases to boost your citation list?  Do you need citations made for you? Do you need a book, like, now, but can't get your hands on it? We can help you with all of that!

 

Our favorite databases:

  • Biography in Context: Need information on a famous person living or dead? This database combines information all in one place. 
  • Explora: This database has articles, information, pictures, and multimedia for topics in almost every subject area. 
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: This is an online collection of reference books, including encyclopedias, histories, biographies, and more.  Is the library book you need tonight already checked out? Check this website to check it out digitally, immediately.  There is also an app for this database.
  • History Reference Center: This is the world's most extensive reference database for history. This takes from reference books, encyclopedias, and nonfiction books. There is also an app for this resource. 
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: This database supports all subjects to inform you of differing views about a multitude of different topics. There is also an Android app for this resource. 
  • Scholastic GO!: This database has articles, information, pictures, and multimedia for topics in almost every subject area.  
  • Teen Health & Wellness: Straightforward information specifically for teens.  This database covers topics such as drugs, alcohol, mental health, diversity, and more. 
  • World Book Online Reference Center: Remember those huge encyclopedias you had to lug around? Now it's all digital and up-to-date! Find articles from major newspapers, graphic and multimedia content, and more.  
Need a citation? ALL of these databases will make them for you!  All you need to do is copy and paste. You can also create an account through the library to save articles that you want to look at later.

 

Required reading lists and where to find your books: 

Read for fun!

Not only do we have fun print books, but we also have downloadable books and audiobooks, so you don't even have to head out of your house into the heat!

  • Abdo Digital Comics: love comic books? This database has all the Marvel comics you could ever want!
  • Cloud Library: Maybe what you'd like to read is checked out from OverDrive.  Check out this database to find some great reads--both popular and classic!
  • Comics Plus: All the comics and manga in one place! There is also an app for this database.
  • OverDrive: This is my favorite--TONS of books and audiobooks to download in a matter of minutes.  Once downloaded, you no longer need internet.
  • Libby: This is part of OverDrive, and works in tandem with it, but this is a little simpler and easier to use.  You can also listen to your audiobooks on 3x speed if you so choose!

Makerspace: Need a place to create, whether it's sewing, laser cutting, 3D printing, screen printing and more? Take some time in your Makerspace to create some great things for school projects or just for fun!


Studio: Need to record music or video for a school project? Come use our soundproofed studio to record all your projects and edit with our software!


Library Programs: Need something to do with your friends after school or on the weekends? We have tons of programs to offer:

  • Teen Maker Art
  • Library For All
  • Fandom Fun
  • Geek Out Contest 
  • Website Design
  • Makerspace programs of all kinds!
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