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Homeschool Resources at the Kenton County Public Library

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Catalog Searching

Go to the Kenton County Public Library website. Click on Catalog Search.  Type in your search term by title of book, subject, keyword or author and limit your search.  Look through your search results and select one.  If the material fits your research needs then you can place a hold on the item, click place hold and enter your library card number and your PIN (usually the last four numbers of your phone number or your birth year).  Select which Library you want to pick up your item (Covington, Durr or Erlanger) and click Submit. You can also access our e-book collection through our catalog, just look for (electronic resource) after the title of the item. To find other titles that are similar to a book, scroll down the page under the copy holdings and click on the Awards, Reviews, & Suggested Reads.

 

E-Books

Click on E-Media. Click on Overdrive eBooks to check-out e-books or Reference & Research eBooks to search for articles in reference books. Both cover a wide range of topics. If you don’t find a book on your topic, ask us how to recommend e-books on Overdrive!

 

E-Resources

Click on Research & Learning.  These are the databases that the library subscribes to for library patrons’ research needs.  You can click on alphabetical listing of resources if you would like.

Great databases that will be useful for your homeschool lessons:

Amazing Animals of the World – Information about the animal kingdom and its place in our world.

Ancestry Library Edition – Powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.  (Library Only)

Biography Reference Bank – Biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images.

Birds of North America – Instant access to in-depth information on more than 700 bird species.

Catalogs – Public Library Catalog – Nonfiction – Search over 13,000 book titles in one easy-to-use database. Click on Explora, Curriculum Standards and For Educators.

Catalogs – Junior Authors & Illustrators – An essential source of information about the creators of books for children and young people delivering access to profiles, photographs, and bibliographies of works by and about authors and illustrators.

CultureGrams Kids Edition – This collection of 68 country reports teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report includes up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, “life as a kid”, and more.

CultureGrams States Edition – These reports help upper elementary-aged students understand the history of each U.S. State. Reports include maps, flags, symbols, time lines, history, economy, geography, population and more.

CultureGrams World Edition – Cultural reports for 187 countries and territories each include 25 categories such as land and climate, history, personal appearance, greetings, gestures, family, diet, holidays, economy, education, health, and events and trends.

Early Peoples – Learn about the orgins and rise of early civilizations and cultures.

Encyclopedia Britannica Library – Easy to use, and easy to find trusted information.

Gale Courses – Access to  over 300 online instructor led courses for lifelong learning.

Gale Virtual Reference Library – encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Inventions and Discoveries – explore a fascinating collection of objects and ideas that have changed how we live today.

LearningExpress Online Testing – Practice tests for SAT, GED, Civil Service Exams, Law Enforcement, Real Estate, US Citizenship and more. Enter your library card number as your username.

Librarians Index to the Internet(IPL2) – Search a collection websites chosen and maintained by librarians.

Mango Languages – Mango is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for 12 different languages.

Novelist – Discover great books and authors.

Novelist K-8 Plus – Discover great non-fiction for K-8.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center – Provides a complete one-stop source for information on social issues.

PebbleGo – Kindergarten+ students will love the easy access to animals, science, biographies and social studies information.  All titles and articles have a read aloud feature.

PowerKids Earth & Space Science – Learn about Earth Cycles, Ecosystems and Biomes, Landforms, Maps, Matter and Energy, Natural Disasters, Rocks and Minerals, Space, Water, Weather and Climate.

PowerKids Life Science – Facts about animals, as well as habitats and ecosystems, the human body, life cycles and food chains (grades 3-6)

Something About The Author Online – This critically acclaimed series spotlights more than 12,000 individuals in entries that typically cover personal life, career, writings, adaptations, and additional sources.

TrueFlix – True Books Online – True Books Online – Watch, Read & Explore

 

Parents & Educators

The Library offers the following services and resources for educators:

Educator CardsAn Educator card is available to all educators who teach in Kenton County, including home school and preschool.  A 7-day grace period on fines will apply to any item returned beyond the due date. Automatic renewal of materials (up to a maximum of 5 times).

Library Tours and Student Library Cards

Database Training-Schedule an depth training on the library databases with a librarian.

Educator Collections-The library will pull a collection of materials that you are studying.

Curriculum, Illustrator and Discovery Packs-Curriculum packs are collections of materials for students in the elementary grades and are designed to aid in learning about a specific theme or topic.  Illustrator Kits are collections of materials that highlight the work of well-known children’s book illustrators such as Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss.  Discovery Packs are collections of materials sharing a common theme, designed for a preschool audience.

Children’s Book Club Kits-Check out a book club kit and hold your own book club with other homeschool families.

Homeschool Resources-Please let us know if there is anything that we can add to enhance this portion of our webpage.

Homework Help-Need help with homework for both parents and children.

 

 

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A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, is a blog written by Terri Diebel and Cecilia Horn, two veteran Children’s Librarians, about their love of Children’s Literature.  They explore beloved treasures and new books.

 

Great Books-A wonderful book resource page!

 

Questions?  Just ask a librarian!

Contacts:

Erin DeSantis, Covington Teen Librarian

Terri Diebel, Covington Children’s Librarian

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