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Links for Families & Educators

We've put together a list of websites offering free learning and teaching resources during COVID school closures:

Personalized Picks

Need some book recommendations?

Fill out our Personalized Picks online form to tell us about what you want to read. Our experts will put together a custom book list based on your responses and e-mail it to you!

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Story Line: Call to hear stories or jokes!

Do you want to hear a story?

Call the Story Line at (515) 239-5636 and hear stories for a variety of ages, stories in multiple languages, and family-friendly jokes. Listen any time you want, as many times as you want!

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e-books, movies, TV, music, and more with Kids Mode

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animated books, movies, TV, and educational videos


e-books, audiobooks, and graphic novels for all ages

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e-magazines for all ages

More Fun Stuff

Print out some coloring pages based on Ames Public Library's old Bookmobile. One even has hidden pictures!

Reading Up  |  Hidden Pictures with Smyles  |  Kicking It  |  Ames Friends

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Coloring Page 2 Thumbnail - Girl Reading to Smyles the Dog
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Look for Ames Public Library's mascot, Smyles, at the Library and at special events around town! Smyles is also a big part of Project Smyles, the Library's outreach program to children in daycare and preschool.

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Child tablet

Your Library card lets you check out tickets to participating museums and attractions, tablets loaded with educational apps, kits to explore STEM concepts, and more!

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You have the power to jumpstart your baby's development. Learn how to create an enriching language environment to help your baby's brain grow.

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Ames Public Library has its own annual book trivia contest for teams of 5th and 6th graders!

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ABC Mouse

Check out ABC Mouse for award-winning educational games, puzzles, books and other fun interactive learning activities for kids age 2 to 6. It’s free to use in the Ames Public Library! In Library Use Only

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America's News/Ames Tribune from NewsBank

Search local job fairs, companies in the news, state and national business, economic and employment trends. Find diverse perspectives on topics related to job searching, consumer spending and the housing market. Updated daily. 

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Brainfuse Help Now

Stuck on a tough homework assignment? Looking for test prep resources? Brainfuse offers virtual live tutoring, a 24-hour writing assignment review, study groups, flashcards, and can even help create a study plan. Find test prep for college entrance exams and ASVAB. Adult learners will find tutoring and study guides just for adults, as well as computer training courses, and study guides for the U.S. Citizenship Test, TABE, TOEFL, GED, and more. 

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FirstSearch Online Database

FirstSearch is a great place to start if you're looking for a specific book or for full-text articles. You can search for books and e-books at libraries across the world and access millions of full-text, full-image articles from thousands of serials.

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GCF LearnFree

If you need a quick brush up on your Microsoft Office or other technology skills GCF LearnFree is the place to start. Check out their more than 125 self-paced tutorials for math, career, reading, every day life skills, and more. 

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy's mission is to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and they’ve partnered with institutions like NASA and the Museum of Modern Art to do so. Create an account and you'll have access to videos, exercises, and your own learning dashboard as you study at your own pace. 

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Mango Languages

Powered by intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm, Mango empowers you to communicate with confidence, preparing you for uncharted experiences with language and culture. Challenge yourself to discover something new. Start the conversation.

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Novelist Plus

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles. 

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Want a fun, 21st century alternative to print picture books? TumbleBookLibrary has a great interactive collection of stories with sound, music, animation, and narration. Have your favorite book read as you follow along and enjoy the story. Be sure to check out their book of the day!

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