Resource List for Teachers (K – 12)
Buttons for Educators
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All services below require the completion of an Educational Delivery Service application (Classroom Card)
Educational Delivery Service
Regular bi-weekly or monthly book deliveries directly to the classroom. (Daycare/PreK – HS)
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Book Kit Request
12-20 copies of a book for the purpose of facilitating book discussions. Books may be checked out for 9 weeks at a time. (All ages)
Your delivery librarian will help coordinate this check-out. To make a request, ask your librarian for the latest list of book discussion kits available or check the KDLA list (last updated 2/14/19).
Library of Things
The following items may be requested through email/WCPL’s online card catalog for classroom delivery:
- STEAM kits (3-7 years)
- Ukuleles (Elementary and up)
- Puzzles (3-7 years)
- Telescope (Elementary and up)
- Sewing Machine (Elementary and up)
All below services are for schools or other organizations only.
- Art Workshops
- STEM and other hands-on workshops
- Yoga (both after school and in-classroom)
- Classroom Storytimes
- Cafeteria visits
- Kamishibai Workshop
- Lego Writing Workshops
- Custom tailored vist
Click on the name to access a database
All databases below require the user(s) to have a personal and/or classroom library card • View all WCPL databases
A Consortium of nearly 300 Kentucky libraries and institutions that bring together resources from top information providers. For more information, visit www.kyvl.org Teachers will need an access code for these databases. Contact your delivery librarian to receive your login information.
K12 Education Professionals Resource Page: includes Kentucky Resources and National Professional Organization resources as well as “how-to” sections on developing and teaching research skills.
- Britannica Digital Learning
Annals of American History: A year-by-year documentary of American thought and action is presented in this unique resource through the speeches, documents, memoirs, poems, and interviews of more than 1,500 contributors. (All grade levels)
Britannica Academic Edition: Combines Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, plus magazines and periodicals, an atlas, biographies, e-books, and other tools. (Best for Elementary students and up, useful for teaching basic research elements and locating primary sources)
Britannica Escolar Online: For native Spanish Speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish. Includes Primaria for elementary and Secundaria for middle school.
Britannica Learning Zone: Age appropriate, play-based activities for children ages 4-7. (Visual, self-guided lessons in Sounds, Numbers, Time, Reading, Colors, etc)
Britannica Enciclopedia Moderna: Spanish language reference center for more advanced users, featuring articles, images, a dictionary, an atlas, and timelines. (High school and up)
Britannica School: Select Elementary, Middle or High for built-in differentiation for thousands of curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, editor-recommended websites, and more. For student research. (This is useful for researching specific subjects, as well as exploring topics of interest, Elementary-High School)
- EBSCO: A platform containing 27 databases that can aid student research, teacher reference, and small businesses, to name a few. (Best for middle-school students and up)
- Learning Express Library: Provides learning activities that track individual progress, so users must register individually.
College Admissions Test Preparation: ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP Exams, TOEFL iBT, IELTS and College Admissions Essay Writing. (Best for middle-school students and up)
School Center: High School Entrance Exams Preparation (COOP, HSPT, SHSAT, SSAT & ISEE). Skills improvements for Mathematics, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology, Logic & Reasoning. (Elementary-High School)
- NoveList: Electronic readers’ advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles (Provides search options for all ages).
- ProQuest Research Databases
Alt-Press Watch: A database that features full-text newspapers and magazines from alternative, independent presses. (Best for middle school and up)
Career & Technical Education Database: A source for vocational information for quick access to research on virtually any technical topic. (Best for high school students)
- TeenBookCloud: An online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for middle school and high school. TBC offers over 1,000 titles in a variety of formats including: Ebooks, Graphic Novels, classic literature, National Geographic videos and audiobooks. (Middle and High School)
- WorldCat/OCLC: The world’s largest library database, can connect users to materials all over the world. (Best for middle school, high school and adult users)
- Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints : Covers issues in science, social studies, and current events. Provides research, interactive maps, and infographics on topics like capital punishment, global warming, and immigration. (Best for High School students exploring multiple sides of an issue)
Language learning database that provides access to 71 languages including Spanish, German and English as a second language. (Elementary and up)
Provides sections in Health, History, Literature and Science for research. (Best for High School students and up)
Provides access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks. Also available as mobile app. (Middle School and up)
OverDrive Kids: Allows kids, parents, and teachers to quickly locate and download kid-friendly eBooks and audiobooks.
OverDrive Teens: A special curated collection of eBooks and audiobooks just for teens to browse and download.
Provides access to thousands of movies, television series, music titles, comics, eBooks, and audiobooks. Patrons may borrow up to 10 titles per month. Also available as mobile app. (All ages)
Database Services Available Without a Library Card
Click on the name to access a database
Free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families. Allows users to search for schools by degree, category and subject. (High School Students and up)
Provides free practice tests for anyone studying for their driver’s exam. (High School students and up)
Free tutorials on technology topics, Microsoft Office programs, career and job search topics, and basic skills like math and reading. Also available in Spanish. This database is excellent for High School students seeking to learn more about possible careers and begin planning for their future.
Allows users to send their transcripts for free to any participating public and private colleges in Kentucky, the country, and the world. (Excellent service for High School students applying for college)