Free Educational Resources for Students and Educators!
NCW Libraries' mission is to connect the people of North Central Washington to vital resources and opportunities that foster individual growth and strengthen communities.
One way we fulfill this mission is to provide resources and services for educators, schools, parents, and students to promote literacy and lifelong learning.
NCW Libraries provides a wealth of digital resources, some of which can directly support your work in the classroom, or your students’ work at home. Use our free online resources and databases wherever you go with your library card. Find these resources and more at ncwlibraries.org/online-resources.
Beyond High School
Students can learn about a variety of industries and careers, plan educational futures, and gain resources to get started in the career world. Offers extensive career assessment, help finding the best schools to attend, information about resume-writing and cover letters, and more. *library account required
Learn a new skill at your own pace with thousands of courses covering animation, audio, video, business skills, marketing, design, photography, programming, and much more! *library account required
Learn more about this resource by watching this video: Learn a new skill with LinkedIn Learning
Live tutors available daily, to help students with homework and test preparation including SAT, AP exams, ACT, and more. Spanish-speaking tutors available. *library account required
También disponible en español
Students can supplement their school language-learning with this award-winning language learning software. Available for native Spanish speakers as well. *library account required. También disponible en español
Check out this video: Learn a new language on Rosetta Stone
Herein lies the secret to finding great books! Type in a title, genre, or author for relevant book suggestions. You’ll find lists of books in series order, along with many other great features. *library account required
Check out this video: Find your next great read with Novelist
Read or listen to books on most current mobile devices or your computer. Books are free to borrow and expire automatically so there are never late charges! We partner with several services including Overdrive and Hoopla, to provide digital book formats. *library account required
Check out this Hoopla video: Check out eBooks, music, and movies with Hoopla
Check out this Overdrive video: Check out eBook and audiobooks through Overdrive
Click on ‘Filter’ and choose ‘Children’ to bring up over 30 popular children’s magazines from Highlights Hello, an early language skills magazine for children age 0-2, to The Week Junior, a current affairs magazine for children age 8-14. Read the current issue, back issues, and subscribe to check out future issues. *library card required
Find animated, talking picture books to help make reading even more fun and exciting! With books in Spanish, French, and other world languages, this resource is great for language learners, too. *library account required. También disponible en español
Check out this video: Read "talking" books with Tumblebooks
This interactive database is a great resource for exploring the world we live in. Find fun facts about history, culture, people, and more in each of the 50 states, and countries around the world. Provides content for students as well as teaching activities and curriculum standards for teachers. *library account required
An easy-to-use curriculum and reference resource, designed specifically for K-12 students and teachers. Educators can search for resources that correlate to their state and national standards. *library account required
A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history, from ancient to modern times. Includes reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspapers, maps, rare books, speech transcripts, videos, and more. *library account required
An online resource that includes access to the following databases -
ABI/Inform Trade & Industry
In-depth coverage of companies, products, executives, trends, and other topics. Study and compare specific trades and industries including food and beverage, telecommunications, computing, transportation, construction, petrochemicals, and many others.
A one-stop access point to thousands of full-text periodicals from one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases ProQuest has to offer.
Search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980’s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.
This award-winning reference site is perfect for beginning learners and researchers in grades 1-9. The site offers both audio and printable articles including science fair project ideas, pro/con articles on leading issues, current events, animals, countries and states, famous people, sports and so much more. *library account required
EVEN MORE FREE RESOURCES!
Beyond High School
College Affordability Guide -A ranked list of the most affordable colleges in each state. Categorized by degree or profession, the site includes information about how to pay for college and how to choose a college.
Microsoft Imagine Academy -Prepare for school or career by improving your knowledge of Microsoft products and technologies. Basic skills, advanced training, and certification are available.
Washington Career Bridge -Find the education and training you need to get the job you want! This site is Washington State's one-stop source for career and education planning.
Khan Academy Kids - Download this app for free, fun lessons in reading, math, and logic designed for children ages 2-7.
Khan Academy - Free online learning for grade 2 and up in math and reading & language arts. Click the dropdown ‘Courses’ box at the top right-hand of the website to see what they have to offer.
Reading & More
AR Book Finder - Easily find out a book's Accelerated Reader Level or Lexile Measure
Common Sense Media -Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Among other things, this site has fantastic best book lists for different ages, and a section dedicated to helping kids learn to love reading.
PBS Parents -This great site includes information about child development, literacy, nutrition, and crafts. The bookfinder can even help you find great books to read with your child!
Reading is Fundamental -The RIF mission is to empower children to read, learn, and grow. This site offers booklists, literacy activities, tips, and a variety of resources to make reading fun!
Reading Rockets -Teaching reading IS rocket science! This national multimedia literacy initiative offers information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
Read Write Think -This site provides educators and parents access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
Scholarships & Grants
Columbia Basin Foundation -This community foundation serves Grant County with a mission to improve the quality of life and shape the future of the Columbia Basin through philanthropy. This site includes information about college scholarships for students and grants for nonprofit organizations in Grant County.
Community Foundation Of North Central Washington -This community foundation serves Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties with a mission to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities. This site includes information about college scholarships for students and grants for nonprofit organizations in North Central Washington.
Innovia Foundation (previously Inland Northwest Community Foundation) -This community foundation serves Ferry County, Eastern Washington, and Northern Idaho with a mission to connect people who care with causes that matter. This site includes information about college scholarships for students and grants for nonprofit organizations in Ferry County, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.