Homework Hub

Reserve this special study room with an Oak Park Public Library card at the Main Library Children’s Services desk. Homework Hub is equipped with raised line paper; pencils with grips; tri-write pencils; a binder to be used as a slant writing board; workbooks for kindergarten through sixth grade; workbooks for preschoolers; whiteboards and markers; calculators and protractors; rulers, glue, and scissors. The Homework Hub computer is loaded with Boardmaker; Earobics; Lexia; Typing Instructor for Kids; Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome; and a switch adapter.

Online Resources

African-American History Online Logo

Need a resource for Black History Month? This is an easy-to-use resource with biographies, major events coverage, primary sources, & maps.

American Indian History

Looking for information about an American Indian tribe or working on a Native American Heritage Month project? This is an easy-to-use resource with biographies, major events coverage, primary sources, & maps.

A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies, this resource provides keyword searching, as well as browsing by key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories, including actors, artists, authors, current world leaders, explorers, religious leaders and many more.

 

BookFlix

Read a children's book--or watch it!

CultureGrams logo

Start here to find out about people in other countries! Listen to the national anthem, look at pictures, and try recipes. Learn about each country’s history, customs, and government, and see what everyday life is like. 

World Book Early Peoples

For elementary, middle and high school students. Covers the origins and rise of each civilization; the role of women; methods of warfare; daily life and customs; diet; housing; legal system; religion, and holidays.

World Book Early World of Learning

For preschool and elementary school students. Offers narrated stories, provides leveled reading practice, and is a child’s first online encyclopedia!

Brings history to life! Featuring online videos and other media types, leveled texts, voice-over reading features, and soft assessments for 3-5 graders. 

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

What fun--you can listen to entries being read with an American, a British or an Australian accent! And you can listen to the entry being read quickly or slowly!

World Book Inventions and Discoveries

For elementary, middle and high school students. Find out about objects and ideas that have changed how we live today from the steam engine to the toothbrush. Corresponds to science and social studies curriculums.

LearningExpress Library

Want to ace that test? Use these test preparation materials and interactive practice exams to get an A!

World Book Living Green

For middle and high school students. Allows students to explore environmental issues and current efforts to reduce human impact on the environment.

Mango Languages

Offers 36 language courses (Pirate makes 37!) plus 15 English as a Second Language courses for ESL students. Good for tourists or beginners, provides easy interactive tools to reach conversational proficiency. They also offer a free app for iOS and Android.

Overdrive

Download ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video for loan on your mobile device, or transfer to your supported ereader or music player. App available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, & Windows Mobile.

Middle Search Plus

For middle school students, contains full text for more than 150 popular magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Also contains biographies, photos, maps and flags.

MUZZY

A language program for children, Muzzy offers fun games, learning activities, and an unforgettable cast of characters.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Fiction and nonfiction book lists for children, award-winning titles, books by grade-level or Lexile score.

Featuring 12 main categoriess--from authors and athletes to presidents and scientists--PebbleGo Biographies includes both traditional biography subjects like George Washington and Harriet Tubman as well as less traditional biographies like Dr. Seuss, Louis Armstrong, and John Muir. Encompassing activities to teach students how to cite articles, create reports, and share what they’ve learned, PebbleGo Biographies is ideally suited for Pre-K through 3rd Grade researchers.

 PowerKids Life Science

For elementary school kids looking for science information--or science fair help and ideas!

Primary Search

For kids, contains more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. Articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).  Also contains the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and thousands of photos, maps and flags.

Watch, read, and explore eBooks to hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. Featuring online videos and other media types, leveled texts, voice-over reading features, and soft assessments for 3-5 graders.

World Book Discover

For middle school and high school students, easy to read articles with a text-to-speech feature.

World Book for Kids

For both pre-school and elementary school students. Easy-to-read articles along with engaging images, illustrations, interactive games and activities.

World Book Info Finder

For elementary and middle school students: articles, learning resources, and research tools.