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Access Science »
This dynamic resource contains high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. It is a gateway to scientific knowledge, with links to primary research material, videos and animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. Check it out for help with science projects, STEM activities, and general science fun!
American FactFinder: US Census Data »
The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of statistical information about the nation’s people, places, and economy, providing snapshots of the nation’s population size and growth, and detailed portraits of the changing characteristics of our communities. FactFinder census and ACS (American Community Survey) data can be downloaded in a tabular format. An excellent tool to help teachers and students learn and apply statistics.
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Birds of North America Online »
Look here for comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada. Each species account also includes a comprehensive bibliography of research conducted on the species. The accompanying multimedia includes photos of various plumages, examples of sounds, and videos of interesting behaviors.
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cloudLibrary »
Download popular eBooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, with some additional content purchased by Portland Public Library and available to Portland Public Library cardholders exclusively.
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Digital Maine Library »
The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools.Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State.
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Learning Express – School Center »
Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success. Learn about how the resources in this center work with the Common Core State Standards. Elementary math and English language arts skills; Middle School math, English language arts, social studies skills and High School entrance exam prep including COOP, HSPT, SHSAT, SSAT, ISEE®.
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Novelist K-8 Plus »
NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
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SELF-e Select Collection »
This Anthology contains some of the very best SELF-e submissions in the nonfiction, poetry, YA and children's genres as chosen by Library Journal. After a rigorous curation and judgment process of over a thousand submissions, these works were hailed for their superior quality and selected as the SELF-e highlights. This recognition draws attention to the impressive literary talents present amongst independent authors.
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TumbleBook Cloud Jr. »
Read-along books are great for early or shy readers. This collection for grades 3-8 features over 120 read-along books including classics and even Shakespeare.
TumbleBooks »
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book (and some classics) which you can read, or have read to you.
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