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ABCmouse (Age of Learning) – In Library Access Only
Over 5,000 fun-filled learning activities (books, games, songs, etc.) that encompass reading, math, science, art, and music for ages 2-7+.

BookFlix (Scholastic)
For students in grades PreK–3, it pairs classic storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop essential real world knowledge using animation, audio, and interactive games.

Early Learning Portal (INFOhio)
Find here websites and resources to help children age 3 to 5 prepare for school.

iVOX Books (available through the Google Play or Apple App stores)
iVOX is a children’s book app for ages 3-8, which engages and delights curious young minds with the latest in storytelling technology. Part eBook, part audiobook and part virtual pop-up.

Simply download the iVOX app, choose Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and enter your PLYMC library card barcode to gain access. Select a book from the iVOX collection and tap on the cover to bring favorite stories to life. Available for both iOS and Android.

Little PIM (Mango)
Introduces children, 0-6, to foreign languages in a way they can understand and enjoy.

World Book Early Learning
Games, eBooks, and digital media that develop language and literacy skills.

World Book Kids
Intended for younger readers, this version of the encyclopedia includes activities, illustrations, maps, and more to engage children’s different learning styles.


Explora Primary Schools (EBSCO)
Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up facts for class projects or homework.

Gale in Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits)
A database for students in grades K-5, it covers geography, current events, the arts and sciences, people, government, history, health, sports, and more.

GO! Ask, Act, Achieve (INFOhio)
Helps students in grades 4-10 learn the inquiry process by providing digital tools, resources, and strategies. Provides a framework for problem-based learning and research projects

Highlights Library (Highlights)
More than 2,500 fiction and nonfiction digital stories and videos on topics such as animals, science, sports, and social emotional learning. Nurtures optimism and a love of reading. Includes read aloud feature and Lexile reading levels.

Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library collection of online resources for teachers, parents and children aged 3 through 12th grade, arranged by age and grade level.

ISearch (INFOhio)
ISearch lets you search nearly all INFOhio resources from a single search box.

IWonder (INFOhio)
Age-appropriate, librarian-selected websites that support Ohio’s Learning Standards. Helps students with homework and school research.

Learning Express Library (EBSCO)
Offering interactive tutorials and practice exams, this resource helps people prepare for grade school achievement tests, the ACT, SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship test, as well as civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams.

Lincoln Library Online (FactCite)
For grades K-12, this resource provides information on many subjects, including biography, history, mythology, science, and more.

Middle Search Plus (EBSCO)
Middle Search Plus provides full text of middle school magazines, biographies, and primary source documents, plus a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

Ohio Web Library (OPLIN)
Access to the statewide collection of online resources organized into various categories.

PebbleGo Next (Capstone)
For grades 3-5, find here articles, activities, videos, and games in five unique databases: Science, Biographies, Social Studies, States, and American Indian History.

Prenda (EBSCO)
Prenda’s Code Club is a learn-to-code software for the kids in your library community. Through Prenda, kids ages 8-18 will find an engaging experience as they learn how to code.

Primary Search (EBSCO)
Geared towards elementary school students, Primary Search provides full text of more than 70 popular, magazines.

World Almanac for Kids (Infobase)
For middle grade students, features articles, videos, games, science projects, fun facts, maps, flags and more on arts, biographies, geography, health and guidance, language arts, life science, math, physical science, social studies, and sports.

World Almanac for Kids Elementary (Infobase)
Current digital content with important dates and statistical information and featuring articles, videos, interactive games, and activities on topics including animals, Earth Science, famous Americans, plants, exploring space, and more.

World Book
The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

World Book Student
Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, it includes all articles from the print versions of the World Book, plus additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.



Book Nook (INFOhio)
Explore, create, and share video book trailers. Includes recommended web tools for creating book trailers, lesson plans, and other teacher resources. Lexile reading levels included.

Capstone Interactive eBooks
A library of over 500 unlimited use, interactive eBooks for grades 3-6 on the topics of science and social studies.

NoveList K-8 Plus (EBSCO)
A wonderful reading resource for kids, children’s librarians and school media specialists, it has information on over 85,000 fiction and nonfiction titles for kids in the K-8 age range.


AtoZ The World (World Trade Press)
AtoZ the World is the world standard for country profiles, with detailed coverage of more than 100 topics each.


Ben’s Guide (website)
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.

Kids.gov (website)
This is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government which links kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web – all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.


Mango Languages
Mango is our online language-learning tool! There are dozens of language courses available: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, English, Polish, Hebrew, etc.

Transparent Language Online (RBdigital)
Learn a new language using a self-paced, online language-learning system. The Byki learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.


Ohio History Central Encyclopedia (website)
An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio’s natural history, prehistory and history. Contains written information, maps, timelines, and images.

What Tree Is It? (OPLIN)
Helps to identify just about any tree that is native to Ohio.

What’s that Snake? (OPLIN)
Helps to identify the 30 kinds of snakes found in Ohio, both poisonous and nonpoisonous.

What’s the Point—Identifying Flint Artifacts (OPLIN)
Use this site to help identify flint artifacts produced by Ohio’s prehistoric peoples.


Heartland Science (website)
This portrays how Ohioans have changed the world through discovery and innovation in science, engineering, technology, medicine and health care.

Prenda (EBSCO)
Prenda’s Code Club is a learn-to-code software for the kids in your library community. Through Prenda, kids ages 8-18 will find an engaging experience as they learn how to code.

Science Online (InfoBase)
Aimed at students from middle school through high school, this comprehensive database includes science biographies, diagrams, essays, experiments, definitions, and timelines.

Science Reference Center (EBSCO)
It is designed to meet every student researchers needs as it contains full text of hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources covering all the various sciences.

Today’s Science (Infobase)
Connects real-world discoveries with the science classroom, features over 6,000 high-interest science news articles, and includes research topics, conversations with scientists, videos, and discussion questions.