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Learning Express
Experience this interactive online learning platform with practice exams and tutorial courses. Click here to get started!
We are very excited to offer a new resource for students for homework help and college test preparation! In a new partnership with The Princeton Review, offers safe and secure live homework helpwriting assistance, as well as SAT and ACT test prep . Content is available to all Westchester Library System patrons with a valid library card from 3:00pm - 10:00pm. Have more questions? Here is a how-to fact sheet. Ready to dive in? Start here.

Driving Manuals Online
For the first time, Westchester Library System card holders can access online DMV manuals, and practice tests to prepare for the knowledge test for the learner permit. Each of the practice tests features questions just like those on the official knowledge test to help students feel confident about passing the knowledge test and getting one step closer to hitting the road. Are you ready? Click here to get started!

Learning Upgrade
Learning Upgrade is an easy, fun learning app that helps improve reading and math skills. It uses songs, videos, games, and rewards!  Ideal for adult learners, English-language learners, and students from grade school through high school. The app is available on both Android and iOS devices.
You can learn more about Learning Upgrade on the Firstfind website,

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Purdue Online Writing Lab
Follow the link for Grades 7-12 Instructors and Students. There are some great tips to help you with research papers or essays. There's even a section on how to conquer "writer's block". You know - the inability to concentrate and focus and get things on paper, and it's the night before the assignment is due...
A great podcast for grammar/writing questions)
Shakespeare for Kids  While working puzzles, answering quizzes, and learning new words, you'll learn about Shakespeare, his plays, and Elizabethan England.
Poet's Corner
This is a great poetry resource. Here's how they describe it on the site's home page..."The collection covers roughly 7,000 works by about 800 poets - including some of the best known works in the English language - and many obscure and forgotten works that are well worth reading ."
Poetry 180
This isn't your standard poetry - there's something for everyone. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the introduction says, "Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed."
Library of Congress
Poetry webcasts, poetry news and events, columns from the Poet Laureate, and more. The site also has links to many other poetry-related sits, including an archive of recorded poetry and literature.
World Atlas
Geography tends to be a difficult subject: memorizing countries’ placings and capital cities. And, if the teacher is very stringent, students must memorize countries’ flags as well. It’s a lot to learn and be expected to remember for teenagers. But, World Atlas has it all included in its maps. It even extends into human geography, giving information and tables on Olympic data, demographics, travel info, and weather info. It even includes a “street view” and a quiz mode.
National Archives DocTeach
Perfect for history research projects or practicing DBQ’s for AP history classes, this app has a ton of historical documents and primary sources.  Students can read and analyze primary documents and engage in activities to them understand the document and its historical context. Teachers can even create a “classroom” of specific activities and documents for students to view.
Model Diplomacy
The thoughtful structure, top-notch materials, pre-made assessments, and user-friendly website take a lot of the legwork out of running a foreign policy simulation. It's a particularly good option for after Advanced Placement exams in May.
Big History Project
Big History Project is a holistic multimedia journey through history exploring the past present and future. Grades 9-12 - Algebra
The nice thing about this site is that it lets you choose the type of problem you need to work on, and then it takes you through four steps....1) a first glance, or simple overview, 2) an in-depth explanation, 3) examples, and finally 4) a chance for you to practice on some real problems.
This is one of the best sites. It's created by people who really love algebra (who ARE these people??). Don't click on any advertising links - just stick to the center area, find the type of problem you're working on, and you'll be able to see lessons, example problems, and more. It's great.
This is a really good site, because it lets you type in a math problem that you're working on, and then it gives you a step-by-step guide on how to solve it.
The site covers general math, algebra, geometry, calculus, and other stuff.
A very comprehensive site - there is help with basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and more. Again, though, be careful to follow links that are part of the site, and not other ads. Stay to the "Select Subject" menu on the left.
A good site with some basic math reference tables. One really cool feature of this site is a math message board where you can post your specific math question, and get answers from other students and from experts.
NOVA - PBS’s NOVA has educational films and activities related to STEM learning. They are daily highlighting some of their favorite lessons for in-home learning during the COVID-19 closures. Grades 5-12
Science Buddies
This site is great if you need to find a good science project in a hurry. Click on the "Project Ideas" link, and you'll see a whole bunch of different topics to choose from. You can choose projects that match your grade level - anywhere from first grade to senior in high school.
Cells Alive!
Great graphics on this site, including animations of cells. There are some puzzles as well, and just let me warn you - they are addicting. I spent 15 minutes putting together the streptococcus puzzle.
Science Fair Project Ideas
Another one of's great sites. All sorts of science fair ideas, sorted by topic and by grade level.
Whole Frog Project
OK, this is pretty cool - you can dissect a frog online. Well, obviously not REALLY....but pretty close! Just jump to the "Virtual Frog Dissection Kit", and then don't forget to click on the "Help" file - it will give you some tips for how to move the frog around. Geology is really a great all-around site, with information about tons of things. This link will take you to it's "Basics of Geology" page, with links to hundreds of pages and images. Just one example of how great this site is? On the main page, scan down to the first main topic - "Rocks". Then click on the link that says "Picture Gallery of Rock Types". You'll find excellent images and explanations of rock types...and this is just scratching the surface!

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for Students
Very comprehensive site. And you would expect that, right? I mean it is NASA. The people that have actually gone into space. Separate sections for Grades 9-12, 5-8, K-4.
Space Race
This site is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Great background on the history of the "Space Race" between the United States and the Soviet Union. Great images and a clear and simple explanation.
Sky & Telescope Magazine
Yeah, this is a magazine, but you don't have to pay anything to view their website, and there is a lot of really good, basic inforamtion about astronomy, including topics like: "Words Ya Gotta Know", "How to Start Right in Astronomy", "Names of the Stars", and more.
Top Halloween Chemistry Projects
Instructions for making fake blood, a glow-in-the-dark pumpkin, dry ice fog - even fake ectoplasm! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll find links to ideas for costumes, food, even a "mad scientist party"!
Top 25 Astronomy NASA Photos of All Time
From The Hub Post website, pictures of some of the most interesting moments in the history of NASA.
Top 25 Public Observatories
A list of the top 25 public observatories in the United States, organized by state. There may not be an observatory in your backyard, but a little bit of travel can be more than worth your while. So pick an observatory close to you, wait for nightfall, and enjoy the view!
Freerice: Freerice is the ultimate platform for improving your vocabulary, SAT score, and the current state of world hunger. The non-profit site gives you vocabulary questions and donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme with every answer you get right. 
Teen Ink: Despite what you might think, Teen Ink is not a site about teenagers getting tattoos. It is actually a national magazine written by teens for teens. It’s a great resource where students can submit their own work and appreciate what their peers write.