Youth Resources

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Biography Reference Center
Find biographies and related information.
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Britannica Escolar
Spanish encyclopedia for educators and students in elementary and secondary school.  Enciclopedia español para educadores y los estudiantes en primaria y secundaria.
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Britannica School
Encyclopedia for educators and students in elementary and secondary school.
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California Missions eBook Series
A username and password is needed to read a mission eBook:
username: missions
password: missions
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CultureGrams
Provides concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world.
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Explora  (grades K-5)
Explora  (grades 6-8)
Explora  (grades 9-12)
Homework help for students.  Find topic overviews, articles from encyclopedias and magazines, biographies and more. 
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History Reference Center
Find overviews of historical events, plus articles from magazines and journals.
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Points of View Reference Center
Find information on social issues, such as gun control, genetic engineering, censorship, endangered species, and terrorism. Perfect for debate prep, current events assignments and research papers.
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ProQuest
Search magazines, newspapers, books, videos, and more.  For high school level students.
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ProQuest eLibrary
Contains magazine and digital media content designed for beginning and intermediate researchers.
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Science Reference Center
Research science topics.
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SIRS Discoverer
A general reference database providing reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students in grades 3-9 and educators.
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SIRS Issues Researcher
Pros and cons on hundreds of social issues with relevant, credible information.  For grades 6+.
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TeachingBooks.net
Find multimedia resources, book guides, lesson plans, author interviews, and more for fiction and nonfiction books for the K-12 reader.  
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Skill Building

ABC Mouse (from within the library)
ABC Mouse (from home)
Over 3,500 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities in English and Spanish. 
For young learners ages 2-8.  
SMPL card required
Brainfuse
Get unlimited, live homework help with your San Mateo Public Library card. Tutors are available 1pm-10pm daily.
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TumbleBook Library
Animated books to enhance children's reading.
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San Mateo Library Card Required
This means you must hold a San Mateo library card in order to access this information.
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Only Accessible at a Library
This means the information is only available through a computer at one of the San Mateo libraries. You will not be able to access this information from home/work.
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Any PLS Library Card Accepted
This means you must hold ANY Peninsula Library System library card in order to access this information.
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No Library Card Required
This means the information is open to the public. You do not need a library card nor do you need to be at a library.