Updated: Apr 28
Our library website offers a wealth educational links for our patrons. Books may be our life but we also love our patrons. In fact, these educational resources are free and provided by the state of Idaho. They are easy to access and you can find them right on our homepage. Let's take a look at each one to unearth what they have to offer.
Tumble Books - Designed for K-6th graders this website is a great place for little readers to pick books that interest them. The easy navigation allows them to point, click and enjoy. The books come to life through moving pictures and well narrated stories. You can even choose books according to grade level.
Fun fact, children who regularly listen to books not only improve their own reading but also improve their comprehension and fluency as well!
As a bonus, this website has several options for children to enjoy learning and books: listening, read-a-longs, eBooks, Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction, Videos, Language Learning, Playlists (here books are listed according to length) and Puzzles.
Sora - This reading app is similar to Libby (the library app) but is explicitly designed to collaborate with schools. Students are given login information from their district. Once logged in they will automatically be directed to a collection of books that are specific for their grade level. They can search thousands of school pre-approved books. This app allows parents and students alike to see what reading has been assigned for their class. Teachers prepare book lists along with reading assignments on Sora that are accessed on the app.
A/P Lists - A/P, also known as Advanced Placement Program, is specifically for High School Students. The A/P Reading List compiles a list of books that have appeared on the A/P exams within the last 10 years. Giving students a chance to know what to look for and even provides practice tests to help them prepare for the real exams. We have an A/P List for Junior Non-Fiction as well.
AR Book Finder - Searching for books with a corresponding Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® quiz is easy with Accelerated Reader Bookfinder®. Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search in English or Spanish using criteria such as ATOS book level or a Lexile™ measure, interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award-winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more.
Homework Help - This little icon will direct you to another page on the Snake River Library website. There you will find tutoring resources for students who may need a little extra help understanding a subject. Khan Academy is full of instructional videos on all subjects even math equations. Just type in what you want to learn about and click on the video. IXL Math pinpoints weak math skills in a student to then provide coordinating practice problems to help strengthen understanding. Alternately, it moves quickly past mastered skills to keep progress moving forward. Power School keeps you informed on your students grades, assignments, attendance, and all other things school related. Step by Step Math links you to quickmath.com where the most complicated of equations can be entered into a calculator and solved. This helps give kids confidence by being able to check their answers.
Google Scholar - As stated by Google, "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, thesis, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites." It is a convenient way to filter out information and articles that are not considered to be academic. As a good rule of thumb, make sure your sources are reputable even when using something like Google Scholar.
LiLI.org - Free prime academic and learning databases for Idahoans. You can find an array of topics such as: Book & Reading, Business, Skill Building, STEM/STEAM, and more. Along with the ability to pick databases according to the interest of a specific user-group: students, adults, healthcare providers, employers, etc.
Learning Express Library - A plethora of free education for Idahoans of all ages. Just enter your zip and city--viola! Get help and information on Career preparation (to plan for or advance in your current career), high school equivalency center to help prepare to earn a GED, College admission preparations to help prepare students for college exams, skill building lessons for grades 4-8, skill building for high school students, help college students achieve their under grad goals, adult core skills to achieve personal education and career goals (you can even prepare for the US citizenship exam) and popular software skills.
Talking Book - Nothing should stop you from reading! Audiobooks and magazines can be loaned free to any Idaho resident who is unable to read standard print due to low-vision, blindness, or a physical, perceptual or reading disability.
Libby - A digital library at your fingertips! Checking out books is a snap with this app! Just download and login with your local library card. Our library has its own unique collection of eBooks and audio books to check out. As a bonus, you can add more than one library card and expand your book options. You never have to worry about library fines with this app it returns your book automatically after the loan period is over. You can place a hold on a book and it will notify you when it is ready. You can even read samples of books you think look interesting but just aren't ready to commit to yet.
Library Elf - Never be surprised with overdue book fees again. This app will send reminders for coming up due dates on your books that have been checked out from the library.