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    Educator Cards

    Teachers who live in Pasadena or teach in Pasadena or in the Pasadena Unified School District may obtain an Educator Card to borrow materials for use in their classrooms.

    • You are eligible for an Educator Card if you: a) teach at a school in PUSD or in Pasadena, or b) teach in another city but live in Pasadena. Educators must show proof of residence in Pasadena, if applicable, and verification of employment. Educator cards are for preschool through 8th grade teachers.
    • To be eligible for an Educator card as an adult who homeschools children ages 18 and under, you must live in Pasadena and be able to show written, official verification of your status as someone who homeschools.
    • This card is in addition to your personal library card. It may be used to check out and reserve items at any Pasadena Public Library.
    • Glendale Public Library items cannot be checked out on this Educator Card.
    • You can only check out Juvenile materials on this Educator Card. 100 items may be checked out for 3 weeks and can be renewed 3 times.
    • You may check out up to 20 DVDs for 1 week from the Juvenile collection.
    • Educator borrowing privileges will be suspended if you have 5 or more items recorded as “lost” on your card.
    • Fines are waived for overdue materials.
    • Fees for lost materials cannot be waived.
    • Your Educator card will expire on July 31 each year, and must be renewed for the next school year.

    Resources

    ABC Clio Suite: A research resource for students in junior high, high school and first year college. The seven databases (World Geography, World History Modern, American History, American Government, State Geography, World History Ancient/Medieval, United States at War) in the resource all include facts, images, primary source documents, timelines and paths for further research.

    Bookflix: Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. BookFLIX - Home Access  

    Children's Book Suggestions: Created by our youth services staff, this lists book suggestions by genre, age, and topic. Need help finding great books for kids? Don't know what to read next? Look here for help!

    Cool Sites for Kids: Created by our youth services staff. Useful and fun websites for homework help, resources, crafts, art, educational games, and web tools for kids

    Flipster (click on Flipster at the bottom):  Read popular magazines in full color in your browser.  Includes magazines:  Spider, Ranger Rick, Muse, Ask, Ladybug, Faces, Click, Cobblestone, Cricket, Babybug, New Moon Girls, Girls' Life, National Wildlife, Mental Floss, and lots more.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library:  Research articles for middle and high school students.  Great for brief biographies of world figures, info on alternative energy, American decades, and Cliff Notes. 

    InfoTrac Junior Edition: Now with over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. You can also view videos, save articles, and get easy citations for your bibliography. Great for:  newspapers, magazines, books, journals.

    Los Angeles Times:  From 1985-current, use this database.  For LA Times historical, years 1881-1990, use this database.

    Mango Languages:  Online language learning tool.

    NoveList K-8 Plus: Book recommendations and read-a-likes

    Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

    Pasadena Digital History:  A collection of digitized archives and photographs of Pasadena. Great for local history assignments.

    Science Fair Projects and Experiments guide:  Have to do a science fair project? Use this helpful guide to find some places to start!

    Science in Context:  Information about today's most fascinating science topics.  Great for articles, experiments, multimedia, and background info.

    Social Studies Fact Cards - California Edition: A research resource for students in grades 4 - 8. Social Studies Cards provides facts and figures about topics for California, the United States and the world that are included in the social studies curriculum in California. The California Units are: Indians, Ranchos, Explorers, Governors, Missions, Counties, and Governors.

    World Book Encyclopedia: The online, enhanced version of the class World Book Encyclopedia. Search for articles, get career help, and find primary resources in this comprehensive, all-in-one database.

    Zinio:  Check out a magazine and it stays on your device as long as you want! Includes magazines:  American Girl, Dig, Family Fun, Highlights, National Geographic, Popular Science, Publisher's Weekly, New York Review of Books, Smithsonian Magazine, and lots more.

     

    Class Visits

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    Your class can visit the library to:

    • Take a tour of the library.
    • Hear a storytime.
    • Learn about library resources and technology and how to use them.
    • Be assisted in finding information on special events/topics.

    To schedule a visit:

    • Call your local branch library 2 weeks in advance.
    • Inform the staff in advance if you want the librarian to speak to or pull books for a specific topic.
    • What grade(s) the visit is for.
    • How many students.

    Additional Services

    We come to you

    The librarian can visit your class to:

    • present a program on library services and resources
    • instruct students on specific library resources
    • talk about what the library offers
    • talk about new books

    Educator training such as:

    • present a program on library services and resources
    • demonstrate electronic resources to aid in homework or research
    • booktalk books on any special topics

    Pulling books or research help

    Pulling Books:  Need some books for your lesson? We can help set them aside for you. Please give us a call.

    Research Help:  If you’re having trouble finding the information you are looking for, we do provide personal assistance looking for that information in greater depth.  Just visit http://cityofpasadena.net/library/reference_research/bookus.

    To see which library is closest to your school, please see our locations: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/about_the_library/locations_and_hours/ 

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