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Check out our databases full of articles and great information on our "Databases" page.
- Ben’s Guide to US Government: https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
- Information and games about government, laws and more for ages 4 through high school
- Biblioboard Common Core Collection: https://bit.ly/2COj7aT
- This curation covers a wide range of topics—including Literature, Philosophy, History, Geography and Science—with each collection containing corresponding middle and high school common core guides.
- BrainPop Jr.: https://jr.brainpop.com/
- Educational games for kids on a variety of subjects
- Crash Course: https://thecrashcourse.com/courses
- Fun and educational videos on a variety of subjects. Geared towards junior high-high school age.
- Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
- Same as above but geared towards elementary kids
- E-learning for Kids: https://www.e-learningforkids.org/
- Activities for a variety of subjects for elementary age
- Factmonster.com: https://www.factmonster.com/
- Designed just for kids. Find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, and more.
- Homework Spot: http://www.homeworkspot.com/
- Website with links to many homework resources on a variety of subjects
- Infoplease.com: https://www.infoplease.com/
- Reference tools-- Encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and homework help on English, math, history, geography, science, and social studies.
- Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Lessons and activities for a variety of subjects from elementary to high school
- College test prep
- Career and college admission info
- Purplemath: https://www.purplemath.com/
- Math resources for 5th grade-college
- Science Buddies: https://www.sciencebuddies.org/
- Ideas, plans and instructions for science projects and science fair help
Lincoln Learning Legacy Kits*
To mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) and its partners made lessons of Lincoln available to Illinois children through this educational outreach program. The “Lincoln’s Legacy Learning Kits” include four contained units of study: Lincoln Biography, Mary Lincoln, Civil War Soldiers and Slavery in Illinois. Each kit includes lesson plans, primary sources, reproduction artifacts, and more. The Chatham Area Public Library is pleased to be one of forty libraries throughout Illinois to house these kits. Through inter-library loan, educators and librarians can check out these kits and begin an inspiring exploration of Abraham Lincoln and life during his time. Call the Chatham Area Public Library at 217-483-2713 for more information. *Available to educators and librarians only.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? Chatham Area Public Library offers NoveList Plus, a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them.
Reading Buddies Puppets
The Chatham Area Library houses a collection of 30 Folkmanis puppets and companion books that are available to librarians and educators. Folkmanis has created award-winning puppets that encourage imagination, inspire creativity, and promote interaction. To find out about the puppet/book kits or to check-out a kit contact one of the Children’s Coordinators. *Available to educators and librarians only.
Children in the Children’s Area of the Library must be supervised at all times by an adult.
Children in 2nd grade and under who are attending a Library program must have a parent remain in the Library building during the program. For further information, please read our Unattended Child / Dependent Adult Policy and Rules of Conduct Policy.
The Library is a great place for fun and learning and we want everyone to know it! Photographs may be taken in the Children’s Area and during programs to be used in Chatham Area Library media. For your privacy, names are never used without permission.