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Reading and Homework Help

All Library branches offer a place to study, books for reading assignments and report information, and computers that students can use to print pictures and type reports.

Library Research Resources

  • Britannica KIDS – An online encyclopedia for students in grades 4-9. (For in-library use click here)
  • Britannica Escolar - Descubra los artículos enciclopédicos, los recursos multimedia y otros materiales de aprendizaje que apoyan la investigación de los estudiantes y refuerzan la programación curricular. El acceso es provisto por la Biblioteca del Estado de California.  
  • Britannica School Edition - Encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, education games and other learning resources that support student research. Access is provided by the California State Library.
  • Gale Archives Unbound - Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Collections are chosen for Archives Unbound based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.
  • Toucan Valley Social Studies Fact Cards – Reference information for reports on California Indians, California Explorers, California Missions & Mission Life, California Ranchos, California Governors, and California History by Decade (pre-1770 to present)
  • Teaching - A comprehensive resource of youth book lists and guides to award-winning and diverse literature, literature lesson plans, literature-based vocabulary lists, meet-the-author videos and book readings, readers' theatre scripts, and video book trailers. Access is provided by the California State Library K-12 student readiness initiative.  
  • Click here for more in-depth research tools by subject

Central Library Homework and Reading Help

  • Drop in for help with reading, math, social studies and more for K-6th graders        
  • Mondays 3:30pm - 6:30pm; Wednesdays 2:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Want to try a computer program that teaches phonics and reading skills? Call 805-564-5619 to find out how to get a free Lexia login if you don't have a school one.

Eastside Library Homework Help 

  • After school Art Project with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art runs Mondays and Wednesday 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis. For more information contact: Tina Villadolid, Coordinator of Community Art Programs, Museum of Art at 805-698-2686

Reading with Dogs in the Library

Practice reading skills with a furry friend!  A great way for reluctant readers to practice reading aloud to the kindest, least judgmental listeners around.

  • Buellton Library Tail Waggin' Tutors - Every other Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm. Drop in for a 15-minute session of reading aloud or storytelling to a friendly, trained therapy dog. First come, first served. Signups begin 30 minutes ahead of time.
  • Eastside Library ARF tutors - 6-week sessions through the year. Check the calendar for dates. Drop in for a 15-minute session of reading aloud or storytelling to a friendly, trained therapy dog. First come, first served. Signups begin 30 minutes ahead of time. 
  • Solvang Library Tail Waggin' Tutors - Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm. School-aged children may sign up for 15-minute sessions, first come, first served. Sign-ups are allowed 30 minutes before the program.
  • Last Updated: Nov 21, 2018
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