Resources for Kids

Overview

If prompted, enter your Lafayette Public Library card number. Don’t have a card?  Call us at 303-665-5200; we will make a new card for you while we talk, and mail it to you. You can use your new number immediately! (If you are unable to reach us, you may apply online for a temporary card.)


DK FindOut!

This great resource for kids ages 7-11 includes free access to thousands of images and age-appropriate content covering science, math, geography, English, history, and more.
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Explora Primary (Grades K-5)

Designed for elementary school researchers with simple search for articles, essays, and primary source documents, Explora includes easy-to-browse topics and overviews to help elementary students find a starting point.
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Explora Secondary (Grades 6-12)

Designed for middle and high school researchers with a simple search for articles, essays, and primary source documents, Explora includes easy-to-browse topics and overviews to help students find a starting point.
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Homework Center @ the Library

Closed August-December 2020; Winter/Spring 2021 TBD

*While closed, call 303-661-1175 for help from a Homework Center librarian!

Kids in grades 3-12 can drop by the Library’s free Homework Center (upper level) for hands-on help and tutoring for kids in grades 3-12 during the BVSD school year, and math/physics tutoring for teens in grades 9-12.
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Middle Search Plus (Grades 6-8)

Includes articles from popular elementary school magazines and encyclopedias, and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
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Novelist K-8

Discover great books for kids and young adults. Search by title, author, series or reading level to find similar titles and reviews. Find author biographies.
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Primary Search (Grades K-5)

Includes articles from popular elementary school magazines and encyclopedias. and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
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What is a database?

  • A database shows you articles and pictures from many newspapers, encyclopedias, magazines, and books.

Why can’t I just use Google?

  • Library databases have articles written by experts. There are great websites, but they can be written by anyone and may have incorrect information.
  • Teachers often want you to use primary sources, which are easier to find in library databases.

I need help!