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A Library That Kids Will Love to Check Out

Keep young minds active with the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), a database of more than 400,000 free reading and educational materials, games and activities for children and teens that’s accessible online at any time, any day.

Students of all ages, from elementary school through high school, can read magazines, eBooks, news articles and encyclopedia entries; watch educational videos; research family history; learn new software; build their technology skills to prepare them to be TNReady; learn a foreign language; prepare for college admissions placement; learn how to write a resume; or play an online game. All they need is a computer, smartphone or other device with an Internet connection.

Here are just a few of the many resources they’ll have fun exploring:

Preschoolers and Early Learners

Early World of Learning
Read children’s stories; play educational games; watch videos about topics ranging from animals and plants to people, places and ideas; and print fun pictures to color.

Elementary School Resources

Kids InfoBits
Read kid-friendly magazine articles and reference books.

Access eBooks, games and activities geared toward early to mid-elementary school-age students.

World Book Kids
Rich with topics from penguins to volcanoes, this online encyclopedia offers colorful pictures, maps, games, videos and science projects.

Click here for more elementary school resources.

Middle School Resources

LearningExpress Library School Center
Find practice tests and tutorials that will help students improve their mathematics, English language arts and social studies skills, as well as help prepare them for high school entrance exams. Parents can also access the site to help with tutoring their kids.

Research in Context
This site provides access to reference works, magazine and journal articles, and multimedia for research projects covering topics ranging from U.S. and world history to science, literature and geography.

World Book Student
Read breaking news stories and research topics such as the arts, business, geography, history, mythology, philosophy, sports, science and mathematics.

Click here for more middle school resources.

High School Resources

Career Transitions
Learn how to build a resume and cover letter for a summer job, research a career field and get interview tips.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Explore this research guide for different viewpoints on current events and topics ranging from energy and ethics to war and diplomacy. Also, read featured news articles, search academic journals, watch videos and more.

World Book Advanced
Read news headlines, watch featured videos, research topics, learn fun facts about history, search through an online book archive of thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks, and more.

Click here for more high school resources.