Learn & Practice
ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction, from introduction to advanced performance. Students now have access to this kind of instruction, regardless of reductions/eliminations of school music programs and without the high cost of private instruction.
Driving-Test is a free Driver’s Ed program with the following state-specific information:
- 11 car practice tests
- 9 motorcycle practice tests
- 12 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
- An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.
INSPIRE is a collection of academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents. It includes magazines, journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, library catalogs, practice tests, language learning software, and more.
ProCitizen is a comprehensive citizenship prep course that contains 100 videos, plus interactive drills and quizzes. Brought to you by Pronunciator.
Pronunciator is our new program for learning languages for free. You can learn 80 languages in English or learn English in any of 50 languages with Pronunciator, but you will need a green Peabody Public Library card to access full lessons and premium features. Test your pronunciation in real time with speech recognition. Track your progress and measure your results with scored quizzes. Get real-time, life-like instruction with a virtual coach. Extend your learning offline with downloadable audio lessons. Hop into interactive stories with native speakers through virtual conversations. Check out free apps for your iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, and Android tablet or phone to learn wherever you go.
TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center), via Inspire, is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.
- Over 300 practice tests and courses
- Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
- Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
- Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
- Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
- Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations
Topical Book Lists for Teens
The following is a list of helpful documents compiled by our own staff, in PDF format.
Careers & Occupations
AtoZdatabases: Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists. The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
O*net system serves as a source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.
Guide to Online Schools is here to help you choose a school based on what really matters: affordability, accessibility, and quality. Browse our database of over 600 accredited online colleges and 22,000 degree programs, as well as student reviews and rankings.
OnlineU strives to make a difference in online education by focusing on what really matters: affordability, accessibility, and quality. To make it easy to find a degree that will help you get ahead without the burden of massive debt, it provides important, unbiased rankings based on what you care about most, whether it be affordability, value or prestige.
Recommended Study Links
- Homework Spot: For homework help, Science Fair project ideas, math help, and more
- Khan Academy: Learn almost anything for free (especially math)
- Lexile.com: The Lexile framework for reading—matching readers with texts.
- Math.com: Free math lessons and math homework help from basic math to algebra, geometry and beyond. Includes online calculators, tools, and games to use and improve your math skills
- Portals to the world: Library of Congress links to electronic resources around the world
- Quiz Hub: Free Online Interactive K-12 Quiz Games (iPad-Compatible)
- Reference.com: Online dictionary, thesaurus, and more
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may also call toll free: 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673).
- World Factbook: Maps, Flags, and important statistical data brought to you by the CIA
- YouTube EDU: Short lessons from top teachers around the world, full courses from the world’s leading universities, professional development material from fellow educators, and inspiring videos from global thought leaders
Reading Suggestions – Children & Teens
- Common Sense Media with “reviews and age ratings for best movies, books, apps, games for kids.”
- Compass Book Ratings to help readers “find the right book by age, genre, literary review, and more.”
- Good Reads for Children: recommended children’s books by category
- Good Reads for Young Adults: recommended young adult books by category
- Juvenile Series & Sequels: contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles that are classified by audience category
- Kids in Mind for “Film ratings & parents’ reviews that actually work.”
- Lexile.com for Lexile framework ratings.
- Scholastic Book Wizard for finding books by reading level, genre, subject, and grade.
Comics Plus: Library Edition brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device.
- View titles through your Web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
- Read comics on your tablet or smartphone with Boopsie for Libraries (US and Canadian libraries only).
- Browse by genre, publisher, and comic — then instantly check out your favorites.
- Access comics whenever you want them — no holds or waiting.
Hoopla provides free streaming movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks with an account created using your green Peabody Public Library card and PIN.
NewsBank provides news and informational resources to our patrons with coverage of local and national topics from America’s newspapers, along with specific articles, obituaries, statistics, video clips, quotations, facts, analysis and much more. With unlimited access from all library workstations and remote access 24/7, patrons can freely search, browse, print, save and email full-text articles without a fee. If you are accessing this database from a remote location, you will be prompted to enter your library card number before proceeding.
Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color, digital magazines for immediate checkout and reading online on desktop and mobile devices — or download through apps. Browse from your library’s collection of popular new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods and no limits. Over 2,600 magazines from 38 countries in 15 languages.
There’s a new program at Peabody Public Library that allows you to collect “Library Loot” to use for library services and drawings.
- This program is for ages 13 to adult.
- You may collect one Loot Dollar when you visit us at the Farmer’s Market, Tri-Lakes mobile library, technology sessions, library programs and more.
- You may use up to 3 Loot dollars to reduce fines (not applicable to damaged or lost items), you may use 1 Loot dollar to pay for copies or a fax, or you may use 1 one Loot dollar per entry for our quarterly drawing of a Loot Basket (really cool stuff!)
When does this start? Right now! So be on the lookout for programs, outside the library events or sometimes just being in the library at the right time.
Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 5 to Saturday, July 29. This year, the theme is Build a Better World. Join us for exciting programs, reading challenges, and fun prizes!
Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge
This summer, your challenge is to read 300 minutes PLUS join us for 1 program or 1 activity to complete a goal and receive a ticket. Once you complete a goal, you may enter your ticket for a chance to win a prize bag! Really challenge yourself and try to get 4 goals completed by the end of Summer Reading! Last day to turn in your reading log is July 29.