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Teen Job Center Ancestry (in library use only)
This database is great for anyone who is doing genealogical research. This can only be used in the library and is available on all public internet computers.
Creativebug ChiltonLibrary
ChiltonLibrary provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on most cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs on the road today. This resource offers detailed content to simplify even the most complicated tasks.
Teen Driving
DMV Permit Test
This database provides driving manuals for the CT driver’s license, motorcycle license and the CDL, including practice tests. Practice tests and CT driver’s manual is available in Spanish. There is a FAQ section on how to get started. For information regarding vehicle registration, making an appointment, renewing a driver's license, transferring ownership, etc., please visit the Connecticut DMV's website.
Global Road Warrior Global Road Warrior

The Ultimate Guide to the World! This is a great resource for anyone who is doing research on a country. This will provide historic, cultural, geographical, etc. information.

Global Road Warrior JobNow

This resume and job hunting resource is available in the library as well as at home (will need a public library card to access from home). You can create your resume, upload it onto this database, and then receive a critique of it. There is also interview skills help available.

Kanopy Kanopy
Kanopy is a free  on-demand streaming video platform that offers films, TV shows and documentaries. You may watch up to 10 movies in a calendar month!

Teen Exam Learning Express
Learning Express offers practice tests, exercises, and skill building courses. Practice tests include SAT, GED, & ASVAB; as well as licensing exams for many trades and occupations including nursing, firefighter, law enforcement, & civil service.
Mango Mango Language Learning
Mango offers access to 70 foreign language courses and 20 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Mango is available at the Main Library and at the Jefferson Branch. It can be accessed remotely or on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle®, & Nook®.
ResearchIT CT ResearchIT CT
This state-wide resource is available in the library as well as at home (will need a public library card to access from home). There are a variety of online magazines, newspapers, and journals where you can download full text articles.
Salem Press Salem Press - Online Resources

Salem Science

The Encyclopedia of Global Warming provides comprehensive coverage of the questions of global warming and climate change, including scientific descriptions and explanations of all factors, from carbon dioxide to sunspots, that might contribute to climate change.

Salem Health

This database contains three print resources from Salem Press’ award winning reference works. These include Magill’s Medical Guide, 7th edition, Addictions and Substance Abuse, and Psychology and Mental Health.  All three of these resources provide authoritative and accessible information for students, patients and caregivers alike.

Salem History

The Seventies in America
The Eighties in America

These resources explore the social, political, and cultural events that impacted life in the United States during these quickly changing years.

Great Lives:
Inventors and Inventions offer biographical and in-depth information on important men and women inventors of all time, from around the world. There is a copy of the print resources in Reference. The online format is available to you at home or in the library. At home, please type in your library card number.

The password for access to all of the Salem Press titles is: nbpl

Mango Free Online Learning & Civic Resources


Coursera is the largest MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) provider. They offer classes that are created in partnership with major universities around the world. Classes in science, technology, social sciences, the humanities, and professional development for educators are available. Although access to these classes is free of charge, Coursera charges for verified certificates that can be used as proof of successful course completion.


EDX offers free access to university-level courses. They provide courses developed by top universities in the U.S. and abroad in a wide range of disciplines, but specializing in the sciences. Verified certificates may be offered for a fee.


Unlike edX and Coursera, these are self-paced, with no start or end date. Access to courses are free, but for a fee Udacity provides a “course experience” version of classes, which includes coaching, personal evaluation of special projects, and a verified certificate of completion. Udacity focuses on vocational and professional development courses, as opposed to university classes.

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services

Free access to official forms, guidelines, news, case status, statistics, and more. An essential resource for aspiring Citizens, and for those looking for help navigating the immigration and naturalization system.

Open Education Consortium

This is an organization that brings together educational institutions that have made resources like syllabi, lectures, learning tools, and tests available for many courses in all types of disciplines. U.S. universities like MIT, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins, as well as institutions all over the world make course materials and resources available online for free. Students can search these materials using this website by institution, by course, or by language and may follow along with the materials and assignments as though they were taking the course at a university.

Code Academy

This is an interactive educational platform designed to teach beginners to code. Courses in seven programming languages are offered as well as forums where coders of all skill levels ask and answer questions. Motivational tools like badges, feedback, and streak counters are used to keep track of users’ progress.


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