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Here you’ll find an invaluable collection of health, education and support resources to help the children in your life – from infancy to five-years-old – grow and flourish in our community. Click for more information.






ecoEXPLORE HotSpot & LoanSpot at TCL

HotSpot at Transylvania County Library

Who’s ready to become a citizen scientist? Join the crew of ecoEXPLORERS – kids who earn prizes & badges by submitting observations of plants and animals for scientists to study. When you sign up at the Youth Services desk at the Transylvania County Library, you’ll get an ecoEXPLORE patch! Sign up today and start earning points. Click here for more information.

Checkout an ecoEXPLORE backpack with everything kids need to get outside and explore! Backpacks include Bugnoculars, Kidnoculars, hand-held magnifying lens, bird call, butterfly net, and trail camera. One backpack can be checked out per adult library card.


For Parents & Teachers:

NCHE North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) has supported NC homeschoolers since 1984. Their website is a cache of information about curriculum, FAQs, guidelines, and resources. This group sponsors an annual conference, leadership training, a legislative watch, a statewide graduation ceremony, Greenhouse – a bimonthly magazine, scholarships, and more.

TCL’s Parents & Teachers Page Great list of a variety of online resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers.

For Kids:

Transylvania County Schools official web site for Transylvania County Schools

Battle of the Books Information about the Battle of the Books, sponsored by the North Carolina School Media Association.

DKfindout! An online encyclopedia launched by book publisher DK. Children, parents, and teachers can look up information in subject areas such as math, science, history, computer coding, and more!

NC LIVE provides North Carolina residents and students with access to high quality information – searchable collections of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, electronic books, historical materials, maps, and much more – covering a wide range of topics. Will require Login with library card number if using remotely (outside of the library).

Reading Eggs Login page for Transylvania County elementary school students.

SIRS Knowledge Source Package Interface designed for students in grades K through 12. Includes Issues Researcher, Government Reporter, Renaissance, and WebSelect.

TCL Science Source Page The Transylvania County Library is committed to helping students in all grade levels find the support materials they need for science projects – from choosing a topic to project research.  This page is full of links and resources for all the science related help you need.

Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Combines robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps. With over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages, there is something for every learner. Must register for a free account

Tutor.com provides on-demand online tutoring, homework help, test preparation, and writing assistance for K-12 students, college students, and adult learners in over 60 subjects. No appointment is needed. Tutors are available 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm every day. Spanish speaking tutors are also available for certain subjects. Login with your library card number and PIN from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Word Central  Merriam-Webster’s kid friendly definitions make this a great reference site


Other Helpful Websites:

50 States Provides facts and links to a broad range of information on each U.S. state. (last updated 2013)

Fact Monster Contains links to an almanac, an atlas, a dictionary, the Columbia Encyclopedia, topics in the news, sites to help with homework, and many, many more “cool” sites.

Mr. Nussbaum an entertaining website featuring a wide array of educational games and activities to help reinforce what is taught in school. Elementary aged students will find fun interactive games that hone math, science, language arts, and social studies skills.

National Geographic Kids Learn about the world with National Geographic. Includes great printable maps.

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