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Resources for Educators

Washoe County Libraries are here to support educators at every level and of every type. For more information on these programs or services, please contact the library.

Friction-free Educator Cards

We are working to eliminate barriers to make our resources more accessible to teachers. To facilitate our efforts, we are pleased to offer expanded access to library resources and services for educators through our Educator Library Cards.

The Educator Card is available to educators employed at Washoe County schools and preschools, as well as staff employed at charter schools, daycare centers, camps, after-school programs, and homeschooling parents in Washoe County. The Educator Card does not accrue fines on print material. If you are an educator and want to take advantage of this new program, just  check in at your favorite branch to update your status.

Library Visits, Fieldtrips, and Classroom Visits

Washoe County Library offers free tours of our facilities. These tours can help your students how to use their local library branch. To schedule a visit to your library, please contact your local branch.

Would you like library staff to come to your school or event to promote library resources? We offer a variety of presentations from reading stories in the classroom and informational booths during school events to lessons on library databases and professional presentations for school administrators. For more information on scheduling an outreach at your school, please contact Beate Weinert, Youth Services and Library Events Manager, at 775-327-8361 or bweinert@washoecounty.us.

Online Resources for Educators

Explore online library resources and recommended web resources on the tabs below.

Books & Reading

  • TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Includes common core-aligned lesson plans and resources for classroom use. If you work in a Washoe County School District elementary or middle school, ask your librarian for the WCSD username and password for streamlined access. Everyone can use all features of TumbleBook Library using a Washoe County Library card.
  • Find reading recommendations in the Washoe County Library catalog: just find a book you like and discover read-alikes, series information, reading levels, and more. Find recommendations by subject and AR level.
  • Mango Languages is a fun-infused way to learn a new language. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.
  • Explora is available in elementary, middle school, high school, advanced high school, and educator editions. It includes language arts, history, social studies, math and science resources. 
History Resources

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  • ABC-CLIO includes academic reference works and periodicals primarily on topics such as history and social sciences.
  • Biography Reference Center includes a collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographical resources for all grade levels.
General Reference

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  • World Book Online is a suite of online research tools including encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, and more.
Homework Help

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  • BrainFuse Help Now offers live tutors daily from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm, as well as test preparation resources and a writing lab. Requires the latest version of Java.
  • Learning Express Library includes online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books for computer skills, job search, workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance prep, GED test prep, and more.
  • Lynda.com is the premiere online learning resources for business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

 

  • Nevada State Library provides a calendar of free continuing education webinars.
  • EdWeb Free professional learning network that hosts online communities and engaging edWebinars for educators.
  • ERIC The Educational Resource Information Center includes more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.
  • The Nevada Registry: all online and in-person Registry-approved training.
Print

The Shadowglass

Rin Chupeco

The Opposite of Always

Justin Reynolds

Lovely War

Julie Berry

Girls on the Line

Jennie Liu

Dry

Neal Shusterman

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

Carlos Hernandez

The Revenge of Magic

James Riley

Because

Mo Willems

Because

Mo Willems

The Bear, the Piano, the Dog, and the Fiddle

David Litchfield

Another

Christian Robinson

The Crimes of Grindelwald

J.K. Rowling

The Trial of Lizzie Borden

Cara Robertson

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Damon Young

Tiamat's Wrath

James S.A. Corey

Stone Bridges

Carla Neggers

The Path Made Clear

Oprah Winfrey

No Happy Endings

Nora McInerny

The Last Second

Catherine Coulter

Deep Harbor

Fern Michaels

Dark Tribute

Iris Johansen

Blood Oath

Linda Fairstein

Biased

Jennifer Eberhardt

The American Agent

Jacqueline Winspear

The Cornwalls are Gone

James Patterson

Run Away

Harlan Coben

The Longevity Paradox

Steven Gundry

First: Sandra Day O'Connor

Evan Thomas

Wolf Pack

C.J. Box

Toxic Game

Christine Feehan

Shoot for the Moon

James Donovan

See You in the Piazza

Frances Mayes

Girl, Stop Apologizing

Rachel Hollis

The First Lady

James Patterson

Don't Stop Believin'

Olivia Newton-John

Crashing Heat

Richard Castle

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

Edward Wilson-Lee

The Bird King

G. Willow Wilson

Wild Country

Anne Bishop

Unto Us a Son is Given

Donna Leon

Silent Night

Danielle Steel

Queen Bey

Veronica Chambers

The Perfect Alibi

Philip Margolin

Outer Order, Inner Calm

Gretchen Rubin

Cemetery Road

Greg Iles

Broken Bone China

Laura Childs

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna

Mario Giordano

An American Summer

Alex Kotlowitz

The Raven Tower

Ann Leckie

A Justified Murder

Jude Devereaux

I.M.

Isaac Mizrahi

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

Joanne Fluke

California Girls

Susan Mallery

The Border

Don Winslow

Cosmos Possible Worlds

Ann Druyan

Broken Ground

Val McDermid

The Vanishing Man

Charles Finch

The Next to Die

Sophie Hannah

Never Tell

Lisa Gardner

Mission Critical

Mark Greaney

The Chef

James Patterson

The Victory Garden

Rhys Bowen

Early Riser

Jasper Fforde

The Wedding Guest

Jonathan Kellerman

The Ruin of Kings

Jenn Lyons

The Lost Man

Jane Harper

Good Riddance

Elinor Lipman

The Girl in the Glass Box

James Grippando

Endgames

L.E. Modesitt

Connections in Death

J.D. Robb

A Time to Scatter Stones

Lawrence Block

Judgement

Joseph Finder

The Rule of Law

John Lescroart

Leters From Peaceful Lane

Janet Dailey

The Golden Tresses of the Dead

Alan Bradley

Crucible

James Rollins

No Sunscreen for the Dead

Tim Dorsey

The Flimflam Affair

Bill Pronzini

Liar Liar

James Patterson

The Winter of the Witch

Katherine Arden

Untouchable

Jayne Anne Krentz

Turning Point

Danielle Steel

Through Fiery Trials

David Weber

The Sweetest Thing

Judith McNaught

The New Iberia Blues

James Lee Burke

The House Next Door

James Patterson

Daughter of War

Brad Taylor

The Burglar

Thomas Perry

The Best of Us

Robyn Carr

An Anonymous Girl

Greer Hendricks

Queen of the World

Robert Hardman

Verses for the Dead

Douglas Preston

Siege of Stone

Terry Goodkind

In a House of Lies

Ian Rankin

A Delicate Touch

Stuart Woods

Watching You

Lisa Jewell

Undaunted

Helen Hardt

Pandemic

Robin Cook

The Enemy of my Enemy

Robin Cook

Death of an Eye

Dana Stabenow

The Three Secret Cities

Matthew Reilly

Once Upon a River

Dianne Setterfield

Of Blood and Bone

Nora Roberts

Hearts of the Missing

Carol Potenza

Hall of Mirrors

Christopher Fowler

Eggs on Ice

Laura Childs

The Boy

Tami Hoag

Before We Were Strangers

Brenda Novak

All That Heaven Allows

Mark Griffin

The Threat

Andrew McCabe

Liquid Rules

Mark Miodownik

Parkland

Dave Cullen

Grateful American

Gary Sinise

Dinner for Everyone

Mark Bittman

Wild Bill

Tom Clavin

Merchants of Truth

Jill Abramson

Maid

Stephaine Land

UnDo It!

Dean Ornish

The Truths We Hold

Kamala Harris

The Longest Line on the Map

Eric Rutkow

The Martha Manual

Martha Stewart

The New Childhood

Jordan Shapiro

The Minimalist Home

Joshua Becker

The Chaos Cure

Marla Cilley

Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful

Arwen Dayton

The Point of it All

Charles Krauthammer

Never Grow Up

Jackie Chan

Game Changers

Dave Asprey

The Future of Capitalism

Paul Collier

Penguin Flies Home

Lita Judge

Dragon Pearl

Yoon Ha Lee

Chicken Talk

Patricia MacLachlan

Warriors in Winter

Mary Pope Osborne

The Unteachables

Gordon Korman

A Gift for Goose

Tad Hills

I Need a Hug

Aaron Blabey

Geronimo on Ice

Geronimo Stilton

Brawl of the Wild

Dav Pilkey

Love, Z

Jessie Sima

Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug

Eric Carle

How Do I Love Thee?

Jennifer Adams

Isle of You

David LaRochelle

I Wish it Would Snow

Sarah Dillard

A Hug is for Holding Me

Lisa Wheeler

The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs

Mark Sperring

Little Owl's Snow

Divya Srinivasan

Sleep, My Bunny

Rosemary Wells

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

All Right Already!

Jory John

The Raging Storm

Erin Hunter

Little Dreamers

Vashti Harrison

Inkling

Kenneth Oppel

Flashback

Shannon Messenger

Children of Jubilee

Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Meltdown

Jeff Kinney

Wrath of the Dragon King

Brandon Mull

THe Snowy Nap

Jan Brett

Land of Stories

Chris Colfer

Carmela Full of Wishes

Matt de la Peña

The Genius Experiment

James Patterson

The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Jon Agee

Spy School Goes South

Stuart Gibbs

A Map of Days

Ransom Riggs

Louisiana's Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

I Lost My Tooth

Mo Willems

On The Come Up

Angie Thomas

The Wicked King

Holly Black

The Girl King

Mimi Yu

Evermore

Sara Holland

THe HIve Queen

Tui Sutherland

My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life

Rachel Cohn

Broken Land

Jonathan Maberry

Queen of Air and Darkness

Cassandra Clare

Fire & Heist

Sarah Beth Durst

The Storyteller

Traci Chee

Pulp

Robin Talley

The Lying Woods

Ashley Elston

Skyward

Brandon Sanderson

Little White Lies

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

Julie C. Dao

Girls of Paper and Fire

Natasha Ngan

Archenemies

Marissa Meyer

Kingdom of Ash

Sarah Maas

Muse of Nightmares

Laini Taylor

A Blade So BLack

L.L. McKinney

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

Wildcard

Marie Lu

Imposters

Scott Westerfeld

Two Dark Reigns

Kendare Blake

People Kill People

Ellen Hopkins