For health and safety reasons related to COVID-19, Clear Creek County Library District will be closing our library branches (Idaho Springs Public Library, John Tomay Memorial Library, and the Local History Archives) from Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 17. We hope to resume our normal services on Friday, April 17, but may need to adjust plans based on public health recommendations at that time. Please take advantage of library resources available online from the comfort of your home. We’ll continue to post updates via our website, social media platforms, and paper notices on library doors.

Stay safe! We love our patrons and thank everyone for helping to keep our community safe and healthy.

Digital Education Resources for Students

COVID-19/Coronavirus has most students at home for at least the next couple of weeks. We have compiled some digital education resources to help engage youth and keep their brains active.

Library Resources

Academic Search Premier through EBSCO: Full-text articles for scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

Brainfuse: Brainfuse provides online homework help through the HelpNow service. Take advantage of services like live online tutoring, the writing lab, collaborative study sessions, language learning, and more.

Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia: Search over 25,000 encyclopedic entries.

Local History Archives Online: Explore Clear Creek County history online through our Local History Archives. Read historic newspapers, view old photos, and much more.

Newspaper Source through EBSCO: Search full text from international, national, and regional newspapers, as well as full text television and radio news transcripts.

Primary Search through EBSCO: Search full text from popular magazines for elementary school research. All articles have an assigned reading level (lexiles).

External Resources

Authors Everywhere: Find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more on this YouTube channel.

Free Drawing Webcasts: Award-winning author and illustrator will host free drawing webcasts every weekday at 2 pm EST for at least the next few weeks.

Free Resources from Education Companies: This blog post lists several education companies that are offering free resources during school shutdowns.

PBS Learning Media: Free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Storyline Online: Watch actors reading children’s picture books.