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Pierce County Library’s Free Tools for Students Help Start the School Year Off Right

pierce county library, pierce county library system, pcls, bonney lake library, sumner libraryAs students return to the classroom, many are looking for tools and resources to start the new school year off right. The Pierce County Library System’s Tools for Students (http://tools.pcls.us) provides in-library and online resources including live tutors—and all for free.

Tools for Students include in-depth research tools, biographies, science experiments, math picture books and many other resources. Access to all of these resources is free with a Pierce County library card (https://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ecard.aspx?id=1502).

“Students can achieve higher levels of success as well as simply get help with assignments,” said Pierce County Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “When students are stuck and parents or caregivers may not have the answers, tutors can review assignments and help with math homework or any subject. And live tutors are just one of the many services.”

Tools for Students:

  • Homework Help: Speak with professional real-time, online tutors and get expert help on essays to calculus.
  • Research Rocket: Articles from familiar kids’ magazines and news sources. Search by topic and reading level.
  • Gale Biography in Context: Review brief biographies with links to articles in newspapers, magazines and websites.
  • Gale in Context for Elementary, Middle and High School: Learn with a combination of reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines and primary sources. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and more.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Compare opinions, articles and reference materials about controversial topics.
  • Science Online from Infobase: Discover experiments, videos, biographies and science research.
  • Pronunciator: Learn more than 160 languages.
  • SIRS Discoverer: Access research for middle and elementary school students incorporating articles from 1,400+ publications and selected topic websites.
  • Booklists: Improve student-reading levels for every grade with accelerated reader lists–books available in libraries, curbside and online.
  • Science to Go backpacks: STEAM books and activities for grades K-5 in backpacks.

Think this is great but live in King County? A borrowing agreement between King and Pierce Library Systems allows you to access these resources as well!


The above is a press release from the Pierce County Library System. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its content. 

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