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Gr. 4-8 Info Resources

The Library paid for these subscriptions so you don't have to! You will need your Library card to use most of them. If you don't have a Library card, you can still use our websites below!

Name Description Use At Home?
Brainfuse HelpNow

Live online tutors available from 2-11pm daily for students in grades Kindergarten and up. Additionally, practice exercises, quizzes, flashcard creator, and more available 24 hours a day.

Explora Primary Schools

Look up magazine articles for children. Explora Primary Schools can be filtered by Lexile reading levels as well as subjects.

Explora Secondary Schools

Explora Secondary Schools provides full-text articles from over 1,900 magazines, from 1975 through the present. Also includes reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps and flags. Look up magazine articles for children. Explora Secondary Schools can be filtered by Lexile reading levels as well as subjects.

Issues & Controversies

This Facts on File resource analyzes and explains hundreds of controversial topics, in a language and format that students can understand.

Novelist K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in your classroom. NoveList K-8 Plus contains materials for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children's "chapter" books and young adult titles. The NoveList Learning Center provides a complete introduction to the product and shows you how to use NoveList to meet the reading needs of your students.

Today's Science

This Facts on File resource bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.

TumblebookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior (Grades 3-8) Contains early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, audiobooks, classics and National Geographic videos. Great for English Language Learners because you can listen and read along.


Online picture books that move and talk!  The Tumblebooks collection also includes read-alongs for early readers, puzzles, games, book quizzes, audiobooks for older readers, and a collection of foreign language books. TumbleBooks has a new app available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. You can access this material on your personal devices with your Niles Public Library District card.

World Book Online for Kids

Reliable information on a wide variety of subjects, written at a level that young students can read and understand.

World Book Online Info Finder

Reliable information for school-aged students to help with their homework.