9 Homework Help Tools for Kids and Teens

From sources for those last-minute papers to always available e-books and lots of stuff in between, you can find information on just about anything from anywhere in the world through Boone County Public Library’s website.

Click “Research” near the top of our webpage, and you’ll find some trustworthy Research Tools that can help take the stress out of assignments. Search the drop-down list for age-appropriate Homework Help for Kids or Teens. Most of these research tools require a library card, but getting a free library card is easy; stop by any of our locations with an ID and proof of address and one of our staff will assist you. (If under 18, a parent/guardian must sign your application.) In the meantime, here are highlights for some of the tools we think you will find most helpful.

 Homework Help for Kids and Teens:

  1. Amazing Animals of the World is a great place to find out what makes each animal special. Thousands of animals from all around the world are covered with pictures and clear, simple menus.
  2. Britannica Elementary is for pre-K and elementary school students to grade 5. This is a standard encyclopedia for the younger set. There is also a link to the middle school version for kids in grades 6-8.
  3. The New Book of Knowledge has engaging graphics and lively, age-appropriate text to motivate young students through the research process for elementary students and beyond.
  4. EBSCOhostweb lets you search thousands of magazines and journal articles, all in one place, and the best part is … they’re legitimate sources!
  5. LearningExpress Library is where you can find practice tests for free! Everything from College Entrance Exams (ACT and SAT) and the ASVAB, to AP tests, job tests and last-minute practice for that algebra test you forgot about!
  6. Literature Resource Center has everything you need for your literary research paper in one place, including literary criticisms, timelines, author info, and bios.
  7. Mango is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to learn a foreign language. Choose from 71 foreign and 19 English language learning options. Try one language or try them all – it’s up to you! (There’s even a Pirate language course!)
  8. Opposing Viewpoints covers today’s hottest social issues from offshore drilling to climate change, health care to immigration. This tool can help you prepare for debates, create presentations, research for papers and more.
  9. National Geographic Virtual Library gives you access to 127 years of the magazine. Here, you’ll find articles about history, culture, and the most distant corners of the world.

Come one, come all to the record setting storytime opportunity of a lifetime!

Partnering with The Cincinnati Enquirer and other libraries in the greater Cincinnati area, Boone County Public Library will chickaoffer a storytime for children of all ages at noon on Wednesday, August 10, at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, in Burlington,  in an effort to set a Guinness world record for the world’s largest storytime. Don’t be late, though! The record setting will start exactly at noon, when we break out the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin. Stick around for other stories read and told by our library staff, along with rhymes and songs. Don’t forget your camera! Tales, the Library Dragon will be making a special appearance, ready for high fives and silly photos!

whats upIn honor of their 175th anniversary, The Cincinnati Enquirer is striving to combat illiteracy in surrounding communities. Join arms with the greater Cincinnati area and the Enquirer by doing your part to help them reach their goal of 17, 500 volunteer hours, 17, 500 donated books, and a record-breaking number of storytime participants. All donated books will be given to the children in need within your community.  

There will be donation boxes at all BCPL locations. Thank you for donating a gently used book; we look forward to redistributing them to the kids in Boone County who need them.

We look forward to seeing you at the Main Boone County Public Library on August 10 at 12 p.m. sharp. Make sure you come ready to have fun!


Teresa hails from Irvine, KY, a really small town outside of Richmond. She grew up with a passion for reading, especially children’s literature and recently graduated from Georgetown College with a BA in English. She loves working in a library with so many kids — storytime is her favorite part of the day.