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ABCmouse (from home use) Courses & Tutorials eBooks/eAudiobooks Games Library Card Required.

With 9,000+ (English/Spanish) interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners ages 2 to 8.
  
How to Checkout a 4-Week License
  
An ABCmouse license can be checked out for 4-weeks of home use. Follow these steps, and your child/children will be having fun and learning in no time!

  • Fill out the online Home Checkout form. You'll need an email address, your library card number and PIN.
  • Create a password for your ABCmouse profile and save your login information. If a license is not available, you’ll be asked if you want to be added to a waiting list. You will receive an email when a license is available.
  • Build a profile for you and your child/children by answering a series of questions. You can add up to three children to your account.
  • At the end of the profile set up, you will be given the choice to do an assessment for your child/children. It is recommended that you do so. This will help you to determine what your child needs to work on in ABCmouse. You will have an opportunity to do another assessment at the end of the four weeks to track progress.
  • When the assessment is complete, your child is all set to explore the various games, activities, and features of ABCmouse from the home dashboard.

After Your 4-Week Checkout
  
When your 4-weeks are up, you will have an opportunity to sign up for another 4-week check out if there are licenses available. If not, you will be give an option to get on the waiting list. Your child's profile and progress will be saved.
  
You can also use ABCmouse from within the library. It is accessible from the public computers or from your own computer or device when it is connected to the library WiFi. All of your progress will be saved.
  
Please note: An ABCmouse license for East Palo Alto patrons can only be checked out with an ABCmouse Learning Kit. Please check out a kit at the East Palo Alto Library first.

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Ancestry Library Edition Reference

Resources for genealogical and historical research, including military, court, census, birth, marriage, and death records, and more.

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Axis 360 Digital Media Library eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Ever expanding collection of popular eBooks and eAudio for kids and adults. Featuring popular adult fiction and nonfiction including cookbooks and crafts, children's picture-story and easy readers. Requires "29041" library card.

  • You may have up to 15 ebooks checked out at one time.
  • You may have up to 20 titles on hold.
  • Choose your own loan period between 7 and 21 days.
  • Titles cannot be renewed, but they can be checked out again after they expire if they are still available.

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California Driver Permit Practice Tests Tests

CA Driver Permit Practice Tests are free to access and require no registration. They include the following:

  • 10 car practice tests
  • 6 motorcycle practice tests
  • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

Need a Driver License Handbook? You can get them in different languages from CA.gov.

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California Missions eBooks eBooks/eAudiobooks Reference

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Chilton Library Manuals Library Card Required.

Exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks. Requires "29041" library card.

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Chinese eMagazines (Kono) eMagazines Library Card Required.

Get eMagazines from Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan delivered to you instantly! Browse current popular magazines on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Kono for Libraries website is currently available in Chinese and will be available in Japanese soon, while the app is available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Magazines range from fashion to business to sports and more and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Requires "29041" library card.

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Chinese eMagazines (Qikan) 中文電子雜誌 (期刊) eMagazines Library Card Required.

Explore 100 current, popular Chinese language magazines published in China anytime/anywhere—on your computer, tablet or smartphone in either traditional or simplified characters. Subjects include Health, Parenting, Marriage, Literature, Cooking, Travel, Finance, Computer and more. Requires "29041" library card.

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Consumer’s Checkbook Magazines Reference Library Card Required.

Non-profit ratings of local service companies and health care providers in the Bay Area. Provides easy to read charts comparing companies by quality and price, and articles with tips and advice on getting the most out of your money.

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eBooks in Spanish (eBooks en Español) eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Enjoy downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Peninsula Library System Digital Book Library. Explore new titles each month as we develop and build our own collection.

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EveryoneOn Reference

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.

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Flipster eMagazines eMagazines Library Card Required.

Enjoy unlimited digital access to some of your favorite magazines – you can browse online, or checkout and read offline for 3 to 7 days. Research your next purchase, big or small, with Consumer Reports, enjoy travel tips from Sunset and Travel and Leisure, get news and financial information from Fortune, Money and TIME, or stay on top of trends with Coastal Living, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, InStyle, People, Real Simple and Southern Living. Requires "29041" library card.
  
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Freegal Music eMusic Library Card Required.

Freegal Music is a downloadable and streaming music service which provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog of artists. Library cardholders can download five songs a week and stream up to 5 hours of music a day with their library card number. Requires "29041" library card.
  
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Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis Literary Sources) Dictionaries Encyclopedias Reference Library Card Required.

Gale Literary Sources integrates full-text literary content with metadata and subject indexing and provides workflow tools to analyze information. You can research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across your library's Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.

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General Onefile Dictionaries Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

A one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature, art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text.

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HeritageQuest Reference Library Card Required.

Resources for genealogical and historical research, including the U.S. Federal Census, Freedman’s bank records, the PERSI index, and more. Requires "29041" library card.

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hoopla eBooks/eAudiobooks eMusic eVideos Library Card Required.

Online service for library users to access eAudiobooks, Movies, Music, Comics, eBooks and Television shows using portable devices like smartphones and tablets, as well as computers.  Requires "29041," "29045," or "29047" library card.
  
How to get started?

  • You must have a valid library card
  • Click on Get Started
  • Create an account by entering an email address and password
  • When asked to choose your library select San Mateo County Libraries
  • Enter your library card number and PIN

How does hoopla work?

  • You can check out 20 items per month, account resets at the beginning of the month.
  • Movies & TV Shows lend for 3 days
  • Music lends for 7 days
  • eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics lend for 21 days
  • No late fees.

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Japanese eMagazines (Kono) eMagazines Library Card Required.

Get eMagazines from Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan delivered to you instantly! Browse current popular magazines on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Kono for Libraries website is currently available in Chinese and will be available in Japanese soon, while the app is available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Magazines range from fashion to business to sports and more and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Requires "29041" library card.

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Kanopy eVideos Library Card Required.

Kanopy offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from The Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Requires "29041" or "29047" library card.

How to get started?

  • You must have a valid library card
  • Click the orange "Continue" button.
  • Click "Sign up" and create an account using one of the following three methods: Facebook, Google, or email address.
  • Go to your email inbox and look for a message from Kanopy instructing you to verify your email address. If you already have an account, simply click "Log in" and enter your information.
  • After you have verified your email address, go back to Kanopy and add your 14-digit library card number and PIN.
  • Download the Kanopy app for your preferred viewing device (iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku).

How does Kanopy work?

  • You can watch 10 movies per month, account resets at the beginning of the month.
  • Videos lend for 3 days.
  • No late fees and no holds! You can start watching right away.

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Link+ Reference Library Card Required.

A combined catalog of books from participating public and academic libraries throughout California and Nevada. Members of the LINK+ consortium utilize a single searchable catalog to seamlessly borrow books from each other. Requires "29041", "29045", or "29047" library card.

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Lynda.com Courses & Tutorials eVideos Library Card Required.

Provides a vast library of streaming online instructional videos covering business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, lynda.com is a high-quality resource for anyone looking to learn new skills in a wide range of subjects including photography, animation, music, web development, software, and project management. You can take an unlimited number of courses with 24/7 access on your computer or smartphone. Create an account with your library card number & PIN and learn at your own pace.
  
For Mobile Users:

  • Download the Lynda app
  • Open the app
  • Select Already a member?
  • From top of the screen select Organization
  • Under Web Portal type - smcl.org and click on Log in
  • Use your library card and PIN to Log in
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Mango Languages Courses & Tutorials Library Card Required.

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Korean & more. Mango can also help second language learners learn English and is available for those speaking Chinese and Spanish. Requires "29041" library card.

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Morningstar Investment Research Center Reference Library Card Required.

Morningstar is a respected tool for collecting financial information, obtaining portfolio analysis, learning about investment options and reading financial news commentary. Find data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds and 700 closed end funds. Also find analyst reports on over 3,500 securities, offering in-depth background and analyst opinions on top investments. Requires "29041" library card.

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Newspapers – Local Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

Search current and archived issues of local newspapers for full-text news articles, editorials, events, people, government, sports and more. Search each paper individually or search all six local papers at the same time using the links below. Requires "29041" library card.

Newspapers – Local Help

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Odilo eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

More Spanish eBooks are now available to library patrons. Users can borrow up to 10 titles each month.
 
Requires "29041" library card.
 
Odilo is accessible from devices such as:

  • Chromebook
  • eBook readers (Sony® Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK ™, Kobo eReader, Amazon® Kindle)
  • iOS devices
  • Personal computers with Windows and Mac®
  • Any Android device

There are no late fees and titles are automatically returned to the library at the end of the loan.
 
¡Ahora están disponibles más libros electrónicos en español. Usuarios pueden tomar prestados hasta 10 títulos cada mes.
 
Requiere tarjeta de biblioteca "29041."
 
Odilo es accesible desde cualquier dispositivo como:

  • Chromebook
  • Lectores de libros electrónicos (Sony® Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK™, Kobo eReader, Amazon® Kindle)
  • Dispositivos iOS
  • Ordenadores personales con Windows y Mac®
  • Cualquier dispositivo Android.

No hay cargos por retrasos y los títulos se devuelven automáticamente a la biblioteca al fin del préstamo.
 
Odilo Help

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Opposing Viewpoints In Context eVideos Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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RBdigital eMagazines (formerly Zinio) eMagazines Library Card Required.

Discover complete digital editions of your favorite magazines, anytime/anywhere—on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Over 200 titles to choose from, including titles like Bon Appetit, Cosmopolitan, Dwell, Forbes, Hello!, Martha Stewart Magazine, Mental Floss, National Geographic, Newsweek, New Yorker, Smithsonian, Star Magazine and many more! Collection includes Children’s’ favorites like Highlights, Cricket, Cobblestone and American Girl. You’ll also find Chinese, Spanish and Japanese language magazines. Check out as many magazines as you want—there are never any holds or due dates. Once you download the title, it stays on your device until you delete it. Requires "29041" library card.
  
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San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury Reports Reference

The Civil Grand Jury serves as an ombudsperson for the citizens of San Mateo County. The jury may receive and investigate complaints by individuals regarding the actions or performances of county or public officials. The yearly Final Reports and responses are available online starting from 1998.

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Science in Context eVideos Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

Researching science topics has never been easier -- with Science In Context, thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations are just a few clicks away and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites.

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TeachingBooks.net: Book Guides & Lesson Plans Readers' Advisory Reference New! Library Card Required.

Find lesson plans, discussion questions, novel units, reader's theater scripts, and other instructional support for the books you're reading in any K–12 classroom.

  • Ready-to-use and vetted for quality to save you time
  • Stimulate discussions about the books you're teaching
  • Use for book clubs and to prompt conversation about books at home
  • Choose from thousands of guides for both fiction and nonfiction
  • Great for new educators and teachers-in-training
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Testing & Education Reference Center Courses & Tutorials eBooks/eAudiobooks Reference Study Guides Tests Library Card Required.

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. Create your own account to track your progress. Free electronic study guides / prep books (SAT, MCAT, ASVAB, etc.). Requires "29041" library card.
  
On-Demand Tutorials

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Total Boox eBooks eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Over 50,000 titles available immediately – never any holds, never any waiting! Great selection of fiction and business, technical, computer, Mind/Body/Spirit, and travel titles from publishers like: O'Reilly, Maker Media, Elsevier Science, Algonquin, New World Library, F+W Media, Sourcebooks, Workman, Lonely Planet, Berlitz, and Insight Guides and many more. Download up to 1000 books. Books are yours to keep as long as the library subscribes to Total Boox and you have a library card. For mobile devices including: Android devices, Kindle Fire, iPad & iPad Mini.

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TumbleBook Library eBooks/eAudiobooks eVideos Library Card Required.

A collection of eBooks, videos, and talking books with fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and foreign language learning titles. Also includes videos and puzzles/games.
Requires "29041" library card.

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U.S. History in Context eVideos Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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Voter’s Edge California Reference

Voter’s Edge California is a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.
  
With Voter’s Edge California, voters can:

  • Access their full, personalized ballot by entering their address.
  • Get in-depth information on candidates, measures, and who supports them.
  • View candidate biographies, top priorities, answers to questions, photos, policy videos, endorsements, and detailed information about who funds their campaigns.
  • Browse unbiased explanations of ballot measures; find out who supports, opposes, and funds them.
  • Check where, when, and how to vote, including information on their local polling locations.
  • Keep track of their choices to make voting easier.
  • Share information about the election with friends and family.

A joint project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF).

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Voter’s Edge California (en Español) Reference

Voter’s Edge California es una guía integral para las elecciones, sin ninguna afiliación partidista y disponible en línea, que cubre las contiendas federales, estatales y locales en el estado de California.
  
Con Voter’s Edge California, los votantes podrán:

  • Tener acceso detallado y personalizado a su boleta electoral al ingresar su dirección
  • Obtener información detallada sobre los candidatos, las iniciativas de ley y quién los apoya.
  • Ver las biografías de los candidatos, sus prioridades, respuestas a preguntas, fotografías, videos políticos, respaldos e información detallada acerca de quién financia sus campañas.
  • Explorar las explicaciones imparciales de las iniciativas de ley en la boleta electoral; saber quién las apoya, se opone a ellas y las financia.
  • Revisar dónde, cuándo y cómo votar, incluida la información sobre la ubicación de los lugares de votación locales.
  • Dar seguimiento a sus opciones para hacer que el proceso de votación sea más sencillo.
  • Compartir información acerca de las elecciones con familiares y amigos.

Voter’s Edge California (VEC) es un proyecto conjunto de MapLight y la League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF).

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World History in Context eVideos Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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