Serving the City of Alma, Wisconsin, and Surrounding Buffalo County

Online Resources

Research databases, apps, and suggested resources provided by Winding Rivers Library System, the State of Wisconsin, and others. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find tools and resources for youth and students.

 

Online Databases– Provided by Winding Rivers Library System

(Some may require access with your library card.)

Creativebug

Enjoy unlimited access to over 1,000 online art and craft classes, plus patterns, templates, and recipes. Topics include art & design, sewing, quilting, paper, knitting, crochet, food & home, jewelry, holiday & party, and classes for kids.

NoveList Plus

Find your next book here with expert reading recommendations and book lists. NoveList Plus includes audiobook recommendations, nonfiction recommendations, and reviews on 70% more titles than in basic NoveList.

Gale Courses

Hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation and  more. Gale Courses are developed by expert instructors and run for six weeks. Join any time.

Access training tools here.

ECHO

An online archive of historical materials representing western Wisconsin history and culture.  This project and collection was made possible through a 2014 Library Services and Technology Act grant.

Statewide Resources

(Access with your library card.)

WISCAT

Can’t find it? Search all Wisconsin library holdings with Wiscat, then contact your library to place a request.

Novelist

A reader’s advisory database of recommendations, author biographies, articles and lists for fiction and nonfiction books.

BadgerLink

Free, completely online resources: Fix your car, read the newspaper, research health and wellness issues, or find videos, articles, and encyclopedia entries about almost anything!

Find training, access, and how-to resources for BadgerLink here

Auto Repair Source

Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Learning Express Library

Practice tests, exercises, and skill-building courses to help you achieve success at school, at work or in life.

Recursos para Hispanohablantes

Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español.

A collection of web-based skill building and test preparation materials in Spanish.

For Youth & Students

BadgerLink

BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s online library. Here you can find everything from videos to newspapers, author interviews, encyclopedias, and more!

Click here for instructions on how to access BadgerLink at home: https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/sites/bl/files/imce/documents/educator_librarian_guide_accessing_badgerlink_at_school_and_home_v1.pdf

PBS Wisconsin Education

Videos, interactive resources, Wisconsin biographies, and more! 

Explora

Encyclopedia entries, videos, images, dictionary entries, and more. Appropriate for researchers of all ages.

BadgerLink (By Grade Level)

Making and STEM Resources

CoBuild At Home

The CoBuild website and Facebook group offers a wealth of online maker activities. All ages.

The Community Science Workshop Network

This resource is low in technology, but high in engagement and reliability. All the projects can be made with low cost or recycled materials. Upper elementary through middle school.

Science Friday

Everything from “The Many Types of Mucus” to a “Fossilize Me” card game is available here. Key vocabulary words are bolded, and the clear instructions are written with students in mind. Upper elementary and up.

MakeCode

Microsoft’s MakeCode program includes both physical computing with the Micro Bit and virtual coding and app development. Easy to use with limitless possibilities, it’s a great block coding interface. It even has Minecraft coding! Upper elementary through middle school.

Scratch

Now in partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education, the site includes an archive of activities for Scratch that includes 323 math activities, 302 visual arts ones, plus examples and stories to help build classroom community and support curricular content. Elementary through middle school.

Code.org

Learn computer science at home. Limited internet and smart phone options too. Elementary through high school.

Recommended Free Language Learning Resources For Kids

Duolingo ABC (Free for Android/iOS)

https://www.duolingo.com/abc  

Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free! 

 

LearnEnglishKids

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/ 

This site from the British Council has games, stories, and videos to help native speakers of Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish learn English. The site includes resources for parents and teachers. 

 

PBS Kids Wisconsin

https://wisconsin.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/oh-noah/  

Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure. 

 

Cambridge English

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/parents-and-children/ 


Hmong Language Classes (Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency, La Crosse)

http://www.hmoobagency.org/hmong-language-class/