QPL’s School Resources

This will be an unprecedented school year for NYC students and their families, and Queens Public Library is here to help.

During the upcoming weeks and months, the Library will offer several digital resources and online programs to make it as easy as possible for students to learn and thrive. Learn more about them below.

Digital Resources

Brainfuse HelpNow: Brainfuse HelpNow provides free, on-demand, easy, and engaging eLearning for students of all ages, including homework help; live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP, and state standardized tests; and a 24- Hour Writing Lab where you can get constructive feedback.

Sora Reading App: All NYC Department of Education students can instantly borrow eBooks and graphic novels in over 20 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. Install the free Sora reading app and enter your NYCDOE student login to get started.

Method Test Prep: Designed to work seamlessly with students' unique learning styles and busy schedules, Method Test Prep's ACT and SAT prep programs help students raise their ACT and SAT scores and build their reading comprehension, grammar, and math skills. Method Test Prep is used by over 1,000 schools around the world.

Resources for Teens: Visit this webpage for a list of QPL digital resources designed specifically for teens.

Research Databases: QPL has several databases that can help you with your schoolwork, including:

  • Biblioboard, a primary source database featuring historical books, articles, images, maps, documents, and more.
  • BookFlix, an online literacy resource from Scholastic.
  • Britannica Elementary, a site that lets you look for people, places, and things, with video and games.
  • Britannica Academic, which includes Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam Webster's Collegiate dictionary.
  • Britannica School, which is for all grades and all reading abilities.
  • Kids InfoBits, a collection of more than 550+ age-appropriate magazines for kids grades K-5.

Most of these digital resources require a Queens Public Library card or eCard. If you don’t have one yet, learn how to get one.

Online Programs

Each week, we have great QPL virtual programs for children and teens; for dates, times, and more information, visit the QPL Calendar, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel.

Other Programs and Events

STACKS: Enrollment in our free enrichment program for children in grades K-5 began on December 19, 2020 and will continue through January 19, 2021.  It will close on January 20 and will resume again on April 22. Visit here to register. If you have already registered your child for the STACKS Virtual World program, you don't need to register again. 

Use the links below to read our other blog posts related to school-age children, including tips on getting your kids used to their face masks and how to sign up for a Queens Public Library card or eCard.

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