Trained Library Staff

Notary Services

St. Joe County Public Library offers notary services at Main Library on Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4:30 p.m. This service is available for free for resident cardholders, or $5 for guest cardholders or patrons without a library card. Please call ahead to ensure notary services are available.


Business Research and Support

Our staff offers professional help in locating business resources, as well as support using online business databases such as Morning Star, AtoZDatabases, and many more. These resources can help entrepreneurs and business owners gather valuable information to make important decisions.


Early Literacy Librarian

Our Early Literacy Librarian works to support children 0-9 and their families, including:

  • Developing Storytimes and Babytimes, based on the five early literacy practices: read, write, sing, talk, and play.
  • Organizing initiatives such as 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten to help children develop the skills they need to become lifelong readers.
  • Coordinating with daycares, preschools, kindergartens, and grades 1-3 to offer library tours and visits, as well as outreach.
  • Collaborating with community partners to develop programs and promote early literacy resources for families.

Bilingual Staff

Bilingual staff at Western Branch are available to help Spanish-speaking patrons.


Teen Librarian

Our teen librarian helps create programming and events for teens. From resume writing workshops, to video game nights, to book clubs, the teen space offers educational and fun ways to engage.


Studio 304 Staff

Studio 304 staff can help you to navigate the tools and tech available to create and produce print, video, and audio projects and to help your ideas become reality.


Local & Family History Research Librarians

Our research librarians in Local & Family History can help you navigate databases and resources for your research project.

Reach out to a librarian with any questions about these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
Email library@sjcpl.org

Voting Resources

The Library cultivates civic engagement by connecting you with resources to help you register and be prepared to vote. To register to vote, check your voting status, find your voting location, or see your ballot, visit the Indiana Voter Portal.

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
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Visit any library location

Register to vote


Upcoming election: May 3, 2022 
Last day to register is Monday, April 4, 2022.


Three ways to register to vote:
  1. Online at Indiana Voter Portal
  2. By mail using the Indiana voter registration form. 
  3. In-person at the Voter Registration Office on the 4th Floor of the County-City Building
    • 227 W. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend IN (Phone: 574-235-9521)

Think you are registered? Double check by visiting the Indiana Voter Portal.

What you need to register:
  • Have a valid Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana State Identification Card.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before election day. (A 17-year-old may register and vote in the primary election if the voter turns 18 on or before election day.)
  • Have lived in your precinct for at least 30 DAYS before election day.
  • Not currently imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

NOTE: You can register to vote if you were previously incarcerated or are on parole or probation, in home detention, in jail awaiting trial or in a community correction program. For more information visit ACLU Indiana.

Resources

Indiana Voter Portal
  • Register to vote
  • Check your registration and voting status
  • Vote by mail
  • Find your voting location
  • Learn about election security

Factcheck.org
  • Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases

Politifact.org
  • Run by independent editors and journalists, focused on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy.

OneMoreVoice.com
  • A nonpartisan, statewide effort to register new voters and help Hoosiers understand the issues and know the candidates on the ballot.
  • Find information about candidates and issues.

Vote411
  • Election information you need, brought to you by the League of Women Voters.
  • See your sample ballot and compare candidate answers to policy questions.

Voting as an informed citizen
  • Bendable Community Collection by Lisa Plencner, Director of voter registration for the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area.

Educator Resources

There are many free resources available to schools, teachers, students, and parents to enhance the learning process for those affected by current school closures and participating in elearning. This list includes some free, fabulous online educational resources currently available.

Table of Contents
Health & Wellbeing
Educational Videos
Educational Websites

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

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Health & Well-Being

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides a guide to help educate parents, teenagers, and professionals about evidenced-based treatment options for anxiety in teenagers and children. Founded in 1979, ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.

Anxiety in Teens
WebMD provides a medically based article for parents and professionals offering support and interventions for those helping teenagers and adolescents cope with anxiety.

APA: The American Psychological Association
The APA provides tips for fostering children’s emotional well-being during COVID-19.

CDC: Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being
Beyond getting sick, many young people’s social, emotional, and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic. The CDC provides this resource kit with helpful resources.

CDC: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2021
This link provided by the CDC has recommendations to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

COVID-19, Teen Stress, and How Educators Can Support Stress Management Today
XQ Institute is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to rethinking the high school experience so that every student graduates ready to succeed in life.

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+.

E.D.G.E.
This resource from Learning for Justice can help students who don’t always know how to help someone they care about who might be experiencing bullying, depression, dating violence, suicidal thoughts or other problems.

Learning for Justice -Supporting Students Through Coronavirus
Learning for Justice developed these resources to support student well-being and learning during school closures, and will keep this page updated as they publish new pieces.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Articles, videos and other resources available in both English and Spanish to help children cope with stress.

Stories Songs & Stretches
Preschool yoga and mindfulness storytimes.

Yoga for Stress: Teens
A 15-minute yoga class for teens to manage and decrease stress, created for ages 13 – 18 by Brynne Caleda with Yoga Ed.

5 Minute Yoga Routine for Kids: Channel Mum
It’s not always easy getting kids excited about exercise, but this yoga routine will get their imaginations running wild and their bodies moving!

Educational Videos

GoNoodle
Activities, songs, and dances to work your wiggles out for grades K and up. You can sign up for a free educator account.

Imagineering in a Box
Walt Disney Imagineering partners with Khan Academy to bring you a free online program with 32 videos that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world to share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering, creating immersive experiences.

SchoolTube
A COPPA and ADA compliant video management platform created to meet the needs of K-12 schools, providing a place for schools to publish videos for free in a tightly controlled space. An upgrade to a paid premium subscription allows ad-free viewing.

TeacherTube
An online community for sharing instructional videos and content for teachers and students.

TEDEd@Home
Free daily lessons, activities, and challenges to support students, parents, and teachers.

VideoLink
Use this website to create safe links to YouTube videos you want to share with your students. It eliminates inappropriate content via unwanted links and ads that can appear with YouTube videos.

Educational Websites

Brainfuse HelpNow
SJCPL’s Student & Teacher Databases offers Brainfuse HelpNow, a unique tutoring and study suite designed for patrons of all ages, they help connect patrons with qualified eTutors.

BrainPOP
BrainPOP is currently offering free, unlimited use of BrainPOP to any school that is closed due to the coronavirus during the period of their closure.

Duolingo for Schools
You can use Duolingo to help your students learn new languages. It’s free, fun, and provenly effective. With Duolingo for Schools, teachers can easily track their students’ progress, run in-class activities and assign homework.

Bendable: SJCPL’s Online Learning Platform
Bendable is a free learning platform that allows residents of all ages to acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses, in-person events, and other learning resources.

Big History Project
An innovative way to teach foundational concepts in history, humanities, and critical thinking for grades 9 -12. Sign up for free to access content.

Common Sense Media
This nonprofit organization rates movies, TV shows, and books to help parents and educators make good choices for their kids. Common Sense Media also offers a digital citizenship curriculum for educators. Information is available in Spanish under the Latino tab.

Critical Media Project
A free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances critical thinking and empathy, building on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity. Most lessons are particularly relevant to high school students.

Elementari
Elementari is a K-12 online platform to read, write, code, share, and remix interactive stories using professional illustrations and sounds. Turn writing assignments into something amazing with the illustrations, animations, and sound effects. Kids can even write their own choose-your-own-adventure story! Educators can create 1 class of 35 students for free.

ESL Guide for Teachers – Study.com
This guide from Study.com offers curriculum planning tools, tips for in-class and at-home activities, a list of professional ESL organizations, and information on how to become an ESL teacher. Study.com is a subscription-based learning resource for students, teachers, parents, and tutors. Content may be most helpful to high school and college students. Subscriptions for individuals range from $39.99/mo. to $199.99/mo. You are able to access some Study.com materials for free with your library card through our online learning platform, Bendable.

Favorite Authors and Illustrators
Kate Messner, a former classroom teacher, forever-educator, and the author of more than three dozen books for kids has put together a list of resources, including a list of authors with lessons and videos.

Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
This website was created by a homeschooling mom, and includes LEGO, STEM, and other learning activities.

Kahn Academy
A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Educators can create free accounts to support their classroom. (también en español)

Kahoot
A game-based learning platform that brings engagement and fun to 1+ billion players every year at school, work, and home. Kahoot! offers free and paid plans designed for use in the classroom, at work—whether in-person or virtual— or at home for social use or self-study.

Math Games
Games and apps are guided by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The difficulty changes with the student’s strength, to try and ensure players don’t get frustrated or bored. There are ads that pop up on the free version.

Mommy Poppins
50+ science-y activities you can do with household items.

Newsela
Access high-interest, nonfiction news content. The same content can be customized for different students’ reading levels. Access to news content on Newsela is always free. Additional content, standards, instructional resources, and insights are available for purchase with their core subject products.

NOVA Education
NOVA Education tailors NOVA’s digital resources for educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Their free educator library is produced according to teaching standards and includes videos, audio segments, lesson plans, and interactives designed to facilitate effective classroom integration.

PBS Kids
A collection of valuable learning resources for young children covering a wide array of topics.

Rated Reads
This website focuses on young adult books (this broad category includes middle-grade books as well as books aimed at older teens) published more recently, providing detailed information about language, violence and sexual content so you can make a good judgment about whether they are appropriate for your readers.

Ready Set Kindergarten!
The Brooklyn Public Libraries offer videos for parents of preschoolers in many different languages to help develop reading readiness skills.

SJCPL’s NovelList K-8 Plus
SJCPL’s Student & Teacher Databases offers NovelList K-8 Plus with fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations for grades K-8 and teens.

Teaching High School Students with Learning Disabilities Online – Study.com
This web page from Study.com, offers information and tips for helping students struggling with learning disabilities. Study.com provides access to more than 35,000 lessons for students, teachers, parents, and tutors with paid subscriptions. You are able to access some Study.com materials for free with your library card through SJCPL’s online learning platform, Bendable.

The Kennedy Center Educator Resources
Free digital resources for educators looking to infuse the arts into their educational practices.

Virtual Zoo Field Trip
Visit the San Diego website’s live web cams and videos of favorite animals.

We Are Teachers
350+ online learning resources. This list of online learning resources is growing; some companies are choosing to make their products free for schools, teachers, and students.

At-Home Learning Support

“Back to school” looks different this year, and in some cases back to school is more like still at home. Let the library help as you continue to navigate this unusual school year.

Table of Contents
Books
Research
Tutoring
Online Classes
Inspiration
Tech Help
Wifi Access
Need a break?

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
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Visit any library location

Need books?

  • Pick up a customized bundle of books (up to ten titles) at your favorite branch. Fill out this form and our librarians can get to work finding books just for you! Fiction, nonfiction, adults, kids – Grab & Go Books are for everyone.
    • Pro tip: need books on a specific school topic? Choose “Learn” as the mood you are in and provide details on grade level and subject (i.e., 6th grade biology), to get a selection of books to help with your child’s school work.
  • Get a customized list of titles in your inbox. Fill out this quick form and Find Your Next Great Read. This is great if you prefer eBooks or eAudiobooks.
  • Buy books, movies, CDs, and magazines at low prices ($1!) from the Friends of the Library Bookstore.

Need to do research for a class paper?

When some of us were kids, a print encyclopedia was the go-to place for finding information. Nowadays there are lots of sources available online. Using databases, like the ones below, have the added bonus of teaching students important research and information literacy skills.

For Social Studies:

  • Michiana Memory: digitized historical books, photographs, pamphlets, and documents that tell the story of the Michiana area, including St. Joseph County, Indiana, and neighboring counties
  • Newspapers.com: over 16,000 current and historic newspapers from around the world
  • Gale in Context: Biography: biographies of influential people

For English:

  • NoveList and NoveList K-8: great books for kids from K-8, searchable by award winners or grade level
  • TeachingBooks.net: thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books for k-12, integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading
  • Tumblebook Library: animated, talking picture books for little readers

For a little bit of everything:

  • Gale eBooks: online encyclopedias and reference books
  • Explora: articles and primary source documents for grades K-12, subjects include art and literature, biography, business and careers, current events, geography, health, history, science and math
  • Inspire: journal articles, news, educational resources, and more

Need tutoring?

Brainfuse – HelpNow offers free, live, one-to-one, on-demand help from qualified expert tutors.

Need access to online classes?

  • Bendable: learn for work or for fun, classes available from Common Threads, Khan Academy, Penn Foster, Study.com, and edX
    • Pro tip: search “Cred” in the explore bar to find courses that offer credit at select colleges and universities.
  • Gale Courses: instructor-led online classes on vocational and recreational topics, including accounting, college readiness, healthcare, design, and writing
  • LinkedIn Learning: Learn technology, creative and business skills you can use today

Need inspiration?

  • Browse our homeschooling resource book list to learn about lesson planning and get resources to supplement your curriculum from preschool to college prep.
  • Create your own enriching storytimes at home with this Storytime at Home guide filled with ideas and programs. Compiled by our very own Ms. Darla, social media storytime extraordinaire, it can help you do storytime like a pro.
  • Start a new arts and craft project with video classes from Creativebug.

Need tech help?

Need WiFi access?

  • Visit the South Bend COVID-19 Digital Inclusion Tool Kit for more information on free Wifi accessibility.
  • WiFi is available in all SJCPL location parking lots, except the Keller Park Branch.
  • E-learning workspaces are available at Western, LaSalle, and River Park branches with a time limit of 1 hour.
  • Access the Internet anywhere by checking out a hotspot.

Need a break?

  • Visit our calendar of events to see what virtual or in person programs are happening near you. From Animal Crossing Adventures to book groups, there are extracurricular activities for kids and mental breaks for parents.
  • Watch and rewatch our storytimes, dance and sing along with Mr. Matt, and experiment with DIY Science videos on SJCPL Jr.

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