CALS Tech Card Student Portal

Welcome to the Student Portal. Here you will find recommended resources divided by grade level for research, homework help, and more. Don’t forget about our downloadable and digital eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, music, and more. View the “Read, Listen, Watch” section for links to those services. They’re also available as apps on your mobile device.

e-Books and Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks and audiobooks from your library using OverDrive on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive, so download the app and find your next book today!

OverDrive offers two apps for accessing your streaming library: the classic OverDrive app and the new Libby app. Both allow you to discover new titles and manage your downloads. The classic app will also allow you to make recommendations for library acquisitions, while the new Libby app is more streamlined and easier to use. Both are free and available to the public.

  • Platform for eBooks & digital audiobooks.
  • Choose “Kids” to limit to items for kids and teens.
  • Log in using Tech Card number (14 digits, no spaces) and PIN (set to 1234 for all Tech Cards)
  • Ten items checked out at a time
  • Two-week check-out period, automatic returns

For a list of supported e-book devices, click here »
Go to Overdrive

Download Music

Freegal is a completely free and legal way to access a collection of almost 7 million songs via your local, subscribing library. The Freegal offering includes many of today’s top artists, a fantastic retrospective collection, and music from around the world. With your CALS library card, you can join the millions of people around the world getting access to great music from Freegal.

  • Platform for music downloads
  • Log in using Tech Card number (14 digits, no spaces) and PIN (set to 1234 for all Tech Cards)
  • Five song downloads per week.
  • Songs are yours to keep.

Go to Freegal

Download Magazines

Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided courtesy of CALS. The Flipster app manages your magazines downloaded from the Flipster website for anytime, anywhere viewing. Get access to popular magazines and read many of your favorite titles.

  • Platform for magazines (current and back issues)
  • Log in using Tech Card number (14 digits, no spaces)

Go to Flipster

Download Media

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by CALS.

  • Platform for films & tv, eBooks, graphic novels, digital audiobooks, and music albums
  • Email address required to set up account in addition to Tech Card number
  • Seven item download limit per month
  • Limit to kid-friendly content under settings

Go to hoopla

AR Bookfinder

  • A complete list of available Accelerated Reader titles
  • Search by author, title, subject
  • Reading and interest levels provided

Go to AR BookFinder

Bookflix

  • Pairs a video storybook with a related nonfiction title
  • Educator/parent resources

Go to BookFLIX

 

Culturegrams Kids Edition

  • Cultural information about the countries of the world
  • Includes maps, photos, timelines, and more

Go to Culturegrams Kids Edition

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Mango Languages

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 70 languages
  • English as a Second Language available
  • First time users must create a profile in order to use the resource.

Go to Mango Languages

Novelist Plus K-8

  • Descriptions and reviews of popular books for children
  • Search by title, author, or subject or browse by theme or topic.
  • Offers suggestions of similar titles

Go to Novelist Plus K-8

World Book Online – Early World of Learning

  • Read-aloud stories
  • Interactive games
  • Materials for building literacy skills

Go to World Book Online

AR Bookfinder

  • A complete list of available Accelerated Reader titles
  • Search by author, title, subject
  • Reading and interest levels provided

Go to AR BookFinder

Bookflix

  • Pairs a video storybook with a related nonfiction title
  • Educator/parent resources

Go to BookFLIX

Culturegrams Kids Edition

  • Cultural information about the countries of the world
  • Editions for US States & Canadian Provinces
  • Includes maps, photos, timelines, and more

World States Kids Provinces

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

  • Free source for the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas
  • More than 6,000 entries with more added weekly
  • Includes photographs, audio clips, and videos

Go to Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

Learning Express Library

  • Offers practice for math, reading, and language skills
  • Create a personal account using your tech card number to track progress
  • Some materials in Spanish

Go to Learning Express Library

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Mango Languages

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 70 languages
  • English as a Second Language available
  • First time users must create a profile in order to use the resource.

Go to Mango Languages

Novelist Plus K-8

  • Descriptions and reviews of popular books for children
  • Search by title, author, or subject or browse by theme or topic.
  • Offers suggestions of similar titles

Go to Novelist Plus K-8

 

SIRS Discover

  • Appropriate for elementary school level research
  • Search magazines, newspapers, books, maps, and more from one site

Go to SIRS Discoverer

STEM

  • Science research tool
  • Video and Interactive content
  • Earth, life, physical, medical, and applied sciences

Go to STEM

Something About the Author Online

  • Biographical articles on children’s authors and illustrators
  • Includes some photos

Go to Something About the Author Online

World Book Online – Kids

  • Designed for young students
  • Articles and science projects
  • Interactive games
  • Tools for educators

Go to World Book Online – Kids

World Book Online – Spanish

  • World Book content in Spanish
  • Designed for students
  • Multimedia content and interactive features

Go to World Book Online – Spanish

World Book Online – Ebooks

  • A collection of classic literature and nonfiction
  • Multiple users can check out at one time

Go to World Book Online – e-Books

 

America’s News

  • Content from local, regional, and national sources
  • Newspapers, journals, and videos

Go to America’s News

AR Bookfinder

  • A complete list of available Accelerated Reader titles
  • Search by author, title, subject
  • Reading and interest levels provided

Go to AR BookFinder

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection

  • Search the full text of the newspaper
  • 1994-present

Go to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection

Culturegrams Kids Edition

  • Cultural information about the countries of the world
  • Editions for US States & Canadian Provinces
  • Includes maps, photos, timelines, and more

World States Provinces

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

  • Free source for the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas
  • More than 6,000 entries with more added weekly
  • Includes photographs, audio clips, and videos

Go to Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Electronic versions of encyclopedias and reference books
  • Wide variety of subject areas
  • Read-aloud feature

Go to Gale Virtual Reference Library

Learning Express Library

  • Offers practice for math, reading, and language skills
  • Create a personal account using your tech card number to track progress
  • Some materials in Spanish

Go to Learning Express Library

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Mango Languages

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 70 languages
  • English as a Second Language available
  • First time users must create a profile in order to use the resource.

Go to Mango Languages

Novelist Plus K-8

  • Descriptions and reviews of popular books for children
  • Search by title, author, or subject or browse by theme or topic.
  • Offers suggestions of similar titles

Go to Novelist Plus K-8

 

Something About the Author Online

  • Biographical articles on children’s authors and illustrators
  • Includes some photos

Go to Something About the Author Online

World Book Online – Student

  • Designed for students
  • Encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, multimedia collection
  • Biography Center

Go to World Book Online – Student

World Book Online – Spanish

  • World Book content in Spanish
  • Designed for students
  • Multimedia content and interactive features

Go to World Book Online – Spanish

America’s News

  • Content from local, regional, and national sources
  • Newspapers, journals, and videos

Go to America’s News

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection

  • Search the full text of the newspaper
  • 1994-present

Go to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection

Arkansas Newspapers

  • Content from 50 Arkansas publications

Go to Arkansas Newspapers

Culturegrams

  • Cultural information about the countries of the world
  • Editions for US States & Canadian Provinces
  • Includes maps, photos, timelines, and more

World States Provinces

Cypress Resume

  • Tool for creating resumes and cover letters
  • Easy formatting
  • Create a profile to save your information

Go to Cypress Resume

Driving-Tests.org

  • Arkansas Drivers Test prep
  • Access to manuals and practice tests

Go to Driving-tests.org

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

  • Free source for the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas
  • More than 6,000 entries with more added weekly
  • Includes photographs, audio clips, and videos

Go to Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

Ethnic Newswatch

  • Newspapers and magazines from ethnic and independent presses
  • Content covers 1990 – present
  • Full text articles

Go to Ethnic NewsWatch

Learning Express Library

  • Offers practice for math, reading, and language skills
  • Create a personal account using your tech card number to track progress
  • Some materials in Spanish

Go to Learning Express Library

Literature Criticism Online

  • Searchable, electronic versions of literary criticism reference collections
  • Also includes biographies and reviews

Go to Literature Criticism Online

Literature Resource Center

  • Database for author biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses
  • Materials from print publications and scholarly journals

Go to Literature Resource Center

Litfinder

  • Searchable index of poetry, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays· Full text of the work available

Go to Litfinder

Lynda.com

  • Online learning courses & videos
  • Subjects include business, technology, media production, and more
  • Log-in with card number to save your progress

Go to Lynda.com

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Mango Languages

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 70 languages
  • English as a Second Language available
  • First time users must create a profile in order to use the resource.

Go to Mango Languages

Novelist Plus

  • Descriptions and reviews of popular books for children
  • Search by title, author, or subject or browse by theme or topic.
  • Offers suggestions of similar titles

Go to Novelist Plus

 

ProQuest Central

  • Searchable database of research materials
  • Wide variety of content areas
  • Resources include scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, and videos
  • Full text available

Go to ProQuest Central

ProQuest Research Companion

  • Research support tool for students
  • Learning modules on finding, evaluating, and using information

Go to ProQuest Research Companion

SIRS Issues Researcher

  • Searchable database of full text articles
  • Content is focused on social issues

Go to SIRS Issues Researcher

Universal Class

  • Online learning courses in over 30 subject areas
  • Led by professional instructors
  • Work at your own pace

Register to Universal Class Login to Universal Class

World Book Complete

  • Access to all World Book databases
  • Encyclopedias, ebooks, multimedia content
  • Available in Spanish

Go to World Book Complete

Tech Card Program Overview

For the 2017-18 school year CALS is partnering with several local schools to provide students with improved access to research and reading materials through the Tech Card Program. By the end of the year students in participating schools will be issued a Tech Card which can be used to access the library’s electronic resources from school or home.

Tech Cards cannot be used to check out physical materials (books, dvds, etc.) from the library. Parents and students may apply for a library card with borrowing privileges at any of our locations or by visiting our website.

Access to some of our online resources may require users to enter the Tech Card number (printed under the barcode on the back of the card) and a PIN. The PIN on every Tech Card is set to 1234.

The Tech Card issued for the 2017-18 school year will expire on September 1 of next year. If your child is enrolled in a participating school for 2018-19, they will be issued a new Tech Card for use next year in the fall.

If you have questions about the Tech Card Program, please contact Ellen Samples, Youth Services Coordinator, at (501) 918-3059 or by email at outreach@cals.org.