CRAB cards: Calvert Research Access & Books
All Calvert County Public School students now have special Calvert Library accounts. Virtual CRAB cards give every child access to:
- Calvert Library online research databases
- Free online homework help
- Ask Us Now! – Ask a librarian a question 24/7!
- Tumblebooks – online animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love.
- Foreign language programs
- Hoopla ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, streaming media
- Testing Help – Learning Express Library for practice exams
- ebooks & audiobooks & eMagazines
- Lynda.com – leading online learning platform covering business, technology and creative skills.
Checkout up to 5 print books from any Calvert Library location with NO FINES!
To login to Calvert Library research resources with your CRAB card use the prefix: calv and your student ID. ex: calv23456. Your initial password is your 8 digit birthdate (MMDDYYYY) and can be changed at any time.
Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire said of the partnership, “Libraries are all about access to learning. We want every student, every child to be able to use the library. The CRAB Card makes it accessible even to those families who aren’t able to get to the library every three weeks to get their books back on time. Whether it’s complicated transportation or complicated family schedule, we don’t want anything to stop kids from accessing the important resources the library offers. We are thrilled that Dr. Curry and Technology Integration Teacher Specialist Jen Sturge partnered with us to create a CRAB card for every CCPS student.”
Calvert Library is including homeschoolers, private schoolers or even pre-schoolers in this bonus as well. These students under the age of 18 can obtain physical cards with the same parameters (5 checkouts of print material without fines, access to all digital resources) at any Calvert Library location. Just ask for a CRAB Card. Plymire believes that “all children should have access to information, education and opportunity and that’s what we’re offering at Calvert Library.”