Calvert Library understands the challenges Calvert students and families are currently facing as we all start formally learning from home. We have many, FREE, ways that will help!

Brainfuse – online homework help offers:

  • K – 12 Homework Help Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
  • Skills-Building Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
  • Personalized eLearning Tools My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Send Question Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support

A Free Calvert Library card provides:


Selected Calvert Library Resources

All Premium Digital Resources

Children’s Premium Digital Resources

African-American History Online – Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History Online explores the full spectrum of African-American history and culture.

Brainfuse Online Tutoring/Homework HelpLive, online homework help, writing labs, adult learning resources, and much more – tutors available daily 1:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Can-Do Digital How-to Videos – Librarians have created how-to videos about our services just for you!

DOGO News – empowering youth literacy, reading fluency and global awareness through current events.

How-to Videos for Premium Digital Resource – Niche Academy videos for Calvert Library premium digital resources

Kanopy Films :Watch our Kanopy Films Can Digital Video – Thoughtful Entertainment: enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more

Kids InfoBits: Elementary – a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appr Save opriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.

Learning Express Library: Test and Skill Building – Practice exams for military, academic, civil service and licensing/certification exams

Mango Languages: Watch our Mango Languages Can Do Digital Video – Instruction in foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and many more.

Novelist K – 8 – guide to popular fiction titles for young readers; a great source for series, read-alikes and topic lists

Online Library Education Resources – resources for students, families and teachers

TumbleBook Library: Watch our Tumblebooks Can Do Digital Video – Collection of electronic, animated, talking books

World Book Online: Watch our World Book Can Do Digital Video  – The premier general encyclopedia and reference resource

Outdoor Fun

Every Kid Outdoors – Fourth graders (and their families) may obtain free access to National Parks across the country. 

Geocaching – is an outdoor scavenger hunt using coordinates to find hidden treasures!

Letterboxing – is a great way to get outside and explore the area around us! Take a journal to collect stamps and follow the clues!

The Online Physical Education Network –  includes games, workouts, and movement opportunities to help families and teachers partner in creating more active home lives.

Simple Outdoor Play – A list of 30 outdoor games that require little to no equipment

The Society of Health and Physical Educators – offers standards-based guidance on physical education programming

Social/Emotional Health

Cosmic Kids Yoga is an engaging, short, creative yoga workout to involve children in the practices of mindfulness and relaxation

Calvert County Public Schools Resources

Digital Learning – Information about the Future Learning Plan, digital  learning, online student learning, and Schoology

Information for Families  – contains sections on important information, transportation and child nutrition, calendars, students records and public notices, forms and applications, and programs and resources

Information for Students  contains sections on Online Tools, Transportation and Child Nutrition, Forms, and Important Information

Instruction Program Information – contains curriculum, summer choice boards, programs Pre-K to 12, subjects Pre-K to 12, and Career Technology Education

Schoology for Parents

Self-Care During Virtual Learning

Strategies to ease stress during COVID for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.

Parents, Here’s How to Talk to Your Teen About Self-CareTips and suggestions from leading experts on teen psychology for discussing self-care with teens. Additionally, this site provides an online community as a source of support for issues relating to mindfulness, crisis management, emotional regulation and much more.

Coping with the Quarantine 102 Self-Care Ideas and Activities to do at Home – 100+  suggestions for activities and self-care ideas to make it easier/less stressful while dealing with COVID-related issues. Includes ideas for kids and teens.

Caring for Yourself and Young Children During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis – Ideas for managing the 24/7 demands of COVID-parenting without being able to have breaks. Specific tips are offered for parents of young children.

Resources for Helping Kids and Parents Cope Amidst COVID-19 – Broad list of resources for helping parents and children cope with life during COVID, including activities, coping with grief, managing stress, sibling issues, etc.

How to Reduce the Stress of Homeschooling on Everyone  – Tips for cultivating well-being, both for children and parents, during COVID.

“Our Calm is Contagious”: How to use Mindfulness in a Pandemic How to use mindfulness to calm COVID anxiety.

Parent Support Organizations

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland – grassroots organization of parents and educators across the state who are working together to find solutions to issues that impact those with dyslexia and providing support to families with dyslexia

The Maryland Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association  works to education, connect, and support families and professionals  involved with dyslexia

Understood –  Their programs for families, educators, and young adults focus on empowering people who learn and think differently and those who support them, offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community.

ADDitude Magazine – provides a variety of resources for parents, adults, and professionals for those with ADHD and other learning disabilities. 

Fun learning stuff

The Kid Should See This – is an unprecedented collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.

Wonderopolis  – created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.

Tutoring

A mission of the Calvert Library is to provide informational services for the benefit of the community. A listing on this website does not reflect endorsement or recommendations of Calvert Library.

The Polymath Place –  Kate King and Kathy Tuttle, have opened The Polymath Place which has a wide variety of classes focused in arts, literature, mixed media, theater, humanities, life skills, science and technology as well as tutoring, workshops, drop in events, private parties, and S.T.E.A.M. focused learning.

Kathy Warman Tutoring Kathy has a wide range of experience in many educational settings including teaching college algebra in a university setting, working with groups of mixed age homeschool students, tutoring struggling or math-fearful students, and running a math club for mathematically gifted students.  Kathy has a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana.  

Wyzant a digital marketplace to connect students to independent tutors.

Additional Resources

Khan Academy – covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.

National Education Association Environmental Education Activities & Resources – Free lesson plans and resources for environmental education topics

PBS Parents A resource of activities and resources for parents for children ages 2-8.

Purdue OWL Writing Lab  – free resources including writing and teaching writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), job search and professional writing.

Quizlet – allows students to create online flashcards and study aids for their coursework.

Virtual Nerd – Over 1,500 video lessons covering Middle Grades Math through Algebra 2.

WebMath –  is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user. In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.