Your library card might be your best school supply yet. With a card you have access to awesome free digital resources to help with school projects, homework assignments, or just learn something new!

Explora is an online research database for students, where you can search for articles and news or browse popular topics. It’s helpful for all grade levels – there is a version for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Want to know why math is useful in life? Read about a young math-lover who now works for NASA, how we can understand math using virtual reality, and number patterns that in exist in nature.

Writing a history paper? Article topics range from the Qin Dynasty in China, to life on the Oregon Trail, and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Just curious about animals? It’s easy to go down this research “rabbit hole.” From jaguars to jumping spiders – you’ll be an expert.

The library has a YouTube tutorial for using the Explora database, with step-by-step instructions and tips for getting the most of out of this research tool. Library staff can also help out – call the answer center at (970) 221-6740 or stop by your library location. If you still need a library card, you can apply for a temporary digital card from home, or come in to one of the libraries for a permanent card.

Happy Explora-ing!