CALS Tech Card Student Portal

Welcome to the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Student Page. 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. Click on "Read, Listen, Watch" for links to those services. They're also available as apps on your mobile device.

Read, Listen, Watch

OverDrive

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.

Open / Login:

  • 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 »

Hoopla

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

Open / Login:

  • 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

Freegal

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.

Open / Login:

  • 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.

Flipster

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.

Open / Login:

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

PreK - 2nd Grade

ar bookfinder

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

Bookflix

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

Go to Bookflix »

culturegrams

Culturegrams Kids Edition

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

Go to Culturegrams Kids Edition »

novelist

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 »

pronunciator

Pronunciator

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 80 languages
  • English as a Second Language available

Go to Pronunciator »

worldbook

World Book Online – Early World of Learning

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

Go to World Book Online – Early World of Learning »

3rd Grade - 5th Grade

ar bookfinder

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

Bookflix

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

Go to Bookflix »

culturegrams

Culturegrams

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

World Edition | States Edition | Kids Edition | Provinces Edition

encyclopedia of arkansas history and culture

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

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 »

novelist

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 »

pronunciator

Pronunciator

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 80 languages
  • English as a Second Language available

Go to Pronunciator »

SIRS Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer

  • Appropriate for elementary school level research
  • Features animal facts, country facts, current events, and science fair explorer
  • Integrates with Google Drive and Google Classroom

Go to SIRS Discoverer »

Proquest Stem

STEM

  • Science-focused searchable database
  • Original images and diagrams from source material
  • Earth, life, physical, medical, mathematics, and applied sciences such as engineering

Go to STEM »

gale's something about the author online

Something About the Author Online

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

Go to Something About the Author Online »

worldbook

World Book Online – Kids

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

Go to World Book Online – Kids »

worldbook

World Book Online – Spanish

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

Go to World Book Online – Spanish »

worldbook

World Book Online – eBooks

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

Go to World Book Online – eBooks »

6th Grade - 8th Grade

newsbank's america's news database

America's News

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

Go to America's News »

ar bookfinder

AR BookFinder

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

Go to AR BookFinder »

newsbank's arkansas democrat gazette collection database

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection

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

Go to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection »

newsbank's arkansas newspapers database

Arkansas Newspapers

  • Content from 50 Arkansas publications

Go to Arkansas Newspapers »

culturegrams

Culturegrams

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

World Edition | States Edition | Provinces Edition

encyclopedia of arkansas history and culture

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

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

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 »

novelist

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 »

pronunciator

Pronunciator

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 80 languages
  • English as a Second Language available

Go to Pronunciator »

SIRS Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer

  • Appropriate for elementary school level research
  • Features animal facts, country facts, current events, and science fair explorer
  • Integrates with Google Drive and Google Classroom

Go to SIRS Discoverer »

gale's something about the author online

Something About the Author Online

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

Go to Something About the Author Online »

Proquest Stem

STEM

  • Science-focused searchable database
  • Original images and diagrams from source material
  • Earth, life, physical, medical, mathematics, and applied sciences such as engineering

Go to STEM »

worldbook

World Book Online – Student

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

Go to World Book Online – Student »

worldbook

World Book Online – Spanish

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

Go to World Book Online – Spanish »

9th Grade - 12th Grade

newsbank's america's news database

America's News

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

Go to America's News »

newsbank's arkansas democrat gazette collection database

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection

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

Go to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Collection »

newsbank's arkansas newspapers database

Arkansas Newspapers

  • Content from 50 Arkansas publications

Go to Arkansas Newspapers »

culturegrams

Culturegrams

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

World Edition | States Edition | Provinces Edition

cypress resume

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

Driving-tests.org

  • Arkansas Driver’s Test prep
  • Access to manuals and practice tests

Go to Driving-tests.org »

encyclopedia of arkansas history and culture

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 »

proquest's ethnic newswatch

Ethnic NewsWatch

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

Go to Ethnic NewsWatch »

learning express 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 »

gale's literature criticism online

Literature Criticism Online

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

Go to Literature Criticism Online »

gale's literature resource center

Literature Resource Center

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

Go to Literature Resource Center »

gale's litfinder

Litfinder

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

Go to Litfinder »

lynda.com

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 »

novelist

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 »

pronunciator

Pronunciator

  • Language learning tool
  • Instruction in 80 languages
  • English as a Second Language available

Go to Pronunciator »

proquest central

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

ProQuest Research Companion

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

Go to ProQuest Research Companion »

proquest's SIRS researcher

SIRS Issues Researcher

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

Go to SIRS Issues Researcher »

universal class

Universal Class

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

Register | Login

worldbook

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 to your student for the 2017-18 school year will expire on September 1, 2018. If your child is enrolled in a LRSD 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.