Elevator access to the ADULT floor will be UNAVAILABLE starting noon on February 2 until close on February 3.
Access to the auditorium remains unaffected. details

Elevator access to the ADULT floor will be UNAVAILABLE starting noon on February 2 until close on February 3.
Access to the auditorium remains unaffected. details


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A Stratford library card grants you access to databases for all ages. Search articles and documents in journals, newspapers, and online archives.

Some databases require a library card, which is available to anybody who lives in Perth County. Most databases are also available online from home, though some are only available in the Stratford Public Library. 

Ancestry Library Ed.

This database is a genealogy research tool with data from the census, military records, court, land, probate, vital and church records, passenger lists, etc. It covers Canada, the US, UK, and some European countries.
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TumbleBook Library - in French! This is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format - and new language - they'll love. [for younger children]
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Britannica Library | Children

Find information quickly and easily by searching Britannica’s three encyclopedia sets, the Internet Guide, and a collection of videos. You can preselect your reading level so that your results will make sense to you. This is more than just an encyclopedia!
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Britannica Library: Public Library Ed

Provides teachers and students access to encyclopedia articles, images, videos, editorially-selected websites. Users are able to select the reading level of their articles. Students also have access to research guides to help them learn about the research process.
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Britannica Library: Reference Center

Britannica brings all of the extensive research and in-depth articles that users expect from the traditional Encyclopaedia Britannica. Supplementing the encyclopedia articles, Britannica Online includes magazines and journals, selected "Web's Best" sites, multimedia, dictionary and thesaurus entries as well as links to the New York Times and the BBC News web sites. Additional content sources include Year in Review, World Data Analyst, Notable Quotations and Gateway to the Classics.
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Canadian Point of View

This full-text database is designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides information on 100 key topics of interest to Canadian researchers. Topics include the environment, human rights, race, substance abuse and many more. The database also offers guides to debate, developing arguments and writing position papers.
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Canadian Reference Centre

CRC includes Canadian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books. This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international (U.S. and U.K) periodicals in full text; full-text reference books; full-text biographies and an Image Collection. Updated daily.
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Chilton Library

ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use website. With Chilton Library, you are now equipped with decades of data to maintain your vehicle.
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Consumer Health Complete

CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc. 
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Consumer Reports

Full-text access to Consumer Reports magazine's investigative articles, product ratings and unbiased monthly reports.
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Creative Bug

With Creativebug you'll enjoy unlimited access to over 1000 online art and craft classes. Watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities! Includes Knitting, Crochet, Art & Design, Paper, Sewing, Quilting, Jewelry, Kids, Food + Home, Holiday + Party and more!
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Culturegrams Online

CultureGrams Online is a leading reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe. It includes four editions: the World Edition (for junior high school students and up) and the Kids, U.S. States, and Canadian Provinces editions (for upper elementary school students).

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Download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and videos anywhere, anytime, to any computer. You can even transfer the audiobooks and videos to your favourite mobile device and take them with you - wherever you go! eBooks can be transferred to various readers like the Kobo or downloaded directly to your tablet.  Help with downloadLibrary
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Explora Canada

Explora Canada provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines, reference books, news articles, and Associated Press videos. Browse categories organized by popular topics, and begin your research with Topic Overviews, which provide a solid starting point for discovery and understanding.
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Fiero Code Club

A web-based educational software where kids can learn to make websites, video games, apps, animations, programs and more!
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Gale Courses

Gale Courses are free, instructor-led online courses that provide professional development, technological skill enhancement, and improve personal wellness. Begin your lifelong learning, for free, by taking advantage of this great opportunity.  More on Gale Courses.
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Gale OneFile: CPI.Q

Use CPI.Q to find articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, Canadian biographies, and other reference content from Thomson Gale, all with a Canadian focus.
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Home Improvement Reference Centre

Home Improvement Reference Center provides "how-to" information on thousands of home improvement and repair projects, from plumbing and wiring, to painting and decorating.
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Mango Languages

Mango is an interactive learning tool that uses sound and visual display to help immerse users in over 40 different languages and over 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taught in the native language.
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MasterFile Premier

Search articles from over 2,000 magazines covering general interest topics including current events, business, health, science, sports, multicultural issues, and more.
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This database allows readers to search for their favourite authors or titles, and find others of similar interest. Users can browse theme-oriented book lists at every reading level through Explore Fiction, and look for outstanding titles in Best Fiction. 
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NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 contains book recommendations K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children's "chapter" books and young adult titles. This is a great starting place for learning about the books that you need and will want to read! 
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Oxford English Dictionary

A searchable dictionary used to study the history, meaning, and pronunciation of words in the English language. Find out when a word was first used and how its context has changed over time.
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PebbleGo covers information on Animals, Health, Science, and Social Studies. The information included is geared for PreK - Grade 2. If prompted, site username: sopl643 and password: school 
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Read newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in multiple languages. You can share, print, save, and comment on articles. PressReader works best in a web browser on your computer or mobile device. When you select Sign in, click on Library or Group and search for Stratford Public Library.
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Primary Search

Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration. 
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Science Reference Center

Provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
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Teen Book Cloud

TeenBookCloud is an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audiobooks, offering students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. 
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Tumblebook Library

An online collection of talking picture books, graphic novels and general novels for children to use by themselves or with an adult. Makes reading a fun experience with text, animation, music and narration. Also includes books and games in French and Spanish.  [young children up to grade 6]
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Math can be fun! Explore this collection of math stories that combines animation, narration, and sound for students of all ages.
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