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Reference Databases

For access to additional reference databases, please take advantage of our reciprocal relationships with other Skagit libraries. Call 360-853-7939 for more information.

Reference Databases

Please call the Library at 360-853-7939 for database passwords. (Library Card Required)

Homework Help

Please call the Library at 360-853-7939 for database passwords. (Library Card Required)


Internet Resources

Auto

  • Edmunds - New cars, used cars, car reviews, and pricing.
  • Kelley Blue Book - Used car values back to 1980, plus prices for some new models.

Books & Literature

Business

  • EDASC - Economic Development Association of Skagit County
  • StartUp 365 Washington - StartUp 365 Washington serves as a clearinghouse for all the information and resources entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses need to achieve success, including funding sources, training and technical assistance, mentorship, education, and information.
  • Washington BusinessHub - Washington BusinessHub offers a one-stop shop that includes nearly everything you need, from how to choose a business structure to licensing requirements.

Computer Skills

  • DigitalLearn - Learn the basics from using a mouse to setting up an email account.
  • Goodwill Community Foundation - From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
  • Microsoft IT Academy - This is a great program for the people of our community who want to improve their job skills or learn basic, advanced computer skills in general. All of the online training included in the IT Academy program is free. Come to the library to receive instructions and help on how to get started with Microsoft IT Academy. Detailed instructions are available here.

Consumer Information

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Disaster and Emergency Resources

  • Ready.gov - FEMA-sponsored website to prepare, plan, and stay informed. Links to build your own survival kit, how to get involved in your community, and the location of local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).
  • Saving Family Treasures Guidelines - Information on recovering paper documents, photographs, books, magnetic and electronic data after a flood or other disaster.
  • Skagit County Emergency Management
  • Water flow rates in Western Washington - Real-Time Data for Washington: Streamflow, for USGS river gauges. Pick the station you’re interested in in the column on the left.

Educational Games

  • Disney Games
  • FunBrain - Educational online games for kids.
  • PBS Kids - Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows.
  • Sesame Street - Play educational games, watch videos, and print coloring pages with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more.
  • Seussville - Official site of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat featuring games, printable activities, and more.
  • Smithsonian Education - Explore, Discover, Learn: Art and culture, history and travel, science and nature. Explore all the Smithsonian has to offer for kids.
  • Timez Attack - Download the free version of this popular math game.
  • The Toy Maker - Print out and fold paper toys.

Educational Resources

  • A to Z Home’s Cool - Run by Ann Zeise, a ‘retired’ homeschool teacher who has accumulated information on almost every aspect of homeschooling.
  • AR Bookfinder - Search for Accelerated Reader books with this free online tool.
  • Kanopy - Kanopy is a streaming service geared towards libraries who want to provide thoughtful and engaging entertainment for their patrons. Kanopy provides access to over 30,000 documentaries, hit Hollywood films, and children’s programming for free – all you need is your library card! Films, TV episodes, and educational videos from the Criterion collection, PBS, The Great Courses, and more will be available on your computer, tablet, or smartphone 24/7 to inspire, educate, and entertain all without commercials or hidden fees. There is something in Kanopy's catalog for everyone. Kanopy also offers a special service for young patrons – Kanopy Kids!

  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy offers free practice exercises and instructional videos that tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

  • Lynda.com (from LinkedIn) - Lynda.com offers the ability to learn new skills without having to pay tuition for college courses. Lynda is an online learning platform that offers a plethora of in-depth classes on a variety of topics taught by professionals and industry leaders to help you develop skills for work, hobbies, art, and self-improvement. Now, through the Upper Skagit Library, patrons can access Lynda’s offerings for free! Classes on Lynda range from art, graphic design, music, writing, business, marketing, project management, programming/coding, and in-depth looks at specific software used in all of these industries. Many courses are closed captioned and offered in multiple languages. Lynda also offers “Learning Paths” – recommendations on which classes to take on your journey into a particular career, such as becoming a music producer, improving your songwriting skills, becoming a small business owner, transitioning from the military into civilian employment, becoming a graphic designer, publishing an eBook, becoming an app developer or web designer, or making your own film.Together, Lynda.com and the Upper Skagit Library want to help you learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential.
  • Starfall - Teaches phonics using interactive stories, songs, sounding out words, and much more.
  • Virtual Reference Shelf - The Library of Congress’s virtual reference shelf.
  • WebMath - Stuck on a math problem? This site would like to help you solve it.

Employment & Careers

  • Food Worker’s Card - Washington State Food Worker Course.
  • Goodwill Community Foundation - From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
  • Hard Times Resources - Useful resources for tough economic times, compiled by the State Library.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook reports the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions.
  • CV Maker - Free resume writing examples and tips to write a resume.
  • Skagit Valley Herald - Local job listings.
  • USAJOBS - The official job site of the United States Federal Government employment.
  • Washington CareerBridge - Career Bridge is Washington's one-stop source for career and education planning. Explore careers, view job trends, and find education.
  • WorkSource Washington - Search for employment by city and region in Washington State. It also has resume help, useful employment links, job listings from online newspapers throughout the state, wage and occupation information for the state and the nation, information on state training programs, job search tutorials and much more!

Farming & Gardening

Genealogy

Health

Languages

  • Duolingo - Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free.
  • Google Translate - Type text or a website address to translate it. Over 85 languages available.

Legal Resources

  • NW Justice Project - Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program; provides critical legal assistance and representation to low-income people.
  • Washington Law Help - Contains an extensive library of legal resources, self-help materials, and necessary court forms, all Washington State specific.
  • Washington State Court Forms

Local History

  • Concrete Herald Archives
  • Concrete Heritage Museum
  • Concrete High School - Yanica yearbooks from 1918 to the present.
  • Newsbank Via NewsBank and the Washington State Library, our patrons will have access to back issues of select Washington state newspapers such as The Seattle Times, the Bellingham HeraldThe Olympian, and more, as well as access to world news in the form of newpapers, videos, and web-only content. This service will be available until Dec. 31st of this year, depending on interest. Use these collections, some of which go back 30 years or more, to kick-start research projects, or just catch up on the things you've missed.
  • The Stump Ranch - Family and community history of the Upper Skagit valley.

Senior Resources

Hours

  • Tues. & Wed. 10am to 7pm
  • Thursday CLOSED
  • Fri. 10am to 5pm
  • Sat. 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday & Monday CLOSED

Directions & Map

The Upper Skagit Library is located at the corner of Main and Douglas Vose III Way. Google Map

Contact

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Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6pm in the library. The public is invited to attend.

Minutes from board meetings are found here.