In order to take advantage of your limited time, at home access to Ancestry Library Edition, please contact the Alabama Public Library Service reference staff at reference@apls.state.al.us for the login credentials.

Users must use "ALE Access" as the subject of their email to receive the credentials promptly.

 

The Ancestry Library Edition at home access link is located on the APLS electronic resources page at: https://aplsws1.apls.state.al.us/aplsnew/content/electronicresources.

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CareerAlabama.org provides free career and job search assistance and academic tutoring seven days a week from 10AM to 10PM. Career Alabama's Writing Lab and Career & Study Resources have services such as Resume Review and multiple ESL study guides and lessons available online 24/7.

CareerAlabama is a special component of HomeworkAlabama, a statewide effort made possible by the State Library of Alabama (APLS) through local public libraries, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through their Library Services and Technology Act grant program as well as state funds appropriated by the State Legislature specifically for this program.

link to Ancestry Library Edition website
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In celebration of Alabama’s bicentennial, Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) is now available for use at all Alabama public libraries.

This puts billions of genealogical resources at the fingertips of any Alabama resident with a library card. (Please note that Ancestry Library Edition is not available offsite due to licensing restrictions with ancestry.com.)

Need some tips on how to get started? Check out these FREE training resources available 24/7. Just click on the name to follow the link!

• ALE Learning Center

•  ALE LibGuides

• ALE YouTube training playlist:

• Five Minute Finds from Ancestry.com

• Genealogy webinars (live and recorded)

 

 

link to the Chilton Library of Auto repair manuals provided by the Alabama Public Library Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Chilton is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present.

Chilton Library is available remotely on all platforms, including mobile devices, so you can use it wherever you are!

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.

DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

link to the Learning Express Library

Take practice tests for the GED, SAT, citizenship and more.
Improve your job skills and explore career options.

Learning Express has more than 1,000 practice tests and skills tutorials for elementary school through adult learners.

Create an account and track your progress.

Creating an account is NOT required, but a LearningExpress profile will record your test scores, track progress and provide recommendations for improvement.
link to Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

link to Alabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources.

It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research.

Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.

Consumer Reports Magazine articles

Consumer Reports Magazine is a monthly periodical published by Consumer Reports, Inc. located at 101 Truman Avenue, Yonkers, NY, 10703-1057, United  States.

 

The Alabama Virtual Library Bibliographic Records

forConsumer Reports Magazine includes

articles published from January 1984 - Current Day. 

 

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. In addition their rigorous research, investigative journalism, and consumer advocacy, they work with other organizations, including media, consumer groups, research and testing consortiums, and philanthropic partners to inform purchase decisions, improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices. 

This AVL Index contains full color, full text articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers searchable by date of publication.

How To Access NYT

How To Access CR

The New York Times Magazine articles

The New York Times is a national newspaper published daily by the New York Times Company, located at 620 8th Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY, United States.

This Alabama Virtual Library Index provides a searchable list of full text articles covering January 1, 1985 - Current day. The New York Times is a news, opinion and commentary newspaper that provides national and international news, opinion and commentary; published in a national and a New York metropolitan edition. Includes local, and state news, science, sports, arts and entertainment, and business and finance news.

This AVL Index content does not include the New York Times Magazine.

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Pixabay logo with link to website

Pixabay.com is an international, copyleft and free-to-use website for sharing photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage. Users can find and contribute quality images and footage films. For uploading files and downloading full sized images, a free registration is required. By uploading files, the contributors waive their copyright and related image rights.
All video and image files available on the platform can be used without attribution requirement and also for commercial aim.

Alabama Mosaic website logo with link to site

AlabamaMosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.
AlabamaMosaic was initiated under a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and is now administered by the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL).

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Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

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Need to contact your federal, state, or local representative?

Use the links below to locate their names and contact information.

Official seal of the city of Spanish Fort, Alabama
The City of Spanish Fort utilizes a Mayor-Council form of government. Both the Mayor and Council are elected by the people to four year terms. The Mayor is elected citywide, and five council members are elected by Districts. The Mayor sits on the City Council and has an equal vote.
Find your district representative here: http://cityofspanishfort.com/Government.aspx
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Use the links below to search for your federally elected officials by using your current zipcode and for information on how to contact your elected officials:

Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Alabama

Use the links below for information about your Alabama State Legislature and to find your elected representatives for Spanish Fort, AL:

If you are in need of assistance or emergency services due to financial needs, please click on the HELP button for a list of community agencies and organizations that provide assistance to persons who find themselves in in a situation where they need a little help. 

 

"We have to tell people who need help that it's OK to ask for it." - Macklemore
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