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"Holding On" sculpture by Norman Mansson at the entrance of the Bluffton Branch Library depicts a little girl trying to keep her hat in a  sudden breeze
"Holding On" by Norman Mansson,
at the entrance of the Bluffton Branch Library
(on loan)

Youth Page
"Ask a Reference Librarian" blue lapel button
Children and Teen Calendars
for all branch locations!

Homework Sites
on the Internet

Internet Sites

Just for Fun!

Homework Centers
(at the Beaufort and Bluffton
branch locations)

Nursery rhyme quilt by Nalda Lagakis in the Beaufort Branch Library with scenes from 12 stories

Services Staff

Wendy Allen
Youth Services Coordinator

TEL: (843) 470-6508

At left: Nursery rhyme quilt by
Nalda Lagakis in the
Beaufort Branch Library.

Beaufort Branch Library
311 Scott Street,
Beaufort, SC 29902

Maria Benac
Youth Services Manager

TEL: (843) 470-6514

Darlene Bauer
Children's Programmer

TEL: (843) 470-6512

Bluffton Branch Library
120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton,
SC 29910

Scott Strawn
Youth Services Manager

TEL: (843) 757-1519

Carol Beck
Children's Programmer

TEL: (843) 757-1519

Hilton Head Branch Library
11 Beach City Road,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Jean Morgan
Youth Services Manager
TEL: (843) 342-9200

Greg Crispell
Children's Programmer
TEL: (843) 342-9200

Lobeco Branch Library
P.O. Box 690
1862 Trask Parkway,
Lobeco, SC 29931


Amanda McTeer
Youth/Reference Librarian

TEL: (843) 846-3937

Service Statement

The Library system offers regular programming for children throughout the year. Ask the staff at your nearest branch location for more information about children's programs and services.

See Circulation Services to find out about:

How to Get Your Library Card


Your Responsibility for
Returning Books, Tapes & Videos


How Long You Can Keep
Books, Tapes and Videos


Renewing and Reserving
Books, Tapes & Videos


Drawing of clown puppet


Pens and pencils

Web Sites
Home Schooling Sites


Try our "JUST FOR FUN"
SITES!, too!

See Also:

Our Other Useful Web Sites on Many Topics!

Internet Safety Sites

(All Subjects!)

Find articles fast! Great for homework  
Globe picture. Click here for useful Intenet links.
Click here for homework links.
Online databases with articles
and encyclopedias.
Selected by librarians!
By Topic
The American Library Association's Great Site.
The Awesome Library for Teachers, Students and Parents (
(which includes lessons by subject, reference resources, special education, etc.) .
Education 4 Kids ( offers activities in math, science, language and social studies.
Education Planet ( provides help for students, teachers, and parents in nearly every school subject.
HomeworkCentral (
Explore over 10,000 study subjects linked to 100,000 scholar-selected Internet resources."Kids", "Teens" and "College & Beyond" levels.
Librarian's Index to the Internet (
At the "Kids" links on the home page, click on "Homework". Then look the list over and see what's there to help you!
The Library's Useful Web Sites on Many Topics! (
WebExhibits ( for "something interesting every day" on lots of topics.
The Yahooligans School Bell site ( links
to other webs about:
Programs / Ask an Expert / Careers /
Clubs and Organizations /
Computer Science /
Homework Help / Language Arts / Math / Music / Reference / School Sites / Science and Oddities / Social Studies.

(History and Culture)

  • Behind the Name: History Names (htttp:// and Mythology Names (htttp://"Attila" meant "little father in the language of the ancient Goths, and Greek god Zeus' name meant meant "shine" or "sky." Find other names in history and mythology (and brief facts , too) on this site.

  • The Perseus Project ( Students can find thousands of images of buildings, coins and art as well as an online classical encyclopedia. The emphasis is Greece, with some information on Ancient Rome. Older Students: check out the classical Greek and Roman texts (in English and the original language).

  • ALSO: Check out the "Ancient World" links on the WebExhibits ( site!


  • The Picture Collection Online (, from the New York Public Library, is a "collection of 30,000 digitized, public domain images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923." Images include costume, New York City design, American history and over 12,000 other subjects. Search by keyword or by browsing a variety of indexes.

  • Web Museum ( Quick access to color reproductions of famous paintings. Search by artist's name, time period and themes.

[for Research Papers and Electronic Sources]

American Psychological Association Citation Guide (

Citation Style Guides ( from the Seattle Central Community College Library. Just right for students who need to write bibliographies using specific citation style: Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago (Turabian), American Psychological Association (APA), and American Anthropological Association (AAA). Includes examples of specific citations, links to other Web sources explaining the citation styles, and examples of electronic reference formats.

Citation Game ( University of Washington TRIO, part of a U.S. Department of Education program aimed at helping low-income Americans prepare for higher education. Interactive exercises provide practice in "putting citation elements (Title, Author, etc.) into the correct MLA or APA style order." Chart compare APA (American Psychological Association) and MLA (Modern Language Association) citations, allowing students to drag and drop parts of citations into the appropriate order.

Kingwood College Paper & Electronic Format Citing Source Guides: for APA (American Psychological Association) ( and MLA (Modern Language Association) styles (

• The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center (

(Historical & Theatrical)

  • The Costume Gallery ( hosts over 800 web pages and 2,500 images of fashion and costume.

  • The Costume Page ( is a "library of costume and costuming-related links" for costumers, students, historical re-enactors, science fiction fans, professionals, amateurs, dancers, theatrical costumers, trick-or-treaters, writers,
    researchers, and all those interested in fashion, textile art, and costume history.
  • The History of Costume ( "Classic" 19th-century color plates of 500 costume designs from ancient times to the 1800s.

  • The Picture Collection Online (, from the New York Public Library, is a "collection of 30,000 digitized, public domain images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923." Images include costume, New York City design, American history and over 12,000 other subjects. Search by keyword or by browsing a variety of indexes.

  •,( for thousands of costume-related Web sites!

see also NATURE

  • Endangered Species Home Page ( The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services's web site gives you quick information about endangered (and threatened) animal and plant species in the United States.

  • National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition ( Where are the 1,244 endangered species of plants and animals in the United States? Just click on each state in the map on this site for detailed lists!


(See also Citation Sources and Literature)

  • Common Errors in English ( Learn how to tell "discreet" from "discrete" and avoid hundreds of other everyday pitfalls.
  • The Grammar Lady ( Check the frequently-asked questions on her Web site first -- then read how to phone or e-mail for help with especially difficult problems!
  • Research Papers (Citation Sources) ( Online guides to bibliographical citation and other features of the research paper format.

Recipes and Food

General Recipes

  • Epicurious ( Find recipes by keyword, meal/course, nationality, main ingredient, season/occasion and by special considerations (kid-friendly, low-fat or meatless).

  • iVillage Food Recipe Finder ( Search by type of dish, main ingredient, calorie count, preparation time and whether vegetarian.

    International Recipes

  • Recipe Source ( (New home of SOAR, "Searchable Online Archive of Recipes") Enjoy browsing through thousands of recipes: new sensations, old favorites and international delicacies! Search by keyword, too.

Recipes of Beaufort

Historic Recipes

  • Historical Recipes of Different Cultures
    ( From Rome to the Middle Ages and Renaissance in England and Europe, sample these collections of recipes and ingredients.

  • Medieval/Renaissance Food Home (
    Along with the individual recipes, links include primary sources, reference materials, bibliographies, articles, publications and other information of interest.


  • Babel Fish ( Translate from English to French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (and from these languages to English)!

  • International Languages ( Read the latest news stories in your choice of languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish.

  • Gullah Dialect ( The Beaufort County Public Library's web page about the language and culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands.
  • Travlang ( From Afrikaans to Zulu, learn the basics of over 70 foreign languages!
  • ( There are four multilingual (Spanish, French, Italian, and German) translation dictionaries from Collins Dictionaries from HarperCollins and one extremely big English dictionary. The English-Spanish dictionary alone has over 160,000 words with more than 230,000 translations. The entries give examples of how each word is used in various contexts of meaning.

  • ( Choose from: Foreign Language Dictionaries (for 240 languages) / Multilingual Dictionaries / Specialized English Dictionaries (Scientific, Professional, Vocational) / On-Line Grammars / Index of Dictionary Indices / Language Identifiers and Guessers/ "Fun and Games" and more.

and Social Studies

  • For in-depth information on COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD, try the Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook ( and the Library of Congress "Country Studies". (

  • The 50 States of the United States ( Flags, symbols, information about each state in the U.S. Find WORDS to state songs!

  • Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) ( contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. The References are made to a feature's location by state, with links to foreign information.

  • InfoNation ( The most current United Nations information on social, economic and governmental concerns in any of the 185 member nations.

  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection ( 2100 map images from the University of Texas: world, United States and historical.


  • The Student's Page ( of the South Carolina General Assembly is "all about your government". Learn about the state's Code of Laws, its Constitution, county governments, symbols & emblems, and the State House. You'll find your senator and representative, read about what they do in Columbia to make the laws of South Carolina. Special bonuses:Fun Things to See & Do / Quizzes & Puzzles / The Official State House Coloring Book / Tour the Capital Complex / Tour the State.
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (1774 - Present) ( Search for biographical entries of representatives, senators, delegates, presidents, vice presidents, resident commissioners, speakers of the house -- even members of the Continental Congress.


Government Officials Who Serve You
• Federal • State • County • Municipal •


  • KidsHealth ( is designed especially for children and teenagers. Here's the place for facts about growth, food & fitness, childhood infections, immunizations, lab tests, surgery and treatments. Special bonus: Check out the health games, "How the Body Works" animations and other surprises!


Choose an area:


World History and General Historical Resources

  • American and British History Resources on the Net ( is a selection of links to biographical sites, maps, statistics and many other kinds of information.

  • Any Day in History ( Find out what happened on any date: events, births and deaths ... even people reported missing in action.

  • Behind the Name: History Names (htttp:// "Attila" meant "little father" in the language of the ancient Goths. Find other names in history (and brief facts about the people, too) on this site.
  • Discoverer's Web ( Links to information on explorers and exploration from ancient times to the Age of Discovery (1400-1520).

  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian ( information on a wide range of topics.
  • Photographic Resources on the World Wide Web ( A Web directory of links for historic photographs, from the University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

  • The History Net ( "Where History Lives on the Net" with world history, U. S. history, with military and aviation resources.
  • HyperHistory Online ( 2,000 files covering 3,000 years of world history.

United States History

African-American Resources

General Black History Resources

South Carolina Black History Resources

  • African-Americans in South Carolina ( from SCIway ("South Carolina's Information Highway")  links to more than 200 sites on history, people, education, culture, organizations and related resources. SCIway has developed a black history section with the Columbia-based Chicora Foundation, ( focusing on the every day lives of black South Carolinians during the 1700s and 1800s (with stories, quotes, pictures, facts, and graphs). 

  • Gullah Dialect and Sea Island Culture ( The Beaufort County Public Library's Web page for history, language and daily life.

  • Sweetgrass Baskets (http://www.bcgov.neta/bftlib/sweetgra.htm) The Library's Web page tells you the history of the famous African-American baskets of the Lowcountry -- and what is used to make them.

Civil War

Colonial Period

  • Archiving Early America ( Find maps, newspapers and writings of early American history -- as they looked at the time!

  • Salem Witches ( Play the role of an accused witch -- and learn more about the people, events and places of Old Salem on this National Geographic web site.


  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (1774-Present) ( Search for biographical entries of representatives, senators, delegates, presidents, vice presidents, resident commissioners, speakers of the house -- even members of the Continental Congress.

Beaufort County History

  • Local History Pages ( People, places -- even ghosts! -- of our community, prepared by the staff of Beaufort County Public Library.



  • Behind the Name (htttp:// Did you know that the names "Frederick and "Frederica" mean "peaceful ruler"? Find your own first name in the long lists of English, African and other nations' names, plus mythological, literary, historical and Biblical names.
  • Bibliomania ( Hundreds of searchable, online full texts of Fiction / Poetry / Non-Fiction ~ (Important classic works) / Reference (Literature and Language).

  • BookBrowser ( offers fiction reading lists, book reviews, forthcoming titles, author information and more. BookBrowse"help(s) avid fiction readers and authors find each other."

  • The English Server ( Search the web site of the Carnegie Mellon University English Department for over 30,000 works on a wide range of disciplines and interests. See especially the links for full texts of poetry and fiction!

  • The Modern Library "100 Best" Fiction Poll ( The Modern Library Board has selected and ranked what it considers to be the best novels published in the English language since 1900. Posted by the Brigham Young University Bookstore.

  • Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet (
    Library Journal
    praises "this well-annotated site (that) helps you navigate the voluminous Shakespeare resources on the Internet. Besides providing links to existing resources, (it has) ... a genealogy, a time line, a biography quiz, and Charles and Mary Lamb's famous ... Tales from Shakespeare."

  • Netlibrary ( Free access to over 3500 eBooks, including classic fiction, speeches, government reports and other electronic texts.
  • Online Literary Criticism (Internet Public Library) ( Start here for criticism of American and British literary works and biographical information..

  • Project Gutenberg ( An online "virtual library" of thousands of electronically stored books -- mostly classics -- that can be downloaded for free.

  • Representative Poetry Online ( (University of Toronto English Department) Search for full text of over 2100 poems by poet, first line, timeline, days of the year, or keyword. Includes a glossary and classic works of poetry criticism.

  • What's Next! ( This Kent District Library page helps you search adult fiction in series (a "series" is two or more books linked by characters, settings, or other common traits). Great source for sequels!



(See also Weights and Measures)

  • Ask Dr. Math ( Students of all ages (through college) can find most of their answers in the archives and FAQ sections. If not, send Dr. Math an e-mail for help with those really tough problems!

  • Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
    ( lets you have fun through games and brainteasers about arithmetic, algebra, and geometry
  • K-12 Math Problems, Tips & Tricks ( Have fun, and see the list of problems and puzzles on the Web and the "ticks for Learning Math"!
  • ( Students, teachers, parents and math-lovers of all ages have their own activity areas. Games, study tips, homeschooling resources are among the highlights.
  • The Math Forum Student Center ( Resources for students (kindergarten through grade school), parents and teachers.


  • Classics for Kids ( Learn and have fun at this listener-friendly site. There are weekly shows about composers and classical music, with links to past shows. Play interactive games and become a real musical expert with the musical dictionary and guide to the instruments of the orchestra!

  • Just for Kids Links ( Kids and teens will enjoy this melodious selection of Web links from the Hilton Head Orchestra. Just click on the "Just for Kids" link on the Orchestra's home page.

(American Indians)

  • Native American Nations ( Lisa Mittenat's University of Pittsburgh site has individual, aphabetical links for many different Native American groups.


  • Beach Sand ( What it is, where it comes from and how it gets here! (Prepared by the staff of Beaufort County Public Library).

  • The Blue Crab Home Page ( A "sunken treasure" of links on many different levels, including sites for other kinds of crabs. Includes a professional directory.

  • Familiar Trees of South Carolina: A Manual for Study ( A great resource for students! Learn about: Leaf, Twig, and Fruit Characteristics Used in Tree Identification; Leaf Key for Identifying 60 Common Trees in South Carolina; and Illustrations and Descriptions of Trees. Testing your familiarity with our state's trees!
  • Hurricanes ( (Prepared by the staff of Beaufort County Public Library).

  • Loggerhead Turtles ( Information about sea turtles on the South Carolina coast and worldwide.
  • Lovebugs ( Some facts about those pesky clouds of bugs that fly all over Beaufort County in the springtime and autumn.

  • Marshes of the Lowcountry ( How did the marshlands form? What lives there? And why do they smell the way they do?

  • Sea Islands of Beaufort County ( What is the difference between a "barrier island" and an "erosion remant island" (and which type do you live on?). Learn about how the islands got here, too. (Prepared by the staff of Beaufort County Public Library).

  • Spanish Moss( Learn about its nature, history and uses (prepared by the staff of Beaufort County Public Library). Did you know it was related to the pineapple?

  • Venomous Snakes and Spiders of South Carolina ( (Online resources) Check out these links for pictures and descriptions of copperhead snakes, black widow spiders and other posionous creatures! A good place to find safety tips and first aid advice.


  • CNN/TIME Allpolitics ( Current information on many areas of politics from Time Warner and Cable News Network.


  • POTUS (Presidents of the United States) ( Find all sorts of information on presidents and candidates, First Ladies, cabinet members, elections, and trivia -- past and present. Extras include historical documents, inaugural speeches, biographies and selected audio & visual files.

(see also
Science Fair Projects and Experiments )

  • Cornell Theory Center: Math and Science Gateway ( Though selected especially for grqades 9-12, students of all ages will benefit from the links on Astronomy, Biology, Computers, Engineering, Mathermatics, Physics, Agriculture, Chemistry, Earth/Environmental Science, and Meteorology.

  • How Stuff Works ( "Have you ever wondered how the engine in your car works or what makes the inside of your refrigerator cold? ... See hundreds of cool articles!"

  • Mad Sci Network ( All students (from kindergarten through college) may search the topic archives or ask questions at the online "Info Desk".
  • Museum of Science ( Interactive online exhibits and easy-to-read information on many topics.
  • Nature ( features current and past information from nature Magazine.
  • NASA Homepage ( Largest source of space-related information on the Internet -- the past, present and future of space exploration! ... Or go directly to the NASA Photo Gallery. (
  • Science Friday with Ira Flatow ( Listen to past shows on the online version of the public radio call-in science talk show! Check out the science site links and Kid's Connection information, too.
  • Science Hobbyist ( Link to a large selection of links science topics, science fair projects, science education Web resources, homeschooling links and online science museums.

(see also Science )

  • Edible/Inedible Experiments Archive ( The experiments cover most of the main branches of the sciences and are designed for elementary through high school students (and especially for homeschooled students).
  • Experimental Science Projects: An Introductory Level Guide ( The outline for setting up and conducting an experimental science project will be helpful for studentsand teachers alike. Steps include initial observation, gathering information, titling the project, stating the purpose, making the hypothesis statement, and designing the experiment. Instructions are grade on beginning and intermediate levels.
  • ( Find experiments from optics to life sciences, with fun and games along the way.
  • Online Experiments ( in physics using ordinary materials.
  • Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab ( Experiments from easy to advanced on just about everything!
  • Science Hobbyist ( Link to a large selection of links science topics, science fair projects, science education Web resources, homeschooling links and online science museums.
  • Science Mini-experiments ( More than 60 experiments with explanations of the scientific principle involved.

and the English Renaissance

  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare Online ( Can't find a copy of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, or Macbeth? Never fear -- this Web site has all Shakespeare's plays at the click of your mouse!
  • Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet Library Journal praises "this well-annotated site (that) helps you navigate the voluminous Shakespeare resources on the Internet. Besides providing links to existing resources, (it has) ... a genealogy, a time line, a biography quiz, and Charles and Mary Lamb's famous ... Tales from Shakespeare."

  • NOTE: The Perseus Project ( now has English Renaissance texts and materials!




  • The Museum of Unnatural Mystery ( "a slightly bizarre, cyberspace, science museum for all ages. Are there really flying saucers? What killed the dinosaurs? Is there something ancient and alive in Loch Ness? The Museum takes a scientific look at these, and other, questions. Feel free to wander our halls and make some serendipitous discoveries. "


  • Hurricanes ( (Prepared by the staff of Beaufort County Public Library).

  • Weather Underground: Tropical Weather ( This page web site provides news on tropical storms/hurricanes as it breaks, with maps, reports, frequently-asked questions and software.

  • WJWJ-TV ( Extended local forecasts and links to other weather and tide links.


  • How Many? A Dictionary of Measurement ( From A (international symbol of paper measurement) to Zhubov scale, an alphabetical glossary of metrical terms and concepts - fully cross-referenced to related topics!

  • Measurements Converter ( Weight, Capacity and Volme, Length, Area, Speed, Pressure, Temperature, Circular Measure and Time -- among metric, British, American, nautical and other measurement systems.


Just for Fun!


  • Berit's Best Sites for Children ( Your gateway to the best 100 sites for kids!

  • Great Sites ( The American Library Association site with pages with more than 700 "amazing. spectacular, mysterious, wonderful web sites for kids and the adults who care about them."

  • Making Friends ( Learn how to make hundreds of great craft projects for yourself -- and to give to others!

  • PBS Kids ( Fun, games and cool links with Arthur, Barney, Sesame Street, Teletubbies, Zoom and all your favorite Public Broadcasting System TV friends!

  • Sand Castle Central ( Photos, tips, tools, contests -- everything you need to make the best sand castle on the local beaches!

  • Seussville ( "The Cat in the Hat, Sam-I-Am,Horton and the Whos, and the rest of the Seuss characters welcome you to Seussville, Dr. Seuss's playground in cyberspace. You can play games, chat with the Cat in the Hat, win prizes, find out about new Dr. Seuss books and CD-ROMs, and much, much more! What are you waiting for? Let's play!"

  • Yahooligans! ( ("The Web Site for Kids"): A directory of links to social studies, science, cultural, games, sports and other links for kids.

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