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Art, Costume, Photography, etc.
Architecture Studies Library
Facilitates location of architectural information in the areas of design, planning, schools, organizations and more.
Source for looking for works by a particular artist.  Searches museum sites and provides a hit list indicating which museums have material on the artist.  Also offers links to publications, a monthly featured artist, and a master list of museums who have participated in the project.
World Wide Arts Resources
Another page that is a gateway.  Has imagery from artists and links to art-world essentials including museums and exhibits, festivals, art supplies, art schools, art history resources, etc.  Search for a specific artist or browse by period or medium. The museum index can be searched alphabetically or by category, including location, type, medium, or collection.
Art History Resources on the Web
Consists of long lists of links to authoritative art history sites covering prehistory through the 20th century.  May be time-consuming to use since it does not appear to be searchable. Each page includes a general index, followed by a short index and then the actual link list.
Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Egyptian artifacts at the University of Memphis
Museums Around the World
Eclectic collection of services connected with museums
Web Museum
Special exhibits, art movements, painting styles, individual artists and more
Consumer.gov is a "on-stop" link to a broad range of federal information resources available online. It is designed so you can locate information by category (e.g. food, health, product safety, your money, and transportation). Each category has subcategories to direct you to areas within each federal web site containing related information.  The site also provides current information on fraudulent and deceptive practices in the marketplace, consumer education and tips, and consumer awareness campaigns.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. They provide a suite of resources to help people manage their finances in preparation for, recovering from, or rebuilding after a natural disaster or emergency. They provide free tips and information that you can use to feel better prepared and avoid scams. On the site, you can find resources to: prepare your finances; recover and protect your money; and reuild your home, property and credit.
NADA Guides
N.A.D.A. Appraisal Guides on used vehicle values. Covers new and used cars, recreational vehicles, aircraft, boats, manufactured housing, etc.
Provides complete, clear, timely, accurate and unbiased information needed to make informed purchase and ownership decisions.
MotorTrend Online
Features include road tests, buyer's guide, auto news, articles on car buying, etc. 
Cooking, Recipes, Nutrition
Huge database filled with recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines. Allows you to search by keyword.
Copykat Creations
Site specializes in "tastealike" recipes.
Cookbooks On-Line
This site is maintained by a publishing company of local fundraising cookbooks. It provides information for your fundraising group, but also has a searchable one-million count recipe database. Search by a single word, words at the beginning of a title, or words within the title. Registration is required.
American Dietetic Association
Site provides up-to-date information on hot topics in nutrition, a suggested reading list and answers to frequently asked questions.
Countries & Their Cultures
Background Notes
Handy guides provide information on a country's leaders, politics, economy, and relations with the U.S. Published by the U. S. Department of State.
Country Studies
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. "Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as anumber of African nations."
AmeriCom Long Distance Area Decoder
Search for an area/city or country codes by place name for phone numbers throughout the world
American School Directory
Search for information on each of America's 106,000 K-12 schools
White Pages
Nationwide business & residential directory
U.S. Zip Code Information
Check for a 9 digit zip code for any U.S. address
General Information
Accredited School Online: Education on Your Time
Supports prospective students by creating quality search tools, school rankings, in-depth guides, financial aid resources and expert advice. Includes information on K-12, college, vocational & trade programs.
Test Prep Review
A free source of practice tests, including ACT, SAT, ASVAB, GED, etc.
College, Vocational & Trade Programs, including Scholarships and Financial Aid
Student Loan Report
Keeps students and their families up-to-date on the latest student loan and financial aid news
Student Financial Assistance
Keeps students and their families up-to-date on the latest student loan and financial aid news
IPEDS College Opportunities On-line
A direct link to over 9,000 colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking about a large university, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, a community college, a career or technical college or a trade school, you can find them all here. Developed by the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education.
Business Schools in Texas
 You can find all of the information you will need to decide on a school-based on various criteria, such as tuition costs, financial aid amounts, average entrance exam scores, acceptance rates, and more.
Homeschool Resources
   Weekly feature articles and excellent links. News, opinions, support, and a chance to be heard.
Homeschool World
    Site offers substantial information, related links, and articles. There is a selection of resource suppliers for the homeschool classroom. Support groups are listed in a directory of homeschooling organizations arranged by state.
STEAM Resources
How to Build a Robot
Robot building improves and polishes many skills such as electronics, programming, mechanical engineering, et cetera. This article discusses ways to build a robot. Explore the rest of the site for additional information on robotics.
Real Estate, Mathematics, and Financial Literacy (k-12)
Resources and lesson plans you can use today in your classroom, as well as information about what topics will reach your children best. .

Looking for a job? This collection of resources should help you get started. You might want to start with some of the major online employment listings, or get started with local resources. If you're not sure where to start, look at careers. You can also find specific tips for resumes, interviews, and salary negotiation.           

 USA Jobs
The federal government's official jobs site.
 USA Jobs
Site that helps college students and recent grads gain access to the jobs that will make the most of their education.
Provides information about nonprofit jobs and volunteer opportunities in the United States and around the world. Search by industry, location or keyword.

JobStar was created by the Bay Area Library & Information System (BALIS).  This resource includes career guides, information on resume writing, salary surveys, and job hunting, free online career tests, and other information.  Job advertisements are for primarily for California.
Texas Workforce
This site is divided into the following categories: Search for Jobs; Tips on Work Search; Interviews and Resumes; Career Planning and Trends; Training Providers and Programs; Job Trends; Wages and Other Job Market Data; Employee Rights and Laws; Wage Claim and Child Labor Complaint Processes; Child or Elder Care and Transportation Services; Unemployment Claim and Appeals Information; Work and Family Support Information; Other Services and Information; and Related Sites.
A service of the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop offers a wide range of career, employment and education data. You can:
  • Explore Careers: Get a better job… Self-assessments… Browse occupations and industries… Find employment trends and what's hot… and more
  • Education + Training: Define your plan… Keep learning… Find schools… Pay for education and training… and more
  • Resumes + Interviews: Resume advice, samples & templates… Cover letters and thank-you notes… Interviews… and more
  • Salary + Benefits: Wage and salary information… Benefits… Relocating… and more
  • Job Search: Plan your search… Browse job sites.. After an offer… and more
  • People + Places to Help: Services near you… State web sites… Unemployment insurance… Salary negotiation… Employment training services... and more
Canadian job aggregator Neuvoo is available in Canada and the United States as well as Switzerland and France.
Jobs For Teens Headquarters
Per their website, they are a FREE site on the internet that helps teens find a job. Whether it's an 11 year old looking for a part-time job to make a few bucks during the summer, or an 18 year old trying to decide on the direction they want to take in their career, they have information they need to succeed. The website covers the specifics around full-time jobs, online jobs, summer jobs, and side jobs. They also have information on resume writing and interviewing.
Hiring platform for employers and job seekers. In addition to their main page, they have some specialty links.
Jobs for Spanish Speakers: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/spanish-jobs
Veteran Page: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/zipcares/veterans
Student Page: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/college-jobs
Job Hunting Tools

Cover Letter Library

200 samples of cover letters for a variety of jobs and situations.

How to Write a Cover Letter

Includes a how-to guide and examples of cover letters for a variety of jobs and situations.

Resume Workshop

Resume Workshop was designed by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL). Besides covering the basic elements of a resume, Resume Workshop provides a step-by-step explanation and how-to guide.

Steps to Successful Interviewing

Short article with information on various aspects of the interview process, such as how to prepare for an interview, sample interview questions, etc.


Job searching website created by Dick Bolles, author of "What Color is Your Parachute?" Contains job search strategies, articles, career assessment tools and web resources for conducting a job search.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A classic reference about occupations from A to Z. Compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes a description of the work, training, and education and more.

Free Microsoft Office Templates

Includes templates for resumes, cover letters, cover pages and more.

Smart Answers to The Most Difficult Job Interview Questions

Site indicates it's a collection of the most challenging and common interview questions with the answers you need to rock your next interview.
Gardening and Agriculture
Aggie Horticulture
This Texas A & M University site offers factsheets, guides and databases based on years of testing and practice. More than 50 teachers, scientists, and Extension specialists contribute their work to the website. Their goal is to serve the students, producers, professionals and gardeners of Texas�and the World.
Rose Resource
Take a leisurely stroll through the world of roses and discover everything from gardening tips to award winning roses. Sponsored by All-America Rose Selections.
National Gardening Association
Includes a variety of gardening resources, such as answers to over 25,000 questions on gardening, a dictionary, articles, photos of bugs with basic information and control measures, etc.
Resources for Local History and Genealogy

The Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library's local history collection concentrates on Nederland and the Jefferson County area and is located in the Archive Room. The library does not collect genealogical material, except for a few titles of general interest and items that tie into the Archive Collection.

Microfilm Collection

The microfilm collection includes:

  • Jefferson County census reels from 1860-1930
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps that cover Beaumont, Nederland, Port Neches, and Port Arthur
  • MidCounty Chronicle from April 1932 - latest year available
  • MidCounty Review from June 1949 - September 1966
  • Peoples Press for 1929 (only known issues)


The library has copies of the Nederland High School yearbooks from 1927 through 2006. There are also a few copies of a school newsletter/paper called the Announcer. You can view the yearbooks online by clicking here.

City Directories

Nederland does not have a City Directory. It is included in the directories for Port Arthur and Beaumont. The library owns the following editions:

  • Port Arthur -- 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1951-1953, 1956-1961, 1964, 1968-1969, 1971, 1972, 1975-1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989-1991, 1993-1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Beaumont -- 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1994
Online Databases

The library also provides access to several online resources that may be helpful in your research.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
Sanborn maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street block and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers. They give a wealth of historical information, such as locations of buildings, owners names, type and purpose of structure, sometimes the date a building was built, building capacity, etc.

Internet Resources
USGenWeb Project
Designed and maintained by volunteers this project provides links to genealogical resources in all 50 states. Includes maps, categories of references sources, links to other resources in the state, and links to the county pages. Links include genealogical and historical libraries, source materials, surname exchange lists.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Gateway site to the world of genealogy on the web with links to over 100,000 sites, mailing lists, ftp sites, etc. Includes over 150 categories of information.
The PBS site has been "retired." This is the companion site maintained by BYU Broadcasting. It includes basic information on beginning research, downloadable family tree charts and other genealogical forms.
Newberry Library
Site includes reference guides on such topics as Cherokee genealogy, French Canadian genealogy, Irish genealogy, as well as some state guides.
National Archives and Records Administration
Has online versions of many of its microfilm guides to census records, military records, etc. Actual original documents are limited at this time.
Geographic Names Information System
Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names this database contains almost 2 million features. Each feature is identified by its federally recognized name, its location, type (such as church, lake, park, etc.), elevation, estimated population (if city or town), and any other name by which it may be known.
Geography and Travel
Travel and Tourism Information 
Find travel and tourism information from each state. Learn about events, attractions, activities, lodging, food, and more.
Fact Monster U.S.
For each state, you may retrieve: state bird, flower, motto, nickname, capital city, song, tree; coastline in miles, land are, highest and lowest points; population; date of statehood; maps; state constitution; representatives to the U.S. Congress and state legislature. Also includes links to various websites with other state information
U.S. Board on Geographic Names
Searchable gazeteer that contains information about physical and cultural geographic features of all types in the United States, associated areas, and Antarctica, current and historical, but not including roads and highways.
Federal Digital System
FDsys provides a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information, while enhancing the searching and browsing capability.
Texas State Government
Information on Texas, such as the state bird, flower and so forth. Job hunters and business people will find links to job banks and "doing business in Texas." The site contains travel guides, as well as links to other sites such as the Governor's Office and Texas Legislature.
Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart is a national library of factual information on over 13,000 elected offices and candidates for public office --- President, Governors, Congress and State Legislatures. We cover them in five basic areas: backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and the performance evaluations made on them by over 100 conservative to liberal special interests.
Navigating the Election Process for Students & First Time Voters: A Beginners Guide to Election Rights, Rules and Regulations
This guide simplifies what it takes to cast your first vote and offers helpful advice to prepare you for the polls. Keep reading to learn how easy it is to make a difference.
Health and Wellness
Their mission is to help you understand your new health coverage options so you can enroll in a plan that works for you and your family. If you run a small business, they’ll help you find a plan that works for you and your employees. Self-employed? That's covered too. There's also a new 800 number you can call to get your Marketplace questions answered by a customer service representative, available 24/7: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). On calling, you'll be welcomed to the Health Insurance Marketplace and asked to give your state.
PubMed operated by the National Library of Medicine searches Medline, articles from journals selectively indexed by Medline, and four molecular biology databases.
Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, this is a gateway to the vast amount of consumer health information available from the federal government. Includes medical dictionaries, links to libraries, medical journals, support groups, etc.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Online version of the 17th ed. of the Merck Manual.  Users will find chapters on medical diseases, disorders, and related drug information.  Entries provide information such as causes and risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
Merck Manual Home Edition
The Home Edition transforms the language of the professionals' version (above) into commonly used English while retaining the vital information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. This site provides access to both a text and interactive version which includes photos, animations, videos, pronunciations and a comprehensive search engine
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Information on cancer, including data on support groups for patients, loved ones, and survivors. The site also lists clinical trials and keeps close tabs on newly approved medications.
American Dietetic Association
Site provides up-to-date information on hot topics in nutrition, a suggested reading list and answers to frequently asked questions.
Journal of the American Medical Association
Online version of the world's most widely read medical journal.
The Heart: The Engine of Life
Developed by the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Heart is a detailed exploration of the human heart.
Mental Help Net
Most notable of the categories is the section on Disorders and Treatments where there is a list of topics with short descriptions on each and links to other sites and support groups. Links range from specific mental illnesses to broad topics such as loneliness, divorce, or aging. MHN gives sites ratings.
The Office of Public Insurance Counsel
OPIC is a state agency that represents the interests of Texas consumers in insurance matters. Per Texas law, OPIC produces two annual health insurance reports for insurance consumers. The 2020-2021 versions of our Comparing Texas HMOs and Guide to Texas HMO Quality have recently been released.
Substance Abuse
a comprehensive set of guides that provide information on many of the prevailing substance abuses that are affecting our communities today, various care options, and many free resources. Here are examples of their top guides:
https://rehab.help.org/guide-to-alcohol-rehab/ .
Addiction Recovery Guide
Information about treatment options, addictive medications, and holistic treatment approaches.
Opioid Resources -- Texas Medical Association
Site specializes in "tastealike" recipes.


This Day in History
Lists important historical event.  Can search by a specific date.
Remember.org -- Holocaust Information 
Spanning text, graphics, interactive maps, sound files, poetry, painting; collecting many perspectives on these events; and emphasizing personal remembrance. Includes an abundance of links to other sources.
Presidential Portraits
Selection of portraits featuring U.S. presidents, first ladies, historical buildings, Congressional photos, and documents from 1789 to the present. Keyword searchable and browsable.
Persius Digital Library
An interactive multimedia digital library of resources for studying the ancient world.  Includes ancient texts and translations, maps, illustrated art catalogs, etc. Covers primarily Greek & Roman materials, Latin, and links to other classics related sites.
Holidays and Festivals
Holidays on the Net
Multimedia site with a varied collection of U.S. holidays and celebrations, such as Christmas, Mardi Gras, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as links to further online resources.
Devoted exclusively to the worldwide festival industry and the premier resource on the Internet for festivals
and community events around the globe. Covers more than 38,000 events including arts, crafts, sports, cultures, and more.
Relocation and Moving
Salary Calculator
Use this Home Buyer's Fair site to find out how much you have to earn to just break even in another city.
Relocation Planning Tools
Enter the date of your planned move, the destination, and whether you have children and this site will generate a timeline to help organize the process.
Everything you always wanted to know about moving, including links to van lines with web sites and a place to get an online estimate of your moving costs.
Find a host of different home-buying calculators, search real estate listings nationwide, get tips on home buying and financing.
Home Safety
A to Z Guide to Security, Safety and Prevention
Quick tips and terms that span the alphabet and cover home security, safety, storm preparation, insurance coverage and other common home disaster incidents.
Home Safety Tips for Seniors
Tips to support wellness and safety for older adults in their own home.
Family-Friendly Home Design Ideas
Child-friendly design tips for your home and landscape to make it a safer, more functional place for young children.
How to make a home fire escape plan
Includes tips and free escape planning tools.
Safety Tips to Follow if Kids Are Home Alone
Check out these tips for preparing your child to stay home alone.
How to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible
Article explores three different philosophies related to making homes more usable for all residents. Also looks at techniques for incorporating the ideas from each of the philosophies into a single-family home.
Child Safety Guide: Making the Move from an Urban Area to a Rural One
Article explores health and safety hazards parents need to be aware of and teach their children to avoid when relocating from an urban area to a rural one.
Senior-Friendly Guide to Medical Alert Systems
Offers a very good guide to medical-alert systems for seniors.
Hurricane Preparedness and Monitoring Information
Relief and Information Links

If storm recovery becomes necessary, additional information will be added as it becomes available.


Entergy Texas Power Outages

American Red Cross

Financial Preparedness and Recovery

Links made available by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a CPA at FinanciallyWell.

Prepare Your Finances for Emergencies – this is a blog post from 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. There is a section in the blog post on after the disaster that may be most relevant. As we know, unfortunately, there will be people who will try to take advantage of this tragedy. The last paragraph in the blog post noted above addresses this. Here is a link to the Texas Attorney General’s Office with information on scams.

Checklist to rebuild your finances after a disaster – this blog gives some good ideas for steps to take to rebuild your finances.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. They provide a suite of resources to help people manage their finances in preparation for, recovering from, or rebuilding after a natural disaster or emergency. They provide free tips and information that you can use to feel better prepared and avoid scams. On the site, you can find resources to: prepare your finances; recover and protect your money; and reuild your home, property and credit. They encourage all consumers to submit a complaint to the CFPB if they feel they are not being treated fairly.

How Mortgages are Affected in Disaster-Prone Areas

Pre-disaster Financial Preparedness Checklist

Disasters and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness

Recovering Financially After a Natural Disaster

Disaster Planning: The Need for Business Storage in the Event of Severe Weather

Disaster Loans & Grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration

Annual Reports
Public Register's Annual Report Service
Annual reports for over 3600 companies
Security and Exchange Commission's (SEC) EDGAR database
Free access to more than 21 million filings. Since 1934, the SEC has required disclosure in forms and documents. In 1984, EDGAR began collecting electronic documents to help investors get information. The SEC's new system requires data disclosure — the next step to improve how investors find and use information.


Daily Stock Quotes
NASDAQ Home Page
Obtain quotes for stocks, mutual funds, or options from the NASDAQ, AMEX, and NYSE. You can also look up the ticker symbols.
Yahoo Finance
Obtain stock quotes, research, information on U.S. and world markets, as well as other financial data.
Legal Resources
Texas Legislature Online
Site lets you search through bills that have been filed, are under consideration or have been passed. Does not provide voting information
Federal Digital System
FDsys provides a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information, while enhancing the searching and browsing capability.
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
Based on the Martindale Hubbell Directory, this site allows you to plug in a name, office, city, state, or country, and select the kind of lawyer/law firm you want. Very brief biographical information is available
Topic index, providing links, not content. There is a legal subject index. If you enter the Forms section you can find some consumer related information such as simple will templates, sample letters to landlords. Many of the forms are state specific. LawCrawler is a legal resource search engine that allows you to search all of FindLaw or specific sections of the site. They also have a database of the U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1937 with page markers and hyperlinks to other cited cases.
Duhaime's Legal Dictionary
This legal dictionary is arranged alphabetically. Select a letter, then browse through the selections.
U.S. Code
Online version of the U. S. Code
Immigration Help 
Get free DACA help
Texas Constitution and Statutes
The statutes available on this website are current through the 87th 3rd Called Legislative Session, 2021. The Texas Constitution maintained on this website is the official text of the constitution. In addition, the constitutional provisions found on this website comply with the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) and are current through the amendments approved by voters in May 2022. For more information about UELMA, please see the council's implementation report.
Library Catalogs and Websites

We've highlighted a number of catalogs and websites of other libraries you might find helpful when tracking down books and other resources. Remember that the library participates in the Interlibrary Loan service. If you find a title of particular interest, make a note of the author, title, publisher, and copyright. Then ask the library if it is possible to try to obtain the item from another library. Generally there is no fee for this service; however, some restrictions may apply depending on the subject or copyright date of the publication.


Other Public Libraries in Our Area

Select the library's name to visit their website:

Hebert Public Library, Port Neches
Port Arthur Public Library 
Beaumont Public Library


Library of Congress
This site provides not only access to LC's online catalog, but also: electronic exhibits; "The American Memory Project;" descriptions of Americana collections arranged by region, subject, and chronology; Federal Research Division country studies; THOMAS www legislative system; indexes to Internet resources; and much more.
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Search through more than 1.2 million books, 10,000 archival records and 300,000 entries in the library's art inventory.
Rice University's Fondren Library
While some sites are for Rice University students only, there are still sites that can be accessed by the public. For instance, there are links to electronic versions of classic texts.
Lamar University
Search the web page and library catalog for Lamar University's library
Author and Literary Criticisms
study guides for a variety of contemporary novels. Included are many newer books that aren't covered by the older study guide sites.
A Celebration of Women Writers
List of women authors and links to their works or other information such as biographies, portraits, etc.
Jack London Online Collection
Collections of Jack London's writing, correspondence, research aids, critical essays, etc.
Jane Austen Information Page
Contains resources for studying the works of Jane Austen. Includes the complete text of some novels, as well as biographical information, letters, essays, and a collection of other Jane Austen web pages
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Includes quotations, glossary, links to other Shakespeare resources on the Internet and is keyword searchable.
Fictional World of Archives
What do James Bond, Mr. Bean and FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have in common? Find out on the "Fictional World of Archives" page.
Sherlock Holmes on the Web
Site dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Has links to other Sherlockian sites/pages.
Book Discussion Group Resources
Reading Group Center

Includes reading recommendations, “tips,” and “cheat sheets” for the Random House imprints, Vintage and Anchor.  

Reading Group Choices

Reading Group Choices selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.  This popular website offers interesting, informative, fun, and interactive material of interest to book clubs.

Reading Group Guides
Includes hundreds of guides and recommendations, plus news.

Book Group How-Tos

Located at the Seattle Public Library, this page presents ideas for creating a books discussion group. It also includes tips on making the most of your discussions.
Booklists, Readers' Advisory & More

For Readers' Advisory information, check out the Readers' Corners. Organized by age level, they include reading recommendations by author, title or genre. For instance, you'll find:

  • Children's booklists with read-alike suggestions for the "Dork Diaries" and "Goosebumps" series, as well as links to the Bluebonnet Award and other Texas Reading lists for kids.
  • Texas reading lists for teens, as well as Read-alike suggestions for favorite teen authors and titles.
  • If You Like... lists for adults covering authors such as J.D. Robb, James Patterson, and Clive Cussler, as well as read-alike suggestions for some of our favorite titles.
  • Links to resources we've tracked down at other libraries and websites providing similar lists.

Click here to go to the Readers' Corner.

Another great resource are our NextReads e-newletters. You can sign up for NextReads and get great book suggestions sent right to your inbox. Newsletters are sent monthly except those marked * which are sent bi-monthly. Just choose your favorite topic(s) on the sign-up page. Click here to find out more about the newsletters.

Movies, Television, and Radio
Internet Movie Database
Up-to-date information on movies from the early days of cinema to the present. The filmography database includes actors, directors, writers, composers, plot summaries, character names, and more.
AFI Catalog of Feature Films
The AFI description of the site states that the Catalog is "the most authoritative filmographic database on the web, includes entries on nearly 60,000 American feature-length and 17,000 short films produced from 1893-2011, as well as AFI Awards Outstanding Movies of the Year from 2000 through 2010."
Radio Days: a Soundbite History
Information about, and soundclips from, the early days of radio.  (Note: If main page is not visible when using Netscape, switch to Internet Explorer or another browser.)
All Music Guide
Albums, song titles, and artist biographies are included, but not all are rated.
Ultimate Rock Cyclopedia
Internet's largest rock music encyclopedia lists artists/groups with session details, biographies, photos, and links.
Historic American Sheet Music
Project presents digital images of sheet music from Duke University's collection. Published between 1850 and 1920, highlights of the collection include, "antebellum southern music, Confederate imprints, Civil War songs. Searchable by composer, title, performer, and many other terms.
Music Resources
Duke University cite has linked to about 1700 noncommercial pages/sites in more than a dozen languages. Sections like Composer Homepages or Genre-Specific Pages lead to annotated links.
City of Nederland
Official City of Nederland website. Provides information on various departments, City Council agendas, job postings, etc.
Nederland Chamber of Commerce
Provides information about the Chamber and its activities, as well as links to community information, organizations and other resources.
Nederland Independent School District
An almanac of Texas that is visually appealing and fun. has pictures of the capitols, San Antonio missions, money of the Republic of Texas, etc. Listed in Texas Monthly's "100 Best Texas Web Sites."
City of Nederland, Economic Development Corporation
Information on the community and a variety of links to resources and services, including statistical data.
Southeast Texas
Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation
An economic development organization comprised of the Texas counties of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange.
Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission
The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is a voluntary association of local governments that serves an area composed of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties. Founded for the purpose of solving area wide problems by promoting intergovernmental cooperation and coordination, conducting comprehensive regional planning, and providing a forum for the discussion and study of area issues.
This site contains over 4,200 names and their meanings
ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center
An excellent collection of materials on children, parenting, and early childhood education.
Reading Resources
A great set of resources from the U.S. Department of Education.

KidsHealth: Parents

Articles on many aspects of child health
National Parenting Center
The Center has been collecting and disseminating information on child-rearing for over eight years and has posted its archives at this site
Screen It
Provides parent-oriented reviews of popular movies, music, and videos.
Quick Reference
American School Directory
Search for information on each of America's 106,000 K-12 schools
Internet Acronym Server
Search for an acronym & see its expansion, or search for a key word & find organizations that have that word in their acronym expansion
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Search quotation keywords or display quotes for individual authors
Great Books Online
Website is a combination of contemporary and classic reference works.  Includes online versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotation & English usage books, poetry titles, and classics.
World Clock -- Time Zones
OneLook Dictionaries
Specialized word finder search engine designed to search over 700 dictionaries to find the ones that contain the word you're looking for or you can browse for a specific dictionary.
This is a meta site that, amongst other things, compiles lists of, well, lists. Especially well-known for its annual "Best of..." lists.
Population Clocks
Up-to-date projections for U.S. and world populations
Quotations Page
Quotations site with links and search engine.
Your Dictionary.com
The site is a portal for language and language-related products and services.  Has more than 1800 dictionaries covering more than 250 languages.  Includes information on speaking, reading, writing & comprehending a language.
The Vatican's Official Site - The Holy See
The Holy See offers over 1200 documents, a news service, papal speeches, and church policies on such controversial subject matters as female priests.
Navigating the Bible II  
Focus is learning about the Torah or Old Testament. The Atlas subsection offers essays on the characters and events of the Old Testament. Topics covered include history, beliefs, artifacts, and natural sciences. Full site searching is available.
World Wide Bible Study
Part of Christian Classics Ethereal Library, this site connects users to Internet resources related to particular books or portions of the bible. Users access links to an overview of the book as well as commentaries, sermons, and the entire text of the book.
Atla Website on Religions
The Atla Websites on Religion LibGuide is a growing, selective, annotated collection of web resources for the study of religion..
Why Files (Science Behind the News)
Topics vary greatly, but its stories are timely and authoritative. Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Graduate School.
How Stuff Works
Teaches about how things in the world around you work. Examples include cell phones, water towers, suntans, power grids, etc.
NMNH Virtual Tour
Sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History, this site offers insight into the Smithsonian's various collections. The tour is arranged by floor and department, e.g. dinosaurs, fossils, etc. are on the first floor
Endangered Species
Endangered Species Program
Species information from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Indexes include: major groups (e.g. flowering plants, vertebrate animals); U.S. regions; and foreign species.  Searches can also be conducted by either scientific or common name.  For each species there is a regulatory profile and in some cases a color photograph and links to other sites.
IUCN List of Threatened Species
Database is maintained by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre.  Information can be searched by entering species or common name. Other searches include: all species within a family, order or class; country; and threat category.
Astronomy and Space Sciences
The Galaxies
Site is an excellent starting point to learn about space exploration.  Includes tours of the solar system and high quality links to astronomy and astronautics sites.
Cosmic Origins
NASA's Origins Program seeks to answer two enduring human questions that we once considered around ancient campfires, yet still keep alive in today's classrooms:  Where do we come from?  Are we alone? This site brings together the information gathered through NASA's ground- and space-based observations of the universe.  It includes a library of documents and education resources.
NASA's webpage
The official website of NASA this page includes information on current programs, history, and links to NASA's other websites which provide information such as a virtual tour of the International Space Station.
SEDS: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Includes links to SEDS chapters, as well as the Space Images Archive, Space Technology Transfer, Mars Exploration Page, Lunar Resources, Shuttle Schedule, and links to Visions of the Future and other sites on astronomy, rocketry and resource guides.
A to Z Guide to Security, Safety and Prevention
Quick tips and terms that span the alphabet and cover home security, safety, storm preparation, insurance coverage and other common home disaster incidents.
How to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible
Article explores three different philosophies related to making homes more usable for all residents. Also looks at techniques for incorporating the ideas from each of the philosophies into a single-family home.
Resources for Senior Care in Texas
           Providing tools and essential resources to help enhance the lives of older adults
Small Business
Go Big In Texas
Includes information on owning and operating a business in Texas
U.S. Small Business Administration
Some of the services provided at this site are a tutorial for developing a business plan, advice on starting a business, tips on conducting research, a list of training workshops, places that offer counseling, information on financing your small business, other sites on small business management, and more.
Sport Information Resource Centre -- Resources
An online search engine and directory of sport and fitness related websites. SPORTQuest contains links arranged by sport or visit the Topics link to list all other subject headings such as sports science, fitness, Olympic games, and all other non sport-specific areas of interest. Other databases on this site require a subscription to access.
Lone Star Junction
An almanac of Texas that is visually appealing and fun. has pictures of the capitols, San Antonio missions, money of the Republic of Texas, etc. Listed in Texas Monthly's "100 Best Texas Web Sites."
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Informative and designed with old photographs and period illustrations. Includes information on the organization's holdings and a chronology of the mission from 1716 to the present. Listed in Texas Monthly's "100 Best Texas Web Sites."
Texas State Government
Information on Texas, such as the state bird, flower and so forth. Job hunters and business people will find links to job banks and "doing business in Texas." The site contains travel guides, as well as links to other sites such as the Governor's Office and Texas Legislature.
Provides links to what the west is all about: cows, cowboys, cowgirls, and computers.
Texas Historical Information
Index of Confederate Pension Applications
The index provides the names, counties of residence and pension number of some 54,634 approved, rejected, and home pensions issued by the Texas goverment between 1899 and 1975.  The listing for a widow's pension includes her husband's name as it appears on her application form.
Index to the Republic Claims
The Republic Claims series includes claims for payment, reimbursement, or restitution submitted by citizens to the Republic of Texas government from 1835 through 1846.  It also includes records relating to pensions and claims against the Republic submitted as public debt claims after 1846.
Handbook of Texas Online
Information at the website states: "The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association and the General Libraries at UT Austin. It comprises more than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories. The scope is broad and inclusive, designed to provide readers with concise, authoritative, and accessible articles that provide factual, nonpartisan accounts on virtually every aspect of Texas history and culture. The online Handbook offers a full-text searchable version of the complete text of the six-volume print edition, all corrections incorporated in the second printing, and approximately 400 articles not included in the print edition due to space limitations."
Computer Basics
Keyboard & Mouse Basics
Metasite containing more than 2,200 annotated links to search engines, portals, directories, and indexes.  Links are organized under subject engines, such as Arts, Business, Reference which are further broken down by topic
Search the Web
Search Engine Guide
Metasite containing more than 2,200 annotated links to search engines, portals, directories, and indexes.  Links are organized under subject engines, such as Arts, Business, Reference which are further broken down by topic
Using the Deep Web for Academic and Scholarly Research
A guide to find out everything you need to know about the deep web, including what it means, where it lives, and how you can use it to your advantage.
Search Engine Guide
Popular search engines like Google and Bing track your searches and other online activity. Comparitech reveals the best private search engines to consider as alternatives. They have other useful resources on their website as well.
Internet Tutorials
GCFLearnFree.org program (ECO)
From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
How-to -- Learning Guide
Includes tutorials that will get you from confusion to completion, making you feel safe and in control while online. Whether you’re a leisurely user, mathematics tutor or a small business owner looking to get online, you'll find something useful.
Citing Sources
APAStyle.org Electronic References
Excerpts from the new 5th edition of the Publication Manual. The material provided covers commonly asked questions regarding how to site electronic media.
Citation Guides for Electronic Documents
List of links to style guides and resources. Compiled by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
Weather Maps
Provides links to weather forecasts and satellite images on the Internet.
National Hurricane Center
Contains current and historical hurricane and cyclone information.  There are also links to aircraft reconnaissance sites.
Tornado Project Online
In-depth information, data, and videos on tornadoes. Some information includes FAQs, top tens, stories, and safety.
NASA Earth Observatory

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.