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Research Databases:

Encyclopedia Americana (Scholastic)

An encyclopedia, appropriate for high-school students and beyond.


Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition

Britannica Library for children, young adults and adults. Search encyclopedia articles as well as magazines, web sites, and videos. You can also explore primary sources, a dictionary, and the Year in Review.


Explora Secondary Schools (EBSCO)

Research for middle school and high school students: search for your subject or browse topics such as arts and literature, biography, current issues, health and more. 


Lands and Peoples (Scholastic)

An encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events for middle school and high school students.


New Book of Knowledge (Scholastic)

An encyclopedia, suitable for elementary and middle school students.


New Book of Popular Science (Scholastic)

A science-intensive encyclopedia which is appropriate for both middle-school and high-school students.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

Covers today's hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration, includes more than 19,000 pro/con viewpoint essays.


Scholastic Go! (Grolier Online)

Multiple reference sources including Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, World Newspapers, and more.


Washington Post, Historical Newspapers 1877-1994 (ProQuest)

Browse and search complete issues; view articles, photos, ads, marriage announcements, obituaries and cartoons; print, download, and share articles and images.


World Newspapers (Scholastic)

Access to over 1,100 world newspapers in 73 languages, representing 195 countries.

Local Strength

Local Strength Local Strength

Local Strength is a weekly youth leadership program at the Hillcrest Heights Library.  Its for youth ages 13-18 and it meets every Thursday from 4:00-5:30 pm.  Local Strength offers youth opportunities to gain skills so that they can identify, discuss, prioritize and build responses to needs within their communities. Some projects they have done include a CPR certification class, created business plans and presented them to the President of the PG County Chamber of Commerce, learned how to code webpages in HTML and wrote a grant to combat youth homelessness.

Dream Lab

D.R.E.A.M. (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media)
Open House and Classes


Ages 14 and up


Fairmount Heights Branch


Registration is required, and space is limited for all classes! Call branch to register at 301-883-2650. Click play and enjoy the DREAM lab video!

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