For Teachers

There are many resources available to teachers. Here is a small sampling of sources curated by the Pike librarians.

Digital Collections

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) offers curated collections of primary source documents and images from American history.

Library of Congress Primary Sources

Primary sources and other materials for the classroom from the Library of Congress.


Searchable database of historical maps, map sets, lesson plans and activities from the Boston Public Library.

Digital Commonwealth

Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization, founded in 2006, that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives.

Google Arts and Culture

You can virtually travel and explore museums from countries around the world. 

Local Libraries

Memorial Hall Library

Message from Barbara McNamara at Memorial Hall Library

"eCards are available to anyone who lives, resides part-time to attend school, owns property, or works in Massachusetts. These give access to digital resources only. The application and account setup takes literally 5 minutes.

Residents of other Massachusetts towns: Get a card at your home town library. Bring your card and proof of your residence in that town to our Circulation Desk and we will register you to borrow in our system. You will y have full access (databases, ebooks, and ILL throughout the MVLC consortium AND access to Andover-only databases).

Out of state residents employed at an Andover location of a private employer or Town of Andover employee: You may obtain a 1 year card which can be renewed each year. You need to show ID and proof that your employer is based in Andover. These cards are for Andover use only; you will not be able to reserve items over the Internet. NH residents have full access to databases and ebooks as well as print materials held in Andover, but no ILL privileges."

Click here for more information.

Boston Public Library

If you are a Massachusetts resident and don't already have a Boston Public Library card, you can register for one online at


Copyright/Fair Use

Online Searching



Through the Mass Board of Library Commissioners, Pike has access to a suite of databases that offer reliable information. Educators' Reference Database contains research, reports and articles related to the field of education.

Searching for Images

Photos for Class

Creative Commons image search engine, age appropriate for schools and that includes citations. You can get a search bar widget here


Teaching Resources

PBS Learning Media

Searchable content for math, ELA, social studies, and science. Teacher tools include a blog, productivity tools, and professional development.


A wealth of lesson plans and interactive activities for students.

Teaching Tolerance

Videos and lesson plans centered around a variety of topics.

Common Sense Education

Lessons on digital citizenship for all grades.

Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry

Innovative Technology in Science

Activities/simulations to enhance your science curricula.  A word of advice from Ed . . . don't get caught up in the grade level designations.

Newseum ED

This interactive Washington, DC museum is dedicated to the First Amendment and journalism. This website is focused on resources for teachers.

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves uses history to teach tolerance in classrooms around the globe. Their collection of educator resources includes "a wide range of flexible, multimedia materials, from primary sources and streaming videos to teaching strategies, lesson plans, and full units."

Alternative Search Engines



Popular among K12 teachers. It does not track your searches. It does not store your search history and so, it has nothing to sell to advertisers.



This search engine is from Switzerland. Search topics, IP addresses and personal information, are not stored or used. The interface is clean, highly attractive and ad-free.

Qwant Junior

Qwant Junior

This search engine from France is designed for children and offers a selection of intriguing topics on its homepage. Inappropriate content is filtered and no personal data or browsing histories are stored.