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Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens, a “must see Florida attraction” centrally located between Tampa and Orlando among rolling hills of citrus!  Nearly 50 acres of Olmsted gardens surround Pinewood Estate, a 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, and the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower housing one of the world’s finest carillons with 60 bells that ring every half hour and during daily concerts.

Flickr (Photograph Database)

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely

Florida Memory Project

Searchable collections of manuscripts, war records, historic images, vital statistics, audio and video recordings.

Global Children's Art Gallery

Online art gallery with pictures from children age 1 to 12 from around the world. Free scanning is provided if needed.

Internet Movie Database

The biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library

The Art Library is an enduring testament to John Ringling's passion for collecting and is a complement to his art museum.

Kahn Academy

Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Includes a searchable database of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.

Lake Wales Arts Council

The Lake Wales Arts Center is owned and operated by the Lake Wales Arts Council and offers a year-round variety of classes, concerts and exhibitions in a state of-the-arts gallery.

Movie Archive

This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

New York Library Digital

NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

Oscar Awards

Get the latest on 
the Oscar Academy Awards, including nominations, predictions, winners, and red carpet fashion at

Performance History Search: Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall has hosted 50,000 events in its three auditoriums since 1891. In 2013, it made an online performance archive available directly to the public for the first time. As of early 2014, records spanning 1891 to 1950 were published, covering more than 15,000 benefits, lectures, symphony orchestra performances, and more.

Periodic Table of Elements (Videos)

Short videos about every element on the periodic table, plus other cool experiments and chemistry stuff.

Philosophy Bites

Podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics.

Pixlr (Photo Editing)

Pixlr is a free online photo editor. Edit, adjust and filter your images. No registration jump right in!

PolitiFact (includes PunditFact)

Ever wished for a way to determine the truth regarding politics? Researchers from PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning website launched in 2007 by the Tampa Bay Times, examine statements made by members of congress, the president, governors, mayors, lobbyists, and anyone else in American politics who makes their voice heard. Their Truth-O-Meter rates statements as true, mostly true, half true, mostly false, false, and the wonderful "Pants on Fire."

Use the Flip-O-Meter to identify those who have changes in voting patterns or a reversal of stands.

The recently added PunditFact applies the same scale to the statements of pundits, columnists, talk show hosts and guests, and political analysts. Both sites can be searched or browsed by personal name or Truth-O-Meter rating. PunditFact is also browsable by TV network.

Polk Arts Alliance

Website that provides up-to-date events and exhibition listings for Polk County Arts.
Polk Museum of Art

Provides an emphasis on modern and contemporary, American and European decorative arts, Asian and pre-Columbian art.


The world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world.

Books and Literature
Bartelby Online publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.


800+ texts of classic literature, drama, and poetry together with detailed literature study guides. Large reference book and non-fiction section.

Book Spot

Find the best book reviews, book awards, online texts, reading lists, author and publisher information, book stores, book news, book events and more.

Digital Book Index

Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, etc.

Fantastic Fiction

Over 25000 bestselling author bibliographies with all the latest books, covers and descriptions.


All the words in the world. Pronounced.

Great Literature Online

Includes archives of now public-domain works by various well-known American and British authors.

International Children's Digital Library

digital library of outstanding children's books.

Poetry Tool

Find poems, poets, poetry news, articles, and book reviews. Browse for poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, etc....

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg has 36000 free ebooks for Kindle, Android, iPad, iPhone.

America's Job Bank

America's Job Bank ended operations on July 1, 2007. This page will help you locate alternative sites where you can search for jobs or prospective employees.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action

An international membership
organization dedicated to fostering through research an understanding of the nonprofit sector, philanthropy and volunteerism.

Blue Avocado

Online business magazine.

Business Plans - Florida SBDC

Helping businesses start, grow and succeed.

Career One Stop

Learn about different careers, find career information, and locate career resources with CareerOneStop.

Company Information - Hoover's

Hoover's proprietary company profiles and industry information.


Forbes is a leading source for reliable business news and financial information. Read news, politics, economics, business & finance on


Business and financial news delivered throughout the day along with investing, financial, CEO, technology, and company information, etc.

IRS for Charities & Nonprofits 

Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits

Monster - Jobs

Find the job that's right for you. Use Monster's
resources to create a killer resume, search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.

MorningStar Annual Reports

Investment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools and forums.

Nasdaq - current stocks

Official site of The NASDAQ Stock Market featuring free stock quotes, stock exchange prices, stock market news, and online stock trading tools.

Occupy Wall Street

News and resources for protesters attending the mass demonstration on Wall Street against financial greed and corruption.

Polk Works

Workforce development resources for the citizens and business community of Polk County, FL. for Nonprofits

Get government information and services for owners of nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Yahoo Business & Economy

! reviewed these sites and found them related to Business and Economy.

Computers and the Internet
Internet 101

A well-organized overview uses simple language to explain all basic concepts of the Internet.

Internet Guides -

Refdesk is a free and family friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based reference resources.

Internet Tutorials

Internet Tutorials, a collection of instructional guides to understanding and searching the Web.

Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

An online illustrated Computer Literacy course covering the material in a college course.


Free online website builder. Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple—all your Internet needs in one application.


Use our online directory to find phone numbers, addresses, maps and directions for businesses and people in the U.S.

Get Human

The fastest way to get customer service by phone, chat, email, or even by having the company call you back.

People Search

Trying to find people online? Need a cell phone number or email address? The New Ultimates has the people find tools that you need.

White Pages

WhitePages is the world's largest and most trusted source for business and people search, with more than 200 million people and growing!

Yellow Pages

Find online Yellow Pages business listings, phone numbers, addresses, maps, driving directions and more in the online directory.

Zip Codes

Search for zip codes.

Achievement Academy

A commitment to brighter futures.

Adult Literacy League

We develop readers to build a strong and literate community.

Alzheimer's Association: Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

We're here to help Floridians facing Alzheimer's and dementia with our 24/7 helpline, educational programs, support groups, message boards, care consultation ...

Easter Seals of Florida

Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Hillsborough County Schools Exceptional Student Education

Giving Hillsborough students great opportunities.

International Dyslexia Association Florida Branch

Florida Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Inc. is a 501©(3) non-profit, scientific and educational organization.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with
learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.

Learning Disabilities Association of Florida

Providing encouragement across the state of Florida.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities presents – the leading online resource for parents and educators on learning disabilities.

Our Children's Academy

Our Children’s, located in Central Florida, is a place where children with special needs overcome daily challenges and enjoy success in learning and living.

Polk County Public Schools Exceptional Student Education

Giving Polk County students  great opportunities.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Learning Ally (formerly
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) offers an online catalog of the best audiobook and audio learning opportunities on the internet.

The Vanguard School

Vanguard School is an accredited, internationally recognized community of students with learning differences. Located In Lake Wales, Florida.

College Is Possible

Coordinating association of US higher education institutions.

Lake Wales Charter Schools

Lake Wales Charter Schools. Bringing the best of public education to our community.

Polk County Schools

The official website of the
Polk County Public School District in Florida.

Polk State College

Your career begins here, at Polk State College, located in Polk County, Florida.

This site provides information from various government agencies defining bullying and cyberbullying, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to the problem.

Tools for Teachers

More than 1600 federal teaching and learning resources organized by subject: art, history, language arts, math, science, and others.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities

Warner University

Central Florida Christian college specializing in online education, distance learning, pastoral studies, MBA program, 30+ majors.

Webber International University

A four-year, independent, coeducational business institution located in Central Florida.


Compare mortgage, refinance, insurance and CD rates. Expert analysis of home loan finance topics and trends.

College Savings

Saving for college? Get details about 529 college savings plans, plan comparisons, non-commercial resources & more from College Savings Plans Network.

Consumer Protection

Great consumer information.

County Property Appraiser

Provides access to real estate records and maps. Located in Bartow, Florida.

Credit Counseling Agencies

Credit counseling services, debt counseling services as well as non-profit budget help, debt management, housing counseling, bankruptcy counseling.

Free Cell Phones - Safe Link

Free cell phone to qualified applicants.

Gas Prices (lowest by area)

GasBuddy lets you search for Gas Prices by city, state, zip code, with listings for all cities in the USA and Canada.

Hope Now Association

Listed below are the HOPE NOW Alliance counseling organizations, which consist ... in-depth debt management, credit counseling and overall foreclosure counseling. ... Citizens' Housing and Planning Association, Inc.

Investors delivers unique stock investment research, education and stock tips for new or seasoned investors, combined with daily business and financial


IRS is the U.S. government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement. Contains downloadable forms, and instructions.

Small Business Administration is the official website for the U.S. Small Business Administration, dedicated to providing support to small businesses across the nation.

Standard & Poor

Financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds.

Thomas Register (Industrial Supplier Database) is the leading product sourcing and
supplier discovery platform.

U.S. Economy at a Glance

Bureau of Labor and Statistics of
U.S. government tables.

Web Investing Guide is the leading online guide to investing, with thousands of categorized links to financial and investing news, research, tools, etc.

Yahoo Finance

Yahoo! Finance, you get free stock quotes, up to date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, message boards, and mortgage rates.

Cyndi's List

More than 292140 links! 281850 links, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 180 categories. Another 10290+ uncategorized new links in the works.

Family Search

Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.

Family Tree Magazine

The leading
family history magazine for researching Genealogy. Helping to discover, preserve, and celebrate family history.

Find A Grave

Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.

Roots Web

RootsWeb - the Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community.

U.S. GenWeb

Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the
USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.

Ancient World Cultures

Resource with chronologies, essays, links, and images from of regions,
cultures, wars, and significant figures in ancient and medieval history.

Migration in America

Where are we going?

World Fact Book

Provides detailed information about countries and non-self-governing territories around the world.

World Maps by Subject

Mapping Worlds is an Amsterdam-based company developing custom interactive data applications since 2003.

CIA - Central Intelligence Agency

Experience the CIA's history through its museum of artifacts, stories, and an interactive timeline. Learn how a pigeon gathered intelligence, read about the final hunt for bin Laden, and see what was in an operative's "Escape and Evasion Survival Kit."

The CIA's online library is rich with publications on the history of intelligence community, the Cold War, and declassified collections such as "From Typist to Trailblazer: The Evolving View of Women in the CIA's Workforce."

With more than 8.5 million pages, the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government records were part of the largest single-topic declassification effort - and they are available here.

The World Factbook, the agency's most popular reference title, and the CIA Maps page offers downloads. There's a kids zone, too.

Congressional Events

Tracking legislation and votes in the
United States Congress.

Florida Department of State

Links to all divisions of the Secretary of
State's office.

Get Help Florida

Get help in Florida - shelters, income eligibility, E-government, and more.

Government Departments Home page of the U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information.


Official U.S. government site. Download Forms FREE. Learn how to file. Get information on citizenship, green cards, work visas, E-Verify and more.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress.

United Nations

This is the United Nations homepage. Here you will find related information and links.

White House

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States

United States Government Home page of the U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information.

World Public Opinion

Global source of public opinion research on international affairs and policy. New polls of European, Asian, and American opinion are released.

Drug Information

Learn about drugs Abilify, Accupril, Accuretic, Aceon, AcipHex, Aranesp, Arava, Aricept, Arimidex, etc from the publishers of the Physicians' Desk Reference.

NOAA - FishWatch

This site, maintained by the leading authority for managing the nation's maritime fisheries, is designed to provide accessible, science-based facts to help consumers make smart seafood choices. Click on "Seafood Profiles" to find out how your favorite fish are faring. "Farmed Seafood" discusses the status of our domestic freshwater and marine aquaculture, and industry still in its infancy. There are also tips on buying and eating seafood (recipes are included).

Florida Agency for Health

Main AHCA Website. AHCA's main website for information on Medicaid, Health Quality Assurance and the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy.

Health Finder

Your source for reliable health information from the Federal government.

Mayo Clinic

Clinical experts provide current medical information and news on health topics.

Web M.D.

The leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information.

Guide to Law Online

The Guide to Law Online is an annotated compendium of sources accessible through the Internet.

Law Database

The Guide to Law Online is an annotated compendium of sources accessible through the Internet.

Library of Congress THOMAS

THOMAS In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

The criteria for inclusion in this resource, which began as a print title in 1973, is that data must be reliable and methodologically sound, national in scope, and presented by regions, states, and cities of the US. Information comes from more than 100 sources, primarily state and federal agencies, research centers and universities. Data is presented in six sections: Criminal Justice characteristics; Public opinion; Crime, victims; Arrests, seizures; Courts, prosecution, sentencing; and Parole, jails, prisons, death penalty. The alphabetical list of topics and the table lists are most helpful in identifying the needed statistics. Data is available for multiple years and presented as both PDF and CSV files. Each section can be downloaded or viewed in its entirety.

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. Copyright Office is an office of public record for copyright registration.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Home page of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's main web site.

American Library Association

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Includes association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members.

Florida Electronic Library

Portal to digital collections about Florida for students, research scholars and consumers. FAQ, live chat with a librarian.

Florida Library Association

Florida News Digest, conferences information, continuing education opportunities, and membership list of the Florida Library Association.

Internet Public Library

Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines.

World Cat

Find what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections.

Senior Citizens

AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.

Florida Agency for Health

Welcome to the Agency for Health Care Administration's Web site.


Medicaid provides Medical coverage to low income individuals and families.

Senior Health, NIH Senior Health. ... Sign up here for free e-mail updates. Get information on new topics, videos, and more from NIHSeniorHealth.

Social Security

The Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Gallup Poll

Gallup.Com provides data-driven news based on U.S. and world polls, daily tracking and public opinion research.

U.S. Census Bureau

Census information.

EUROPA - European Union

Visit this site to learn how the EU works, explore what it does in its wide array of activities from agriculture to science and technology (and everything in between), and discover why the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. Want to livei n or do business in the EU? Ever wonder what Europeans think about biodiversity or train service there? This site will tell you what you need to know. Find official documents, studies, and resources for teachers. Search Eurostat for statistics, Eurobarometer for public opinion surveys, and newsroom databases for press releases and audiovisuals.


Read Fodor's reviews to find the best travel destinations, hotels and restaurants. Plan your trip online with Fodor's.

French Culture

Cultural Services is a division of the French Embassy. With bases in New York City, Washington DC, and eight other cities in the US, it's dedicated to creating transatlantic dialog in the arts and education.

You can click on "French Culture" for the latest news on books, films, visual and performing arts, grants and programs, and events.

The "French Language" section offers information on teaching or learning the language.

"Higher Education" covers teaching and studying in France and related grants and fellowships.

Google Maps

Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.


Use MapQuest for driving directions and maps.

Roadside America

Homepage for Roadside America, travel guide to unusual attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and road trips.

Visit Polk County

Imperial Polk County, Florida is easily accessible from Tampa and other Central Florida cities. Great for a weekend getaway or vacation, Polk County offers incredible beauty and a sense of adventure with its gently rolling hills, cut with orange groves and dotted with freshwater fishing lakes. This area is vivid with beauty so enticing to the senses, it's paradise to any outdoor enthusiast. It is the heart of Central Florida and home to over 90,000 acres of land open to the public for recreational activities such as fishing, birding, and wildlife.

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