Monday, August 19, 2013

Back to School

What is a school supply that everyone needs and is completely free?  
Your Library Card!

Now that the hubbub of the first week of school has died down - school supplies are purchased and routines have been worked out - we can focus on making the school year successful.

With your library card, you have access to a number of online resources, including free online tutoring with a professional tutors. helps K-12 and college students with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, including subjects like Chemistry, Algebra, and Calculus.  Adults can get help with resume writing, GED prep, and academic support.  All sessions are online and one-to-one with a live tutor, available every day from 3 to 10 p.m.

ABC Library has other helpful online resources to complement these tutors, with language learning software, research article databases, test preparation software, encyclopedias, biography and literature reference centers, hot-topic event viewpoints, and reading lists for teens and kids.  We have guides to conducting Science Fair projects/experiments and how to use article databases for research.

In addition to our collection of books, audiobooks, music, and movies, we also have downloadables like eBooks and eAudiobooks.  Students can use library public PCs to do research, work on projects, and print, as long as a parent has signed permission on their library card application.  The public PCs have Microsoft Office Suite installed, with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher available.  (Remember to bring a USB drive to save your work.)

We also have programs to help your child get ready for school or participate in activities that will reinforce learning.  Teens are encouraged to get involved in our Teen Advisory programs, a valuable extracurricular to add to a college application.  Stop by your local branch, visit our Programs & Events page to see what's happening, or look at the list below.
Lastly, we have expertise.  If you have questions, difficulties, or want more information, simply ask!  In-person reference assistance is available at all of our branches.

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