Library resources can save students time

Do you know that 15 minutes can save you more than 15 percent on your homework challenges?

I thank the Courier-News for an opportunity to connect with readers on a monthly basis and my first column totally needs to be about how the Gail Borden Public Library can save you tons of time on homework and help throughout the school year. I don’t know a lot about Geico Insurance, but if the green gecko was all about time savings for students and families, he would absolutely be talking about the library.

Tutor.com is a new service that will be extremely useful for families and students of all ages. With a library card, you can click over to the library web site and tutor.com. From 4 to 11 p.m. every day (seven days a week), live expert one-to-one help is available for kindergarten through 12th grade, college and adult learners. These experts are certified teachers, professors, graduate school students and others who are experts in the subject field.

This online help is available for math, science, English, social studies and proofreading review. This assistance is available in both English and Spanish. The Skills Center Resources of Tutor.com is available 24/7. Contained there are worksheets and tutorials in many subjects plus statewide standardized tests.

So if you have a student in school or are a student yourself, do not hesitate, click over to the library web site at gailborden.info and use Tutor.com.

And wait folks, there is more. The main library has this little-known gem, the Resource Room. A small room in KidSpace, this is DIY heaven for school projects with an Ellison Die Cut Machine, badge maker, laminator and paper cutter. For under $1.50, one can make a two-foot laminated banner. Seals, alligators, rabbits and bookmarks — the library has dies for all manner of bulletin-board decor.

Reading levels

Another new great feature on the web site for youth books is the Fountas and Pinnell level incorporation. If your child attends U46 schools, you will learn about your child’s reading level in terms of a Fountas and Pinnell scale. For instance, if you wanted to find the reading level for “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, a perennial favorite (and part of the exhibit we currently are hosting at the library through Sept. 19), you search for the book through our catalog search box conveniently placed on the home page of gailborden.info. The page containing books and recordings for “Where the Wild Things Are” appears. Click the book and pull down and you will find that its Fountas and Pinnell is level J. If you wanted to find other books at this reading level, you can type “fountas and pinnell level j” in our catalog dialog box on the front page of the web site, and it will bring up over 700 other items for that reading level.

Focus on STEM

STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — is a huge focus in education and the library has very cool science kits that can be checked out for 28 days. At the Main Library, people can check out Snap Circuit kits on Electromagnetism, Flying Saucer, FM Radio and more. There are also Lego Education kits on Simple Machines, Pneumatics and more. At the environmental showcase, Rakow Branch, some of the science kits for checkout are Eco-Battery Vehicle, Wind Power Kit and Earth Lab.

Also worth mentioning is the Main Library’s over-400,000-item collection in multiple languages, meeting rooms, 60 computers in our computer lab, Wi-Fi throughout the building and assistive equipment. KidSpace, the Zone (middle school) and Studio 270 (high school) are specifically equipped and staffed to engage. In addition, we will be opening a state-of-the-art Digital Media Lab in October, so stay tuned.

Finally, please remember that all the professional librarians and other staff members at the Gail Borden Public Library are here to assist with your needs. As you can tell with the emphasis that the library puts on literacy, student success is extremely important to us. Our buildings are open 71 hours each week at Main and 66 hours per week at the Rakow Branch, and we are open 24/7 online. Please save yourself more than 15 minutes on homework and use your library. We are here for you this school year.

Denise Raleigh is the Division Chief, Public Relations & Development at Gail Borden Public Library District.

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    […] Do you know that 15 minutes can save you more than 15 percent on your homework challenges?I thank the Courier-News for an opportunity to connect with readers on a monthly basis and my first column totally needs to be about how the Gail Borden Public Library can save you tons of time on homework and help throughout the school year. I don’t know a lot about Geico Insurance, but if the green gecko was all about time savings for students and families, he would absolutely be talking about the library.Tutor.com is a new service that will be extremely useful for families and students of all ages. With a library card, you can click over to the library web site and tutor.com. From 4 to 11 p.m. every day (seven days a week), live expert one-to-one help is available for kindergarten through 12th grade, college and adult learners. These experts are certified teachers, professors, graduate school students and others who are experts in the subject field.This online help is available for math, science, English, social studies and proofreading review. This assistance is available in both English and Spanish. The Skills Center Resources of Tutor.com is available 24/7. Contained there are worksheets and tutorials in many subjects plus statewide standardized tests.So if you have a student in school or are a student yourself, do not hesitate, click over to the library web site at gailborden.info and use Tutor.com.Click headline to read more--  […]

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