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Library Resources for Distance Learning and Home School

by Chelsey Roos on 2020-08-11T09:36:17-07:00 | Comments

Library Resources for Distance Learning and Home School

Blog 19: Library Resources for Distance Learning and Home School

Back to school is normally a time of new crayons, briefly tidy backpacks, and library book displays about meeting new teachers and taking the school bus. This year, however, back to school is looking different than it ever has before. Distance learning, home schooling, and other forms of at-home learning can be tough, but the library has many resources that can help. The only thing you need to use these resources is your library card number! Log-in when prompted to explore these resources. 

Help! We need… to enrich our learning 

  • Pronunciator: Pronunciator is an online language-learning service that includes 80 languages for beginners and advanced learners, kids and adults, and ESL learners. You can choose to do short, daily lessons, or an extended course with quizzes, flashcards, and more. You can even build a custom language course that focuses on your interests! The American Sign Language course is a great place to start. 

  • Gale: Students can conquer self-guided research with Gale. Try Gale in Context: Biography to find articles, photographs, and more on famous figures from around the globe (color-coded to indicate their reading level). If social studies, is your interest, try Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints to find well-written articles on hot-button issues like immigration, climate change, and the American Dream 

  • Biomes of the Earth: Ready to dive into science and geography? Biomes of the Earth Provides students with a broad understanding of Earth's biodiversity, the factors that influence it, and the future dangers that face the planet and our species. 

We need… to get ready for college 

  • Brainfuse: In addition to live, online tutoring for all ages, Brainfuse now offers live help for FAFSA applications. If your family is getting ready to apply for federal aid for college, Brainfuse has experts who can help you fill out the application and answer questions. 

  • Learning Express: Planning to take a college admissions exam? Learning Express has practice tests and support for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and more. They even have a course to guide you through the steps to write a great college admission essay. 

We need… something to read or watch! 

  • Book Match: With Book Match, you can fill out a simple questionnaire to receive age-appropriate reading suggestions from our Matchmakers! Book Match librarians can suggest both educational and pleasure reading alike, for all ages. 

  • Overdrive: Matchmaker Leo L. recommends Overdrive, one of our eBook providers. Missing library storytimes? You can find picture books that have read-alongs on Overdrive, so if you can't make a virtual storytime, you can still have a narrator read to your little readers. 

  • DVDs on science and more: Matchmaker Julia W. recommends the library’s collection of educational DVDs. Bill Nye the Science GuyThe Magic School Bus, and The Wild Kratts are a perfect way to get kids interested in science, but making it fun! 

This semester might be difficult, but you don’t have to go it alone. Share what resources have helped your family with our library community by tagging #ACLibrary on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

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