Grand County libraries: Get ready to go back to school
August 22, 2008
When it comes to going back to school, your library offers materials that can work hand-in-hand with educators to help parents and students for another year of learning.
The back-to-school help available @ Your Library covers the gamut from learning assistance books, to DVDs and web-based advice. Your library offers books on bullying problems to and parenting advice. It’s all there, @ Your Library.
Kathy Mikol, Branch Librarian at the Fraser Valley Library, said there are books, audio books, DVDs and online resources available. The book titles cover topics such as grade school preparation, parenting and maximizing learning ability.
In audio books, the Fraser Valley Library offers “Emotional Intelligence; Why It Can Matter More than IQ” and “The Myth of Laziness.”
Online resources @ Your Library are available through all the branches. “Student Research Center” includes magazines, newspapers, books and encyclopedias for high school age students that includes teacher resources. “Kids Search” covers animals, geography, language arts, math, science and social studies – for grades K through 8 – includes teacher resources. “Ask Colorado” is an online information service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with which a user can chat live with a librarian to get help with homework and research.
Databases accessible at all the libraries provide up-to-date support and information for school-aged children through to adults studying at any level, said Stephanie Ralph, Branch Librarian at the Granby Library. Of particular interest is “The Learning Express” database found at gcld.org. The Learning Express Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass, from advanced placement and college entrance exams to firefighting and real estate licensure. Participants get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.
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“A new and really helpful addition to our database resources is CollegeinColorado.org, a one-stop resource to assist students, parents and counselors plan, apply and pay for college,” Ralph said.
Joy McCoy, the youth services librarian at The Fraser Valley Library, said the library has a collection of back-to-school titles for students of all ages. Available are picture books designed to prepare young children for their first day of school, primers for the literary novice, chapter books for middle through high-school students, and many educational DVD/audio titles.
At the Kremmling Library, a similar array of books and resources is available. And in a related approach, the library staff at Kremmling will be making a concerted effort to put a library card in the hands of students and parents so they can easily take advantage of the library’s resources. Assistant Librarian Emily Pedersen and Branch Librarian Glyn Shepard will be manning a table at the PK-8 orientation day in Kremmling from 5:30 -7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, with the theme: “Get a Life, Get a Library Card.”
There are also valuable titles on hand in the Kremmling Library that can help parents with a variety of issues relating to school.
Kremmling also has very helpful DVDs: “Last Minute SAT. Critical Reading,” or “Last Minute SAT, Critical Reading,” or “Last Minute DVD, Writing.”
Parents concerned about the possibility that bullying might be taking place have a resource @ Your Library. An excellent source of ideas and information on this important topic are covered in Barb Coloroso’s book: “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander; From Preschool to High School- How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence.” This book is available in the Hot Sulphur Springs Library and the Fraser Valley Library and can be acquired through any county library.
Lynn Shirley, Branch Librarian at the Hot Sulphur Springs Library, said she has some excellent books for parents as they prepare for school. “The Brown Bag Lunch Cook Book,” by Miriam Jacobs offers a wide variety of choices for healthy lunches.
“Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal,” by Andrew R. Eisen is a step-by-step guide for parents that’s also available in Hot Sulphur Springs.
Shirley said middle and high school aged students might enjoy this title she has on hand: “Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks,” by Erika V. Shearing Karres. This book is a real girl’s guide to getting through the day with smarts and style.
“There is a wealth of material for school kids and their parents at the Granby Library,” said Stephanie Ralph. “We have quiet spaces to focus on homework assignments and more social opportunities like the popular After School Club for Kindergarten through 3rd grade children. For teens, we have started a Teen Advisory Board. This is a place where Middle Schoolers can help in the organization of programs for teens and make suggestions on books and materials.”
The Granby Library also has materials that can help allay first-day anxiety.
“We have a whole new selection of picture books and stories aimed at preparing the young child for his or her upcoming kindergarten experience,” she said.
Ralph said that for older students, there are some great study guides, with tips on improving concentration, organization and effective test taking. There is a world of advice for teens, from increasing academic potential while remaining relaxed to “how-tos” on avoiding common social pitfalls.
For parents faced with new and ever more complex homework assignments, The Granby Library has books and DVDs on solving pre-math through Algebra II equations, and downloadable audios and CDs to help learn a new language.
Students and parents can get ready for school with a wide range of resources @ Your Library, yet another example of how Your Library works hand-in-hand with our schools to help children prepare for school and life.
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