For most, back-to-school is an exciting time to reconnect with friends, show off a new outfit and gear up for a fresh start.
For others, it’s the return of high anxiety due to being stunned with schoolwork and the pressure to get good grades.
If only there was a secret weapon…
It’s JCPL to the rescue! The library is one of your best secrets to getting through the year, improving your grades and making connections with those overwhelming assignments.
Use your library card to log in and check out the abundance of online resources. If you haven’t logged on recently, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg:
Lynda.com is a fabulous collection of “how to” videos on subjects from software to digital photography.
Mango Languages is a good (and super fun) go-to collection of video tutorials to give you a boost with that foreign language class.
New York Times is one of the best sources for information, and you have access to full text from 1851 to the present, as well as full text of NYT Book Review and Magazine from 1997 to the present.
Our Kids & Families staff have put together a great list of online resources for our littlest learners.
Online tools are great, but it doesn’t always replace the human connection. That’s why we offer Homework Help because sometimes it's easier to get homework help from someone other than your parents. The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are here to help students in grades 1-12 to stop in and get help in any subject. Drop-ins welcome.
In addition, Arvada Library Reading Buddies helps promote literacy skills and a love of reading for children in grades K-3. This program develops reading skills and confidence by pairing them with an older student who can provide special attention and support. Reading Buddies Fall Sessions are from Sep. 3 - Dec. 21, Wednesdays @ 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m.
But wait, there’s more. Did you know that you can book your own librarian for personal research assistance?
Personal note: Last year, my son was struggling in math. I sent him to our library to get homework help from one of the fabulous volunteers. Guess what? He came home understanding the work and was more confident than ever. And he raised his grade, too.
Trust me, folks. It works. #LibrariesMatter