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We’re here to help with homework!

6 Sep

School is back in session and homework will be rolling in soon. We’ve got great resources to help with all levels of homework needs.

When you’ve got questions take a look at some of these resources:

Online Databases

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Take a look at our premium online databases.

The library pays for access to these quality resources, which provide up-to-date information that you can trust. All you need is your library card for access to thousands of articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.

Here are all our databases and our suggested databases for kids.

Ask a Librarian

Give your library a call; or you can email, text or chat with us via askHCPL.

Getting (free) LIVE Homework Help from a REAL TEACHER

Teachers are available to help students in grades 3-12 with Reading, Writing, Science and Math using Literati’s Homework Help.

Look for the “Tutoring in Math, Science, English & SAT” box on the right side of the page, then enter your first name, grade level and subject to get started.

Library Staff Favorites for 2015

5 Jan

We recently asked the library staff to give us some of their favorite books they read in 2015. Boy did we get a big response! Over 80 books were listed as favorite reads. We’ll list a few titles here that were mentioned by more than one staff member. You can take a look at the entire list in our catalog.

Interested in books for kids? We’ve also got a list of some favorite books our children’s staff read last year.

index“Video games? Check. Alien invaders? Check. Special appearances from world-renowned scientists? Triple-check! Armada by Ernest Cline, has it all.” Barbara B., Libbie Mill Library

 

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“I absolutely loved this book. It makes me want my own taxidermied raccoon. It was so real and so, so funny.” Desiree H. Library Administration

 

station_eleven“After a terrible flu strain kills most people, some survive to wander the eart, to live in fast food joints and the airport. And some people spend their lives a a Traveling Symphony, staging entertainments in safe communities. We follow entwined stories of people connected in the Before time and After.” Lisa K. Libbie Mill

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I love all of Kate Morton’s books. I just love her stories and they are well written. There is always at least two to three words I have to look up which I also like.” Desiree H. Administration

 

 

Shopping with Consumer Reports

19 Nov

Black Friday is only a few days away and many of you will be buying gifts for people over the next few weeks.

Why not check Consumer Reports before you start your shopping? In addition to the thorough reviews of many items on your shopping list, you will find buying guides, video reviews and much more.

All you need to access this premium service is your library card!

Study for certifications and tests or improve your reading, math or writing skills

3 Nov

Getting ready for a big test? Need to brush up on some old skills or want to learn a new one?

Try LearningExpress Library. This premium online resource available with your library card has tests and courses for everything from 4th grade math to air traffic control test preparation and a lot in between. Areas covered include:

  • SAT preparation courses and practice exams
  • Civil service
  • Cosmetology
  • EMS
  • Firefighter
  • GED
  • Law enforcement
  • Military
  • Postal services
  • Real estate
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Much more

Even if you don’t have a specific test to prepare for explore the LearningExpress “School Center” to improve your writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling or math. Resources are targeted to Elementary, Middle and High School students. There is also help for the GED and ASVAB. Test score reports include explanations of right and wrong answers.

You will need to create a LearningExpress user name and password. They are used to keep track of your progress in courses and as a record for your improvement in test scores.

Give it a try. You’ll be surprised at the things you can learn with LearningExpress!

World Book Online is More Than Just an Encyclopedia

18 Sep

We have added a new premium online resource to help with homework this school year. All you need is your library card to access it anywhere with an internet connection 24/7.

World Book Online is divided into six modules:

World Book WebInfo Finder

Homework and research project help for elementary and middle school students.

  • More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
  • World Book Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies
  • Science projects and experiments
  • Comprehensive multimedia collections including World Book Explores and geography resource guides
  • Thousands of links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors

Discover

Atlas, dictionary, life skills and more.

  • Research tools including Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and personalized My Research account
  • Extensive dictionary
  • Interactive Earth, including the World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, Outline Maps and Flags, and more
  • Educator tools

For Kids

General reference especially for younger children.

  • Thousands of easy-to-read articles
  • Interactive games and activities
  • Printable teaching worksheets, lesson plans, and learning activities

Timelines

Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.

The Early World of Learning

Resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.

World Book Spanish/Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.

Text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video also make World Book Web a great resource for students with language or learning difficulties.

Try out new books from home with our Online Book Club!

17 Sep

image001 The Online Book Club is an effortless way to discover new authors and sample books. Every day Dear Reader will e-mail you a 5-minute sample. By the end of the week you’ll have read 2 to 3 chapters. If you’re hooked, check out the book at one of our libraries.

Every week the club samples a new book. Monday through Friday, a quick 5 minute read is delivered to your email. At the end of Friday’s read, the ending page number is given, so when you pick up the book from the library, you know where you left off.

Sign up for online book clubs reading fiction, mysteries, romance, nonfiction, teen, classics and more.

Consumer Reports Online!

17 Jul

 

Consumer Reports has been a go-to source for unbiased reviews on different products and services for a long time. It’s one of the most popular magazines in our libraries. Because it is so popular in print we decided to subscribe to their website.

You now have the ability to browse and utilize all of the options available at consumerreports.org via our subscription. In addition to reviews you will find buying guides, video reviews, and more. You can access the site by following this link and entering your library card number.

We are happy to offer this new resource and hope it will help you make informed purchasing decisions and save you some money too!