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July 16, 2018

Back to school? Don’t Forget the Library!

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Summer vacation is drawing to a close, and many children and adults are beginning to anticipate the start of a new school year. Amidst all your planning – supplies, registration materials, new clothes, arranging the logistics of the commute – don’t forget to make good use of ALL the resources offered through the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.

Maybe you’re wondering how the library can help you. Aside from the material objects, your children may also need some help preparing emotionally to succeed. Many kids, especially incoming kindergarteners or children and teenagers attending a new school for the first time, are nervous about starting school, and your Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library can help them find some books to help them prepare for what’s ahead. We’ve put together some recommended reading on this subject, so take your child to the public library, and together, look for some stories to ease this transition. You can also type the links in your browser address bar to be taken directly to the book lists.

Elementary: http://bit.ly/SchoolAnxietyElementary

Middle School: http://bit.ly/SchoolAnxietyMiddleGrades

High School: http://bit.ly/SchoolAnxietyYA

But the library is more than just books. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is dedicated to ensuring that students in our county have FREE access to all the technology and information that is needed to make them successful learners throughout the school year. We offer a variety of resources to help your children thrive in school.  With our HAAL Pass program, Hillsborough County Public School students can use their student ID number (also called their lunch number) to access databases and research tools, read eBooks, and borrow up to three items from any public library in Hillsborough County.

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library offers an assortment of online homework databases that can be accessed from home or from the library. Tutor.com offers FREE, live, one-on-one tutoring in math, science, social studies, SAT Prep, essay writing, English and more! World Book provides access to their digital encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids and curriculum guides. For elementary students, Kids InfoBits by National Geographic offers a broad range of educational topics, making it easy for young users to explore and gain comfort with database searching.

One of my favorite resources is the Learning Express Library which offers practice tests, tutorial courses, and eBooks to help students succeed. The Mathematics Skills Improvement and English Language Skills Improvement categories are organized based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Students will find practice sets and tutorials aligned to the CCSS from 4th grade through high school. Every math and English language arts (ELA) tutorial is aligned to grade-specific CCSS, so even if you don’t quite understand the painstaking teaching practices behind Common Core Math, we’ve got you covered.

From kindergarten to high school, the library is your one stop educational spot! Visit your library or our website at HCPLC.org to discover all the resources that are available to you and your family.


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