Summer's days are numbered and it’s almost time to return to a back-to-school routine. With most Omaha-area schools kicking off classes by mid-August, OPL would like to remind Omaha and Douglas County residents of four ways their library cards can be used to help make the grade!
- Back-to-School events: Several OPL branches are hosting Back-to-School programs, including storytimesopens a new window, a crafting sessionopens a new window and a celebration with Elephant and Piggieopens a new window! View the full schedule of events hereopens a new window.
Homework help: OPL has several resources that kidsopens a new window and teensopens a new window can access online with their OPL cards to get assistance with their homework in any subject they may be studying in the year ahead. Getting acquainted with these resources ahead of the school year will likely increase kids' chances of using them, so don't wait to check out OPL's homework help resources!
Some highlights include: Exploraopens a new window & Explora for Elementary Studentsopens a new window, which allow users to browse full text popular magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, and other resources; and LearningExpress's School Centeropens a new window, which can help prepare students of all ages for important tests, provide extra help for assignments, boost skills in core subjects, and more.
- Test prep: Gale Coursesopens a new window and LearningExpress's College Prep Centeropens a new window and College Centeropens a new window feature online exam preparation courses, skill reviews and practice exams for students who are preparing to take the ACT, SAT, GED, GRE or graduate school admission tests in the year ahead. It's never too early to start preparing to earn the best scores!
- Collection/ OPL book lists: Last, but not least, OPL has tons of resources available in its collection for patrons of all ages to check out and enjoy from anywhere. Whether you're interested in any of the several "[subject] for Dummies" booksopens a new window, test prep booksopens a new window; you need to ease your young ones' nerves with any of the books from this list of First Day Back to School Booksopens a new window; or subtly get your teens into a back-to-school mindset with any of these back-to-school reads based primarily in a school settingopens a new window, there truly is something for everyone in OPL's collection! Search OPL's catalog using your own keywords or subjects hereopens a new window.