August is Back to School Month!
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Get ready to return with resources and more from Broward County Library!
Broward County Public Schools open August 20 for the 2013/2014 school year, which gives students a little less than a month to prepare. Get off to a good head start with these free events and workshops from Broward County Library. Learn about new technology, pick up some back-to-school bargains or just stop by for a show, story or craft. Here’s what’s happening at your local library:

August 3 – Technology Petting Zoo Workshop/Seminar, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
August 3 – West Park Bazaar and Rummage Sale! Great stuff, great prices, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carver Ranches Library
August 31
– Jiggleman’s Back to School Bash. Celebrate the new school year with a zany performance by Jiggleman, an Orlando-based children’s comedian and circus acrobat, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
September 19 – School’s Cool: Back-to-school stories and craft, ages 6-10, 4 to 5 p.m., Tamarac Library

Back to School Month Exhibits: North Regional/Broward College Library, Northwest Regional Library (August). Pictorial History of Broward County Schools, Northwest Regional Library (September)
Back to School Month Book Display: Stirling Road Library.

Your Best Tool for School: A Broward County Library Card!

The New BCL WoW Library CardsIf you don’t have one yet, what are you waiting for? A free Broward County Library card is the only card you need to unlock a world of information and educational resources! Use your Broward County Library card to access more than three million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, CD ROMs, and audiobooks; search the online or traditional catalog for library materials; place holds on materials you are interested in; renew materials; and borrow e-Readers. Broward County Library cards are free to those who live or work in Broward County.

On Saturday, September 7, Broward County Main Library and the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale join together for their annual Library Card Drive, which will be held at the Museum, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Build your own mini-book, learn paper pop-up techniques and write a story inspired by public art on view at the Museum. The event runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m., with live story times at 1 and 3 p.m.

Free SAT/ACT Preparation Classes at Your Library!

Broward County Libraries Division will hold two SAT/ACT preparation classes this fall. Each class consists of four workshops that cover SAT/ACT reading, grammar, math, science, essay writing and test-taking strategies. Parents are encouraged to attend the first and last session.

West Regional Library will host classes on September 16, 21, 23 and 30. There is a 50-student limit and students must be either juniors or seniors. Register in person at West Regional Library or call 954-765-1560, ext. 4. In November 2013, the North Regional/Broward College Library will also hold a four-program session. For Professor-looking dog with glasses, sitting on a stack of blue hardcover booksinformation on the November session, please contact the North Regional/Broward College Library in early October at 954-201-2600.

Studying is Doggone Hard! Broward eTutor Makes it Easy!

Students of all ages and learning levels can use their Broward County Library card to log in to Broward eTutor, the library’s free online tutoring service. Tutors are available live from 2 to 11 p.m. daily. Access Broward eTutor from home, school, the library or anywhere! Resources include:

  • 24/7 Help Center: Have a question after hours? Email a tutor and they’ll respond (usually within 24 hours).
  • Foreign Language Lab: Assistance and support for students learning Spanish, with resources for learning other languages on their way.
  • Writing Lab: Get live writing assistance help from an expert, or visit Broward eTutor’s “Writing Lab” to submit your paper/essay for a detailed analysis.
  • Test Center: Practice tests such as the SAT, ACT, GED and more, with instant results
  • Flashbulb: Access online flashcards in hundreds of subjects or create your own.
  • Adult Learning: Resources available for learners of all ages.
  • Subjects include: Reading, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Pre-Algebra, Biology, Physics, Precalculus, Writing, Spanish, Social Studies, Science, Chemistry, History, College Writing, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office PowerPoint.

10 Great Online Resources for Students

  • Students using the computers in the Computer CenterBiography in Context: Full-text database provides biographical information on more than 22,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Search by name, or various criteria such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender. Most biographies have an image of the subject.
  • Broward County Public Schools: Information and statistics about the nation's sixth largest school district. The web content can be accessed in Creole, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Broward Schools Virtual Counselor: Section of Broward Public Schools website that allows parents and guardians to access their child's student information on topics such as attendance, academic and assignment history, marking period grades, schedules and test scores.
  • Education Atlas: Links to education and test preparation sites.
  • ePrep: A comprehensive study program to prepare students for the SAT, PSAT, ACT, SSAT, and PLAN. These online video-based test-preparation courses can be used in the library or accessed from home 24/7. Links to education and test preparation sites.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP: From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images!
  • Great Web Sites for Kids (American Library Association): Educational and fun websites selected by librarians. Sites are easy to navigate, have clearly identified authoring sources, and makes effective use of the Internet to create unique, interactive experiences.
  • InfoTrac: Junior Edition: Designed for students in junior high and middle school. Includes indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Contains 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books. Coverage: 2004 - current.
  • InfoTrac: Student Edition: Designed for high-school students. Access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Contains more than 1100 titles. Coverage: 2004 – current
  • NewsBank’s Special Reports & Current Event Hot Topics: News articles, images, videos and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes, such as Science and Health in the news, World Politics and Government, People in the news, Natural Disasters, and much more. Quickly locate information on a specific subject to gain better insight into current issues and events on a global scale. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily; each month also features a unique topic and theme. All Special Reports & Hot Topics are accessed from the left side bar of the menu page.