Ready or not, it’s almost time to head back to school. In Broward County,
public school starts August 24 so there are only a few weeks left to savor the
sweetness of summer and to look ahead to the next academic year.
Get prepped for a new academic year with help from Broward County Library (BCL).
From homework help and online tutoring to free public-use computers, your
library’s got everything you need to start the new academic year off right.
Here’s seven great ways that Broward County Library can make heading back to
1. Your Free Broward County Library Card: No excuse not to have one – your
County Library card is one of the most valuable school supplies anyone can
carry. Use your Broward County Library card to access everything from online
live tutoring to free public-use computers to free programs such as SAT/ACT
prep. Customers can also use their card to download free eBooks, movies,
magazines and music. Cards are free for residents or for anyone studying or
working in Broward County.
2. Free Online Tutoring: Brush up on your skills before school starts with free
tutoring. Students from K-12 can use their Broward County Library card to get
free, live online tutoring in a range of subjects. Subjects include
English/language arts, math, writing, foreign language, science, social studies
as well as SAT and ACT. You can even create your own flash cards and
test-prep help! The service is available daily from 2 to 11PM.
3. Summer Reading Lists: Many schools provide students with a summer reading
list of books that will be taught in their next academic year. If you or your
child still has titles they need to read, check out
Broward County Library’s
catalog. Just enter the name of the book to find out if copies are available
for pick up or hold.
4. Language-learning Resources: If learning another language is on your
back-to-school to-do list, check out Broward County’s free online resource for
Language locks words and phrases into your memory so you can recall them
perfectly and remember them forever. It also tracks your learning progress with
statistics on the number of items you have learned and lets you test your
knowledge with quizzes. Use your BCL card to download
Language mobile app to learn on the go or visit
Language Online from a computer.
5. Free Computer Classes: Broward County Library offers free computer classes at
libraries countywide. Courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, typing,
computer basics and more are available. Check our
computer class calendar for times and locations.
6. Go 3D with the Creation Station! Go back to school with some cool skills
under your belt – at the
Creation Station, you can learn 3D design and printing,
audio/video production and computer programming. Expand your creative potential,
explore emerging technologies and experience groundbreaking learning
opportunities. The Creation Station is located at Main Library and is open
Mondays and Thursday from 11AM to 5PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 7PM and
Fridays and Saturdays from 11AM to 3PM.
7. Free Online Classes for Everyone! Be a class act – use your Broward County
Library card to access
Universal Class, a free online educational service that offers more than 500
free online classes. Whether taking a class for personal or professional
development, customers can take courses in everything from the ABC’s of Algebra
to Yoga 101.
Children and Teens: There’s Still Time to Read Down Broward County Library
This summer, children and teens ages 0-17 can earn "BCL WoW Bucks" by reading at
the library. Each BCL WoW Buck can be used to pay overdue fines for books. Every
30 minutes of reading earns one BCL WoW Buck, and children can get credit for
reading by themselves, reading to/with younger children or by being read to by a
parent/caregiver. BCL WoW Bucks cannot be used for overdue fines on audio-visual
materials, such as CDs and DVDs, or lost materials and processing fees. Read
Down Your Fines will run through August 15, 2015. Visit any
Broward County Library
Youth Services desk to register.