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Weekly WoW | 2015 Florida Library of the Year 
July 28, 2015
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Seven Ways BCL Can Help with Back to School

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 class easier:
School children running down the hall1. Your Free Broward County Library Card: No excuse not to have one – your Broward 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.
Black Broward County Library 2015 Library of the Year Card2. 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 lessons. Transparent 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 Transparent Language mobile app to learn on the go or visit Transparent Language Online from a computer.
Student using mobile phone in class5. 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 online 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.
Students in computer class7. 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 Fines!
BCLWoW BucksThis 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.