We’re fast approaching the end of summer and the beginning of the school
year. Whether you’re heading into kindergarten or going back to school,
Broward County Libraries (BCL) has free resources and services to help you
First step? If you don’t already have one, get a
Broward County Library card! They’re free and offer you access to
helpful online resources, free tutoring, millions of library materials you
can check out and so much more.
Free Online Tutoring
One of BCL’s most popular services is our free, live, online tutoring with
HelpNow from BrainFuse. It offers tutoring and
skills-building for K-12, college and adult learners every day from 2 to 11PM.
The live tutoring can help you with English, math, science, writing, social
studies and foreign languages. There’s also an Adult Learning Center that
provides assistance with GED and U.S. Citizenship tests, and offers online
classes in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
If you’ve got a question that’s stumped you or need reference help and aren’t in
a library, contact our
Digital Reference Ask a Librarian and reach a librarian by text, live chat
College and University Libraries
Get vetted, accurate information for reports and projects with these online
Test-Taking Help and Preparation
You’ll be acing every test and quiz with help from the online
Testing & Education Reference Center. Along with detailed information on
colleges, universities, private secondary schools, specialty programs, and
scholarships, it has practice tests and test prep for numerous academic,
civil service, and licensing tests such as AP, GED, PSAT/SAT/ACT, ASVAB, law
enforcement, fire fighter, postal, cosmetology, medical assisting/NCLEX-PN &
RN and U.S. Citizenship.
We have free SAT and ACT Workshops for college-bound students. These
events, sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation, the Mangurian
Foundation and Broward College, feature comprehensive workshops presented
by Alberto Howe, founder of AffordableCollegeSolutions.com and former
executive director of The Princeton Review.
The program is intensive and comparable to those of expensive test-prep
courses. Class sessions, which include practice tests and test-taking
strategies, focus on four components per test subject: fundamentals,
technique, recognition/reaction and timing manipulation.
The schedule for workshops in the upcoming academic year will be posted
here in September.
If you’re planning for college and have questions about financial aid,
online college portals, scholarships, bills, orientation, deadlines, college
life and more, join our free
Educate-Motivate-yoU (EMU) College Academy. It offers:
For Broward County Public School Students and Their Parents
Keep up with everything going on this year by visiting
Broward County Public Schools,
which offers schedules, information and statistics in English, Creole, Portuguese and
Spanish. Parents and guardians can obtain their child's student information on
topics such as attendance, academic and assignment history, marking period
grades, schedules and test scores at
Parents can also learn about Broward County Library resources and
services available to students at our
Just for Parents online guide.
Language Learning on the Go with
Use your library card to access Rosetta Stone, one of the most well-known
and trusted language-learning resources. It includes 30 languages with core
lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, along with
activities to refine grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Rosetta Stone is
accessible from anywhere and the mobile app helps learners to reinforce
language learning on the go.
Literacy Help Centers
Literacy Help Centers offer literacy improvement opportunities and the
use of, and access to, computer technology for underserved area youth and
adults. The program is designed to assist students with homework, provide
enhanced English language programs for adults and increase the availability
of computer technology and training to all ages. The program provides
additional literacy support in the form of dedicated literacy coordinators,
laptop computers and software at nine library locations that have the
greatest need for literacy services. Activities include Each One, Teach One
adult literacy classes, English Café/Crossroads Café and homework help for students in Grades K–12. For more information, please contact email@example.com or Learning
Services Coordinator, Vonda Bryant, at 954-357-6230.
You’re never too old to learn something new! Use your Broward County
Library card to enroll in online courses at
Universal Class. Continue your lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either
personal or professional reasons with over 500 Courses that range from ABC's
of Algebra to Yoga 101.
We also offer free in-person adult literacy assistance with our Each One,
Teach One program. If English is your second language, come to one of our
English Café/Crossroads Cafe programs to practice conversational English.
Looking to learn or improve your Spanish? We have Spanish Café, too. Get
details, locations, times and dates
You can also take
free computer classes at libraries throughout Broward. These include
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Check Out Our New Magazine Site!
A new and improved eMagazine site called RBdigital Magazines has replaced Zinio Digital Magazines. Visit our Mobile
Apps page for more info.
"Sew and Tell: A Collection of Sewing Memorabilia for National Sewing Month”
exhibit will be on display from August 3, 2017 to November 4, 2017 at the
Museum of the Modern Book, located on the 6th floor of the
Main Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Home sewing has been a large part of women’s lives through the centuries. In
the 20th century, especially during the Great Depression, women relied on
their sewing skills to clothe themselves and their loved ones.
Drawing upon the special collections of Broward County Libraries, the "Sew
and Tell” exhibit will display rare sewing books, dresses, quilts and
Seminole clothing from the Historical Archives collection and WPA (Works
Progress Administration) sewing and craft materials from the collection of
the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book.
The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation
from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month in
recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation.
Art Spot: Can you name the library branch where this public art is located?
Come back next week for the answer!
Answer to last week’s Art Spot:
Written Words by Steve Gillman and Katherine Keefer is located at...
West Regional Library
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