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Teens can check in with us

March 1, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Tech, Teens

As we get ready to observe Teen Tech Week (March 10-16), it seems like a good time to showcase all the outstanding technology that BCPL offers the 13-18-year-old set.teen tech week poster

The theme of Teen Tech Week 2013 is “Check In @ your library.” It’s a time where libraries nationwide throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens to showcase all the neat stuff we have for them.

Teens’ use of technology has increased dramatically in recent years. So much so, in fact, that teens hardly need to leave their homes for anything these days. A recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, and sharing content they create.

Teens know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently.

From e-books, audiobooks, music and movies, to games, databases, homework help and more, BCPL is the hub where teens can plug in and stay connected.

So, what do we got?

For starters, we have Tutor.com, an online resource offering free homework help from 2 to 9 p.m. each day. Just clock on the Tutor.com link on this site. Enter your library card number and get started. Qualified tutors are at your fingertips for one-on-one help with algebra, trigonometry, calculus, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, American history, world history, political science, essay writing and more.

You can upload a problem to the interactive whiteboard and solve it together with your tutor. You can share documents and proofread your essays in real time. You can use the shared web browser to find resources. And you can save files to your online “locker” to work on them later.

Students who use an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad can download the Tutor.com To Go mobile app, and get help whenever and wherever you need it.

This site, thebookplace.org, features other helpful sources for teens, such as Learning Express Library. It’s a great resource to help you study for an upcoming standardized test, like the ACT, SAT or GRE. You can read the online study guides and take practice exams, all from the comfort of home. The program will score the practice exams, and then offer study tips to help you score better the next time.

If you are already out of school, or nearly finished, Learning Express Library is also a great resource for job seekers. It can help you determine what type of job is best for you, what training or education is required for that job, and even create a resume to help you get that job.

Just like Tutor.com, Learning Express Library is free. All you need is your library card.

Want to learn a language – or just get help with one you are already studying? Try Mango Languages, an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation, grammar and cultural skills for 52 languages. And there’s an app for that.

It’s not all about homework and studying, though.

You can download free tunes with Freegal Music – up to three  free MP3s per week. And the songs are yours to keep – forever. There’s also a mobile app for Freegal, just as there is for Freading – a way to check out popular ebook titles quickly and easily.

OverDrive has even more ebooks and audio-ebooks available for digital checkout. There are tons of young adult titles, and all books can be checked out for three weeks, just like the physical ones on the library’s shelves.

Inside the library, we also have music, movies and video games available for checkout. Don’t have an eReader? Then check out one of our Nooks. Each one features a different genre, including popular fiction and young adult books.

BCPL has video games for the three major consoles: Xbox, PlayStation and Wii, including the new Wii U games. The games range from the classics to current popular releases, from rated “E” for Everyone, to “M” for Mature.

At the Kyova Branch, there is an Xbox gaming system in the teen space, available for use at any time. You can bring your own game, or borrow one of ours (it can’t be a rated M one.)

To reserve a copy of any game, movie, music CD or book, just use the library catalog.

For more information on anything library related, just give me a call at 606.329.0518, ext. 1130.

 

Amanda Gilmore

About Amanda Gilmore

Amanda Gilmore is the community relations coordinator for BCPL. She spent 20 years in the newspaper business, and is thrilled to be on the other side - telling our community about all the wonderful library programs and services.

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