- Darcie Caswell
The beginning of a new school year always feels like a new chapter, with students from preschool to college starting fresh on a year full of learning and growth, working toward goals, like reading independently, conquering quadratic equations, creating a website, or writing a research paper. Whatever level you or your student are at, the public library has resources to help you be successful.
Something for Everyone
If you have a child who is learning to read independently and find you don’t have enough books at his or her reading level, the children’s librarians at the public library are ready to offer assistance with the library’s nearly endless supply of leveled readers. For older students who may be looking for their next great read or who need to choose a good book for a school assignment, Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Book Match and My Librarian services provide personalized reading recommendations based on the reader’s interests. Simply fill out the online form, and click “Submit.”
Chat with a Tutor—Online!
All you need to have full access to the online tutoring via Credo Online Reference database is a CRRL library card. Credo’s Homework Help offers online tutoring in science, math, social studies, reading, and writing for students in grades 3 through 12. With tutors available Monday through Thursday and on Saturday, Homework Help connects students with trained teachers through live chats where students can ask questions and show their work on a virtual blackboard.
You Never Outgrow Your Library
For high school, college, grad school and other post-secondary students, CRRL’s Testing and Education Reference Center is a goldmine of test prep help with online tutorials, question banks, and practice tests for AP, SAT, ASVAB, GED, LSAT, and more. Simply have your CRRL library card handy to begin studying.
Picture Books Welcome Young Scholars
While older students may be accustomed to the routine of starting a new school year and dive into studying, younger children may want some help easing into a new grade. These picture books can help by providing some reassurance and humor about their new school experiences.
Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood
When Ms. Melba has to go to the doctor, Cat needs to fill in as the teacher for the kittens. Things don’t go quite as planned. Cat is not excited about kittens, especially when it means interrupting nap time. Cat doesn’t have a plan for what to do with the kittens all day, so he makes do with inspiration from the supply closet. Ms. Melba comes back to find both Cat and the kittens had a day filled with fun and learning (which involved making a bit of a mess).
Tool School by Joan Holub
Five cool tools head to school with their super building skills. They find each of their skills is impressive, but they can only do so much alone and can accomplish much more by working together as a team.
Fall Is for School by Robert Neubecker
Sister is excited for fall because that means it is time for school to start, but Brother is not excited at all. He wants the running and playing of summer to continue. Sister tells him how fun school is—learning about the planets and the stars and dinosaurs and mummies and reading about fascinating people. His sister’s enthusiasm finally convinces Brother that summer might be a little too boring and that he really is excited for school to begin.
The Teacher’s Pet by Anica Mrose Rissi
After the class science project hatches, Mr. Stricter decides to keep one hatchling, Bruno, as a class pet. Little does he know how big and out of hand Bruno will become. Mr. Stricter loves Bruno so much he can’t see all the problems the class pet creates, so the students try to show their teacher just how troublesome Bruno is. A farcical story about a science experiment gone wrong.
This article first appeared in The Free Lance-Star newspaper.