Thursday, August 27, 2015

LearningExpress Library Helps with SAT, ACT, and more

Did you know that your library can help students prepare for standardized tests, help adults prepare for earning a GED or career certification?

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, exam preparation for career certification and licensing, GED, college entrance and graduate school admissions, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages.

As a library patron, you can create you own personal login using your email address.  This allows you to save tests, eBooks, or tutorials you are working on, and return later.  You’ll also get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

LearningExpress Library is arranged into nine sections:

  • The School Center includes improvement skills preparation for various subject areas in Elementary, Middle, and High School.  
  • The College Preparation Center includes ACT, SAT, AP, PSAT, TOEFL iBT, and college admission essay writing.  
  • The College Center includes math, reading, grammar, writing, and science skills reviews and various graduate school admissions tests such as the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and more.  There are also CLEP exam practice tests in various subjects.  
  • The High School Equivalency Center includes basic skills building in reading, writing, math, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and GED test prep in both English and Spanish.  
  • The Adult Learning Center includes sections on building math skills, becoming a better reader, improving writing, speaking skills, grammar skills, and a section on preparing to become a U.S. citizen, including preparing for the citizenship exam and getting your green card.  
  • The Career Center allows you to learn more about specific career fields, study for various civil service exams, military exams such as the ASVAB, certification tests and entrance exams in many different occupations, including areas such as nursing, teaching, commercial driving, and real estate.  
  • Recursos para Hispanohablantes (Resources for Spanish Speakers) includes writing, grammar, speaking and math skills, and citizenship and GED test prep for Spanish speakers.
  • The Computer Skills Center uses interactive tutorials and videos to teach basic computer and internet skills including Microsoft Office software, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software, email and social media, and internet safety.
  • From the Job and Career Accelerator you can explore careers, search for jobs, create resumes and cover letters, prep for interviews and more.  

LearningExpress Library is available from the Education and Test Prep category, the Jobs and Careers category, and the Students – High School category from the eResources page on

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Summer Reading was Simply Super!

July 31 marked the last day of our Summer Reading Fun program. It was special time for all our patrons to discover that every hero has a story and to celebrate superheroes of all kinds.

Across age groups, we had 5,943 patrons register to participate in the summer reading program. Those patrons read 58,969 books!

This was an adventurous summer season and our staff planned about 500 events in June and July for babies, children, teens, and adults. A grand total of 21,658 patrons attended those programs.

On behalf of all the staff at each library branch, please accept our congratulations on another successful summer of reading!

And, if you'd like to reminisce on the fun you had this summer (especially now that school is back in session), please check out our summer photos on Facebook.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Staff Picks: Best of Romance

I've recently been reading lots of romance novels for our new GoodReads page (check it out, if you haven't already.) Here are some of the ones I have enjoyed the most. Perfect for laid-back afternoons next to the pool or on the beach. The couch works, too.

A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes

The First Kiss by Grace Burrowes

Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

The Longest Night by Kara Braden

The Deepest Night by Kara Braden

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

You're So Fine by Kieran Kramer

Meredith Bowermeister
Information Services Supervisor
Sharon Forks Library

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bookmarks: A Book Club for Grades 7 & up - Cumming Library - August 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Fantasy and adventure team up for this suspenseful tale about Matt, a teenage cabin boy, who lives aboard a luxury airship and dreams of becoming an officer.  When he meets headstrong Kate, a wealthy passenger, the two become involved in an exciting escapade with pirates and mysterious flying animals on a deserted island.  This action packed tale is the selection for the Bookmarks book club for teens in grades 7 and up. This book club meets at the Cumming Library on Thursday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. and is designed for the schedule of homeschoolers, but all teens available at this time are welcome to attend.  Registration is recommended.

Julie Boyd
Youth Services Supervisor
Cumming Library

Staff Picks

You’ll think twice before posting anything on Instagram after reading So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.

Scandals, lies, humor that misses the mark and lapses in judgement – it’s an odd commentary on our times that I found hard to put down.  Jon Ronson’s witty take on modern culture will appeal to the morbidly curious as well as fans of karma and just deserts.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist