April 18th, 2016

SAT Resources

SAT prep booksAfter seeing my son’s PSAT scores, I realize he needs to do some studying before taking the SAT in the fall. I knew the library had traditional study guides in paper form, but I was surprised and excited by the depth of digital options now available.

With your library card already (if you don’t have one it’s free for Maryland residents), fire up the laptop or tablet right now and access our online practice tests. With a choice of two different products (Learning Express Library and Testing and Education Reference Center), try both to see which fits your student’s learning style best. Once you have created a login, choose to take part of the practice test or power through from math to reading. Full text study guides are also available as part of these products if things just aren’t going well.

With months to go before the fall SAT, sign up for a free SAT/ACT Prep Course from Gale Courses. This two part, instructor led online course provides lessons, interaction and content quizzes and would be perfect to keep skills fresh over summer break. Maybe while you are there, check out out all the career introduction courses on offer, if you are still undecided about a direction after high school.

Then, once you ace the SAT, come back and explore the college and scholarship information the library offers to take your next step. With so many free options, we hope all students can find the help they need to take their first steps toward achieving college and a successful career.

Late registration for the May 7 test closes April 26. For the June 4 test, regular registration ends May 5 and late registration closes May 25. Fall test dates have not yet been announced.

Where’s your favorite place to study?

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February 15th, 2016

Changing History

This past Presidents’ Day weekend Hulu released the miniseries “11/22/63” based on the Stephen King novel of the same title. For more than fifty years, the nation has mourned the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. King explores the idea of time travelling to change the past – to prevent this national tragedy.

Are you inspired by this premise? Check out these time-travelling tales:

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton   11/22/63 by Stephen King   The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson   The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway   The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer  The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes  Time and Again: An illustrated novel by Jack Finney

If you had a time machine, where would you go?

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