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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April 27th, 2011

Librarians: Shushers or Superheroes?

Do you have those days where you simply cringe to think about what may be in the headlines? I sure do.  I’m an avid reader and respect the art of good writing and journalism, but goodness gracious, sometimes I need to escape in the pages of a book.

Truth so often is stranger than fiction—CCPL has a CD book about that, William McKeen’s Stranger Than Fiction: The Art of Literary Journalism, exploring the nature of storytelling and how journalism has affected our culture and modes of expression.  For a more lighthearted approach, I recommend joining Will Ferrell in the quirky and quite hilarious movie Stranger Than Fiction, so check it out. Here’s my true story: I believe in the soul of books. Be it a tattered and torn well-loved children’s book, a massive 800 page masterpiece, or the latest must-read on an electronic reader, stories have soul.

I like to let my mind wander and I suspect librarian Ranganathan (1892-1972) did as well. It’s okay if you can’t pronounce his name—what he did for libraries in his lifetime is what inspired me to write this very post. He believed in sharing his ideas with others, and promoted books in so many ways. Some librarians may refer to him as the “Father of Library Science.” I personally related to his simple philosophy of “Every book its reader.”   I’m not embarrassed to say librarians, in my opinion, are superheroes.

When you’re reading a book, you’re sharing your soul with what’s on the page. CCPL library staff is dedicated to connecting you with what stirs your soul. We also believe that any person who visits the library should be given excellent service. We strive to keep our atmosphere welcoming and helpful, no matter what’s going on in the world at large. We aren’t fair weather fans—we love our library users, and it’s our job to help you find the information you need. But Mr. Ranganathan makes the best case for the soul of the library and the soul of the book: “Library staff should be given full responsibility to promote the use of books…the book pleads with the librarian as follows: I am inert. Of my own accord, I am unable to lead into my reader’s hands. My voice is not audible…I depend on you for my being taken to my reader to be taken to me.”

Whew! Pretty cool, huh? You can find out more about Ranganathan or your hero of choice by visiting our Biography Resource Center.  If you’d like help finding the perfect read for you, use our Book Mate service, and let us help you escape. We’re not shushing you…tell us about your heroes and learn more about them at your library.


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