Learning at the Library

Resources to Know About as Kids Go Back to School

The heat of August means the end of summer vacation for area children, with local school districts getting back in session this month.

And the start of school brings many parents to thoughts of the library and how it helped them in their school days. But the Pioneer Library System’s services go beyond just the thousands of books in its collection and include many other resources for students.

This includes some of the online databases available for library cardholders under the “Research & Homework” tab on the PLS website, pioneerlibrarysystem.org, as well as face-to-face services in the library. A few helpful options are:

  • BRAINFUSE The database provides many services for students, including live tutors who can provide homework assistance in a range of subject areas, practice tests on many subjects and a 24-hour writing lab where students may submit papers for proofreading.
  • ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA AND FUNK & WAGNALLS NEW WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA Parents may remember the days of going to the encyclopedia for information for a term paper. While students have many research options these days, these encyclopedias have kept up with the times in their online format, providing information on a scope of topics.
  • MANGO LANGUAGES Learn a new language from the Mango Languages database, which features more than 70 options, ranging from traditional choices like Spanish or French to languages from far corners of the globe like Mandarin Chinese or Swahili. And yes, “Pirate” is an option for some chuckles.
  • LEARNINGEXPRESS LIBRARY Find practice tests on many topics and subject areas, including academic and licensing tests for adults.
  • HOMEWORK HELP The Noble Public Library and Noble Public Schools partner on a special program called “Homework Helpers,” in which community volunteers help tutor students in an afterschool event at the library.

Children not yet of school age have multiple story time options, with programs offered in each of the county’s libraries in Norman, Moore, Noble or Southwest Oklahoma City.

The most complete way to experience what the library has to offer is by having a library card. Cards are available for anyone who attends school in Cleveland, McClain or Pottawatomie counties, and it makes not just themselves, but everyone in their immediate family, eligible for a PLS card free of charge.

Norman Public Schools students automatically receive a card that they also can use for their library needs inside their school. And parents also have the option of signing their child up for a resource called MyCard, in which the cardholder can have three items checked out a time with no late fees. The MyCard is available only for those under age 18.

Find out more about the library’s services by contacting either library, going online to pioneerlibrarysystem.org or through the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for free download from the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.