Local libraries still a great resource for homework help

When I was in grade school, I spent a great deal of time in the library, doing research for papers and projects. In the summer, one of my favorite things to do was go to the library and pick up a big stack of books for casual reading. I would comb through the rows of index cards filed in order of the Dewey Decimal system, find the book I wanted and sit in a corner, enveloped by the wonderful quietness, and read to my heart’s content.

Libraries have transformed greatly since I was a youth. Books have transformed to now be available electronically, educational shows are now DVDs or available online and the tools teachers use to help students learn are increasingly technology based. But there is one thing that has not changed. Libraries are still a valuable resource for youth and adults.

Our Make Macomb Your Home blog has connected with Jamie Morris, community relations specialist for the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, which serves a great deal of Macomb County residents through its three different locations. Jamie has agreed to submit some blogs about the library that will keep us all informed about important programs we may be interested in.

School is back in session for all Macomb County children, and, while it can be an exciting time, it can also be a little intimidating when the kids come home with assignments. Have you found yourself frustrated by Google or Wikipedia? Did you know there are better resources for school assignments out there? The Clinton-Macomb Public Library has a variety of online databases that can help with assignments, projects and even finding the right books for your child’s reading level.

Culture Grams is a leading reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries around the world.

Library 2 Library (1)It includes a great selection of photos, downloadable slideshows and streaming videos, build-your-own sortable data tables and graphs, printable maps and flags, sound files for the national anthems and country names. Written by local experts, there is information on government, religion, daily life and customs, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos.

World Book Early World of Learning offers educational and interactive games that correlate to Common Core and gets smaller children ready to learn. World Book Kids is a premier reference website that offers thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with illustrations, videos, interactive maps and engaging games and activities to help reinforce learning.

NoveList lets parents or children search for books based on Common Core Connections (this helps in finding fiction as well as nonfiction titles), subject, read-alikes, concepts and more. The best part about NoveList is that you can search by Lexile range so you know your child is choosing books at the appropriate reading level.

Don’t worry about your child’s upcoming school year! Get off to a good start using library resources that aren’t only easy to use, but also better resources for homework, projects and assignments. Get started today at www.cmpl.org/ResearchHomework.

Jamie Morris is a community relations specialist for the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. For more information on the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, visit http://cmpl.org.

Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office, often writing about interesting activities taking place in Macomb County.

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