Surviving the end of the School Year

As the school year draws near there are lots of emotions – happiness, relief, stress, sadness and anxiety – for the kids and the parents. Children are usually excited for the school year to be over and even many parents are as well but it also causes some issues. Final exams, end of the year projects, field trips, end of the year state testing and summer childcare are a few things that stress my family out. I can’t solve these issues for everyone but I can offer a few tips for surviving the end of the school year.

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1. Check out Kenton County Public Library’s database Learning Express. You will find practice tests and study guides for every age and most subjects. It will help your child feel more prepared for the big test. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card.

2. Visit other Library online resources to access magazines, books and research materials for big projects. Zinio will give you access to thousands of the latest magazines. Need an encyclopedia? We have WorldBook Encyclopedia online. The site also gives you access to archived newspaper and magazine articles, thousands of photos from the region, e-books and other resources to help with class projects. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card.

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3. My freshman daughter is stressing out over her Spanish final but the Library’s Mango database has relieved some of that anxiety. She can practice Spanish, as well as dozens of other languages, online. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card.

4. Accept the fact that you probably can’t be at every end of the year awards ceremony, field trip and classroom party. Let the guilt go and just do what you can.

5. Children Inc. and Brighton Center can give you a list of certified sitters in your neighborhood. Schedule visits to in-home day cares and childcare facilities. Any reputable day care will allow you to visit.

6. Find some time to relax by downloading books, movies or music on the Library website or checking items out at the library.

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What do you do to survive the end of the school year?

 

Back To School

Backpack – check. Six notebooks – check. Ten pencils – check. Crayons – check. Highlighters – check. Pens – check. Six folders – check. Markers – check. Paper towels – check. Tissues – check. Hand sanitizer – check. Ear buds – check. Flash drive – check. New shoes – check. Lunch bag – check. Lots of money spent – CHECK!

Going back to school is expensive. Tutoring in all subjects, language learning programs and reading help is also expensive but it doesn’t have to be. There is no need for expensive homework help services when the Kenton County Public Library can help you for free.

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You can Book a Librarian for children in grades K-5 at the Covington Branch most days. Librarians are available (by appointment only) to help with homework, study skills, projects and more. Call 962-4077 to book an appointment.

Young children are encouraged to grab a parent and attend Family or Play Art storytimes. These programs encourage the love for reading and interacting with books in young children, which is important for school. Check out the full schedule.

Puppy Tales, offered at all three branches, can boost a child’s reading level and make them a more relaxed reader. Students in grades 1-6 can read to a real dog. Studies show that reading to a dog boosts children’s confidence and tests scores.

Reading Buddies, for children ages 2-12 at the Erlanger location, allows children to read books with an adult reading buddy. We’ll even save you money on dinner by providing pizza!

The Library can even help the kindergarten families save a little money on supplies. We will once again arm every kindergartener in the county with a kindergarten pack. This pack includes a pencil, crayons, an eraser, a sharpener, a “50 Books” list that every kindergartener should read and library information.

Kindergarten Kit

Kindergarten Kit

We can even help your child with their foreign language class. We have online programs and downloadable books to help with Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French, German and almost any language you can think of. You can even access it from any computer with an Internet connection as long as you have your library card number.

The Library databases provide homework help, practice tests, ACT practice tests, articles for research and must more. These can also be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection as long as you have a library card.

Check out an overview of services.

We have a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

The prize pack includes:

1. Three children’s books: “Follow The Line To School” by Laura Ljungkvist, “Duck Tents” by Lynne Berry and “King Jack and the Dragon” by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury.

2. The two-disc 70th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz DVD.

3. A pencil pouch with basic supplies.

4. A Kenton County Public Library book tote bag.

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How to enter:

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, August 12. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. The winner will have 24 hours to respond and claim their prize.

1. What library program or service will you use to help your children with school? (required to enter)

2. Like us on Facebook and comment here that you did.

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. If you share on Twitter please use hashtag #kentonlibrary.

4. Are you ready for the kids to go back to school? Why or why not?

The winner must pick the prize up at the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win.

This contest is over.

New Year, New Attitude for School

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The Library has a lot of resources for homework help. Many of which can be accessed through our website with your Kenton County Public Library card, even from home.

On our home page, under Research and Homework, there are a couple of resources that can help with homework as well as build your students’ confidence level.  First, there is the database page. This page lists all of the databases, or online resources, that our library users have access to, as well as a description of the information you can find in each resource.

There is also a link titled Test Prep. This leads to the Learning Express Library. Here you will sample practice tests for all ages as well as skill building exercises. You can also watch a video on how to use Learning Express. You can also help your child brush up on their foreign language classes with Mango and Little Pim online.

Did you or your student receive an e-reader or tablet over the holidays? If so, we have digital books available for check out from home.  On our homepage, right above the Research and Homework link there is a link called eBooks & eAudio. Overdrive eBooks features a few picture books and many chapter books for children. OneClickDigital is our audio book catalog.  Many students find it helpful to listen to a book while they read it.  Axis360 eBooks is a collection of picture books that you can check out and read on the accompanying app Blio. If you do not have an e-reader, we have Nooks for children, young adults, and adults that are preloaded with books.  Many students today find it fun to read on an electronic device!

It also helps encourage your children to read if they see their parents reading traditional books or on e-readers. Check out our collection of relaxation and meditation CDs or perhaps you would prefer a comedian on CD or DVD. We also offer the service Freegal which allows you to download three free songs per week.Reading together encourages a love for reading.The Library reference staff is also here to help. Stop by any of the three branches and ask the children’s or adult/teen reference staff for help with researching a project, finding certain books or using the online resources. You can even text or email a librarian with a question.

So, make a fresh start this year and help your children make one too. Let the Kenton County Public Library help you with our many services available to cardholders. Happy New Year!

 

This post was written by Julie Mills, children’s librarian at the Erlanger Branch Library.