Free Help for ACT & SAT Prep

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Nervous about the road to college?

The Kenton County Public Library can help reduce your anxiety in the area of test taking. The library has many resources available to help you boost your ACT/SAT scores to gain college admittance and put you in the driver’s seat for potential scholarships.  Test preparation study guide books from prestigious companies like Kaplan, Petersen, Barron’s and The Princeton Review can set you back over $35 a book. The library has all the 2013 latest editions to master the ACT or SAT from these publishers and you can check them out for free. Simply search SAT TEST or ACT TEST under “keyword” in the library’s catalog to request individual titles to be placed on hold for you to pick-up. The library gives you a window of 3-5 days to retrieve the books, before they return to the shelves.  Current college test preparation books can generally be checked out for two weeks.

Concerned about finding enough time to study in between high school homework, extracurricular activities and sports?

No worries! Kenton County Public Library also offers Test Preparation Software on our webpage that you can access anytime day or night with your library card. Simply go to the KCPL web page, click on Research & Homework, then Test Preparation. You will immediately be taken to the Learning Express web site. Click on College Preparation (left side of page) and register as a First Time User with your library card number and PIN (often the last four digits of your phone number) . Uncover the buttons to ACT Preparation and you will find free online courses to aid you in English, Reading, Science, Math and Writing sections. Besides the test prep courses, you can also take the most up-to-date practice tests in each area right online, too. The software will automatically remember your stopping place, so you can continually revisit the material. Underneath the SAT buttons, you will find similar courses and practice tests, but also heavy duty sections to assist you in completing SAT essays. You can also get help writing the essays required by top schools on their entrance applications!

The Learning Express web site can also help you develop your software skills, as you prepare for college. Most students grow to become proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel by graduation time. To get a leg up on the competition, you can take online software classes for free by clicking on Popular Software Tutorials.Quickly learn to write your first resume, develop a spreadsheet to track your grades or create a unique presentation for a public speaking class. If you have any trouble accessing the site, just click Ask A Question  at the top of the library’s home page to chat online with a Reference Librarian during the library’s normal business hours.

Upcoming test dates for the ACT are April 13th and June 8th. Fast approaching SAT test dates are March 9th, May 4th and June 1st.  Use the library to get the highest scores you can today!

Leave us a comment! What tips do you have for others getting ready to take the ACT or SAT? What do you like about the library prep test?

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Researching Your Family History

family treeLooking to restart your genealogy research in the New Year? The library has many resources for your family history quest. If you just getting started on your research the best way to start a family history project is to fill out a family tree. You can fill out a tree yourself or recruit your parents, grandparents and other family members to help. It may be helpful to ask your relatives where they were born, where they were married and other life events. Remember to take legible notes and keep good records of all the information you collect.  Having legible well documented notes will be helpful later in your research.

Now that you have collected information for your family tree it is time to research. Start by going to Local History and Genealogy  and exploring all the resources available to genealogists. You will find links to commonly used research sites including Ancestry.com, and Familysearch.org. For more localized research check out the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, Faces and Places Northern Kentucky Photograph Archives and geNKY.

Looking for additional resources that may not be available online? Head to the Covington branch and utilize the collection of local history and genealogy books. We have books that cover vital records, county histories, cemetery internments and much more! You may also want to look through our Family Files and Local History Files to assist with your research.

For more tips, and suggestions on genealogy or local history check out our Pinterest page and watch this video. What family history tips do you have to share?

Ancestry com jpg (3)This post was written by Cierra Earl

This blog was updated December 2013.

Second Week of Giveaways; Job Search Central

The Kenton County Public Library wants to help you with your job search, boost your resume and get you the computer skills you need.  We are giving away an eReader case, along with a $20 Amazon gift card (to possibly use on job search book or magazine), a bookmark on how to download free eBooks from the Library, a tote bag, library card holder and a cool cup! But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help with your job search.

Do you see yourself or a friend in any of the following scenarios?

  • Downsized professional?
  • Stay at home Mom returning to the paid workforce?
  • Thinking about changing careers?
  • Recent college graduate?
  • Senior looking for part-time work?
  • Skilled tradesman with no computer skills?
  • Looking to grow your current job skills?

Then think of the Kenton County Public Library as Job Search Central. The library has a myriad of resources available to aid you in your job search and help you grow your career skills. Turn to the library’s website to find the best and most up-to-date books on the job search hunt, career change, writing powerful resumes, composing strong cover letters and developing fresh interviewing skills. Our collection development staff ensures that the latest editions of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”  by Richard Nelson Bolles and “Knock’em Dead Resumes”  by Martin Yate are always available to library users. No two job seekers are alike, so resources are selected to serve the needs of job searchers in diverse situations. You can find both hard cover and eBooks on resume writing for executives, preparing for positions with the Federal government or seeking a new job out of prison. The website also has links to the most respected online help sites for resume writing and conducting research on posted positions. Consult a reference librarian at any of our three branches for the resources best suited to your personal situation.

This winter the library will offer a series of classes at the Erlanger Branch to jump start a job search. A Job Research Skills class will teach participants how to use Demographics Now, a Library online service, and other key resources to help find companies that are hiring, how to dig up data for interviews and pin-point appropriate contacts. Target Your Resume Workshop will feature a brief presentation on how to flesh out the critical skills posted in an open position in your field and streamlining your resume to clearly fulfill those needs. Individual resume help with a reference librarian will be available at the Covington Branch.

Social media sites are growing in prominence as conduits for job searches. If you missed the library’s recent class on How to Use LinkedIn, email Natalie Ruppert, Reference Librarian in Covington to schedule a 30 minute help session to learn how to effectively “network” via the site. If you know someone struggling to gain computer skills, the library also offers regular classes for First Time Computer Users plus classes on using Microsoft Office Suite including MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint at all three branches for free. Susan Rasche, Covington’s Computer Learning Center Coordinator offers limited individual computer help sessions.

The Library also offers online Self-Paced Software Classes and Occupation Practice Tests from Learning Express and Mango Foreign Language courses. You do need a free library card for some of these services. Save time, save money and get the support you need for your job search at the Kenton County Public Library today!”

Second Week of Giveaways:

Are you ready to enter the Week 2 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Tell us how a librarian has helped you in the past.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 17 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

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This post was written by Natalie Ruppert, reference librarian at the Covington Branch