Why is it important to learn to code? Learn why and how to get started with resources at #LVCCLD.

iPad coding lrgEvery era demands–and rewards–different skills.

In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops.

Now we need to teach them to code.

Why should we teach them to code? Not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We need to teach coding to help our kids craft their future.

You can get started today with coding. It easy and fun. I have selected a few resources to get you started, visit Hot Topics – STEAM – Learn to Code.

Join Morningstar Investments for Money Smart Week 2015

money smark week 2015Money Smart Week training for Morningstar Investment Research Center. Learn how to use Morningstar Investment Research Center, available at the LVCCLD Virtual Library, free with your library card.

On Friday, April 24th at 12 PM Central.  (9 a.m. PDT)

They’ll focus on navigating the database, using the screening and portfolio analysis tools, and where to find helpful information.

Login to the webinar and call in to our teleconference information is listed below.

Go to www.morningstar.com/goto/mswmirctraining
Call in to listen: 866-844-9418
Access Code: 745 931 533
Password: Mirc15

Future Upcoming Schedule of Events
Financial Literacy Series webinars:

July 22: 5 Keys to Retirement Investing
October 21: Stock Valuation

What is the trash monster?

rwh_0001_0001_0_img0031This trash monster is the symbol of people’s efforts to fight against waste and pollution. So on April 22, we have Earth Day. Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin got the ball rolling in 1970 with the first Earth Day.

To learn more about recycling, conserving water and safe products for the environment visit Hot Topic – Living Green

Do you love poetry? Then April is your month, it’s National Poetry Month!

13M-GL0335With your library card you have access to host of resources for Poetry Criticism.  Using Artemis Literary Sources, enter your search terms such as a name of a poem or “poetry criticism”.  Artemis returns a host of resources for your search terms.  What’s really cool about Artemis is the Topic Finder which provides a visual of which words and subjects are found most often in the text of your search results. There are a variety of types of resources it searches which include Poetry Criticism Online and Poetry for Students.

Learning Express is a great exam preparation tool!

learning expressStudying for a test or brushing up on skills LearningExpress Library™ is a great resource for practice tests. Beginning in April 2015, LearningExpress Library™ just got better! I now has a new responsive design and a wide array of great new product enhancements and resources. Here are the highlights:

Responsive Design & More

They’ve improved performance, navigation, and usability—providing patrons with a superior experience on any device—including tablets, desktops, and smartphones.

  • The new responsive design gives users a fully optimized experience on any size screen or device.
  • Our new optimization technology has made LearningExpress Library™ faster than ever before.
  • The new advanced search engine delivers quicker, more comprehensive results.
  • Navigating the resource catalog has improved, for quicker and easier browsing.

Updates include new content:

New Practice Tests
They’ve added thirteen (13) new practice tests to the Career Center, including newly updated electrician’s licensing practice tests, three (3) sets of Praxis Core® practice tests (marking the complete replacement of Praxis I resources), and updated practice tests for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) exam. In addition, the College Preparation Center now has two (2) Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology practice exams.

New eBooks
Four (4) new Flash Review guides for the GED® test and new editions of ASVAB Success, ASVAB Power Practice, Police Officer Exam, and Critical Thinking Skills in 20 Minutes a Day are the latest additions to our growing eBook collection.

New Common Core Resources
Thirty-six (36) new resources, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, have been added to the School Center. They include tutorials for middle school students and parents, and tutorials and practice tests for high school students.

For a complete listing of changes read the 2015 Product-Updates.