How Money Smart are you?


money smark middle schoolersAre you joining the fun Monday at the Money Smart Middle Schoolers’ event?  Did you know we have a Money Smart Hot Topic? That’s right! It’s full of information on money management and it has a fun page just for students. Play the games and take the quizzes to see just how Money Smart you are!

Explore Beyond the Page this Summer With This Idea.


artemis literary sourcesUse the tip sheet below as a guide for searching Artemis: Literary Sources to discover interesting things about your favorite authors and books.

Artemis Literary Sources Tip Sheet

To learn more about using Artemis Literary Sources visit Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases: GALE

#SummerLearning loss is a significant contributor to the #AchievementGap. #KeepKidsLearning


summer learning dayToday is Summer Learning Day! #KeepKidsLearning attend a library program or visit Hot Topic – Club Read Kids or Hot Topic – Club Read Teens for some fun activities or a good book to read! Pledge to keep kids learning http://bit.ly/SLDPledge

If you can’t drive the car, you can at least speak the language!


can't drive the car speak the languagePlanning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Collaborating with your Chinese counterparts in your company’s Beijing branch? Just want to brush up that language you studied for four years in school but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.

Transparent Language Online is now Available for FREE with your library card.  Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 95+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for everyone:

  • Alphabet Courses: Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages to familiarize you with new writing systems, empowering you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.
  • Essentials Courses: These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals, including meeting and greeting, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and beyond.
  • Supplemental Vocabulary: Hundreds of topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a completely redesigned suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No more drilling paper flashcards!
  • Grammar Reference: An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.

Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? A customizable Learning Path allows you to choose what you want to learn, while an integrated analytics system tracks your progress, periodically prompting you to review material that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s like having a built-in teacher there to keep you on track toward your language-learning goals.

Best of all, Transparent Language Online works on any Internet-connected device, so you can learn from your laptop, phone, or tablet.

To learn more about Transparent Language Online and preview the program, swing by the library for a demo and to set up a free account. (If you use the library Zinio Magazines, you already have an account! Use the same email and password for both!) Access the program directly at Hot Topics – Databases A-Z or view the getting started videos at Hot Topics – How to Use the Library Databases

Feel free to contact us with any questions at ask@lvccld.org