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!

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#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

Prevent Summer Slide and Have Fun Doing It!


00-June2015HelpNowBainfuse HelpNow can help prevent the summer slide. Use SkillSurfer to keep up with what you learned this year or get a head start on school this fall. Love puzzles? With Flashbulb you can create your own crossword puzzles, flash cards, unscramble and more. Flashbulb is also great for those summer road trips!

Join the club, school’s out and summer reading is here!


2015 club readDon’t know what to read? Visit Club Read for Kids or Club Read for Teens to find hundred’s of reading suggestions.