Blount County Public Library is da’ bomb! Especially during these winter months when you and the kids MUST get out of the house, there’s something for everyone. And don’t worry, if you have your kids with you and don’t get a chance to check out books of your own, there’s always the digital library where you can download books for free during naptime (CLICK HERE).
More than just books, there are movies you can take home, crafts and programs for kids of all ages. There are also great events and regular programs that never disappoint.
Now through Saturday, there’s a Library Winter Book Sale. (Thanks for the tip Thrifty Christy!) Click here for details: LIBRARY SALE
Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts (Weekly)
Tuesday and Friday, 10:00 am, Tales of Wonder Story Hours for ages 3-5 include stories, puppets, coloring, and crafts.
Wednesday, 10:00 & 10:30 am, Toddler’s Tadpole Tales story hours for ages two and under include stories, songs & movement, rhyme time, puppets, coloring, and crafts.
Teens Program: Saturday, Jan. 21, 4-5 p.m. (third Saturday of each month), “Teens Write Now,” facilitated by Erin Meadows-Tallant
Also, the library has an incredible online resource to help kids with homework and projects. Check out the story written by Judy Dudley, Circulation Team Leader at the library. (Originally published in Blount Moms Today Magazine, July 2011)
Homework Help Found on Actual, Virtual Shelves
“What is the capital of Uganda?”
“Where can I find information about medieval times?”
“What is an experiment I can do for the science fair?”
The Blount County Public Library has the answers to these and millions of other questions that students need answered in order to complete homework assignments. As soon as you enter the building, you are met with rows and rows of shelves containing books, magazines, videos and other materials to help you and your child in any homework endeavor. However, today’s library is more than the physical building.
One of the most extensive resources at our disposal is found online—the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). This free website is available to any Tennessee resident with internet access or can be found using computers in the library, available to all patrons with library cards.
TEL provides access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records (through HeritageQuest Online, a genealogy database), e-books, Tennessee primary source materials, and more. TEL is a virtual library of information from hundreds of sources to enable the user to research any given subject, whether it is Florida state facts, an interview with the coach of the Houston Rockets, or a labeled diagram of the human heart. TEL is useful for many homework assignments, like reports, science projects, test preparation, genealogy research, and much more. These sources contain complete bibliographic information just as any print publication does.
Kids Infobits is one aspect of TEL which is useful to children in grades K-5. Reliable magazine articles (such asWeekly Reader, National Geographic World, Highlights for Children), printable images and graphs, worksheets, encyclopedia articles, newspaper articles and more for the child (and parent) are available to explore. To find, go to www.blountlibrary.org, click on “Electronic Resources,” then “Tennessee Electronic Library,” “School Grades,” “Elementary School Resources” and scroll down to “Kids InfoBits.”
TEL4U is another database in the “Elementary School Resources” of TEL that is a great resource for children in grades K-5 and includes e-books, homework help databases, Tennessee state history records and more. Other parts of TEL which could be helpful are World Book Online, HeritageQuest Online, the Tennessee Virtual Archive, Tennessee Newspaper Collection, etc. And, there are links to websites such as Fact Monster and Internet Public Library KidSpace that are fun to explore. This is just scratching the surface of all that TEL has to offer.
And, as children advance through their school career, TEL offers multiple other resources and databases, some of which are specified for college and career preparation tests, college selection and professional licensing tests.
Other ways to use the library for homework assignments include
•Probe multiple other free databases on the library’s website for information on any assignment.
•Find a book on your subject to read.
•Use an encyclopedia to discover more about your subject.
•Explore the many atlases and maps in the reference section.
•Visit the children’s room or the library’s oversize book section to find books with illustrations.
•Check out a video to learn more about your subject.
•Taped programs by speakers on numerous informational topics.
Blount County Public Library is the place to go for homework needs. If you don’t already have one, be sure to sign up for a library card for you and your child. When those school assignments come pouring in, you will be thankful you did.
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the web site at www.blountlibrary.org.
Judy Dudley is a homeschooling mom and the Circulation Team Leader at Blount County Public Library.