In the Works: Library ready to help students research Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 August 2017
By Joyce Waybright
Special to GUIDON

As school starts, the Bruce C. Clarke Library staff wants to remind Families that studies show that children who are read to and who use the library, perform better.

This year’s summer reading program,   helped many children maintain their reading skills. The library’s 500 summer readers read nearly 218,000 minutes in just six weeks of the program.

Where to find a book to accomplish a homework assignment is a question that is frequently asked in the library. Often students tell the staff  they’ve been directed “to use the library,” and “don’t just get your information from the internet.” Sometimes students believe a physical book is the only resource that they can use.  
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In addition to the 40,000 children’s print books, we can also provide access to many print and audio digital materials. Students often grumble about having to use the library. Their argument is that they can use online resources to find information to support their schoolwork. The problem with almost any web search is the accuracy and reliability. What makes the library databases useful is that materials are kept up to date, can be searched easily, can be cited in bibliographies and are verified to be from published works that are checked for accuracy.

Libraries are a great place to begin research. The Clarke library provides access to thousands of electronic resources. A few examples are e-books, electronic journal and newspaper articles, digital images and reference materials. These electronic resources are compiled and accessed through databases.
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Children take part in the Bruce C. Clarke Library’s “Our Favorite Wizard” End-of-Summer Birthday Bash July 30. The event was held to celebrate children’s summer reading events. Courtesy photo

Especially for students, there is Tutor.com/Military that provides free live online tutoring, available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day for military Families. The tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate students with expertise in math, science, social studies and English composition.  There is also an area for parents needing help assisting their children with homework.

Fun ways to learn by listening to and/or reading books are the TumbleBook collections for children and middle schoolers. They have story books, puzzle and game books, chapter books, read-a-longs, language books and now, short videos from National Geographic. Most books have a related quiz, games and a lesson plan. They have reading levels by grade, lexile and AR and include the AR-Accelerated Reader information.  There is also a collection for teens and adults called Audio Book Cloud.  

The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force have digital library collections called Overdrive that include books and audio for children and young people.

 For more information on library resources, visit the Bruce C. Clarke Library, located at the corner of Nebraska and 1st Street in the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence complex.

(Editor’s note: Waybright is the Bruce C. Clarke Library chief of community services.)