LIBRARY NEWS LIBRARY NAMED AS PRESTIGIOUS FIVE-STAR LIBRARY BY LIBRARY JOURNAL FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR Fans of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County know they’ll receive top-rated service and care at their branch. And the library field’s leading professional publication, the Library Journal, confirms your Library is among the best in the nation. The publication recognized the Library—for the fifth year in a row–by designating it as a Five-Star Library. The Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service is a national ranking system comparing U.S. public libraries on the quantities of services they deliver based on per capita statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet use. This year’s ratings were based on 2015 data. We want to say thank you to all our cardholders for your continued support of the Library—you made this honor possible!
LIBRARIANS RECOMMEND THE BEST APPS FOR HOMEWORK HELP Every day, parents and kids in Hamilton County struggle with challenging homework assignments and test preparation. Our Librarians tested free apps to help your student study and get better grades. They narrowed their choices down to six apps: One Note, myHomework Student Planner, Quizlet, Socratic, Homework HelpNow from Brainfuse, and edX. All the apps work on Apple and Android devices and can help your student track notes, create flashcards, find answers to tough homework questions, take free classes from instructors at some of the best institutions in the country, and talk to a tutor. This helpful new list is now available at CincinnatiLibrary.org/Education.
Dara Roundtree at the COHS graduation ceremony.
ONLINE PROGRAM AT THE LIBRARY HELPS ADULTS EARN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS Ten adult students are embracing new futures after earning a high school diploma and career certification through the Career Online High School program. Three of those students attended a special graduation ceremony recently at the Main Library. Graduates received a high school diploma and career certification in fields like childcare, security, office management, food service, and retail after completing courses online with the help of an academic coach. One of those graduates was 37-year-old Dara Roundtree, who learned about the program through Smart Horizons Career Online Education. “I just tried to earn my GED through another program, and it ended up being fraudulent,” said Dara. “But then Smart Horizons told me about a program at the Library that offered scholarships. Once I discovered the program was free, there was no stopping me. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made to further my educational goals.” Dara received her diploma and career certificate in childhood education with a 3.0 grade point average and now serves as an inspiration for her three children, one of whom is on the verge of earning her own high school diploma. “My kids did not help me one bit,” said Dara. “I did everything myself and wanted to show them that Mom can go back and do it. You can’t go anywhere without your high school diploma or GED. Now that I have my diploma, the sky is the limit. I can work anywhere, I’m excited, and I’ve saved thousands of dollars in the process.” Hamilton County residents can apply for Career Online High School by visiting CincinnatiLibrary.org/COHS.
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