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GROUPED BY AGES The FVRL system also has databases grouped by age categories. At the bottom of the home page, you’ll find separate links for Early Learners, Kids, and Teens. Early Learners will lead you to games and resources like ABCmouse, (which can only be accessed at the library), and Reading Rockets, which can help guide struggling or emerging readers. And if you’d like to expose your young child to a foreign language even before he can read, programs like Little Pim are worth checking out. Under the Kids link, even more resources are featured. Among them you’ll find the World Book Early World of Learning. This fun, interactive and educational resource allows pre-readers and beginning readers to Read, Play, Watch and Do! Another great, FVRL resource is The Tumble Book Library, where animated, talking picture books, puzzles, and resources are offered for kids and families. And for those curious about science, PowerKnowledge provides intriguing videos, games and project ideas in the areas of Earth and Space Science, Life Science and Physical Science. The Teen link leads to even more possibilities. RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio) allows you to read your favorite magazines in electronic format, and Hoopla allows a library member to check out
up to 12 films, TV episodes, music albums, or eComics monthly. Or for those looking to dig more deeply into full-text, academic journal articles and primary sources, the JSTOR digital library is a must-see. You can even learn to write a research paper and create an account to track your research on World Book Student. IN THE INTEREST OF PARENTS There are countless resources tailored to parents and adults, as well. For instance, if you’re looking to learn a new skill or simply take a break, the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas for arts and crafts, games and electronics, model building, needlework, outdoors and nature, scrapbooking and more. Or perhaps you’d like to learn how to fix a leaky sink or remodel a kitchen. The Home Improvement Reference Center is a go to guide for do-it-yourself projects, providing detailed instruction and photos. And for families curious about their ancestry, FVRL offers several ways to search and learn about family heritage. For example, Ancestry Library allows you to find records and digitized documents by providing access to over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, including the US Census. And Heritage Quest opens the door to explore the full-text of 25,000 family and local history books, as well as search the digital US Census records from 1790-1930. IT DOESN’T END THERE The FVRL website is a fountain of knowledge open to all. As a source of answers, instruction, entertainment, and education, it flows with boundless possibilities. Take a moment to log on and explore. And don’t forget: as you discover questions along the way, simply click the little yellow “Ask a Librarian” rectangle. The librarians would be delighted to show you the way.
Davi Nabors and her family have been fans of the library (and its wonderfully helpful librarians) since her boys toddled around the children’s section of the old Battle Ground branch on Main Street. With the boys now in high school and college, the library continues to be an invaluable resource for the whole family.
Vancouver Family Magazine • www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com • August 2017
The only magazine dedicated to Southwest Washington families.