More information is available online than ever. Libraries are stepping in to make sure everyone can access it.
Not everyone has access to tech resources many take for granted, including laptops and an internet connection. That’s where libraries can help.
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One night a few years ago, Tony Marx was closing up a Bronx library when he noticed a kid sitting on the steps. The boy was pecking away on the oldest laptop Marx had ever seen. Puzzled, Marx asked him what he was doing.
The boy told Marx he was doing his math homework. The assignment was online and the boy’s family couldn’t afford broadband at home. So the youngster camped out on the library stoop to pick up its leaked signal.
“Holy moly,” Marx, the president and CEO of the New York Public Library, remembers thinking. “‘In the information capital of the world, this kid can’t do the math homework we want him to do to succeed.'”
Since then, the NYPL has rolled out a host of services aimed at closing the digital divide, which is exactly what it sounds like: the gap between those who can easily get online and those who can’t.
Read the whole article by Abrar Al-Heeti on cnet.com.
Pat O’Brien from the Illinois Treasurer’s office will help residents search the online I-CASH database for unclaimed property.
Moline Library computers have access to Ancestry.com for Libraries, so feel free to come upstairs and put what you’ve learned into practice.
Of course, if you’re reading this blog you’re probably too advanced for the class already… maybe you know someone that could use some help; feel free to pass it along.
The library is a great place.
I know, of course I would say that, I work there, but that doesn’t make it less true. Public libraries are, generally speaking, welcoming places filled with helpful people that are their solely to serve their respective community. They do this by providing their community with quality services, resources and information (it is literally in our mission statement).
‘Fine, but what about when the library is closed?’ I’m glad I pretended you asked that.
Even when we are closed you have access to numerous online resources provided by the library through our website. Some on the resources will require a Moline Library card number to sign in, but you can access all of them for free, 24/7. Just look for “Online Resources” under the “Find It” tab on our website.
From there you can view all the available resources sorted into helpful categories,
or as one big list.
Whichever way you prefer to look at them, we hope that you will start putting them to good use today. As always, if you have any questions about anything we offer feel free to stop by the library and ask, or you can call us at (309) 524-2440.
LearningExpress helps students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success. This great resource includes more than 1,000 tutorials, practice exams, and eBooks that will help with basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation and career advancement.
Getting started is easy. Just go to the Moline Library website and click on the “Find It” tab. Then select “Online Resources” and scroll down to find “LearningExpress Library” on the list. And feel free to check out all of our other great online resources on the list while you are there!
How to begin once you’re in?
- Click on “Sign In/Register”
- First time? Click “Register” and complete the “New User Registration” form. Returning users can just enter their username and password and click “Sign In.”
- Browse the different categories that interest you, or search for something specific.
- Get started learning about a career, practicing exams, sharpening skills and so much more!