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From the Natrona County Public Library
Crunch Time: End-of-Term Help for Students
By Jenn Beckstead, Teen Librarian
November 17, 2010
Students, especially in their teenage years, frequently struggle with end-of-term projects as the holidays approach. They might have trouble finding a topic or research to support it, procrastinate until the deadline is looming, or, like me, develop a severe case of writers’ block just before a big paper is due.
Rest assured, teens and their parents can always find help at the Natrona County Public Library. From helpful librarians to internet access to study nooks for individuals and groups, your library can be a great asset for end-of semester projects.
The Teen Zone is a special space for 7-12 grade students. In addition to age-appropriate reading materials, it provides a variety of areas to study, whether curled up on a beanbag or with notes, papers, and books spread out over a tabletop.
Those looking for a computer will find six Internet stations to log on as well as free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access throughout the building.
If your student is looking for a book to satisfy their latest book report or research assignment, stop by the service desks on any floor and ask for a recommendation. Our staff loves to help match readers with the perfect book.
Although we don’t suggest procrastination as a studying technique, your library is open late during the school year specifically to help students with last-minute projects.
Skilled librarians are available to answer your questions and point you in the right direction from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. We are also open Sundays from 1-5 p.m. for that last cram session before the school week begins.
However, your library is not just a physical building. Many of our resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the privacy of your own home, or any place you find yourself with an Internet connection.
Learning Express Library is one example of the help available from our website. This tool allows students to prepare for college entrance exams by taking practice tests for the ACT and SAT, as well as the GED.
Discover the vast array of studying tools and information available at your fingertips by logging on to NCPL’s website, www.natronacountylibrary.org, and clicking “Search the Online Resources.” All you will need is your library card number and PIN.
Library cards are issued free of charge to county residents aged 18 or over with a photo ID & proof of permanent address. Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them to sign the application form. Parents are responsible for any fees associated with their child's card. Replacements for lost, stolen or damaged cards are available for a fee of $1, with photo ID.
As the semester begins to draw to a close, your library can be a great resource for those school projects and studying needs that are bound to come your way. Call 577-READ to learn more about library services for students and parents.
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