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Learn a New Language

Learn a new language at your library with PronunciatorThe library has lots of ways to practice and learn a new language.  Our newest program allows you to use your mobile device of choice!

Try our new language learning course – create an account with your Burlington Public Library card number, remember the password and account info, download the app if you want to use a mobile device and take advantage of the fun and interactive courses on Pronunciator!



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Practice makes perfect!

If you are planning to take the SAT, GRE, GED or other career qualifying exam, click here to practice the exams using the Testing & Education Reference Center. Your library card allows you to spend time focusing on the tests and sample questions to prepare you for the best scores! You can take the tests over and over again to get it just right!

Practice taking your entrance and qualifying exams on the Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is provides easy access to information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level. Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for job seekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search. It also provides provides a vast collection of information on two- and four-year institutions across the United States to help students (and parents) screen potential schools.  This resource is available in the library or from home 24/7.  Contact us if you need help.

HSPT (High School Placement Test)
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
Academic Skills Question Banks
Mathematics, Grades 6-8
Mathematics, Grades 9-12
Reading, Grades 6-8
Reading, Grades 9-12
Science, Grades 9-12
Writing, Grades 6-8
Writing, Grades 9-12
AP (Advanced Placement)
AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP European History
AP Human Geography NEW
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP Physics B
AP Physics C
AP Psychology
AP Spanish Language
AP Statistics
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP World History
COOP (Cooperative Entrance Examination)
HSPT (High School Placement Test)
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
Nail Technology
Esthetics Fundamentals
Esthetics Advanced
Firefighter Exam
Law Enforcement Exams
Border Patrol
Corrections Officer
Court Officer
Parole Officer
Police Officer
Police Promotion
Probation Officer
State Trooper
Medical/Nursing Exams
Medical Assistant Course
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Ethics in America
Introduction to Computing
Management Information Systems
Principles of Supervision
Substance Abuse
SAT Subject Tests
Biology E/M
Math Level 1
Math Level 2
U.S. History
World History
International Tools
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
TOEFL Reading Comprehension
TOEFL Vocabulary
TOEFL Writing and Grammar
TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
U.S. Citizenship
Accountant/Auditor Exams
ACT WorkKeys
Reading for Information
Applied Mathematics
American Foreign Service Officer
Basic Computer Skills
Microsoft Windows 7 NEW
Microsoft Word 2010 NEW
Microsoft Excel 2010 NEW
Microsoft Access 2010 NEW
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 NEW
Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
Postal 473/473-C Exams
Postal 710/711 Exams
Real Estate
Court Officer
Parole Officer
Probation Officer
Treasury Enforcement Agent


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Repairing some equipment?

Small Engine Repair Reference Center graphicThe library has added a new database to help answer your equipment repair questions!  Small Engine Repair contains resources for motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles, boat motors, generators, water crafts, lawnmowers, chain saws, trimmers, ATVs and other outdoor power equipment:  Try it out; all you will need is your library card!

You can find a link to Small Engine Repair, as well as other helpful resources on the library’s Automobiles and Small Engine Repair Research page.

And if you need help, feel free to contact us!



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Burlington Edison High School Yearbooks in our Library Edition Library edition has digitized old Burlington Edison High School Yearbooks for the years 1946, 1948, 1949, 1966, 1967 and 1974.  So if you were in those class years, visit the library and check the U. S. School Yearbooks.  Here is one of the popular fellows from those days!

Don Mapes in the 1946 BESD Yearbook

We invite you to take advantage of our new online subscription to Library Edition.  It is one of two new databases offered by the Burlington Library and Skagit Valley Genealogy Society Roots Project, our genealogy program for teens to begin in October.  All library visitors can make use of our new Library edition in the library.

America’s Genealogy Bank is also a great new resource as well because it indexes newspapers from all over the U.S., including the Seattle Times – so if you lived in the area, you never know what you might find about a relative.

For access to more great genealogy resources available at the library or remotely from you home with you library card, click here for more information.



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The GED is changing in 2014

Gale Testing and Education CenterThe GED will change in January 2014 to a computer-based test, which will measure different knowledge areas than the current test.  Unfortunately, this change means that people who have already completed part of the test must finish by the end of December, or they will have to begin the new test from the beginning.  The price is also going up dramatically, from $50 to $120!

Fortunately, if you want to finish your GED this year, the library can help you out!  Our online Testing & Education Reference Center contains practice tests, learning guides, and Spanish GED resources to help you get prepared!



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Zombie Awareness Month

Zombie sillhouetteMay is Zombie Awareness Month, and so every Thursday this month, we will be showing you ways to use the library to learn more about zombies.

Zombie Awareness Month happens in May because it is the month that provided the setting for the 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, the film that launched the zombie film genre.  Here’s the story of Night of the Living Dead from the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culturean online encyclopedia that the library subscribes to.

In October 1968 a low-budget horror film titled Night of the Living Dead, directed and cowritten by the independent filmmaker George Romero, opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, far from Hollywood and the mainstream cinema. Shot in the Pennsylvania countryside using mostly amateur actors and boasting ludicrously low production values, Romero’s short black-and-white film nevertheless managed to leave its first viewers disturbed, even traumatized[…] Decades later the film is considered a classic. Recognized for its cultural significance, the film was placed in the National Film Registry in 1999 by the Library of Congress.

You can read the full article, complete with a still from the movie, here. If you have a library card, you can use the St. James Encyclopedia yourself to find articles about famous and influential movies, music, authors, and shows — both with and without zombies.

— Jane S.


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internet vs. database


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Language Learners Rejoice!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled “Holidays Across Cultures” post for breaking news:

We’ve added the Pimsleur Language Programs to our online resources, and they cover 199 different languages.  Want to learn Albanian?  Croation? Greek?  Hatian?  We’ve got you covered.

You can download the audiobooks from OneClickdigital to your hand-held players, and mobile apps are available for iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire. The company says, “At the completion of these eight lessons you will comfortably understand and speak Hungarian at a beginner level. You learned English by listening. With Pimsleur, you listen to learn another language. The Pimsleur Language Program is an integrated system which immerses you in the language, encouraging you to hear, understand and use the language all at the same time.”

To explore, go to OneClickdigital and search for “Pimsleur.” 

We have other language-learning resources, too; see the Language Learning page on our website for all your options.


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Resources for business people

Are you a businessperson?  Are you thinking of starting a business?  Do you have friends who are?

It can be daunting to be in business for yourself… but your library is full of free resources and workshops to help you.
This one features Nolo books — a very trusted publisher — searchable by keyword or topic.
In addition to articles, forms, and industry information, the site includes business videos that feature interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures, and ‘how to’ instructions.

Access this great online resource from the Reference A- Z page on the library website (where you’ll also find tons of other amazing databases).

Questions? Ask for help at the Info Desk, or call 360-755-0760.


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New Resource for Readers

We’ve just added a new online reference for popular book club selections called “Twenty First Century Novels.”   It’s an encyclopedia of background information and analysis for better understanding new “literary” titles from the past ten years.

Examples of titles discussed include “Empire Falls,” “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “The Kite Runner,” “Prodigal Summer,” and the Harry Potter series, among dozens of others.

If you’ve enjoyed these books and would like to learn a little more about the book’s themes, writing style, what the critics thought, and more, you’ll enjoy this database.  If you’re looking for a good book to suggest for your book group, or want to prepare for a discussion, you can really impress everyone with your knowledge of the book!

Also handy for school reports, so let the students in your life know about this.

Click here for the link to all of our literature and reading resources.

Other books included:


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