Homework Help Myths

We continue to hear about people who think they can’t use the public library because they have to pay non-resident fees.  We’d like to dispel that myth and assure parents, teachers and students that the resources are available even if they can’t afford a card to check out materials. 

There is no charge to use library materials in the library for studying or taking a test, for using our public or homework computers for writing, or for asking for homework help from our staff.  The public library is open Saturdays and 4 evenings a week, so they can use a library when the school library isn’t open.  We have many new resources—in traditional print format and online.

 The policies about library cards are listed on our website and you may want to know that library cards are available to staff of the Burlington-Edison School District No. 100, local private schools, child care centers and other educational facilities located in Burlington without charge!

 Here are some highlights of our online resources.  They can be used in the library, or, if you have a library card, you can access them 24/7 from the comfort of your home!

 BESD Curriculum, CBA book lists, and new materials are listed in the Online Catalog.

  • Advance your prospects with Learning Express database.  Here you can find practice tests and ebooks for GED, college entrance exams, license exams, civil service skill testing, job-hunting help, etc.
  • Find articles, or research subjects from popular and academic magazines with ProQuest, Expanded Academic Index, and General One file.
  • Researching a specific subject?  Different databases you can use are listed on Reference and Homework A – Z page – look for Opposing Viewpoints In Context, Biography In Context, History In Context, and the Literature Resource Center.
  • Interested in learning another language?   Powerspeak  is an online resource that uses a fun multimedia approach to teach you Spanish, French, ESL, German or Mandarin.
  • Help your younger children enjoy books online with Tumblebook Library.  Listen and watch stories read out loud; use ebooks and audiobooks; see children’s books in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Russian; and play games and puzzles to learn word, memory, and spelling skills.
  • Questions ? – Ask Us !



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