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Back to school at your Summit County Library

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Whether you’re 5 or 55, the Summit County Library has something to offer you to help with your “Back to School” plans. Since our local children returned to school last week, I thought I’d begin by mentioning some titles that parents might check out to help their kids get over any fears they might have about returning to school.

An “I Can Read Book” entitled “Arthur’s Back to School Day” by Lillian Hoban will help children feel good about school, for it is a cute story about Arthur and his friends heading back to school with their lunch boxes on an interesting bus ride. Another fun read is “The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School” by Stan and Jan Berenstain; it describes – in rhyme – how Brother and Sister Bear ride the bus to school with their friends and enjoy their first day at school.

For parents, the library owns a series of books published by the Core Knowledge Foundation and edited by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. that cover what kind of knowledge and skills your child can be expected to learn in a good school program. The first title is “What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning.” The series continues through each grade from first to sixth and outlines what core of shared knowledge should be imparted to all elementary school students.

The library has many books to help high school graduates continue their education by attending a technical school, college or university. Students thinking of applying to a college or university may need to take either the ACT or SAT test. Both are standardized tests taken by millions of high school students annually. They measure students’ critical thinking, math and writing skills and are used by many college admissions officers to determine their applicants’ abilities to do college-level work. Two books to help you score well are: “SAT 2011: Strategies, Practice and Review” and “Cracking the ACT: With DVD.”

You will probably need some help determining what college is best for you. Try “The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges,” for it will provide you with an accurate picture of what day-to-day life is like for students enrolled at the colleges featured. For each college profile, the editors rely on hours of personal interviews with actual college students to give you a true sense of the school. Another useful volume is “The Princeton Review Guide to College Majors,” which not only assesses more than 350 of the most popular majors, but also documents how technical schools can launch your career in fewer than four years and highlights both career options and earning potential.

It costs money to continue an education, and the library can help you look for grants and scholarships. Check out “Peterson’s How to Get Money for College: Financing Your Future Beyond Federal Aid.” It will help you research undergraduate financial aid as awarded at more than 2,100 colleges and universities – including types of aid and percentages of students applying for and receiving aid – and will also allow you to compare information about school costs and financial aid. Another book to explore is the “2011 Scholarship Handbook,” which includes 2,100 programs offering private, federal and state money in forms of scholarships, internships and loans.

This is just a small overview of selected materials available to help you go back to school at whatever age. Remember, too, that you can always go to the library’s website and look in our online catalog at to see what a wealth of materials is available for your use, or visit us at your local library in Breckenridge, Frisco and Silverthorne.

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