Five Little-Known Library Resources

Trish Hull with the Salt Lake County Library System reveals five little known library resources that can benefit your family.

1. Homework Help

The Homework Help tab is full of links to web pages and databases for every aspect of a child’s homework needs. You can access it through the Kids tab at the top of the main webpage and then click on Homework Help. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, Science pages, state, country and county pages are all available as well as biographies, current issues, mythology and many other topics. Remember World Book Encyclopedia? We have the World Book on Steroids online version. So much more information and availability than was ever in the print version. So no more panic at 9 o’clock at night and your child says “uh oh, I forgot I have a report due tomorrow.” Just go to Homework Help. We also have a Spanish website with many links for people who speak Spanish to help their kids (

2. Auto Repair Database

On the main webpage click on the “Research by Topic” Tab and you will see many wonderful options. One of these is the Automotive Tab. By clicking on this you can enter the Automotive Repair Reference Center. This is a Chilton product that gives you automotive repair info on just about every make model and year of car. It includes repair procedures, wiring diagrams, service bulletins and recalls. You need to have a Salt Lake County Library card to access this database. No more running to the library and hoping we have the book or having to wait a few days for it to come from another library. Instant repair information at your fingertips.

3. Educational Testing Databases

We have two databases where you can take practice tests to get ready for many standardized tests. They are Learning Express Library, and Gale Testing and Educational Reference Center. You can access these from the main page and the “Research by Topic” tab. Then click on “Careers and Tests”. You do need a library card to access these as well. The database includes ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, LSAT, AP, ASVAB, FIREFIGHTER, CIVIL SERVICE and many, many other tests. The gale database includes the book so you can study as well as take the practice test.

4. Great Reads for Girls & No Girls Allowed

These are 2 book clubs several libraries participate in. Great Reads for Girls is a mother-daughter book club for ages 8-12, where we read a book and then meet and discuss it. We also do a craft and have a treat and spend time talking and having fun.

No Girls Allowed is a Book based activity hour for boys ages 7-11. They just come and have fun with activities and crafts based on a book theme. And NO GIRLS ALLOWED. For more info call 943-4636

5. Programs and Workshops

Libraries are always scheduling various programs and workshops of interest. Thursday September 25th at Kearns Library and Friday September 26th at Whitmore Library at 3:30 we will have Bill Galvan the Archie Comic artist come and teach an artist seminar. This fall Archie comics is telling the never before told story of how Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead first met and became friends. Bill will teach layout techniques, inking secrets and how to draw your own comics. Come and enjoy this unique opportunity to learn from a master! For more information call: (801) 943-4636.

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