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Lynda.com - New login procedures

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Although it feels like a lifetime ago, about 15 months ago I wrote a blog post about Lynda.com changing to LinkedIn Learning. We recently learned that LinkedIn is now ready to move forward with this change again, although with some differences. In preparation for this change, we do have to make a slight adjustment to the login procedures for Lynda.com now. 

eParachute - find the best career path for you

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Are you a recent graduate trying to decide what job and career path you want to take? Have you been working for awhile and now want to change careers but aren't sure which new career you want?  Are you a job seeker who just doesn't like the job options you've been looking at? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, eParachute may be super helpful for you!

Personalized Language Courses in Pronunciator

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Pronunciator is an online language learning platform that you can access for free with a valid FRVPLD library card.  You can access Pronunciator by going to the Research page on the library's website. Pronunciator now has a feature where you can work with them to create a personalized language learning course to fit your needs. Personalized courses can be created for people of all ages, from 0 to 65+. This is in addition to all of the other pre-made courses and content available in Pronunciator.

New Content in Vidcode

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This week, Vidcode added new content to the platform, which means there is now even more coding activities and projects you can do to learn Javascript. If you are not familiar with Vidcode, it is online platform geared towards students grades 3-12 (but anyone can use it!) where you can learn how to code using the Javascript programming language.

FAFSA Assistance with Brainfuse: HelpNow

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We are excited to share that Brainfuse has added a new feature to their HelpNow platform: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) assistance! Brainfuse has always had live tutors available for assistance with various grade levels and subject areas, but they have now added tutors to help patrons fill out the FAFSA form. FAFSA is a program through the federal government, specifically the U.S. Department of Education, where current and prospective college students can fill out the form to determine eligibility for student financial aid.

Learning Javascript with Vidcode

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Vidcode is a fun, engaging online platform that patrons can use for free to learn how to code using Javascript. I'd previously written a blog post explaining how to access Vidcode and create and account, and I talked a little bit about what you can do in Vidcode. You can view that post by clicking here. Now I'd like to go a little more in-depth and show you some of the kinds of projects you can code with Vidcode.

New eResource: Scholastic Teachables

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We are excited to announce that we have added a new eResource called Scholastic Teachables! Scholastic Teachables provides thousands of free printable activity sheets, lesson plans, reading passages, and more. It also has games and puzzles, clip art, and bulletin board ideas. Content is available for PreK - 8th grade. This database is great for parents, teachers, homeschoolers and students. Scholastic Teachables is free to use with a valid library card and can be accessed from home.

 

Businesses and the pandemic

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As we continue to battle the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses have had to make adjustments and incredibly difficult decisions. Whether it meant switching to a work-from-home model, doing curbside pickup and delivery only, or deciding to close altogether, businesses have been struggling and business owners may still be trying to figure out what to do during these difficult times. Lynda.com has made some new courses available that are meant to help businesses during this pandemic.

Shelter in place crafts with Creativebug

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As we shelter in place, we all might be going a little stir crazy trying to find things to do. One of the online resources that we have available is Creativebug, which has free videos showing you how to do a variety of arts and crafts type projects. On May 1, Creativebug added a new video called "Daily Creativity at Home." It is a video series with a variety of projects that use materials commonly found at home.

 

Connecting to Zoom for virtual library programs

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As we continue to stay at home and stay strong during this pandemic, the library is going to start offering live virtual programs through Zoom. For each live program that we do, there will be a unique URL that you can click on to connect to that Zoom session. The URL will most likely either be posted in the description of the program on the event calendar on the library website, or it will be emailed to each patron that signs up for the program. As we schedule these live programs, we'll provide exact details for each one.

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