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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.

Ask a Paleontologist

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Covert art of the book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve BrusatteDo you love dinosaurs? Would you like to discuss the 'lost world' of dinosaurs with a leader in the field of paleontology? Join us for a discussion with paleontologist Steve Brusatte, author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World. Reading the book is not required to enjoy the program, but it is highly recommended!

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.

 

New Nonfiction eBooks

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Many people have been turning to eBooks during these trying times. We at FRVPLD have been working hard to make sure more titles get added to our eBook platforms so our patrons can have access to the latest titles in some capacity. We have three different eBook platforms: Overdrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla. Below are some of the newest adult nonfiction titles that can now be found in each of those three platforms.

Overdrive

Cover art for The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

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.

 

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