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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.

 

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.

Holiday Cheer with Creativebug

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The holiday season is upon us, and that means decorating, shopping for presents, planning holiday gatherings, and more. It can be a stressful time, but the library has resources that can help make your holiday shopping and planning easier! A few years ago, I talked about Consumer Reports online and all it has to offer to help with holiday shopping. This year, I want to talk about one of our newer eResources, Creativebug.

New eResource: Creativebug

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We are pleased to announce that we’ve added a new eResource called Creativebug! Creativebug provides over 1,000 online, video-based art and craft classes led by expert instructors. Classes cover a variety of areas, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, and more! Free crochet and knitting patterns are available for download as well. Creativebug is free to use and can be used in the library and remotely from home.

New eResource: Miss Humblebee's Academy

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We are happy to announce that we have added a new eResource called Miss Humblebee’s Academy! Miss Humblebee's Academy is an award-winning, online and offline curriculum that prepares children ages 2 to 6 for kindergarten proficiency. Interactive, guided lessons and activities are available for several subjects, including language & literacy, Math, Science & Social Studies, Art, and Music. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is free to use and can be used in the library and at home.

 

New eResource: Vidcode

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We are excited to announce that we’ve added a new eResource called Vidcode! Vidcode is an 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. A variety of fun, interactive lessons are available that teach students how to code video filters, video games, special effects, celebrity name generators, haunted houses, simulations and more! Vidcode is free to use and can be used in the library or at home.

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