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Libraries also ready for new school year
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County Public Library system has many electronic resources to help students as they begin a new school year.

Laura Bradley, programs manager, said the library has a wide range of resources to assist all students, but especially families who choose to teach their children at home. 

“Young readers and homeschool students don’t need to join the mad rush to buy books for their lessons,” she said. “They simply log onto one of the library’s electronic resources and read, watch or listen to fiction and non-fiction books from home.”

She said parents and teachers can also use those electronic resources and the comprehensive lesson plans provided to plan activities, recommend additional reading on a particular topic, or watch related educational videos.

Kids in pre-kindergarten through third grades can use BookFlix, a program through Scholastic, to first read an animated storybook. Topics in the story are then connected to related non-fiction eBooks for the child to explore.

Young readers and their parents or teachers can then access their vocabulary and reading comprehension with interactive games. For more experienced readers, the library system offers three TumbleBook programs.

Bradley said TumbleBooks Library is designed for grades kindergarten through fourth and offers animated fiction and non-fiction books, games, puzzles and quizzes.

Students can read books in English, French or Spanish, and their teachers and parents can use built-in links to online resources to plan further activities and lessons related to each book.

Another resource the library provides, TumbleBookCloud Junior, is a collection of eBooks, chapter books, comics, graphic novels, audiobooks and videos designed for third- through sixth-graders.

The program offers more than 500 professionally-narrated titles, in a customizable reading experience, that allow students to highlight passages and adds notes and adjust text size, spacing and color.

Bradley said students in grades six through 12 can experience a range of classic and contemporary books through TumbleBookCloud.