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More information, including an application for a library card, can be found online at Forsythpl.org.

Forsyth County schools will kick off the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, and the local library is reminding parents and students of several free offerings and resources for school projects.

Linda Kelly, assistant director of materials for the Forsyth County Public Library, said all four of the library’s locations have resources and materials for students at all levels.

“We have resources [including] print, electronic, and [audio-visual materials] for students of all ages and homeschooled students, students in private schools here and students in our public schools,” she said. “We try very hard to provide, not the same resources as the school system, but supplemental resources.”

Kelly said once school starts, the libraries are filled with students working on assignments.

“Libraries have changed a lot, and we are so pleased that the students in this county come to the libraries and they collaborate on projects and papers and doing homework,” she said. “We have a lot of tutors that meet with their students at our various branches.”

For middle and high school students, Kelly said one of the most valuable resources is a curated collection of non-fiction eBooks, including biographies, literature, technology, arts and many others.

“There are over 5,000 eBooks in every subject you can possibly think of,” Kelly said.

For younger students, Kelly said “an incredible resource” is two complete sets of Capstone Press references books on all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Colombia purchased with a $2,000 donation from the Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates.

To keep information up to date, library staff works to remove outdated materials and find new non-fiction materials, and many of the materials can be assessed online.

Kelly said students looking for help can speak with the front desk of any of the locations — Cumming, Sharon Forks, Post Road and Hampton Park — or use computers to search for resources.

Use of resources requires a library card, which is available for free to all county residents and students enrolled at any private or public school in the county.

More information, including an application for a library card, can be found online at Forsythpl.org.