by Jennifer Hughes

The long summer days are almost over for the year, and everyone, even the library, is gearing up for the coming school year. We never forget fresh haircuts, new shoes, or the items on our school supply list as we are preparing. However, an essential school supply is often overlooked.

Did you know there is a free school supply that gives students access to many online resources that will improve their chances for educational success? A Rapides Parish Library card gives the benefit of accessing online e-branch services anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. This means Rapides Parish students have a world of FREE educational, informational, and fun resources at their fingertips at all times.

Rapides Parish Library eBranch services that will benefit high school and college students include Learning Express 3.0, Homework Louisiana, and Louisiana Library Connection.

With Learning Express 3.0, you can achieve your educational and career goals. This educational resource is a comprehensive interactive learning platform of tests, courses, software tutorials, and career preparation. It is organized into targeted learning centers to improve core academic skills, pass the GED®, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen, and much more. It can be found inside the Louisiana Library Connection Database.

Homework Louisiana provides online tutoring and academic resources for students. Get help in math, science, social studies, or English from a live tutor through Rapides Parish Library’s eBranch link. Find articles and resources for your research paper through the Louisiana Library Connection that hosts databases galore or enjoy reading ebooks in your downtime by downloading from Hoopla, Overdrive, or CloudLibrary.

The eBranch is not the only branch to offer resources for student success. Come on over to your favorite library branch where you will find even more the reference desk, free use of Wi-Fi, computers, 3d printing for projects, and regular printing.

Regardless of your educational and career goals, Rapides Parish Library has the most valuable and essential school supply ever. Please do not leave it off your list this year!

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