FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – It’s that time of year again.
The smell of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air as kids and their exhausted parents struggle through endless aisles of school supplies trying to check everything off their list of required supplies.
At Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL), there is a slightly different scene.
Young readers and homeschool students don’t need to join the mad rush to buy books for their lessons. They simply log on to one of the library’s electronic resources and read, watch or listen to fiction and non-fiction books.
Their parents and teachers, particularly those that homeschool, can also log into those electronic resources and use the comprehensive lesson plans provided to plan activities, recommend additional reading on a particular topic or watch related educational videos.
Kids in pre-K through third grade are using BookFlix, a Scholastic program, to first read an animated storybook.
Then, topics in the story are connected to related non-fiction eBooks for the child to explore. Finally, young readers and their parents or teachers can assess their vocabulary and reading comprehension with interactive games.
For more experienced readers, FCPL offers three TumbleBooks programs.
TumbleBooks Library is designed for kindergarten through fourth grades and offers animated fiction and non-fiction books, games, puzzles and quizzes.
Students can read books in English, French or Spanish and their parents and teachers can use built-in links to online resources to plan further activities and lessons related to each book.
TumbleBookCloud Junior is a collection of eBooks, chapter books, comics, graphic novels, audiobooks and videos designed for third through sixth grades. The program offers over 500 professionally narrated titles and a customizable reading experience that allows students to highlight passages and add notes and adjust text size, spacing and color.
TumbleBookCloud offers readers in grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to explore a growing number of classic and contemporary books. Enhanced novels, such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Great Gatsby,” include chapter and plot summaries, character sketches and quizzes.
“We’re working to build a community of avid readers,” said Linda Kelly, assistant director for materials. “By sharing these free resources with parents, teachers and students – and by allowing them to be accessed from home – we are ensuring that kids and teens can enjoy reading, both for schoolwork and for pleasure.”
These resources are accessed by visiting www.forsythpl.org.