Ready for the School Year

PUBLIC LIBRARY PREPARES FOR THE 2020 SCHOOL YEAR

The Kids Connect Initiative – a joint effort between the Governor’s Office of Technology, the WVDE, and the Higher Education Policy Commission – will make Gilmer Public Library a WiFi hotspot for Gilmer County students who need to access online learning options this school year. This initiative will provide a WiFi signal that will reach more than 350 feet from the main building. The Kids Connect service will also be available at the WACO Center at Glenville State College, Gilmer County High School, and Glenville Elementary School by the launch of the school year. These WiFi connections will require a school-affiliated email address for access.

               To support and accommodate students who will be using the WiFi outdoors, Gilmer Public Library (GPL) has outdoor seating around the library building and has installed a large reception tent to provide protection from the weather. In addition, seven outdoor solar charging stations (funded by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation) have been installed near the outdoor seating areas to allow visitors to charge their digital devices.  Those using the library WiFi should park in the gravel parking lot across the street from the building to keep parking available near the library entrance for elderly patrons who make use of library services.

               Under current COVID safety guidelines, only eight people are permitted inside the library at a time, all required to wear masks or face shields while visiting. In addition, only five of the indoor public access computers are currently accessible due to social distancing mandates. However, librarians are prepared to connect parents to additional books and resources for virtual and homeschool situations.

               Currently, the library has homeschool books on display in the front room, and offers children’s story time weekly, presenting a new video readaloud on the GPL Facebook page every Thursday. In addition, the free online educational databases on the library’s website (gilmerpublib.org) have been expanded to support families and students for the school year.

                The online WVInfoDepot database includes World Book, an online research tool with reliable information for homework, reports, or general questions. There are also activities, interactive maps, eBooks, timelines, and games. World Book offers a starting point for users of any age group including:     World Book Early Learning (preschoolers and early elementary users), World Book Kids (elementary users), World Book Student (upper-elementary and middle-grade users), and World Book Advanced (high school and pre-college users).

               In addition, World Book also has great tools for teachers. Look for links that say, “For Educators” and “Educator Tools” to find lesson plans, curriculum correlations, and more. Resources include     eBooks (a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts); Timelines (interactive timelines on a variety of topics from history to sports, science to arts and culture), Discover (research aids for students and educators).

               WVInfoDepot database also includes the Learning Express Library. Organized into targeted learning centers, this e-resource supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass a high school equivalency test, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more. Learning centers contain practice tests, interactive tutorials, e-books, articles, and flashcards.

               In addition, Learning Express offers a school center for students in all grades. Elementary School level presentations include Mathematics Skills Improvement, Geometry, Measurement and Data, Numbers and Operations, English Language Arts Skills Improvement, Informational Reading, Literature Reading, and Writing and Language.

Middle School presentations include Mathematics Skills Improvement, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Geometry, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Statistics and Probability, English Language Arts Skills, Informational Reading, Literature Reading, Writing and Language, Social Studies Skills, American History, and Geography.

High School level lessons include Mathematics Skills Improvement, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, Quantitative Comparison, Statistics and Probability, English Language Arts Skills, Informational Reading, Literature Reading, Writing and Language, Vocabulary and Spelling Skills, Word Analogies, Synonyms and Antonyms, Science Skills, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Social Studies Skills, American History, Civics, Geography, Technology Skills, Computing and Information Technology, Information Systems, Technical Writing, Logic and Reasoning Skills, and more.

Gilmer Public Library is prepared and proud to offer this support to families and students this upcoming school year. Please keep in mind however, the public library is not affiliated with the public school system and staff are not insured to offer childcare or digital device repair, nor qualified to offer tutoring services. All children under 18 visiting library property, indoors or outdoors, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18 years of age. Library staff are required, by West Virginia state law, to report any unattended children on library property to authorities.

Gilmer Public Library is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The WiFi, online databases, online catalog, and online eBooks are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about these school resources and services, visit gilmerpublib.org or call 304-462-5620.