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Posted August 27, 2014 in Community Featured, Boone

Hard to believe, but it is time to think about school again. At the Ericson Public Library, we have many resources to help your family with homework, both in the library and through our website so you can access it conveniently from home.

One tool available is Learning Express. Through Learning Express, learners of all ages can get help with a variety of things. From kindergarten through high school to college, students can use the Student Center module where they can check out extra practice tests, e-books, and tutorials in various subjects. The practice tests are graded immediately, so students can see what they need to correct and work on right away.  The immediate feedback will help you see where you can improve in a variety of skills and subjects.

Learning Express also has resources specifically geared toward college prep and readiness, career specific skill building, computer skill building and high school equivalency exam preparation. This is very helpful since Iowa is no longer testing using the GED. Books on learning to prepare for the HISET test will be coming out later this fall, but Learning Express can help you start preparing now.

A login is required to use Learning Express, but the account is free, so register today. You can find a button for Learning Express on the library’s homepage.

Another great resource the library provides is Ebscohost.  Ebscohost is a great search tool to help with research papers or if you are interested in browsing what the latest research findings are for just about everything. There are special search engines within Ebscohost that are specifically geared for younger kids or those in grades six-12. You can search for different types of materials to suit your needs, from research articles to encyclopedic entries. If you have questions about how to best use this search tool, the librarians and staff at EPL are more than happy to provide guidance and instruction. You must log in through the library’s subscription to use Ebscohost; the password is available in print on the library brochures or you can call the library and we can provide the username and password.

To access these databases, visit the library website at

Of course, we always welcome students in the library as well. We have comfortable chairs, Wi-Fi and quiet study places, in addition to the wide ranging sources available to help your student get to the head of the class this year.  Students can also use our computers to use our online databases if they have a signed permission form to use the Internet at the library.

Ericson Public Library
702 Greene St.
(515) 432-3727
Mon. – Tue.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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