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New sneakers, crayons, folders and pencils. It's the first week of school in Worthington! Time to reconnect with friends and get back to the routine of homework and other activities. It's also a great time to get a library card for your student, if he or she doesn't already have one.

A library card is a necessary school supply, just like those No. 2 pencils, that can unlock a world of resources, including information you won't find in a Google search. Here are some examples of databases you can use your library card to access on the library's website, worthingtonlibraries.org:

* Annals of American History Online includes 2,100 entries covering 1493 to the present and including original source documents such as speeches, essays, biographies, editorials written by such contributors as Madeleine Albright, Henry Ford, John Hancock, Malcolm X and Edgar Allen Poe.

* Britannica Online for Kids provides the trusted name and information users expect from Encyclopedia Britannica, but in a kid-friendly format. In addition to simplified navigation and eye-catching graphics, this edition of the encyclopedia also links to age-appropriate magazine articles, additional reference sources and a handy set of tutorials for writing research papers and giving oral presentations. A Spanish edition, Britannica's Enciclopedia Juvenil, also is available.

* Early World of Learning is an online resource published by World Book specifically for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. It's been developed by experts in early childhood education and features modules that focus on early learning themes (colors, shapes, numbers, etc.), literacy and non-fiction subjects. Narrated stories, "print & do" exercises and interactive games are included and help make learning fun and engaging.

* World Book Online offers more than 25,000 articles suited for grades 4-12 and adults. The 225,000-word World Book Dictionary lets you find the definition of words in the encyclopedia. Thousands of photographs and illustrations are available, as well as hundreds of printable maps. World Book Online also features audio, video, and virtual reality presentations that let you explore places in the world in 360 degrees.

In addition to these great online resources, the library offers thousands of print resources for homework use and reading for fun (also very important!). And our Homework Help Centers opened at all three locations Aug. 19. The centers provide students with access to computers, printers, print and electronic resources and one-on-one assistance at no charge. Visit the library's website for specific Homework Help Center hours.

Need an answer right now? You can ask for help via e-mail, Instant Messaging, text or an old-fashioned phone call. Visit the Ask Us section of our website for more information or call 614-807-2626.

Teachers, take note: the library has an Educator Card, available just for you, and can put together collections of materials based on topics you are studying. Apply for an Educator Card at any library location.

As you can see, we're here to help! Here's wishing everyone a productive, happy and fun school year. We'll see you at the library!

Chuck Gibson is director/ CEO at Worthington Libraries.

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