Summer Reading Club has come and gone at Southwest Public Libraries.

The final participation numbers are still being compiled, but another successful year is in the books. Thank you to all the children, teens and adults who participated and attended all the amazing programs that were held, and thank you to all the amazing performers who visited the library to share their talents.

Now, it is almost time for those three little words all students enjoying their summer vacation dread the most: back to school.

While students may not look forward to ending their break, the library has the resources they will need to be prepared when they return to the classroom.

All students -- whether they attend public or private school, are homeschooled or are adults looking to continue their education -- can benefit from the resources offered through the library system.

For students at the middle school and high school levels, the system provides several online research databases and other electronic resources. These resources can be accessed for free through the library's website,, as long as the student has a library card or a Children and Teen (C.a.T.) card.

Children under 18 who lack a full-access library card, which requires a parent's signature and identification to obtain, can sign up for a C.a.T. Card, which does not require either.

The online databases cover a range of topics including history, science, technology, business, art, engineering, law, government and more. EBSCOHost research databases provide full-text articles to thousands of periodicals from around the country, including newspapers and magazines. The library also has information for genealogy students through, whether they are seeking information for a class project or their personal interest.

Students can also find and check out eBooks by age bracket -- teen, ages 9-12 and 8 and under -- by using NoveList K-8, accessible through the "Research" button on the library's website. They can also browse by fiction or nonfiction and genre, or find books similar to other titles they have enjoyed.

As for children not old enough to attend school or those still in preschool, the library offers storytimes to help participants develop the skills they will need as they learn how to read. Not only will storytime offer a chance to socialize with other children their age, children will play games, sing songs, hear rhymes and listen to stories designed to stimulate their minds in areas such as word and sound recognition, problem-solving and teamwork.

Grove City Library storytimes resume Sept. 4. Westland Library storytimes resume Sept. 11.

Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at