K-12 Educators Newsletter: Information Empowers and Inspires

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Hennepin County Library K12 Educators newsletter

February 2018

Information empowers and inspires

Learning to find and evaluate information sources is an essential skill that can help students do better in school and be more informed and engaged citizens. This can include learning to find accurate information about current events and discovering the history and contributions of people that have often been overlooked. We can help your students find reliable and accurate information through our print and online collections.

Online resources

You can access our online resources for free from school or home with your Hennepin County Library card and at all our library locations.

Finding online sources

Click on “Browse” at the top of our website to access our Online resourcesThis page gives an alphabetical list of all our resources, or you can also search by category. You can also find relevant online resources highlighted on programs and services pages, such as Homework help

Or, search our catalog to find online resources by their name. For example, you can do a keyword search for "Explora Teen." Tip: if you get too many results, limit your results by format to "website or online data" using the filters in the left column.

Featured resource: Scholastic Go!

Scholastic Go

Scholastic Go! is a redesigned online resource that provides full-text encyclopedia articles, videos, and interactive maps for students in grades 3-12. This resource features a prominent and easy-to-use search function, engaging photos, and information on people, animals, countries, science and more.

Scholastic GO! contains the content previously found in these databases provided by Scholastic and Grolier:

  • Grolier Online
  • Amazing Animals of the World
  • America the Beautiful
  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • New Book of Knowledge
  • Lands & Peoples
  • New Book of Popular Science

BookFlix, FreedomFlix, ScienceFlix and TrueFlix are still separate resources. 

Digital collections

These rich collections feature a variety of digitized materials related to the history of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, drawn from the Library’s Special Collections. The collections can be searched or browsed, and all of the content can be viewed online and downloaded. These collections include a wide array of primary sources including photographs, posters, letters, programs and menus. 

Discover the stories of women

Violet Glyer Collection

Collections of particular interest for learning about local women's history:

  • Violet Glyer CollectionOver 300 photographs recording the experiences of a U.S. Army nurse in Europe and North Africa during World War II.
  • Gratia Alta Countryman Collection: Over 200 photographs concerning the long-time director of the Minneapolis Public Library and founder of the Hennepin County Library system.
  • Barbara Flanagan Collection: Photographs featuring Minneapolis journalist Barbara Flanagan, her family, and many of the individuals she met and interviewed during her long career.

Finding great books

Our wide variety of book lists can help youth find their next book to read based on their interests and reading abilities. We have everything from manga to realistic fiction. All of our lists feature stories that can help readers experience the world from a new perspective, and characters that reflect the diversity of your students. Explore our book lists for teens and book lists for children.

Inspirational books celebrate Women's History Month

Women's history book covers

March is Women's History Month. Encourage your students to learn more about the accomplishments of women and the struggle for equality with compelling biographies and other gripping nonfiction.

Homework help

We have resources available online and at all our libraries to help K-12 students with history, language arts, math, science and more. To discover all the different homework resources, visit our Homework help page.

Tutors online and at the library

Students in grades 3-12 can receive free one-to-one live online tutoring assistance every day of the week from 1-11p.m. (with their library card) in English or in Spanish. For details, see Tutors online

The K-12 Homework Help program is a free in-person tutoring program offered after school at 12 Hennepin County Library locations. For locations and times, see the Tutors at the library schedule.  

Statewide test preparation


Students can prepare for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests by sharpening their reading, writing, math, science and social studies skills with  the online resource HelpNow. In the SkillSurfer section, located under "Expert Help," they will find lessons, videos, quizzes and more. Taking online quizzes can also help students feel more confident about their test-taking abilities. Visit HelpNow.

We also have MCA test review books in our collection that help students prepare and study: MCA Success Strategies.  

Replacement library cards now free

teens with library card

Anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can now do so without paying a fee. Students can get a new or replacement card in-person at any library location or apply online and their card will be mailed to them. No parent signature is needed. Apply online for a library card.

Chat live with library staff

Teen Girl at computer

You and your students can receive in person help from library staff at any library location. You can also Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday-Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 12-5. 

We can provide the best chat service and experience when online staff work with just a few different people at a time. If you are having your students use chat during class, please have them work together or have them stagger their logon times. To make the most of chat, students should prepare their questions in advance and allow enough time. A typical chat session lasts about 15-20 minutes.

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