K-12 Educators Newsletter Special Edition: Library services are still here for you

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Hennepin County Library K12 Educators newsletter


April 2020

Library services are still here for you

We're complying with Governor Walz' Stay at Home order. Hennepin County Library is here for you, with extensive services still available to students and educators. Find current service information on our website.

During this time of transition to distance learning, we will have several special editions of the K-12 Educators Newsletter as we update our services to better meet current community need. For more information, you can also Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m.. 

Getting a temporary library card for virtual access

Students and teachers who have library accounts but cannot remember their barcodes or PINs can contact Ask Us to recover their account information. However, if they don't have a previous account or theirs has expired, they can apply for a temporary e-card

Like regular library cards, temporary e-cards provide instant access to library resources online, including eBooks and other downloads, plus more than 150 online resources for learning and research. These temporary e-cards will expire 30 days after the Hennepin County libraries reopen. After libraries reopen, students and teachers can apply for a regular library card with full borrowing privileges. See here for more details about the temporary e-cards.

Note that students and teachers must be a resident of Hennepin County to apply. Those who live outside Hennepin County can check with their local library system about how to access online resources while libraries are closed.

Free lessons and worksheets on HelpNow's SkillSurfer

screenshot of HelpNow skillsurfer

A screenshot of the HelpNow SkillSurfer feature

Through the HelpNow resource with their library card, students can access SkillSurfer, which offers worksheets, lessons, videos, tests and more on topics for grades 3-12. To access this resource, enter HelpNow through the library's website and find SkillSurfer under "Expert Help."

Finding eBooks

screenshot of specialized ebook search

Anyone with internet access and a Hennepin County Library card can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks through our website or with the Libby, RBdigital, or cloudLibrary apps. 

There may not be enough digital copies for your entire class to read together, but you can have your students find different ebooks on the same topic or within the same genre. 

To find ebooks available now, you can use this specialized search page and limit on the left-hand side by audience or reading level. You can also use the search bar on the top right to narrow by a subject keyword. 

eBooks for students without Hennepin County Library cards or temporary e-cards

All students can check out eBooks from eBooks Minnesota without having to make an account or use a library card.

Talk to library staff

Child looking at computer

We can answer questions, connect students to online resources or recommend their next read.

Library building phone numbers are not answered while we are temporarily closed.

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