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October 25, 2013

October 27, 2013
Janet Slessor , Reinbeck Courier

Our library website was down over the first weekend in October. It and many others in Iowa were updated during this time. It should now be faster and a little easier to navigate. The Learning Express icon, which is on the library homepage will also look different since Learning Express was also recently updated. Some of you are familiar with this service that we have had available since last winter. For those not familiar with it, Learning Express is an online resource that prepares persons to succeed in the workplace through programs that improve job skills and vocational test-taking abilities. Thanks to funding from Iowa workforce Development, LearningExpress will be available at no cost to all Iowa public and academic libraries for all of 2013. It provides over 770 of the most up to date test preparation and skill building resources, helping both students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic and career oriented exams, as well as improve basic skills in reading, writing and math. In addition, job-skills tutorials are available to assist in creating a resume, honing interview techniques, and improving business communications. Library patrons also have the option of selecting from more than 130 e-book titles to help learners of all ages prepare for success.

There is a wide range of practice tests based on official exam such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB Core and EMT Basic, as well as firefighter, police officer, paramedic, Allied Healthcare, U.S. citizenship, postal worker, cosmetology and real estate agent and broker exams. The service is available 24/7 from any internet-enabled computer.

Visit our library website at, click on the icon, and register the first time you use Learning Express. You may need to enable popups for the LearningExpress website in order to access the tutorials and tests. Popular tutorials include basic information on using computers, the Internet, Microsoft word, Excel, and other popular software programs.

Erica Thesing was here on Tuesday, October 15 to do story time. Children enjoyed stories and pumpkin crafts. The next story time will be held on Tuesday, October 29 at 10:00. We have a lot of new books for children including I'm Not Reading! by Jonathan Allen, Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, The Nearsighted Giraffe by A.H. Benjamin, Five Little Monkeys trick-or-treat by Eileen Christelow, Strega Nona Does it Again by Tomie DePaola, Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home by Daniel Kirk, You Make me Smile by Layn Marlow, There, there by Sam McBratney, Zoe's Room by Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Nighty night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff, Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball by Cynthia Rylant, How Do Dinosaurs say I'm Mad by Jane Yolen.

New books for adults include a large print edition of The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson which is purchased with memorial money for Susan Wyatt from Bob & Yvonne, A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson, A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower, Christmas at Harmony Hill by Ann Gabhart, and The Secret Keeper (large print) by Beverly Lewis.



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