April is Financial Literacy Month, and whether you’re looking to brush up on accounting skills, plan your personal finances, or explore investments, the Anderson County Library has the resources to help – all available free with your library card.
Universal Class provides online, self-paced classes on hundreds of topics, including:
Accounting and Bookkeeping 101
Goal Setting 101
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Habits of Millionaires
Investing 101 & 201
Microsoft Access 2019
Microsoft Excel 2019
Personal Finance 101
The Great Courses has hundreds of popular courses on a wide range of subjects taught by the world’s greatest professors. Using the Libby app, check out a week pass for unlimited views. When the week is up, you can always check it out again. Lectures relating to financial literacy include:
Economics of Uncertainty
Money Management Skills
The Art of Investing
For those looking for the latest data, sophisticated tools, and reliable, unbiased information, Value Line is the investment research tool to use. Value Line provides how-to guides, education tools, and market research for beginner and veteran investors.
For help with these or any library resources, contact the Adult Services department by calling (864) 260-4500 ext. 126 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
With storytime, early literacy skills, take-home activities, and trivia, the Library has great free events to help your family spend quality time together. Bonus: Research your family’s history with AncestryLibraryand the Library’s genealogy resources. At-home access to AncestryLibrary has been extended through March 31!
Learn and Improve Skills
Take online classes on hundreds of subjects at your own pace with Universal Class, or get practice tests for high school, college, and careers with LearningExpress Library. Need some extra help? Access Tutor.com with your library card for one-on-one assistance. Bonus: Watch award-winning on-demand courses and lectures with The Great Courses!
Sew, knit, bake, paint, and decorate with hundreds of classes and projects from Creativebug, ranging from beginner to advanced. Bonus: Look for monthly Take ‘n Make craft kits and Creative Crafters videos from the Library!
Recently, a Facebook group of which I am a member changed its name from “Librarians Serving Homeschool Families” to “Librarians Serving At-Home Learners and Homeschoolers.” Parents are more involved than ever in their children’s education, and it’s imperative that they know all the resources that are available to them, especially the ones that cost little to nothing. Enter the public library.
The Anderson County Library is part of a consortium of twenty county library systems in South Carolina that share resources. If we don’t have a book in Anderson County, but Beaufort County has it, you can put it on hold from wherever you are and have it brought to your nearest branch library, and it usually takes less than a week. The following chart shows how to save almost $300.00 on just a few items by using the library instead of purchasing literature for your class.
Savings From Using the Library
Wind in the Willows, The
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Velveteen Rabbit, The
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Magic Treehouse set (Books 1-28)
Boxcar Children set (Books 1-12)
Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry
*prices retrieved from Amazon September 14, 2020
But what if you need an item right away? Digital resources make that entirely possible. The Hooplaand Libbyapps allow you to download e-books, audiobooks, music, and videos straight to your device. Want to take a free online course? The library offers the popular Universal Class on our website if you have a library card. From Accounting to Web Development, Universal Class has dozens of topics for you, including more than 40 online courses under the “Homeschooling” category alone. Do you have a teen learning to drive? Look under the “Research” tab of our website and you’ll find current SC DMV practice tests. Do you need a tutor for your child? No problem. Tutor.com offers one-to-one tutoring anytime, anywhere at no cost to you, thanks to DISCUS.
Learning at home presents many challenges. The library’s new resource CreativeBug offers innovative ideas for making science fun. Are you studying polymers? Let CreativeBug show you how to make Galaxy Slime. (Full disclosure: I did this with my middle school age niece and nephew and it was a hit!) Are you studying the states of matter? Ponder the soap bubble: is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas? CreativeBug shows you a great recipe for bubble solution that produces bubbles far sturdier than any solution you’ll find in the stores. (Another hit with my niece and nephew.) It’s science. It’s fun. It’s all available through the library.
Libraries all over the country have valuable resources online to help at-home learners and their families succeed. September is National Library Card Sign up month. Stop by your nearest branch to get yours today.
Finally, I encourage each family to download the Flipsterapp, which allows access to leading digital magazines on your mobile device. This can be limited to Family & Children’s resources, and includes the popular National Geographic for Kids, as well as Muse, which encourages reading for fun as well as learning.