Pottstown Library Offers Back-To-School Resources

POTTSTPOWN PA – Students living in Pottstown, Lower, Upper, and West Pottsgrove townships, and neighboring eastern Berks and northern Chester county communities, are preparing to return to education. Keep them learning and entertained with a variety of free web-based and take-home resources available from the Pottstown Regional Public Library, Youth Services Coordinator Lisa Kraljevich said.

Online resources available now

Although the library, at 500 E. High St., has not yet re-opened to the public it’s offering these services online:

  • Hoopla, from which students can download up to four items monthly, including, music, movies,
  • audio books, and e-books;
  • Overdrive and Libby, with unlimited access to audiobooks, e-books, and videos;
  • Learning Express, a school center with help in math, English, social studies, and other subjects for students from elementary through high school ages. It also includes college test preparation for SATs, ACTs, and advanced placement exams;
  • Mango Language Learning, with lessons in more than 70 languages (including how to speak like a pirate);
  • Tumble Book Library, which includes story books, picture books, read-alongs, non-fiction books, videos, playlists, and games; and the
  • Power Library, Book Flix, True Flix, and PA Facts. Its “chat with a librarian” feature allows users to get fast answers to questions, whether it’s homework help or just something that piques curiosity.

Pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math

Because science, technology, engineering, and math are important parts of every child’s learning experience the library supplies activity-filled kits to help students understand and learn the subject matter, and books to advance their interests.

It also features a free, online three-dimensional modeling program called “Tinkercad” that Kraljevich said is known for its simplicity and ease of use. Students can create models using it and have the library print them out.

Take a break with the library, too

For a fun break, library Grab-and-Go Activity Kits can be picked up by parents during its curbside hours: Monday, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Separate kits for young children and teens provide supplies and instructions to complete different projects. New projects are available each week, while supplies last.

For more information, send an e-mail to pottstownlibrary@mclinc.org, or call 610-970-6551.

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