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Mark Your Calendars: 10 Top Tips for Student Success

Posted on October 26th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Events, Homework Help.

Got homework? (Who doesn’t?!)

Discover ten of the library’s best kept secrets for helping students Pre-K through 12th grade. Learn to access reliable information and resources quickly and easily. Once you know how, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! :)

This program will take place in the Youth Services Activity Center on Saturday, November 2, 2:00-2:30pm. Spots are still open — register now!


AR Book Find is Here!

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Books, Homework Help.

Does your school require you to read at a certain AR Level?

Are you tired of trying to track down books that are at your level and are interesting and WPL owns them AND they are available to check out?

It is so much work to find the perfect book, it can bring on a full panda rage.

Yeah, we feel your frustration…but get ready, friends, your life is about to change.

Introducing the brand new Accelerated Reader Search brought to you by your friends at the Westerville Public Library.

Start your search.

Then enter your AR Range and interest level:

Then use our tags to find subjects and genres that you enjoy…

And then limit by availability to show what you can take home with you today.

We are pretty excited about this so give it a whirl and let us know what you think – BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL!

Act now and we’ll throw in the helpful smiling face of your local librarian who would love to show you how this nifty AR Search works, how to pick out great books that you’ll love and much, much more. This special offer will not expire!


Untranslatable: A post for the word nerds among us

Posted on November 9th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

I just stumbled across this, and it may be one of my new favorite posts: %20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World. If you speak another language, are learning one in school, have traveled to another country, or are generally a Word Nerd (as am I), you may appreciate some of these:

Jayus (Indonesian) — “A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.” I don’t know about you, but these are the jokes that often make me laugh the hardest! Closely related are jokes that make you think this.

Iktsuarpok (Inuit) — “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.”

Prozvonit (Czech) — This word means to call a mobile phone and let it ring once so that the other person will call back, saving the first caller money. In Spanish, the phrase for this is “Dar un toque,” or, “To give a touch.” (Ha! I’ve done this…but only occasionally…*cough*)

Do you know a word that exists in another language but doesn’t have a corresponding word in English? Tell us in the comments!

And if you’re interested in learning another language, you definitely need to check out one of our online services, Mango Languages. Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. Create an account, hear and see the vocabulary, and track your progress!


YA Clicks: Homework help web sites from VOYA

Posted on September 21st, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help, Technology, Web sites to watch.

Here at the ol' WPL, we get a lot of questions about homework help and which web sites are useful. Imagine my delight, then, to share with you these great sites just posted on VOYA's "YA Clicks" column. (VOYA is the magazine Voice of Youth Advocates, and you can check out issues here at the library. It's fabulous for anyone who works with teens!)

Librarian Rebecca Purdy and her group of teens, The Web Surfers, have tried and tested some great online resources. Whether you need help learning a language, remembering info for your bibliography (d'oh!), or reading a book online, you won't want to miss this list!


If a Snooki leaves the station travelling 35 miles per hour…

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help.

So have you already taken the SAT? If you have then you probably saw the dreaded pop-culture essay question about Reality TV that had many kids scratching their heads….

Here is the actual question:

 “Reality-television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, are increasingly popular. These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives. Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic, but they are being misled. How authentic can these shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?

What do you think?  Is there enough room in your brain for the biggest loser and geometry? If you haven’t taken the SAT yet, stop by the library for some test prep in book form or get some interactive help right on your computer..after you have DVR’d all your shows, of course.

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Speak Up for Your Library!

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Homework Help, Web sites to watch.

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is all about expressing yourself. With the proposed cuts to library funding, now is the time to make your voice heard!

What does the library mean to you? A safe place to hang out after school? Somewhere you can go for help with your homework? Your only source for new books? The first place you could access the Internet?

Let your local legislators know how important the library is to you! Email Governor Strickland today, or contact the following state representatives to share your thoughts. You can make a difference!

Not sure what to write? Check out this sample letter.

Senator Bill Harris, President of the Senate

Senator David Goodman, 3rd District

Representative Kevin Bacon, 21st District

Representative Marian Harris, 19th District

Representative Nancy Garland, %20th District

Representative Kris Jordan, 2nd District

For more information on the budget proposal, please refer to this article from Library Journal, or the Save Ohio Libraries website.


We’ve Got Issues

Posted on March 13th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help.

We’ve got issues! Pro/Con issues, that is.

For those of you who:

  • Need to prepare for a debate or persuasive speech
  • Have an argumentative essay to write
  • Want to know both sides of a controversial issue

You’ve come to the right place! Check out our new Explore guide, Pro/Con Issues, for recommended books, websites & more!


“Help! I’ve got a country report!”

Posted on February 18th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help.

If you’ve got a country report to do (I’m looking at YOU, St. Paul students!), you will definitely want to check out our Explore guide for Country Profiles:

Here you will find librarians’ selections and recommendations for the best books, web sites, and eResources, all in one handy location! And because it’s on our homepage, you can access it from anywhere! Just click the “Explore” tab from, and choose “Homework Help.”

Explore Guides are a feature of our new web site. What do you think of them?

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High school student catches error on test

Posted on February 16th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Homework Help, Words & Writing.

Did you see this article about Geoffrey Stanford, the high schooler from Kansas who caught a mistake on his state writing test?

Stanford, a linebacker and International Baccalaureate student, alerted English teacher Jennifer Fry, who alerted the district test coordinator, who alerted state education officials, who were, as you might imagine, embarrassed.

Even though it was really just a spelling mistake (emission vs. omission), it changed the meaning of the word. Have you ever caught a mistake on a test before? Have you tried to convince a teacher that an answer might be wrong? If you saw a mistake, would you report it? (I def. would!)

Don’t forget, the library has a ton of books to help you study for tests, including the SAT, ACT, and GED. You can also look at our Online Collections and take practice tests with LearningExpress Library. Finally, check out our Events Calendar to sign up for an SAT or ACT Practice Test on March 22!


Posted on December 20th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

In the category of addicting web sites, check out the vocabulary game

For each word you get right, we donate %20 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.

1 word = %20 grains; 5 words = 100 grains. The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose ads you see on the screen. Improve your vocabulary AND help the world?? I know your SAT scores can handle that!!

370,088,360 grains of rice were donated yesterday, and I also learned that a “zebu” is a kind of ox. WARNING: This game may make you smarter…


Test Prep Question of the Day

Posted on April 18th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help, Web sites to watch.

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If you’re getting ready to take the SAT or ACT, check out this feature on the New York Times Learning Network: the test prep question of the day.

It gives you strategies and explanations for the daily questions.

For more help on test prep, check out the Kaplan website, the Learn-a-Test database, and the many study guides available at the Library!

My personal favorite is still Rock the SAT


Posted on April 16th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

For those of you who work so hard on your French and Spanish homework…have you visited the site

It’s a free online translation dictionary for French, Italian, and Spanish.

Of course, sometimes the trickiest part of another language is not the individual words, but phrases and expressions. That’s why you’ll love the Language Forums part of the site: message boards where learners and native speakers can have a conversation about common questions.

Check it out – it’s very helpful!


Teen Tech Week is here!

Posted on March 5th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Gaming, Homework Help, Movies, Music, Technology.

Teen Tech Week is March 4-10, so I’d like to present…

10 Techy Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do At the Library

(Or Maybe You Did)

10) Check out the new TeenScene blog (hint: you are reading it right now) & leave comments

9) Use the Library web site to suggest a purchase, write a review, check your account, see what’s going on, & register for programs

8) Reserve books & have them delivered to your school

7) Try the database during our free trial (March 4-17)

6) Try the Teen Health & Wellness database during our free trial (March 4-31). Username: teentech, password: teentech

5) Email a librarian using Ask a Question or Know It Now

4) Borrow Playaway Books, Audiobooks, CDs, Videos & DVDs

3) Make a movie using iMovie, iDVD or iPhoto

2) Play XBox & GameCube games

1) Come to our gaming tournaments at the Library