A new billboard just north of Chewelah now shows an offer for homework help, career prep, and ACT/SAT assistance – all available with your library card number. For several years, the Libraries of Stevens County has offered a database called Learning Express to all library card holders and it is available for use at the library or from home. Learning Express houses seven “smart centers” based around a core theme. Each center has different features, such as practice tests, eBooks, and tutorials, to help users build skills. Progress can be saved to resume later and instant scoring once an exam is complete helps users understand errors. The centers are:
1. Career Preparation
Whether you want to learn about a new career, prepare to take an entrance or occupational exam, or join the military, you can explore different popular career fields or prepare yourself for the next steps in your current occupation. Careers include the health field, caseworkers, culinary arts, firefighting, homeland security and law enforcement, teaching, and more. Occupational exam test prep is available for dozens of popular careers such as CDL, cosmetology, real estate, postal worker, electrical, plumbing, and more.
2. High School Equivalency Center
Guided support takes you through building basic skills, preparing for the GED test (in English and Espanol, preparing for HiSET®, or preparing for the TASC Test
3. College Admissions Test Preparation
Helps students prepare for important exams like the ACT®, SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT® Tests, Advance Placement exams, and college admission essay writing.
4. School Center
Boost your classroom and homework success with elementary (fourth grade and up), middle school and high school homework resources. From Logic and Reasoning to Grammar and American History, students can take (or print!) practice test and see detailed answer reports
to help them track strengths and weaknesses.
5. College Students
Prepare for college as a new or returning student through skills review, admissions and placement exams, and CLEP® exams. Strengthen your public speaking skills, take graduate school practice tests, or brush up on your basic math or algebra before taking placement exams.
6. Adult Code Skills
Achieve personal goals through becoming a better reader, improving your writing, speaking and/or grammar, or prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Exam test (complete with flashcards!). You can also test yourself and brush up your math skills to help your own kids with
their own homework!
7. Recursos Para Hispanohablantes
A center with learning tools, career prep, and citizenship help for Spanish‐speakers. Resources include improving communication through oral, written, and grammatical skills, becoming a better reader, developing math skills, preparing for the GED® exam, and preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Exam test
To access this great, free resource, visit the LOSC website at www.thelosc.org/research and search for the Learning Express database. Users will need their library card number to complete registration when creating an account at the Learning Express website. Don’t have a card or its expired? Stop by and see library staff – they’d love to help you get started. Library cards are free for all residents of Stevens County.
The Libraries of Stevens County consists of eight branches serving the residents of Stevens County, Washington. Established in 1996, it is the Library District’s mission to enrich the quality of life for all County residents by providing library resources for information, learning and recreation. To learn more, please visit www.thelosc.org, or call (509) 233-9621.