As students in Berks County begin a new school year, the Village Library of Morgantown is prepared to provide a wide variety of programs, services and online resources to support children’s learning at all grade levels. Libraries serve as powerful educational resources, fueling the knowledge essential to success through basic and information literacy, two of the five essential literacies promoted by PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association.
Reading is fundamental to all areas of learning. Once a child can decipher text, other subjects and skills easily fall into place. Young learners can increase their reading and literacy skills through the online ebook program, BookFlix, in which books come to life on the screen with movement, music and reading. Children begin to recognize vocabulary through the program’s interaction with the words. BookFlix is free and available to all library card holders at www.villagelibrary.org.
Whatever the subject or topic of study might be, the Village Library has resources to help. A favorite starting point for research is MasterFile Main Edition. This database provides full text for more than 1,300 general reference publications. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFile Main Edition also contains full text for nearly 300 reference books and over 160,000 primary source documents, as well as images, maps, photos and flags. MasterFile Main Edition can be found through the state’s electronic resources, POWER Library, available on www.villagelibrary.org under resources-databases or www.powerlibrary.org.
The Village Library welcomes students anytime with homework or research questions. Through the Ask Here PA service (www.askherepa.org), librarians are on call 24/7 to direct students to websites and other online resources, help identify keywords and search terms, and suggest new approaches.
Through programs like BookFlix, MasterFile Main Edition and Ask Here PA that build early reading skills, comprehension proficiencies and research techniques, libraries can help Pennsylvania achieve one of the highest literacy rates in the country. Libraries move Pennsylvania forward by promoting learning and access to information as keystones in our continued progress.
For more information on PA Forward, visit www.paforward.org. For more information on Village Library, visit www.villagelibrary.org.