As you get your family members ready to go back to school, the library is here to help.
- BookFlix and TumbleBooks are digital resources for children learning to read. BookFlix pairs video story books with nonfiction books to pique curiosity about the world. TumbleBooks features readalongs, videos and games. Both resources have Spanish titles.
- Learning Express is for teen and adult learners, and includes resources for test prep, homework help, computer skills, math, writing, and citizenship. The Gale Testing & Education Resource Center provides additional test prep and practice tests.
- Mango Languages provides practical step-by-step learning to help people improve their conversational skills in about 70 languages.
- Explora is an encyclopedia-like resource for grades K-8 and for grades 9-12. Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia covers 25,000 topics and is updated annually. Opposing Viewpoints is a helpful resource for exploring complex topics from multiple perspectives.
- MasterFILE contains full-text articles from thousands of magazines and journals for student and adult researchers. Credo is a general reference research starter. Science in Context provides short articles on a wide variety of science topics. Texas Reference Center includes more than 80 journals and books about Texas history. Rand State Statistics can help with learning about the other 49 states.
- You also have access to the New York Times, the Austin American-Statesman, and Newsbank (countrywide assortment of newspapers) with your library card.
Need tech help? We have tech-savvy teens on Tuesday afternoons at both libraries from 5-7pm. On Sundays, 12-2pm, Cesar and our Tech Teens provide tech help at the Westbank location. Most of our desk staff can help with ebook questions – just ask!
Interested in education topics? Join our Education Conversations Group. We read and discuss a different book on the fourth Thursday each month, 6pm, Laura’s Library. We also offer many educational talks – watch our calendar! During the school year, we often host Westlake High School parenting talks on Thursdays at noon at Westbank – we hope to have that schedule on the calendar soon.
Need research help? We have librarians! Many of our staff members have master’s degrees in library science, a degree which focuses on the organization of information. Let us help you find the right resource or elusive piece of information you need.
Need a book the library doesn’t have? We may be able to get it for you through inter-library loan. Place a request through your library account – we are happy to show you how!
Need a place for your child to meet with a tutor? After school hours find students and teachers meeting throughout both of our libraries. We do not have private rooms available, but tutor-student pairs are welcome to use our shared spaces and many do!
Does your teen need a place to volunteer? Have them check out our teen volunteer page. If your teen can’t commit to a scheduled shift, they are welcome to join us on Mondays from 4-7pm at Free Play (Laura’s Library) to help out (no registration required, just check in at the desk).
One favor though… if you are picking up your teen after school, we ask that you park on the road rather than in our too-small parking lot which is reserved for library users. The grass along Westbank Drive is suitable, as is Pinnacle Road (both sides). Thank you!!
Looking forward to spending another busy year supporting your learning needs!