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Free SAT and ACT Practice Tests

December 17, 2013

**Update: This is for grades 9-12.**

Teens can take a free practice SAT test Saturday, January 4th, 9:30am-1:30pm and a free practice ACT test on Saturday, January 11th, 9:30 a.m-1:30p.m. This will be followed by a review session later when the scores are returned.

The  SAT practice test is offered at:
Bluebonnet Library. Call 763-2270 for more information.
The review session will be on Wednesday, January 15th, 6:00 p.m.

The ACT practice test is offered at:
Greenwell Springs Library. Call 274-4470 for more information.
The review session will be on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:00 p.m.

Zachary Library. Call 658-1870 for more information.
The review session will be on Thursday, January 22nd, 6:00 p.m.

Online Registration Required: Go to (above Attend a Free Event in Your Area, click “ACT” or “SAT” in the “Choose Test” box and enter your zipcode.) Registration questions? Call Princeton Review at 1-800-273-8349

Arrive 15 minutes early and bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.


Looking for ACT or SAT resources? Try Learning Express for ACT or SAT courses, practice tests and eBooks. You can also search the library catalog for ACT study guides or SAT study guides.



Programming Challenge for Girls 2013

November 19, 2013

The LSU Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) and Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA) invites girls 9-10th grade to participate in a one-day educational experience. PC4G wants girls to experience the fun of programming, and engage them before they make their senior high school subject choices.  It’s designed to be:  Approachable, Fun, Educational, and Challenging!

Date:  December 7, 2013 (Saturday)

Location:   Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA
Digital Media Center, West Lakeshore Drive @ East Parker

                   Room #1034

Registration:  (FREE) Girls may sign up as either a team of two or individually, for which they will be assigned a team member. Grades 9th or 10th only; there is no need for any prior programming knowledge.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Scope:  Their goal is to engage ninth and tenth grade girls in computer science and introduce them to young women undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines. This event is a fun-filled chance to learn computer programming through storytelling.

To see an example of a past challenge, click here.

For more information, contact Kathy Traxler:  ktraxler (at) or 225-279-2540 or visit the Programming Challenge for Girls 2013 event page.


Baton Rouge Walls Project @ Goodwood Library

November 15, 2013

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November 9, 2013

The AudioBookCloud offers hundreds of streaming audiobooks. There is no software to download and the books are always available. You’ll find classics from authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Orwell, and Mark Twain, as well as more contemporary fiction from the likes of Chuck Palahniuk and Orson Scott Card. There are also non-fiction titles, children’s books, and Spanish language audiobooks. All you need to access these books is your library card. Head over to The Digital Library to get started or click the banner below.

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Like streaming audiobooks and eBooks? Check out our other resources:

TumbleBookCloud: For Teen Audiences

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TumbleBookCloud Junior: For Grades 3-6

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TumbleBooks: K-3



Book Review: Eleanor & Park

November 7, 2013

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Review by Theresa Wagner

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park is Rainbow Rowell’s first novel geared toward young adults, however, it appeals to those of who are of a “certain age” as well.  Set over the course of a school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus and start to bond over comic books, music and alienation. These two kids don’t have the easiest life.  Eleanor is a “big girl” with bright red hair (kids on the bus call her Big Red, and she describes herself as resembling a barmaid) who has just returned to her home in Omaha, after being kicked out for a year and forced to stay with acquaintances. Every moment Eleanor is home is terrifying and claustrophobic — she shares a room with a mess of siblings and lives in constant fear of offending her abusive alcoholic stepfather, Richie.

Park is a half-Korean kid who is sort of popular but separated from the larger social order of his school both by his race and by his passion for comic books and good music. On the first day of school, Eleanor sits down next to him on the bus. Over time, she begins reading his comics over his shoulder. Then he lends them to her. They bond over music. Eventually, they begin holding hands on the rides to and from school.

Eleanor has to deal with her step-father, who doesn’t love her. She lives in poverty with her large family. She has to keep all of her possessions in a garbage bag and it doesn’t take a psychologist to know how her step father feels about her.  She also contend with the kids her at school who tease her about her weight and the clothes she is forces to wear due to her family’s financial situation. Park introduces her to a different kind of life. She sees what a normal teenage life can be like and that gives her courage and hope. Being loved by Park makes her feel less alone. Park shares his music with her. He even lends her a Walkman because she doesn’t have one just so she can experience The Smiths and Joy Division. I like that this book is set in the 1980s because teens who read it will likely go to their parents to ask them about stuff like Walkmans and mixed tapes.

At its heart, this book is a story of hope and love. Rainbow Rowell has crafted a brutally honest story about real teenage life. Even though it’s set in the 1980s, the experiences still ring true for teens today. I think that this book shows how you can rise above given circumstances to a better life.  It reminded me what it was like to be young and in love. Music is such a huge part of this book and the author has created a few playlists that a worth checking out as well.


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