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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Home Education Day!

The Mississippi House of Representatives recently passed House Resolution 57, which proclaims the third Tuesday in March Home Education Day -- that's today! If you're a home educator or student, the Mississippi Library Commission would like to remind you of some of the services available at public libraries across the state:

• Learn-a-Test: A free, interactive tutorial service, Learn-a-Test provides online courses and test preparation for Mississippians of all ages. Courses include a range of options from 4th grade math skills improvement to PSAT and CLEP preparation. Ebooks are also available. Register online through your local public library.

• MAGNOLIA: Provides free access to thousands of journal articles, book chapters, reference book entries, images, maps, and more. Ask your local public library for the username to access MAGNOLIA from home.

• Programming for children and teens, including book clubs and other events, are available at many public libraries.

• Interlibrary loan service, which allows you to request materials not owned by your public library.

• Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Service: Children who unable to read standard print materials due to a visual, physical, or organic reading disability are eligible for the BPHLS service. Materials include audio books and magazines, Braille books and magazines, large print books, and descriptive videos (on DVD and VHS) that provide narration describing the on-screen action. For more information, visit the BPHLS page on the Mississippi Library Commission’s website.

If you have any questions about these services, or need information on your public library, please let us know!

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