OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – No doubt many parents and caregivers heard the shutdown of in-class sessions with mixed emotions. Even those who are teachers themselves find distance learning a bit of a balancing act.  When they’re open, local libraries have always played a supplemental role in education. In Ocean County, a little thing like a closed facility just means finding a creative means to continue helping students.

“The Ocean County Library’s online learning services are free with a valid library card,” shared Tom Mongelli. “We have a deep reservoir of support.”

Students and their at-home teachers can also sign up for temporary virtual library card. This will allow them to access tens of thousands of eBooks, video and audio streams, news sources, magazines and databases.

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Those needing online homework help and tutoring can also take advantage of Brainfuse ®, which offers HelpNow. The service provides qualified and background-checked online, real-time tutors for elementary, intermediate, secondary, and college students, in English and in Spanish.

In the meantime, local assistance by way of chatting with one of Ocean County’s librarians is also available. Questions are fielded by area staff members trained in research, who are more than happy to help out their regular patrons.

A complete list of educator resources can be found at this link.  Some area favorites on the list include:

•  Educational Resource Information Center – Ebsco® databases and suggested lessons for elementary, intermediate, secondary and junior college curricula, with articles, citations and abstracts from more than 500 scholarly journals.

•  Curriculum Resource Center – Downloadable, printable lessons, maps and visual displays of history and geography, math activities, and science experiments provided by Facts On File® with funding by the Ocean County Library.

•   Digital Content – Download and stream video, audio, eBooks, newspapers, magazines and courses for children, teens and adults from 14 different sources.

•    NoveList Plus – Reading recommendations in age ranges from toddler to adult, discussion guides, fiction and non-fiction book lists and more, furnished by the New Jersey State Library with additional funding by the Ocean County Library.

School buildings may be closed until the end of the year, but the learning never ends. The library remains “open” to provide online educational tools.