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MRL Schedules Two School Seminars

4/16/2012
Massanutten Regional Library will host local school librarians from Page County and Harrisonburg City Schools to re-enforce usage of free databases available through the public library. The two groups are slated to visit MRL Main on April 27 and May 8 respectfully. Youth Services Coordinator Clare Eakin will also guide the group through the children’s/teen area of the facility and explain MRL’s upcoming Summer Reading Games. Rockingham County School librarians visited MRL earlier.
 
Massanutten Regional Library allots some $51,000 in its annual budget to give citizens access to online databases that run the gamut of information needed for research, test preparation, essay writing, and leisure reading. 
 
The website is a gold mine for obtaining information and helping with schoolwork, testing skills, and research skills. It features over eleven databases, eight of which are available from home with an MRL library card.
 
With the database Learning Express, children from elementary to graduate school can improve test preparation and skill building courses. One can practice trigonometry or writing skills. 
 
With genealogy projects, one can check out Heritage Quest.
 
Library patrons can check news articles from local to national papers on Newsbank.
 
Find It Virginia offers access to a variety of academic and popular databases in the areas of biographies, business, health education, computers, and more.
 
Most magazines can be found on ProQuest.
 
Senior Navigator  holds a wealth of information on health, aging, and disabilities in Virginia.
 
Dear Reader recommends books for book club inquiries.
 
The Library also offers a number of databases for in-library use.
 
Databases on law such as LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and WestlawNext Tutorials. 
 
The Virginia Foundation Directory database carries information about grants in Virginia. 
 
ALLDATA, an automobile diagnostics and repair database, can assist consumers with mechanical car problems.
 
Reference Librarians Susan Versen and Denise Munro will lead the educational seminars for the school librarians which begin at 1 pm. 

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