From The Beacon: Resources abound for all students

The days of "readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic, taught to the tune of the hickory stick" have changed; but reading, writing and arithmetic still are the main focus of today's school day.

Yes, it is that time of year: Summer's almost over and it is back-to-school time. No matter to what level of education you are returning, there is that feeling of excitement, anticipation and a bit of nervousness -- well, maybe a lot of nervousness.

The Beaufort County Public Library System can help students (and possibly their parents, too) with all of these subjects and more. For those children just learning to read, the "Easy Readers" section has books that are just right for them. The staff has labeled these books with colored dots to designate the degree of reading difficulty. Parents will find the familiar "Dick and Jane" series (remember them?), Frog and Toad, Amelia Bedelia, Nate the Great and Biscuit books. There also are books specifically written to help your child learn to recognize letters and their sounds. Many of these easy reader books are available as a book and CD set so that the child can read while listening to the story. These sets are wonderful for car rides, rainy days and bedtimes when you are sleepy and your child is not.

The children's room has wonderful computers which have multi-age programs for reading, math, social studies and science. These programs may be set up to play in English or Spanish. Your child also can learn to type with one of the fun programs. After all, typing with two fingers won't do in today's fast-paced world.

Maybe you can't help your child with his math homework. The library system has books and DVDs to help with that subject, too. These materials can be found in the nonfiction and DVD sections of the 510 Dewey Decimal System. If you don't remember dear old Dewey, one of our librarians will be more than happy to assist you in finding information on whatever subject you need.

It doesn't matter what grade level the subject is on -- we can help you find some answers. If we can't find it in the library, we will expand our search to other libraries in South Carolina and beyond. We can show you how to search the library databases to find information. You can search these databases on a library computer or at home. A librarian can show you which databases are appropriate for each educational level. As much as we all love Google, these databases can be relied upon to provide accurate and up-to-date information. They are awesome.

Then there are the special school projects you or your child might have to complete. The librarian can help you with your college-level children's literature class requirements. Does your daughter need to do a science project? We can provide her with a great many resources for ideas, such as how to complete a project using the scientific method and the best method for presenting her completed project. Does your son have to research, write a report and dress like a famous person? He will be sure to find a biography about someone who interests him from the large selection available at the library.

Those school doors might be opening for an exciting new year of educational experiences but don't forget the public library doors are open year-round to help you find answers to your questions, learn about things you never ever imagined and have fun exploring the world around you.