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September 6, 2022


Silvana Quiroz

(301) 699-3500 x6154

Students Can “Totally Rule at School” with Library Resources

Largo, Maryland – As the new school year begins, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) welcomes students and families to take advantage of its programs and services to empower and support education. Aligned with the Library’s mission to build relationships that support discovery by providing equal access to opportunities and experiences, PGCMLS is an essential resource for parents, students, and teachers.

Live tutoring, skill-building, writing and language labs, tutorials, research platforms, practice tests, and more are offered in the Homework Support Suite. Educators may visit the Teacher Resources guide to request a demonstration of online resources. Young children develop their early literacy skills with ABCmouse, Playaway Launchpads, and a free book monthly through the Books from Birth program. LinkedIn LearningGreat CoursesKanopy, and Mango Languages are also available to augment the teen and adult learning experience.

Homework Support Suite

Access live tutors with Brainfuse HelpNow in English or Spanish free with your LINK or PGCMLS library card. HelpNow also has SkillSurfer for developing core skills in key subject areas and writing and language labs. PebbleGo for students in Grades K-3 provides built-in reading and research tools. EBSCO’s Learning Express Library School Center offers elementary, middle, and high school students cross-curricular skill building activities. Students may also prepare for standardized tests (PSAT/NMSQT®, ACT®, SAT®, AP®, and  ASVAB) and get assistance writing college admissions essays. A Spanish module is available as well. 

ABC-CLIO and Gale in Context: Biography provide reference information for students completing projects, reports, and other assignments. Students may search ABC-CLIO databases (The African American Experience, American History, The American Indian Experience, Daily Life through History, Issues: Controversy and Society, The Latino American Experience, and more) and visit the ABC-CLIO eBook collection. Search for biographies with related full-text articles from books, interviews, magazines, and newspapers with Gale in Context: BiographyScience Reference Center (EBSCO) provides full-text science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals to explore biology, chemistry, environmental science, health and medicine, life science, physics, wildlife, and more.

Educator Resources 

Let the Library assist your students by submitting Assignment Alerts, a digital form that teachers can fill out that will allow PGCMLS staff to gather age-appropriate library resources for students to use in the library, at school, and from home. Demonstrations of eBooks/audiobooks, tutoring, test prep, study tools, and language and technology courses are available for your class, school, parent-teacher meetings, and workshops. Presentations include career day talks, storytimes, book talks, and back-to-school night events. Click Teacher FAQ for answers to your most frequently asked questions about Library resources.

Early Literacy Resources  

With more than 10,000 learning activities such as puzzles, educational games, arts and crafts, songs, and books, ABCmouse engages children ages 2-8 in early literacy activities across all major subject areas. Playaway Launchpads offer pre-loaded apps on specific themes: Beep Beep Vroom Vroom, Build It Fix It, Hello! Bonjour!, Imagination Way, Peek-a-Zoo, Si! Yes, Si!, Transport Station, and more for ages 3-5.

Lifelong Learning

With LinkedIn Learning, more than 16,000 courses in seven different languages, covering a multitude of subjects, are at your fingertips. Learn animation, business, design, marketing, programming languages, and more! The most popular courses (250 plus), taught by the world’s top professors are available on demand in The Great Courses Library Collection (Libby). Kanopy offers 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers for your streaming pleasure. Mango offers award-winning courses in more than 70 languages including English as a second language. 

Visit Totally Rule at School to find more information.

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About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve book lovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. PGCMLS is the recipient of the 2021 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award for Workforce and Economic Development. Learn more at