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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lifelong Learning at MCPL

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Did you know that MCPL can help you prepare for tests, advance your career, and increase your knowledge?

The Testing and Education Reference Center provides free practice tests and study materials for over 300 tests and courses including the GED, SAT, ACT, AP, CLEP, TOEFL, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, SSAT, NCLEX, civil service, nursing, military exams, the citizenship examination, and others.  Thinking about college or grad school? Check out their college or graduate school searches as well as nursestheir scholarship searches. If you are looking for a job help, try their career tools such as Building a Resume and Career Assessment. They also have a Virtual Career Library that offers tips and advice on the career-seeking process, from searching for jobs to preparing resumes and cover letters to negotiating job conditions.

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Gale Courses offers high-quality, interactive, instructor led free courses and career training programs you can take entirely online. There is a variety of classes to choose from including accounting, grant and creative writing, computer software, graphic and web design, health care, digital photography, GRE, SAT/ACT, resume writing, database management, and many more.  Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.  Don't forget to browse their most popular courses to find even more classes of interest.

Looking for books to increase your information technology, computer, or business skills?  Read our e-books from Safari Books Online.  They have computer and IT e-books on many topics such as Apple, Java, mobile, and web development just to name a few. Want to design the next biggest game? They got books on game programming too! Interested in personal or professional development? There are many e-books on topics like health, hobbies, personal finance,stress management, time management, work relationships, networking, and retirement planning. Small business owners and dreamers will find help in the e-books geared to small business and entrepreneurship. There are also many exciting math and science e-books from algebra to physics and even includes ones on nanotechnology.

teens sitting on bumper of car Want to practice taking the Maryland Driver's Permit test before the real exam?  Try Driving-Tests.org. The site provides permit practice tests for the State of Maryland for cars, motorcycles, and CDL. While the results cannot be used as proof of DMV course completion it does help you prepare for the permit test. It also includes the Maryland Driver's, Motorcycle, and CDL Handbooks for study purposes or to just brush up on the rules of the road.

Looking to learn more about a specific subject that has always been of interest to you? Try the Great Courses series! They have CD books and DVDs on everything from Algebra I to Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers—and everything in between. They have course on specific subjects in math, history, science, religion, music, public speaking, and many more!

All of  the online resources you can access with a library card from inside our branches or wherever else you study best. We're committed to your lifelong learning at MCPL!

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