New Foreign Language Classes Coming Soon to Gale Courses

Carry out your library’s educational mission with Gale Courses. Offer community members lifelong learning opportunities with 365+ engaging, online courses that focus on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment—including seven NEW foreign language courses. Classes are six weeks long, mobile responsive, and taught by college instructors who are experts in their field. The online … Read more

John Hamm Brings New Learning Opportunities to St. Louis

| Originally published by Ladue News | Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Jon Hamm came to support his hometown library, St. Louis County Library, with back-to-back fundraising events on July 22. He began the day with a sold-out speaking engagement at the library’s Lindbergh headquarters, where the star of Mad Men talked with local novelist Curtis … Read more

Writers in the Shadow of the Eclipse

North America will experience a solar eclipse on August 21, and while the cosmic event will affect the entire continent, a small swath will fall in the ominously termed “path of totality,” where the moon will completely block the sun from view for some two minutes. After settling on a viewing location and securing specialty … Read more

Testing & Education Reference Center Gets Impressive New Look

Beginning on August 22, 2017, Testing & Education Reference Center users will experience a new interface that’s easy to navigate, offers multiple access points to content, and is uniform across the general site, online courses, and practice tests. Best of all, the resource is now optimized for any screen size and on any device. Additionally, … Read more

2017-2018 IMPACT is Here!

IMPACT is a new style of magazine, written for and by public librarians. It’s filled with tips, insights, and advice from library leaders to help you succeed at empowering your community. Plus, the best of—frontlist nonfiction eBooks, databases, and online learning programs. View or Download a digital version>> Here’s a preview of what’s inside: COVER … Read more

So How Are We Doing Measuring Search Quality Part 1

| By Charlie Close, Gale Data Scientist | Gale products are built around search. Almost all sessions start with a search, whether to begin research for a paper, study a topic for a class, or just to read something interesting. To take good care of our users, we must make sure our search functionality is working … Read more

Conquer Fake News!

  In a recent Toastmasters International article, speaking of fake news and how to conquer it, Gale is mentioned as a reliable source of authoritative information. Here is a small excerpt: “Knowing how they work can help you get more relevant results from your searches. Try to distill your search down to the most important words. … Read more

STEAM TIME IS PARENT TIME

| By Mira Tanna |

It’s Wednesday in the story room, and there is some calming music playing in the background while twenty toddlers are hard at work.

A girl is using a dropper to squeeze colored water onto a coffee filter. She is practicing her pincer grasp which will be useful when she starts to write. “Ava” is also building her skills of scientific reasoning, watching the yellow water turn the white filter a very light yellow, then watching another part of the filter turn reddish and – surprise! – seeing the area where the two colors bleed into each other turn orange. Ava’s mom hovers nearby, making sure Ava doesn’t dump colored water on the floor and helping her turn an already colored filter into a butterfly by putting a pipe cleaner in the middle.

Other kids are matching painted clothes pins to corresponding paint chips from the paint store. These children are learning to match and compare, honing their powers of observation as they differentiate between cerulean blue, azure and blueberry.

The most popular table has sandboxes—five plastic bins filled with sand. Using common kitchen utensils like spatulas, strainers and ladles, kids dig up painted pasta, buttons and other surprises buried in the sand. Children are using problem solving skills: How can I separate the colored pasta from the surrounding sand? Which tools work best to accomplish this task? And wow – that shower of sand raining down from the slotted spoon is sure cool!

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Boulder Public Library Now Offers Accredited Diplomas to Adults

“At BoulderReads, we’re working with adult learners who want to enhance their education and enhance their job prospects,” — Shelley Sullivan, BoulderReads manager She said the online program is an accredited high school diploma that’s accepted at both community colleges and four-year colleges—something that’s not always the case for non-accredited diploma programs. Participants receive credit … Read more

The Great American Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017, North America will see its first total solar eclipse in a century. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. Even though the sun is much bigger than the moon, because the moon is so much closer to us, they appear about the same size in … Read more