VIRL site offers new tools

Vancouver Island Regional Library has a new tool available to help those hung up with homework.

PORT HARDY—Vancouver Island Regional Library has a new tool available to help those hung up with homework.

The VIRL eLibrary is up and running with a series of homework help databases designed to assist young students, teens and parents navigating a wide range of subjects. The sites are available 24/7 at virl.bc.ca.

“We’ve added three great new Kids Homework Help databases that are current, accessible and fun to use,” says Indira Wick, Community Support Technician.  “Just grab your library card and your favourite computer or tablet and you’re ready to search an exciting world of online knowledge that is available only through the VIRL website.”

Kids Search gives students from kindergarten to Grade 5 access to more than 76 popular children’s magazines. Kids InfoBits targets the research needs of this same age group in topics covering geography, current events, the arts, history, sports and more. The easy navigation and interactive tools on PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space make learning fun for children in preschool to Grade 3.

Teens can check out Canada in Context, a multimedia database with a focus on Canadian people, geography, history, science and sports. Emerging green technologies, environmental issues and sustainability are covered in GREENR, which provides authoritative information from sources such as current news, video, and primary source documents. If you’re working on an English essay, try LitFinder where you can find the full text of many original works as well as supporting material such as literature criticism, biographies and reviews.

While you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to also visit some of VIRL’s tried and true databases such as World Book and the Encyclopedia of British Columbia.  And don’t be fooled by the “Homework Help” tag, there are tons of fun activities also included in these easy-to-use and colourful resources!

For more information, contact your local branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library or visit virl.bc.ca.

 

Just Posted

Woss man attacked by black bear on remote logging road

“we are just monitoring the situation now”

Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom wants to see previous cuts to public libraries reversed

The Ministry of Education has, over 10 years, reduced provincial library funding by $6 million.

Mountie says his good-byes to North Island Indigenous communities after years of demonstrating reconciliation between RCMP and First Nations

“It’s very humbling that you hear your name used in the community about good work that is being done”

UPDATED: New law centre serving B.C. region with highest rates of kids in care

Many cases reflect conditions of poverty, says Parents Legal Centre

OPINION: Port Alice needs a paradigm shift

“If we want work in Port Alice, we need to get to work”

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

It’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic

Most Read