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A Message from the Director: Back to School

Published on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 02:09pm
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When I was a boy, I always became excited as summer’s days slowly turned to crisp autumn. Two things would mark the official gateway to fall in my family: a new pair of “Toughskin” jeans from Sears and new school supplies.

In addition to other fall traditions, the Library was (and continues to be!) an essential stop to help families successfully return to the classroom. Following the annual Summer Learning Program, which ensures kids are intellectually prepared to transition back to days of learning, the Library offers a plethora of resources to help with coursework during the school year.

There are in-branch resources like Wi-Fi and public computers for class projects as well as online resources like encyclopedias, newspaper archives, and thousands of magazine titles. Remember when you waited until the last minute to go to the library to get a book for a homework assignment, only to discover all those books were gone? Those days are over! With a Mid-Continent Public Library Access Pass (Library card), students can access thousands of eBooks that can be downloaded to an eReader from the comfort of home.

School years can also be a stressful time for caregivers. Worried about helping your student with math when you barely squeaked by in algebra yourself? Don’t sweat! With your MCPL card, you can use Live Homework Help from, an online service with live tutors who can help with nearly every subject. Visit to learn more.

From all of us at Mid-Continent Public Library, we hope you and your family have a great school year! And don’t forget—we’re here to make it easier and better.

Steven V. Potter
MCPL Director & CEO

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