Each month, this space will be dedicated to a library resource or service available free with your Omaha Public Library (OPL) card.

Many families are preparing to head back to school this week, and OPL wants to remind them that a library card may be their most valuable school supply.

OPL provides access to many online resources that kids and teens can use for assistance with schoolwork in nearly any subject they may be studying in the year ahead. Getting acquainted with these resources ahead of the school year will increase the likelihood of using them, so now is the time to explore. Find them at omahalibrary.org. Select the Resource Center, and find them listed under the Online Learning category.

One of those amazing resources is LearningExpress. To get started, users should have their library card and PIN. Create an account and select a learning center that most aptly suits your educational and career goals. Options available include skills exercises for elementary, middle and high school students in subjects typically offered at the different levels of education.

LearningExpress also offers practice exams for everything from ACT, SAT and AP exams, to tests designed for specific occupations such as civil service, culinary arts and real estate. Tutorials are available in a variety of subjects — reading, writing, speaking and math, to name a few. There's an entire section of the database dedicated to Spanish speakers to help with topics that may be relevant to individuals who do not speak English as their first language.

At whatever stage of learning one finds themselves, OPL strives to connect individuals with access to the tools they need to achieve their goals. Whether through books and journals, or online databases and live tutors, OPL makes educational, personal and professional growth a priority. Visit omahalibrary.org to explore how OPL can help students at all stages of life.

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