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Beyond the Bookshelves: Preparing for college with your library card

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 7:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 6:48 a.m. CDT

Ready for some college prep? Your Geneva Public Library card offers access to financial aid workshops, ACT practice tests, test prep databases and more.

“We know navigating the process of getting into college is an overwhelming one for parents and teens, and by providing programs that cover topics such as visiting schools, the application process and financial aid, we can help them feel more prepared,” said young-adult librarian Jennie Fidler.

Test prep databases are available 24/7 online at www.gpld.org.

“Using ePrep, students can print a copy of the tests, watch videos that explain answers and concepts, and practice their vocabulary. This is a more interactive approach to preparing for these tests than using prep books, and is particularly useful if all of them are checked out,” Fidler explained.

The library also offers programs for college-bound students throughout the year. Upcoming events include:

• “FAFSA Completion Workshop” – 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission Corps will provide financial information and assistance for completing FAFSA applications.

• “College 101” – 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24. The ISACC will discuss post-secondary options, finding schools, deciding on a college and major, and college visits, as well as provide examples of careers with different educational degrees.

Both events will take place at the Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva.

The library’s spring events newsletter will be published next month. Look for additional programs in March, April and May.

“Paying for college is an expensive investment for students and families. We have had programs covering various forms of financial aid, and – in the spring – we’ll have a program about how to manage your money and create a budget once you’re in college,” Fidler said.

Questions? Contact Fidler at 630-313-1007 or jfidler@gpld.org. Find more teen programs at www.gpld.org/teen_programs.

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A note from customer service: You can register to vote at any of the public service desks in the library. Please provide two forms of identification. The last day to register to vote for the March 15 general election primary is Feb. 16.

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“The Librarian Recommends”: Digital services librarian Ellen Anderson says: “‘The Shoemaker’s Wife’ is the story of two star-crossed lovers whose story spans two continents and two world wars. A beautiful blend of love, family and history. [Author Adriana] Trigiani’s alluring storytelling and splendid writing is not to be missed!”

• Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing coordinator for the Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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