One of the most overlooked learning resources is the local library. For decades, the library has provided patrons with the ability to access hundreds of documents and texts they would not be able to be able to use otherwise. But the library no longer relies solely on text sources. As part of the technology migration of the 21st century, the local library joins a variety of others in enhancing learning through library learning programs. These resources offer patrons access to hundreds of different questions focused on specific grade levels or content areas.
One of these programs, the Lumos Learning Library Program helps patrons that are in elementary and middle schools hone their math and language arts skills. As schools transition to the new Common Core State Standards curriculum, students may have difficulty in particular areas. Through the Lumos eLearning, each patron is able to access the program with their unique library card ID. They are then able to create a profile, access a database of questions and lessons, and assess their learning through pre and post tests. This format of e-Learning offers the patron immediate feedback at the end of each session.
The Lumos Learning Library Program may be academically geared towards students who are in grades 3 through 8; however, local libraries and parents will receive many benefits as well. The Lumos offers libraries an easy annual subscription and enables monthly usage reports to measure effectiveness. It works as an ideal way to engage youth patrons in learning through their local library. For parents, the Lumos program will provide an avenue to understand students’ strengths and weakness and presents specific data that parents can use in conversations with schools and teachers.