10.28.2016

Old Bridge, NJ – Oct. 28, 2016 — The Old Bridge Public Library is pleased to expand its online educational resources for children with the introduction of Lumos Learning test preparation and Muzzy language learning. Both resources will be available Nov. 1, 2016.

The Lumos StepUp™ Library Program creates a collaborative learning platform for students in grades 3-8, their parents, and teachers that is available year-round. The online resource consists of hundreds of grade-appropriate language arts and math questions based on the new Common Core State Standards that will assist in PARCC test preparation. The interactive online workshop allows students to improve their writing skills, reading and language standards as well as math proficiency.  Students will get instant feedback and can review their answers anytime.

The Muzzy program has introduced millions of children worldwide to a second language for over 25 years. It was created by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and its online program has now been enhanced with new animation and sound. Muzzy is effective for children of all ages, and is modeled on the way people learn their first language. By naturally immersing the student with visual, auditory and contextual language, Muzzy was designed without memorization and drills.  It emphasizes functional language and features repetition and escalation.  Muzzy offers lessons in Spanish, French, German, English, Italian and Mandarin Chinese.  

To access these program on a computer or mobile device, users simply log onto the Library’s web site, www.oldbridgelibrary.org, and scroll down to the Lumos and Muzzy buttons on the home page. They will then be instructed to enter their library card number.

“We are pleased to offer these valuable new educational resources to our patrons,” noted Library Director Nancy Cohen. “They complement our other online resources including Tutor. com, TumbleBooks and numerous databases to help provide support to students 24/7 whenever and wherever they need it.”

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The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted one of the three Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County by the readers of the Home News Tribune.  The Old Bridge Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about this and other Library programs can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.

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