As students head back to school this September, parents are encouraged to visit any TADL facility to make sure their children and teens sign up for the most important school supply of all - a library card.
When it comes to achieving academic success, a library card provides students with access to a world of both print and electronic resources. Students can access free research databases, receive online homework help and attend programs, activities and clubs that provide an added value to the educational experience.
Make sure to utilize TADL resources and services available throughout the District and sign up for a TADL card today!
- Residents of the TADL taxing district (Grand Traverse County) and the area covered by the Mid Michigan Library League are eligible to apply for a TADL card.
- When registering for your library card, proof of identity must be provided as well as verification of current address.
- For children and teens under the age of 18, a parent with proof of ID must be present at registration.
In addition to a quality collection of print, audio, and visual materials, TADL offers an extensive online resource collection ranging from daily, real-time tutoring, to literally thousands and thousands of educational films and documentaries, to mastering a foreign language, and even practice tests and tips for all grade levels including college entry and information for those interested in obtaining their GED, and of course, e-books.
All TADL online resources can be found online at www.tadl.org. Currently, full access to the resources (including off-site) is available to TADL cardholders living within the TADL taxing district (Grand Traverse County, Elmwood, Almira, and Inland Townships). However, patrons living outside of the District can still access online resources through public computers available at any TADL location. Patrons can obtain online usernames and passwords by visiting any TADL location service desk.
Featured Online Resources
- Access Video, a 24/7 streaming video service designed specifically for public libraries. Access Video offers instant access to thousands of world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films and entertainment clips. Featuring more than 8,000 full-length videos and 90,000 clips from sources like the BBC, PBS, the Discovery Channel and NOVA. Each video is divided into labeled segments and you can search for segments about a certain topic by selecting "By Segments" in the search box. If you want to find entire videos on a topic, change this to "By Title".
In addition to online resources, TADL continues to make enhancements to its online catalog to improve service for library users. A critical component to TADL's circulation systems, the online catalog now offers a streamlined look matched with improved functionality. Larger images of library items as well as availability information makes it easier for patrons to browse, place holds and access personal account information. A new feature, My List, allows patrons to share reading lists via an HTML link, a helpful tool for sharing reading lists among educators, students, colleagues, family, friends, or book club. My List also allows for the the entire list of items to be placed on hold as once. The overall enhanced catalog complements TADL's recently updated website and even includes scrolling images of featured titles, music, and movies.
- Mango Languages is an online language learning system teaching real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. There are 22 languages to choose from, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Hebrew, Thai, and Vietnamese.
- Tutor.com is online tutoring every day from 3-11 p.m. offering for one-on-one help with everything from homework to skills building and test prep. Professionally trained tutors will help students in kindergarten through 12th grades with math, science, English and social studies. Tutors include certified teachers, college professors, and professional tutors, all with proven subject experience in the fields they tutor.