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to help young’uns become competent readers. Family sched- ules may be hectic, but both libraries have ample sessions to choose from. The annual Summer Reading Challenge attracts thousands of kids and offers opportunities to win prizes. Both libraries employ Teen Librarians who leverage library district resources and collaborate with schools and other partners to provide teens with programs that are both creative and aligned with school district learning objectives. Coming soon…a new robotics program in partnership with Gilroy Unified School District. The program is based on Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy curriculum. “We’ll start with a few classes,” Yoshimura explained, “and once we have a model in place, we’ll share what we have learned with other district libraries.” Gilroy Library also does outreach through Spanish language book clubs at Christopher High School. Students can get homework help via Brainfuse, a free online tutoring service provided by the library system. English- and Spanish-speaking tutors are available to elementary through college students on almost any subject. “It’s great when parents are stumped by the questions their GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN kids ask about homework,” Yoshimura said. “One mom told me her student got 100% on a surprise test the morning after getting help from a Brainfuse tutor.” Both libraries feature a new Tech Toolbar that allows patrons to “test drive” and learn how to use tech gadgets like tablet computers and eReaders. Onscreen demos provide basic tips and a library staffer is available to answer questions. The Morgan Hill Library is collaborating with the school district and the San Jose Tech Museum to deliver new hands-on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) programs. “We have a good relationship with the Morgan Hill schools,” Tomasso said, “and we’re going school by school to provide every student with a library card.” Lifelong Learners Job seekers can access the library system’s tools for help with résumé writing and preparing for job interviews. Those wishing to improve career prospects by developing tech skills can get free access to online texts and courses through Safari Tech, a service that earns high marks from educators and HR pros alike. MARCH/APRIL 2016 gmhtoday.com 29