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2019 Winter Reading Challenge: January 1 – 31, IPL is joining over 100 libraries around the world to meet a collective goal of 5,000,000 minutes* and 75,000 books during the month of January. If all libraries meet our collective goal, Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to top participating libraries!
Let’s start reading, Irondale!
Join the challenge at https://irondalelibrary.beanstack.org/
Plus, come in to choose a book from the book sale selection or a small prize from the prize basket for every book you read (up to 10 prizes)!
*Note: You will only track books, not minutes,for this challenge.
Find a Good Book
The IPL staff can help you find that next great read. Lists and recommendations are also available online. Visit the Summer Reading Challenge lists or Novelist: an online tool to help you find books. We recommend these great bookish websites: Goodreads, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, Teenreads, and GraphicNovelReporter. Or try the Teen Book Finder app developed by YALSA.
Homework Help This service offers free homework help from subject specialists. Live one-to-one help is available 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for academic subjects and 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. for Job Search Assistance. Free Tutoring in all subjects, including help for the Adult Learner.
Teen volunteers help with programs, help organize the teen book section, clean, help with displays, and work on special projects. To become a teen volunteer at IPL, complete the application and recommendation forms. For more information, call or visit the library and ask for Michelle.
Teen Service Club
The IPL teen service club is open to any service-minded teen that wants to make a positive impact on the community. They help plan teen programs and work on special service projects to help the community. For meeting times, check out the events calendar. Meetings are scheduled based on the availability of those attending. For more information, call or visit the library and ask for Michelle.
Driving Free Alabama DMV permit practice tests at driving-tests.org. Breeze through your DMV test when you study using real questions directly from the official driver’s manual.
Life After High School
Learning Express Library has practice tests to help you prepare for the next phase of your life. That includes: GED, ACT, SAT, and career prep.
Don’t let the name Homework Alabama fool you. That resource can help you prepare for the GED, SAT, too.
The first step when applying for financial aid is to fill out the FAFSA. Find more resources and helpful information at the Alabama Commission of Higher Education, including the application for the Alabama Student Grant Program.
Finding a Job
Homework Alabama offers one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search. Online tutors are available to help navigate job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview.
Alabama Joblink– Search and apply for jobs in Alabama. Check out the resources page for help with many topics including Veteran resources, training opportunities, and resume writing tools.
AL.com– Find job listings for Birmingham metro area and other cities in the state.