ACT Practice Tests at the Library
Preparing for the ACT is challenging, and many students find their biggest hurdle is combating test anxiety. I have spoken to many teens who say they have difficulty focusing when taking timed tests. You can refresh on grammar rules and practice math equations with a book, but only the real thing can show you how well you perform in the testing environment. If you want to test drive the ACT, take advantage of the FREE practice tests taking place at the Louisville Free Public Library!
Here are the upcoming ACT practice tests at the Main Library
ACT Practice Test with KAPLAN
Saturday, February 1st from 10 am-2 pm
Auditorium, Main Library, 301 York St
ACT Practice Test with Sylvan Learning
Saturday, March 29th from 10 am-2 pm
Auditorium, Main Library, 301 York St
If you are interested in registering for one of the practice tests, please call the Main Teen department, 574-1724. Sign-ups are limited to 75 students, so register early. On test day, you will need two #2 pencils, a calculator, and a snack. There will be a 15-minute break. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you are in the testing room on time; latecomers will not be allowed into the auditorium. The practice test will last approximately four hours.
What if I can’t make it to a practice test?
We also offer free practice tests online through the Learning Express Library. To log in from home, you will need your library card number and password. ACT practice tests can be found under College Preparation. You will need to make an account with the Learning Express Library to access and store your test information. Please contact your home branch if you need assistance.
You can access the Learning Express Library and other ACT Prep resources through our ACT help page.
-Ruth Houston, Teen Services, Main Library
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Part of the festival fun includes our community-led workshops. We are pleased to announce this year's lineup:
- Green Screen Techniques Saturday, January 25, 10 am
- Stop Motion Animation Saturday, February 8, 2 pm: Led by teen stop-motion animator Ed Boomershine
- Improv Acting Saturday, February 22, 2 pm: Featuring members of Louisville's own Project Improv
Bring a friend, and dive into the exciting world of film making with your Library!
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Ok, let’s get one thing out of the way; I’m Lynette, and I’m a huge space nerd. There I said it – you can’t say you weren’t warned. Now that’s out in the open, I want to tell you all about my most awesome nerdy trip down to Cape Canaveral to watch the latest Mars launch; the MAVEN orbiter!
This is the second part of NASA’s recent unmanned Mars missions. The first, you may have heard about, was the rover Curiosity; which is still up there roving around collecting samples. You can even see what @MarsCuriosity and @MAVEN2Mars are up to on Twitter. Curiosity’s Twitter feed is written from a first person – or first robot – perspective, so I find that to be a very amusing feed to check in on! Check out Spirit - my favorite cartoon done about Curiosity by XKCD. Between the cartoon and the Twitter feed, I can’t help but imagine Curiosity having a real personality not unlike the Pixar movie Wall-E.
Now that this second rocket has gone up, I meet a lot of people who are like, “Mars? What…? Didn’t we just send something up there?” Yes…we did, but it was a multi-part mission! MAVEN just doesn’t have the same level of public image that Curiosity has – but it doesn’t make it any less important. NASA has Curiosity roving down below getting pictures and taking soil samples, but MAVEN will orbit around the whole planet, give us a bird’s eye view, and let us take in information about the atmosphere. What we will learn from this mission is where did the atmosphere around the red planet go? There is strong evidence to support that Mars had an atmosphere much like Earth’s, which means there could have been running water – and maybe even microbial life!
Before I got to see the actual launch of the MAVEN rocket (which is mind blowing, and you should put a rocket launch on your bucket list), I got the pleasure of working with real NASA scientists! They schooled me (and about 40 other librarians who were training with me) all about Mars and the MAVEN launch. Let me share the more mind blowing facts:
- Mars has no plate tectonics like Earth, its crust is solid.
- Mars has 2% toxic water on its surface.
- Meteorites usually explode on contact of hitting a planet – which is why you can’t find the evidence of what made the giant crater!
- Mars has lost all, or almost all, or its magnetic field! Which without it the solar winds were able to strip away the atmosphere over time. No atmosphere, no planet protection for water or life. You can read more about Mars' atmosphere on Popular Mechanics' website.
-Lynette, Youth Services, Shawnee Branch
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The Library is proud to annouce the second annual Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival slated for mid-March.
Students ages 12 to 19 are encouraged to submit their original film works to be shown at a red-carpet event at the Main Library.
Original films on any topic or genre are accepted. Films should be G- or PG- rated and suitable for a teen audience. Profanity and nudity are not allowed. Producers must be Louisville residents between the ages of 12 and 19. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.
Deadline for Submissions is March 1, 2014
Submissions may be turned in, along with a completed entry form, at any Louisville Free Public Library. Submissions should be on a separate flash-drive or disc and addressed to the attention of “Michael Ward – Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival.”
As part of the Festival, the Library will hold several workshops on film-making and editing. Students who attend the workshops will learn how to create, edit and manage their own digital content. All workshops will be held at the Main Library:
- Saturday, January 11, 2:00 pm
- Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am
- Saturday, February 8, 2:00 pm
- Saturday, February 22, 2:00 pm
For more information on the the fesitval, submissions guidlines, or workshops, email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A long, long, time ago humans thought they had driven all the dragons from the Isles of May but unbeknownst to anyone a single dragon egg had survived, held safe within the root structure of an ancient tree. When the tree falls and the egg is released, a very hungry dragon hatches into the world. Soon the town healer’s life is taken by the dragon, and it is up to his daughter and an unlikely hero to save the other villagers from the dragon’s wrath. The illustrations in The Last Dragon are vibrant and gorgeous and Jane Yolen’s writing flows beautifully alongside them. Highly recommended for those who like mythical creatures and magic, which means that you might also like The Last Unicorn.
Being a child of the '80s, I have watched the film based on the book by Peter S. Beagle many, many times. I was excited to find that the library carries the graphic novel adaptation of the book. The text is whimsical and poetic and well suited for the stunning artwork by Renae De Liz. An excerpt from the beginning:
“The Unicorn lived in a lilac wood and she lived all alone. She was very old though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night.”
The unicorn embarks on a quest to find others of her kind, and along the way she encounters other magical creatures and befriends a young magician who will help lead her to the castle of an evil king who keeps a terrible secret. The Last Unicorn is a great story for any age, if you’ve read the book or the graphic novel or seen the movie feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Look for it and The Last Dragon at your local library branch.
-Claire, Youth Services, Jeffersontown Branch
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