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Library Services (Videos)

A series of brief instructional videos featuring popular library services and local librarians.

video imageLearn a new language – from your library!
An introduction to the many ways your library can help you learn a new language - from resources for children to downloadable audio books and a free, online language service. Windows Media or Quicktime

video imageSmall business development – from your library!
From the meeting rooms and free WiFi, to the free downloadable business plans and legal forms, your library can help entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed! Windows Media or Quicktime

video imageLooking for a job? Your library can help!
Free computers, free high speed internet, resume assistance, classes and practice tests for licensing and exams . . . your library has what you need to be successful in your job search! Windows Media or Quicktime

video imageGet free help with homework at your library!
Free online tutors, meeting spaces and online resources available for research 24/7 . . . your library offers students what they need to succeed in school and beyond! Windows Media or Quicktime

video imageLibraries help you get healthy and stay healthy!
Free resources you can use to get healthy, stay healthy or just learn more about your body . . . including reading material, downloadable audio and ebooks and much more. Windows Media or Quicktime

video image Genealogy at your library!
Simple tips for anyone interested in tracing their family genealogy. All for free from your local library! Windows Media or Quicktime


video imageHow to find a great book at your library!
A brief "how-to" from a local librarian featuring methods and resources for discovering your next great read from one of the Calvert, Charles or St. Mary's County libraries. Windows Media or Quicktime







Learning to Use the Library

Choosing Your Research Topic video: brief video

Research Guide: step-by-step guide to research

Research Workshops: Educational classes where a librarian will explain how to use library resources

History Fair

Power Up Your History Fair Project

Join us for a fun evening of learning how the resources at Calvert Library can strengthen your History Fair research.

This workshop includes training on using our research databases, finding primary and secondary sources and locating other library materials to aid you in producing your 2012-2013 project “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” The program format includes a variety of activities – and light refreshments – to make the information-packed evening especially enjoyable for Middle School Students.

This program is popular and will be available at each library location. Dates and registration information.

Ramp Up Your Research
1.5-hour instructional event where reference librarians explain how to use the library's reference and research resources. Geared for high school students, college academics, and lifelong learners.

We have not yet scheduled the next Ramp Up Your Research workshop. Call your library for more information.

Learning to Use Microsoft Software

Microsoft Office Official Site with tutorials, guides and information.

Online Tutor through Brainfuse. Enter your library card number, click on Adult Learning Center and then Microsoft Office Help.

How Do I Find...

Articles + Journals

Enoch Pratt, MD State Library Resource Center How To Guides

The How-to Guides offer in-depth assistance on how to research a particular topic. Think of these guides as asking a librarian a question like "How do I get started in opening a small business?" The How-to Guide will lead you through the process of answering the question and explain what you will need to do, step by step.

Show-Me-Guides are short videos that show you how to do something, usually using the Pratt Web site or on the Internet. You can see, step-by-step, how to find someone's telephone number, search for journal articles, find an appraiser and much more