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August 31, 2021


Donna Scott-Martin
(301) 699-3500, ext. 6152

PGCMLS Back to School 2021

Largo, Md. – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) invites parents, students, and teachers to check out PGCMLS Back to School 2021 offerings. Live tutoring, skill-building, writing and language labs, tutorials, research platforms, practice tests, and more are offered in our Homework Support Suite. Educators may visit the Teacher Resources to request a demonstration of online resources. Young children develop their early literacy skills with ABCmouse, Playaway Launchpads, and their very own new free book monthly as registrants in our Books from Birth program. LinkedIn Learning, Great Courses, Kanopy, and Mango Languages are also available to augment the teen and adult learning experience.

Homework Support Suite

Access live tutors with Brainfuse HelpNow in English or Spanish free with your LINK or PGCMLS library card. HelpNow also has SkillSurfer for developing core skills in key subject areas and writing and language labs. PebbleGo for students in Grades K-3 provides built-in reading and research tools. EBSCO’s LearningExpress Library School Center offers elementary, middle, and high school students cross-curricular skill building activities. Students may also prepare for standardized tests (PSAT/NMSQT®, ACT®, SAT®, AP®, and ASVAB) and get assistance writing college admissions essays. A Spanish module is available as well.

ABC-CLIO and Gale in Context: Biography provide the reference information for students completing projects, reports, and other assignments. Students may search ABC-CLIO databases (The African American Experience, American History, The American Indian Experience, Daily Life through History, Issues: Controversy and Society, The Latino American Experience, and more) and visit the ABC-CLIO ebook collection. Search for biographies with related full-text articles from books, interviews, magazines, and newspapers with Gale in Context: Biography. The Literacy Reference Center (EBSCO) provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Science Reference Center (EBSCO) provides full text science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals to explore biology, chemistry, environmental science, health and medicine, life science, physics, wildlife, and more.

Educator Resources

Let the Library assist your students by submitting Assignment Alerts, a digital form that teachers can fill out that will allow PGCMLS staff to gather age-appropriate library resources for students to use in the library, at school, and from home related to the assignment. Demonstrations of ebooks/audiobooks, tutoring, test prep, study tools, language and technology courses are available for your class, school, parent-teacher meetings, and workshops. Presentations include career day talks, storytimes, booktalks, and family or back-to-school night events. A visitation from the Curiosity Cube library vehicle may be requested. Click here for answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Early Literacy Resources

With more than 10,000 learning activities such as puzzles, educational games, arts and crafts, songs and books, ABCmouse engages children ages 2-8 in early literacy activities across all major subject areas. Playaway Launchpads offer pre-loaded apps on specific themes: Beep Beep Vroom Vroom, Build It Fix It, Hello! Bonjour!, Imagination Way, Peek-a-Zoo, Si! Yes Si!, Transport Station, and more for ages 3-5. Books from Birth is a great way to start your child’s personal library! Kids under age 5 who reside in Prince George’s County may register to receive a free book each month.

Lifelong Learning

With LinkedIn Learning, more than 16,000 courses in seven different languages, covering a multitude of subjects are at your fingertips. Learn animation, business, design, marketing, programming languages, and more! The most popular courses (250 plus), taught by the world’s top professors are available on demand in The Great Courses Library Collection (Libby). Kanopy offers 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers for your streaming pleasure. Mango offers award-winning courses in more than 70 languages including English as a second language.

Need internet access? Check out the Online 2Go Chromebooks with built-in internet from these branch locations: Baden, Bladensburg, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Largo-Kettering, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, and Spauldings and will be available at all open branches in early Fall 2021.

All this learning is amazingly free at your library! Just use or sign up for a PGCMLS library card in person or online today.

About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike.

PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Virtual events and outreach provide access to the Library from the comfort of home or on the go. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library also provides drive-up WiFi access at all branches and mobile hotspot devices. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.

As a strong community partner, the Library regularly collaborates with local government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide access to essential community services and programs. Partners include the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, Employ Prince George’s, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Prince George’s Community College. Learn more at or by visiting the Largo-Kettering Branch at 9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD 20774.