Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to school with the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum

It's back-to-school time here in Alaska! The State Library, Archives, and Museum support education and teachers with some unique resources and opportunities. Here are some ways that we can help make this your best year ever!

We help students succeed by providing resources and educational support for all Alaskans. Here are a few of our favorites:
  • Live Homework Help: Can't afford a tutor? Get free help from the experts at every day from noon to 2 am Alaska time.
    Tame the Monster with Live Homework Help
  • Test Prep: The Testing & Education Reference Center provides practice tests and resources for students getting ready for the SAT, ACT, AP exams, GED, graduate school tests, or vocational exams.
    Got a big test? Testing & Education Reference Center
  • Articles and Databases: The Alaska State Library provides access to research resources to all Alaskans. Find full articles, encyclopedias, news, and language resources for writing reports or just for fun.
    Screenshot of the SLED website
The Library, Archives, and Museum also supports Alaska's teachers. Although the Archives and Museum are currently closed to the public, we still provide opportunities to bring historical and cultural activities into the classroom.
  • Hands-on Loan Program: Alaskan teachers, students, libraries, and museums can borrow objects from the Alaska State Museum's Hands-on Loan Program, managed by the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka. This collection, which is separate from the Museum's permanent collection, includes hundreds of objects from Alaska Native cultures and natural history specimens, including animal hides, baleen, and plant samples.
    This Eskimo yo-yo is one of hundreds of objects available to check out. Trying to get the balls rotating in opposite directions is a favorite activity with museum visitors of all ages. Photo courtesy Alaska State Museum.
  • Historic photographs: The Alaska State Library Historical Collections is a primary contributor to Alaska's Digital Archives, a photo database that includes thousands of historic Alaskan photographs from major research institutions around the state.
    Juneau's first school in Log Cabin Church, 1885. Alaska State Library - Historical Collections, PCA 01-2208.
  • Alaska history modules: The Museum and Historical Collections have created Alaska history modules on several topics, including Eight Stars of Gold: The Story of Alaska's Flag, Quilts of Alaska, and Alaska's Gold.
    The Alaska's Gold module uses primary source materials to tell the story of Alaska's golden history.
  • Art activities: Artists and museum staff develop kids' activities and instructional videos to correspond with their exhibits. A selection of these is available on the Museum's Teacher's Resources page, including hats and headdresses, a birchbark canoe, and Alaskan action figures.
    An Alaskan action figure with two dogs and sled, made from pipe cleaners and tongue depressors. Photo courtesy Alaska State Museum.
We look forward to seeing teachers, students, and families at the new Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum next spring. In August 2016, we will be hosting First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and will work with teachers to arrange class visits.

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