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Tennessee Electronic Library Launches Kidsí Site
(Published: February 7, 2011)

Elementary school children struggling with their homework have a new ally in the Kids InfoBits, one of the features available on the Tennessee Electronic Library’s new Kids’ Page. With a few mouse clicks, students can use Kids InfoBits to get concise, easy-to-read information about various subjects, including the dawn of the electronic age, the seven wonders of the ancient world and the origin of the symbols used by the country’s two major political parties.

Kids InfoBits is just one of several online databases available under the new Homework Help section of the Kids’ Page. Others include the LearningExpress Library, where students can take practice tests or sharpen their knowledge with skill-building courses and exercises, and the Internet Public Library for Kids, a kid-friendly spot for web surfing.

The Kids’ Page is a new feature for the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), which is a collection of more than 400,000 articles, videos, e-books, podcasts and other reference materials that are available to Tennesseans with Internet access free of charge. The link to TEL’s main page is http://tntel.tnsos.org/.

The Kids’ Page, which offers information in a safe and fun format, is located at www.tel4u.org.

In addition to helping kids with schoolwork, the new page also includes links to games and activities, a selection of e-books and collection of facts and figures about Tennessee, its government and its history.

TEL is funded by the Tennessee General Assembly, the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and pledges from libraries across the state. TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, which is a division of the Tennessee Department of State.

“Libraries are uniquely positioned to help parents teach their children about safe and responsible use of the Internet,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “As a parent myself, I appreciate the fact that the Tennessee Electronic Library links families to quality educational and entertainment web sites and other electronic resources. The new Kids’ Page will make it easier for parents and children to find these resources.”

Wendy Cornelisen, TEL’s coordinator, added: “The TEL Kids’ Page takes the best of what the Web has to offer and consolidates these resources in one attractive and engaging site.”

Gale Cengage Learning, the vendor that built the Kids’ Page for TEL, is conducting two free online seminars to help people familiarize themselves with the site’s features. The seminars are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Central time Feb. 22 and 3 p.m. Central time Feb. 24. To participate online, go to: www.bit.ly/tel4u and call 1-800-445-4612 and enter the passcode 8205851# to listen to the seminar.