Vancouver Island Regional Library’s new online resource, SOLARO, is designed for students in Grades 3–12. Scott Stanfield photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s new online resource, SOLARO, is designed for students in Grades 3–12. Scott Stanfield photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library resource helps Grade 3–12 students

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the ways in which students in B.C. learn in school. Whether learning at home, online or in a classroom, Vancouver Island Regional Library is here to help with a new online resource called SOLARO, designed specifically around the B.C. curriculum with practice tests, study materials, and more for students in Grades 3–12.

“The pandemic has created challenges for students and families across our service area,” says Louise Broadley, VIRL’s Divisional Manager of Collections and Support Services. “With SOLARO, we now have a resource that will benefit students in some of the most crucial learning years, and help set B.C. students up for success. We are thrilled to offer this free service to anyone with a VIRL library card.”

Based on the B.C. curriculum, students and home learners in Grades 3—12 can access study materials and practice tests in English/language arts, mathematics and science with their library card. Learners can also create personalized flashcards and study notes.

In addition to SOLARO, VIRL also offers a suite of other learning resources for students, educators and parents.

FMI: virl.bc.ca/read-watch-listen/audience/kids/home-learning/

To sign up for a VIRL library card, register online or visit any branch.

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