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Resource helps citizens remain mentally fit 

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Everyone knows it is important to stay sharp mentally as we age. There are many ways to maintain our mental fitness, though in recent years using computer software consisting of cognition-enhancing games has become one of the most popular. Usually there are fees associated with this type of software, but now Garland library cardholders can access the same type of mental improvement activities for free through Brain HQ, part of the Garland Library Online.

Featured on NBC’s Today Show in July of 2016, Brain HQ was developed by neuroscientists and utilizes exercises that have made real improvements in brain function in proven studies. Brain HQ offers more than two dozen brain-training games intended to improve a user’s attention span, brain speed, memory, people skills, intelligence, and navigation. Essentially, Brain HQ helps users think faster, focus better, and remember more.

Each Brain HQ exercise continuously adapts to an individual user’s performance, allowing the user to challenge himself with progressively tougher activities. Users can track their progress and compare their scores to other users their age and in their demographic.

Brain HQ users have two convenient ways to access the resource—through the public computers at any Garland library location, or remotely on many Internet-connected devices, such as home computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. All that is required is a valid Garland card and PIN.

To access Brain HQ, please visit www.library.garlandtx.gov. Click on Library Portal, then Online Resources. Next click on the Health Resources subject area and select Brain HQ. Enter a Garland library card number and PIN to get started.

Present a current, correct Texas Driver’s License or ID to apply for a library card at any Garland library location.