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Release Date: 10/10/2005

The Seattle Public Library offers students free online and one-on-one homework assistance

Students in Seattle never have to be stumped by a tough homework assignment again!


The Seattle Public Library is now offering online homework help from its Web site, as well as continuing its popular one-on-one homework assistance program at several branch libraries.


The free online homework service, called Online Homework Help, allows students to get immediate help from qualified tutors by visiting The Seattle Public Library Web site: www.spl.org, and selecting Homework Help from the Quick Links menu.


Online Homework Help connects students to expert tutors in math, science, social studies and English via the Internet from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Spanish-speaking tutors are available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The service is designed for students in grades four through 12. Students can use the service from Library computers or from remote locations, such as computers from schools or homes. Students must have library cards from The Seattle Public Library to use Online Homework Help.


"We are very excited to be offering this online service," said Chance Hunt, manager of Youth Services for The Seattle Public Library. "Once students log onto the site, they simply choose their grade level and subject they need help in. At that point, they are instantly connected with a tutor."


Hunt explained that a help session operates as an online chat with the student and tutor corresponding in real time. "A student and instructor, for example, can use a drawing board in the 'online classroom' to draw images, formulas and diagrams that both can see instantly," he said. "A tutor also can send appropriate Web sites to a student to provide helpful information for an assignment." Printouts of sessions are available for students.


Hunt emphasized that "tutors are trained to help students with their homework without doing the work for them."


All tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate school students from across the country.

Online Homework Help, powered by Tutor.com, is made possible through a generous grant provided by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.


In addition to the new online service, free one-on-one tutoring in math, science, English and social studies is currently available at Homework Help Centers at the following branch libraries:


  • Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., (206) 386-1908
    5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday;

  • Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., (206) 733-9125
    5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday;

  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, 1134 33rd Ave., (206) 684-4705
    6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
    3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Individuals interested in becoming a Homework Help Center volunteer should contact Anne Vedella, Library volunteer services coordinator, at (206) 386-4614.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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