Menlo Park library launches new tutoring services


A new homework support center is on its way to the Belle Haven Library, and is expected to be up and running for the 2019-20 school year.

The Menlo Park library received a $95,000 grant from the California State Library in April to run a homework center, which will be aimed at supporting all students, but especially second- through fifth-graders at Belle Haven Elementary School.

The program aims to serve up to 100 students a day, in 20- to 30-minute sessions offered for two and a half hours a day, four days a week.

The grant will fund a homework center coordinator who will recruit, train and supervise the group of tutors, which will include qualified high school or college students and community volunteers. Tutors will work one-on-one or in small groups to boost students' language arts, math, social studies and science skills.

In addition, the grant will enable the library to buy a one-year subscription to, which will permit every library cardholder in the city to access live, interactive tutoring on demand from 1 to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

This tutoring service, which people can access via desktop, phone or tablet, supports adult school and college-level tutoring, in addition to support for students at primary and secondary school levels.


• Sign up for Almanac Express to get news updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or show your support for local journalism by subscribing.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

After 39 years of cakes and pastries, Palo Alto institution Prolific Oven to close
By Elena Kadvany | 55 comments | 17,417 views

Local Transit to the Rescue?
By Sherry Listgarten | 16 comments | 1,994 views

The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Process Explained
By Steve Levy | 8 comments | 1,443 views

"You Gotta Have Balls [to do counseling] . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,206 views

How to end the summer
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 659 views


Register now!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

More info