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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 Tutor.com, 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.

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