In 2000, the Library identified a goal to provide greater service to school aged students. The Friends followed the lead of Library staff, and a cadre of volunteers came forward in response to the leadership of a member of The Friends advocacy committee. Volunteers first served one location, then two, and now the program has expanded to six locations, where students of all ages and backgrounds visit for as-needed assistance with their work, and to use computer and other learning resources. Two libraries have been built with dedicated Homework Help space.
The Friends were instrumental in the launch of the Homework Help program, and have raised over $700,000 it its support over the last decade.
At a Glance
During the 2014-2015 school year, students visited the six homework help locations more than 15,000 times. Surveys are conducted each spring, and approximately half of the students consistently report they speak a language other than English at home. Nearly 100% of students indicate using the Homework Help centers has helped them do better in school.