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August 19, 2009 > Free Homework Help at Alameda County Libraries

Free Homework Help at Alameda County Libraries

It's that time of year again. Summer's almost over, which means the kids are going back to school, and often returning with assignments to complete.

Helping children complete their homework assignments can be challenging for parents today. Lack of time, knowledge, and perhaps fluency in the English language are just some of the obstacles parents face in helping their children do well in school. Help may be as simple as going to your local library.

The Alameda County Library System offers three homework centers in the Tri Cities area to help parents and their children complete homework assignments. Under the supervision of an adult administrator, high school volunteers help students in finding the answers to tough math problems, memorizing spelling lists, completing writing assignments, and studying for tests.

Besides offering academic assistance library homework centers provide children with a safe environment, free of distractions. Research has shown students participating in library homework center develop greater confidence and self-esteem when they complete assignments. Also socialization skills improve through the friendships formed between participants and volunteers.

Library homework centers also provide opportunity for teens to complete community service hours needed for graduation. In addition, volunteering at a library is almost always a plus in completing summer job applications. Interested teens are welcome to fill out an application to be a homework center volunteer.

This year three Alameda County Libraries in the Tri City area are providing homework centers:

Fremont Main Newark Union City
2400 Stevenson Blvd. 6300 Civic Terrace Ave. 34007 Alvarado/Niles Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538 Newark, CA 94560 Union City, CA 94587
Opens Oct. 5th Opens Sept. l5th Opens Sept.14th
Mon. through Thurs. Tues. through Thurs. Mon. through Thurs.
Serving K-Grade 6 Serving K-Gr. 12 Serving K-Gr. 12
(510) 745-1422 (510) 795-2627 ext. l8 (510) 745-1464

Further contact information will be available on the Events page for each of the branch libraries, at

Alameda County homework centers are free programs funded through grants obtained by the Alameda County Library Foundation. Donations to the Foundation for this program as well as others are always appreciated.

The Alameda County Library also offers an online method of homework assistance. Brainfuse may be accessed through the library's website from 1 p.m. through 10 p.m. every day. Students my seek help from a credentialed teacher by choosing a grade level and subject area. Brainfuse also provides help in Spanish.

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