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September 21, 2010 > Alameda County Library News: Homework

Alameda County Library News: Homework

Have you and your child stressed?

Submitted By Pat Lannucci, Adult Services Librarian, Union City Library

Summer has ended and school has started once again. People who have study and time management skills and who know how to find the resources they need have a much easier time in school. The Alameda County Library is here to help.

A good idea is to start by getting a library card. Having a library card gives you access to computers for research, and typing up and printing out reports and papers. And if you can't make it in to the library and you have access to the Internet, you can visit the Alameda County Library online at, where you can find a wealth of resources. On our website you will find information about all the branch libraries in the Alameda County system, locations, hours, and all the programs we have planned. The catalog lists the materials owned, and you can request items be held for you. If you don't find what you're looking for, you can make a purchase suggestion or you might be able to borrow it through Link+, a cooperative agreement we have with other library systems.

Looking for tutoring? During the regular school year, Tri-City library branches offer free after-school homework centers. Most students tell us their grades have improved. The centers help students to stay focused to get their homework done quickly and correctly. Union City's Homework Center begins on September 13 and is open Monday - Thursday, 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Newark's Homework Express begins on September 14 and is open Tuesday - Thursday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Fremont Library's Homework Center begins October 3 and is open 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday for Kindergarten through grade 6.

Can't come to the library? Homework help is also available through the Alameda County Library website. Find the Homework Help Now icon on the left side of the home page, click on it, and you can get one-on-one help from skilled, screened, tutors by grade level and subject, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. PST, year-round - and it's FREE!

Often the information you need is available through databases. Databases are trusted sources of information that are often only available through the Library website because we subscribe to them for you. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia includes the Grolier Encyclopedia, America the Beautiful, and New Book of Knowledge. Student Resource Center Gold is an amazing resource that includes access to journals, history, commentary, criticism, multimedia, and can be searched by keyword and level of information wanted.

The library subscribes to more than two dozen databases covering many topics. In fact, the list of information resources available - California history and missions, biographies, science fair projects, suggested reading, just to name a few - is too long to include everything here. Check out the Literature Resource Center if you need critical analyses. Go to the library website,, then click on the Kids or Teens link at the top of the page. You'll be amazed at what you can find to help with assignments!

Here are some books you might also find useful: "How to Study for Success, School Smarts" by Nancy Golden, "Studying and Tests" by Barbara A. Somervill, "School Power: Study Skill Strategies for Succeeding in School" by Jeanne Shay Schumm, "Where's My Stuff: Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide" by Samantha Moss, "Life Lists for Teens: Tips, Steps, Hints and How-Tos For Growing Up, Getting Along, Learning and Having Fun" by Pamela Espeland.

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