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No Fear – Homework Help is Here at Memphis Public Libraries

By: Marcey Evans

Get help with your child's homework at any Memphis Public Library Homework Help Center!Homework just got a little easier with the Memphis Public Library and Information Center’s new Homework Help Centers. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, students in grades 3 – 5 can get the help they need to complete their homework assignments without the hassle or headache.

“In doing research locally, we discovered that homework help for students is practically nonexistent. For Memphis, this help is minimal with only a few locations offering homework assistance,” noted Dean Moore, Frayser Library manager and one of the Homework Center organizers. “We want to provide a place where students, parents, and grandparents can come and say, ‘This is where we can go for help!’”

Volunteer coaches were trained through the Library to provide this free service. Staff Development Trainer Damone Virgilio led each training session. “Volunteers learned how to speak to children and help them to ask the right questions so we can provide the right answers,” he said.

Instead of tutoring students to sharpen skills, Homework Help Center volunteers will simply help students to complete their homework without the hassle. “Our end goal is for students to leave with a completed assignment,” Virgilio added.

Students can receive homework assistance in English, grammar, writing, and math. In its initial phase of the program, Homework Centers will be located at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Frayser Library, Hollywood Library, Parkway Village Library, and Whitehaven Library.

For more information about Homework Help Centers, call (901) 415-2846.