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Live Homework Help at the Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2005
Press Contact: Cathie Scalice, Youth Services Librarian (650) 991-8023
   
   
LIVE HOMEWORK HELP AT THE DALY CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Students Go to the Library for FREE Homework Help from Expert Online Tutors

Daly City – Families are getting ready for back-to-school and this fall children and young adults will want to head back-to-the-library, too. Daly City students from 4th grade to 12th grade and college introduction level can visit any Daly City Public Library branch to get free help from qualified tutors. Daly City Public Library now offers Live Homework Help, an online tutoring service from Tutor.com that connects students to expert tutors in math, science, social studies and English via the Internet. Spanish-speaking tutors are available in math and science. In the 2003/2004 school year, over 250,000 students used Live Homework Help at public libraries across the country.

This free service allows students to come to the Serramonte Main Library, Westlake, John Daly or Bayshore branch libraries (call the library for open hours) beginning at 1:00 p.m. to receive homework help from a live tutor via the Internet using a library computer. Live Homework Help is easy to use. Children and young adults can use designated computer terminals and enter their grade level and the subject they need help in. Students are connected to a tutor in an Online Classroom immediately. Children and young adults can also use this service from home or school or when the library is closed. Kids simply point their browser to research.dalycitylibrary.org, click on the “live homework help” link and connect to a tutor. The service is available in English from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. everyday and in Spanish Sunday through Thursday from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Students and tutors can review specific homework questions, as well as subject-specific concepts using features such as controlled chat, an interactive white board and shared

Web browsing in the Online Classroom. Tutors and students can type math equations using a special math tool, share educational Web sites and much more for a rewarding learning experience. All tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate school students from across the country. They love to teach and share their knowledge online.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this very valuable service to Daly City students,” said Library Director Carol Simmons. She explained that this service has been provided to the Daly City Library with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding through a partnership with the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System. “We will be promoting this program through Daly City schools, at the four library facilities, online at our website (www.dalycitylibrary.org) and via the City’s television channel. It is our hope that Daly City students will take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”